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By Robert Hugill | Weekly magazine of the latest classical music news and reviews from the classical music blog Planet Hugill

The man behind the music of War Horse: I chat to composer Adrian Sutton

Labels: interview<p>Adrian Sutton (photo Matthew Gough)<p><i>War Horse: The Story in Concert</i> is a striking project which combines original music from the play</i> …

Orchestras

An epicentre of the extraordinary: Salzburg Festival 2018 including Henze, Penderecki & von Einem

Labels: preview<p>Salzburg Festival - Hoffstallgasse (Photo © SF/Kolarik)<p>On Wednesday we were invited to high tea at the Austrian Ambassador's Residence …

Orchestras

Divine Consolations: Stile Antico in Schütz & Bach at Cadogan Hall

Labels: Cadogan Hall, Choral at Cadogan, concert review<p>Stile Antico (Photo Marco Borggreve)<p>Schütz, Bach, Lassus, Handl, Hassler, Daser Knofel; Stile …

Orchestras

A link with history: Alamire in Thomas Tallis

Labels: cd review<p>Thomas Tallis <i>Queen Katharine Parr & songs of Reformation</i>; Alamire, Fretwork, David Skinner; Obsidian <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on …

Orchestras

Penderecki conducts Penderecki in Warner Classics

Penderecki conducts Penderecki - volume 2, choral music; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, Krzysztof Penderecki; Warner Classics <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill …

Orchestras

Audience participation & great fun: A Whistle-Stop Hansel and Gretel at the actors church

Andrea Tweedale as the Witch, <i>Hansel and Gretel,</i> Concordia Foundation (Photo Jonathan Rose) Humperdinck <i>Hansel and Gretel</i>, Whistle-Stop Opera …

Orchestras

Afluencias: music from Brazil

Labels: cd review<p>Villa Lobos, Torres, Pitombeira, Bujes, Huff, Coelho; Paula Bujes, Pedro Huff; Drama Musica <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 13 2017 …

Grand dramatic sweep and an elusive heroine: Nico Muhly's Marnie premieres at ENO

Labels: ENO, opera review<p>Nico Muhly: <i>Marnie</i> - The hunt scene - English National Opera (Photo Richard Hubert Smith)<p>Nico Muhly <i>Marnie</i>; Sasha Cooke, …

Anime

Distant Love: Ashley Riches & Anna Huntley in Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Duparc & more

Labels: concert review<p>Ashley Riches (Photo Debbie Scanlon)<p>Beethoven, Mahler, Poulenc, Schubert, Schuman, Duparc, Berlioz, Amy Woodforde-Finden, Frank …

Orchestras

The contemporary string quartet: Borusan Quartet in Pärt, Uçarsu, Glass, Vasks

Labels: cd review, video<p>Arvo Pärt, Hasan Uçarsu, Philip Glass, Pēteris Vasks; The Borusan Quartet; Onyx Classics <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Nov 10 …

Jazz

A raw spine tingling delight: Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse from Shadwell Opera

Labels: by Anthony Evans, opera review<p>Paul Curievici, Pauls Putnins, Owain Browne - Maxwell Davies: <i>The Lighthouse</i> - Shadwell Opera (photo Nick Rutter)<p>…

Literature

Spirit messages & madness: Jessica Duchen on the true story behind her Ghost Variations

Labels: interview, preview<p>A troubled violin virtuoso, a lost concerto, a composer on the edge of madness and a world on the brink of war; these are …

Swan Lake

Illuminating the text: predominantly youthful cast in BREMF's staging of Monteverdi's first opera

Labels: BREMF, opera review<p>Monteverdi: <i>L'Orfeo</i> - Brighton Early Music Festival (Photo Robert Piwko)<p>Monteverdi <i>L'Orfeo</i>; Rory Carver, Helen Charlston, …

Orchestras

'The quintessence of German Romanticism' - Schumann's Liederkreis from Ailish Tynan & James Newby

Labels: concert review<p>James Newby (Photo Ben Mckee)<p>Schumann <i>Liederkreis</i> Op.24 & 39; Ailish Tynan, James Newby, Nigel Foster; London Song Festival at …

