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

Mozart and Haydn. City of London Choir, Leon McCawley and the RPO at Cadogan Hall,

Labels: by Ruth Hansford, Cadogan Hall, concert review<p>City of London Choir (Photo Filip Gierlinski)<p>Mozart <i>Piano Concerto in C minor K491</i>, Haydn</i> …

Sheer enthusiasm keeps the fizz in this glass: Opera Integra in Die Fledermaus

Labels: by Anthony Evans, opera review<p>Johann Strauss <i>Die Fledermaus</i>; Opera Integra, dir: Fiona Williams, cond: Sonia Ben-Santamaria; St John's Notting …

Music

Music for the Sun King: An exploration of 18th century music & dance at Royal Academy of Music

Labels: concert review<p>Mary Collins and Steven Player (Photo Andrea Liu)<p><i>Music for the Sun King</i> Mouret, Lully, Couperin, Rebel, Purcell, Handel, …

Classical Music

Purcell from New York

Labels: cd review<p>Purcell sacred music; Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, John Scott; Resonus Classics <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 17 2017<br>Star …

Rediscovering Mendelssohn: Liza Ferschtman talks about her relationship with the violin concerto

Labels: interview<p>Liza Ferschtman (Photo Jonathan Zizzo)<p>Until relatively recently the Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman had no intention of recording …

Classical Music

Gallicantus: Queen Mary's Big Belly

Labels: cd review<p>Philip von Wilder, William Mundy, Christopher Tye, Thomas Tallis, John Sheppard; Galicantus; Signum Classics <br>Reviewed by Robert …

Royal Family

Thrilling moments from a youthful cast in Saint-Saens' Samson et Dalila

Labels: Cadogan Hall, opera review<p>Samson et Dalila at the Paris Opéra, 1892:<p>Camille Saint-Saens <i>Samson et Dalila</i>; Claudia Huckle, Aaron Cawley, Michel …

Surrender to the madness: Patricia Petibon and Susan Manoff at Wigmore Hall

Labels: concert review, Wigmore Hall<p>Patricia Petibon & Susan Manoff<p>Barber, Britten, Bacri, de Falla, Rodrigo, Obradors, Villa-Lobos, Bridge Poulenc, …

Entertainment

Richly vibrant & strongly characterful: songs by Buxton Orr from Nicky Spence & Iain Burnside

Labels: cd review<p>Buxton Orr songs; Nicky Spence, Iain Burnside, Jordan Black, Nikita Naumov, members of the Edinburgh Quartet <br>Reviewed by Robert …

Poetry

Virtuoso: I chat to recorder player Jill Kemp about her disc of new music

Labels: interview<p>Jill Kemp (Photo Kate Mount)<p>Recorder player Jill Kemp's new disc <i>Aztec Dances</i> is programme of contemporary music recorded with …

Classical Music

Slow burn: Sondra Radvanovsky's London recital debut pays dividends in the end

Labels: Cadogan Hall, concert review, Rosenblatt Recitals;<p>Anthony Manoli & Sondra Radvanovsky at Rosenblatt Recitals at Cadogan Hall (photo Jonathan …

Literature

Nancy Cunard invites: ENO's Partenope with Sarah Tynan

Labels: ENO, Handel, opera review<p>ENO - Handel: <i>Partenope</i> - Patricia Bardon, Matthew Durkan, Stephanie Windsor-Lewis, Sarah Tyana <br>(Photo Donald …

HANDEL

Sacred showcase: Stile Antico in Giaches de Wert

Labels: cd review<p>Giaches de Wert motets; Stile Antico; Harmonia Mundi <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 02 2017<br>Star rating: 4.0 <b><br>Better known for his</b> …

Cédric Tiberghien and friends in Norwich

Labels: by Tony Cooper, concert review<p>Cédric Tiberghien, Michael Kidd, Margaret Cookhorn,<br>Emmet Byrne and Oliver Janes (Photo Paul Moss)<p>Debussy, …

Music

Festa Veneziana!

Labels: concert review, Temple Music<p>Scott Price and the Schola Cantorum of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School (at St John's Smith Square with …

Music

Youth Brahms in characterful performances from Jaime Martin & the Gävle Symphony Orchestra

Labels: cd review<p>Brahms <i>Serenades</i>; Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Jaime Martin; Ondine <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 11 2017<br>Star rating: 3.5 <b><br>Early Brahms</b> …

Classical Music

Birthday double bill: Bury Court Opera celebrates with a new piece and a rare 17th century revival

Labels: opera review<p>Noah Mosley <i>Mad King Suibhne</i>, Anon. <i>L'Ospedale</i>; Dominic Bowe, Isolde Roxby, Edward Hughes, Henry Grant Kerswell, Laura Wood, …

17Th Century

Live in HD: Verdi's La Traviata from the Met

Labels: by Anthony Evans, opera review<p>Sonya Yoncheva - Verdi's <i>La Traviata</i> - Metropolitan Opera (photo Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera)<p>Verdi <i>La …

Opera

Popping up in unexpected places: I chat to Pop-Up Opera founder Clementine Lovell

Labels: interview<p>Matthew Palmer, Andrew Tipple, Alice Privett - Pop-Up Opera 2016<br>Bellini’s <i>I Capuleti e I Montecchi</i> (photo Richard Lakos)<p>Pop-Up Opera …

Music

Lunch with Dowland, Britten, Purcell and Stephen Goss

Labels: BBC, concert review, Wigmore Hall<p>Illustration of Robin the Miller, from <i>The Miller's Tale</i><p>Dowland, Britten, Stephen Goss, Purcell; Carolyn …

Music

A sustained and deeply felt essay: James MacMillan's Stabat Mater

Labels: cd review, The Sixteen, video<p>James MacMillan <i>Stabat Mater</i>; The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia, Harry Christophers; Coro <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill …

The Winter's Tale

Not quite the liberation I was thinking of: Francesca Caccini's La liberazione di Ruggiera dall'isola di Alcina

Labels: cd review<p>Francesca Caccini <i>La liberazione di Ruggiera dall'isola di Alcina</i>; Elena Biscuola, Mauro Borgioni, Gabriella Martellacci, …

Balancing commercial and artistic values: I talk to Adrian Green of Convivium Records

Labels: interview<p>Convivium Records is a relatively young record label, developing an interesting and eclectic catalogue with a significant choral …

Music

Refracting the past: Leonard Elschenbroich in Schnittke's music for cello

Labels: cd review, video<p>Schnittke <i>First Cello Sonata</i>, <i>Music in the Old Style</i>, <i>Madrigal: In memoriam Oleg Kagan</i>, <i>Musica Nostalgica</i>, Elschenbroich <i>Shards of</i> …

Flute

On Wenlock Edge: Housman's Lads

Labels: concert review<p>AE Housman<p><i>On Wenlock Edge: Housman's Lads</i>, Butterworth, RVW, Ian Venables; Adam Sullivan, Joseph Padfield, Gavin Roberts, The …

Poetry

Superb choral performances: Richard Harvey - Kyrie

Labels: cd review<p>Richard Harvey <i>Kyrie</i>; Latvian Radio Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Altus Records <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Jan 13 …

Music

Chaucerian richness: Julian Philips' The Tale of Januarie

Labels: GSMD, opera review<p>Julian Philips <i>The Tale of