Orchestras

An appealing surface with friction underneath: composer Marcus Paus on the music on his new disc

Marcus PausThe Norwegian composer Marcus Paus has a new CD out. On Sheva Contemporary, it is entitled <i>Odes & Elegies</i> and features instrumental solo …

Voyages: Mary Bevan in Duparc, Faure, Schubert, Debussy & more

Labels: cd review<p><i>Voyages</i> - Duparc, Faure, Chabrier, Schubert, Deodat de Severac, Pierre de Breville, Debussy, and Maurice Rollinat; Mary Bevan, …

France

Russian Revolutionaries: Music by Ewald and Böhme

Labels: cd review<p>Victor Ewald and Oskar Böhme music for brass ensemble; The Prince Regent's Band; Resonus Classics <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct …

Jazz

Tosca in Iceland: Claire Rutter joins a mainly Icelandic cast for Puccini's classic opera

Labels: opera review<p>Puccini: <i>Tosca</i> - Kristján Jóhannsson, Claire Rutter - Icelandic Opera (Photo Johanna Olafsdottir)<p>Puccini <i>Tosca</i>; Claire Rutter, …

Opera

A window on Polish 17th century music: Marcin Mielczewski from the Sixteen

Labels: cd review<p>Marcin Mielczewski choral works; The Sixteen, Eamonn Dougan; Coro <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 27 2017 Star rating: 3.5 <b><br>Another</b> …

17th Century

A 30 year journey: pianist Paul Berkowitz on his complete Schubert sonatas recordings

Labels: interview, preview<p>Paul Berkowitz (Photo Tony Mastres)<p>Canadian pianist Paul Berkowitz is celebrating the completion of his recording of all …

Jazz

Sheer beauty: Rachmaninov's Vespers from Jeremy Backhouse & the Vasari Singers

Labels: cd review<p>Rachmaninov <i>All night vigil</i>; Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Adam Tunnicliffe, Vasari Singers, Jeremy Backhouse; Vasari Media <br>Reviewed by …

Orchestras

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Labels: exhibition review<p><i>Opera Passion, Power and Politics</i> installation - baroque theatre for Handel's <i>Rinaldo</i> <br>(c) Victoria and Albert Museum, …

Orchestras

Rachmaninov & beyond: the piano concertos of Roger Sacheverell Coke on Hyperion

Roger Sacheverell Coke <i>Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 5</i>; Simon Callaghan, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins; Hyperion <br>Reviewed by Robert …

Orchestras

BREMF 2017: Plainsong to Polyphony

Leonin, Perotin, Machaut, Dunstable, Dufay, Obrecht, Isaac, Gombert, Ockeghem, Josquin, Richafort, Vaet, Fayrax, Tallis; The BREMF Consort of Voices, …

Orchestras

A composer who somehow slipped through the cracks: Erik Lotichius's virtuosic piano preludes, Anaitalrax

Erik Lotichius <i>Anaitalrax</i>; Ralph van Raat; Solaire Records <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 13 2017 Star rating: 4.0<b><br>Inspired by Domenico Scarlatti, 25</b> …

Art

In search of Roger Sacheverell Coke

<b>Pianist Simon Callaghan talks about his journey to record the piano concertos by this undeservedly neglected British composer</b><br>Simon Callaghan, BBC …

Orchestras

Fine debut: Sudden light, choral music by David Bednall from Epiphoni Consort

David Bednall choral music; Epiphoni Consort, Tim Reader, Stephen Farr; Delphian <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 3 2017 Star rating: 4.0<b><br>With a</b> …

Rebecca Evans and Tim Mead in Handel's Rodelinda at ENO

Handel: <i>Rodelinda</i> - Rebecca Evans, Tim Mead, Juan Sancho - English National Opera 2017 (Photo Jane Hobson) Handel <i>Rodelinda</i>; Rebecca Evans, Tim Mead, …

HANDEL

Glyndebourne on Tour: Brett Dean's Hamlet in strong revival and mesmerising performances

Brett Dean: <i>Hamlet</i> - Glyndebourne on Tour - Gavan Ring, Brian Bannatyne Scott, David Butt Philip (Photo Richard Hubert Smith) Brett Dean & Matthew …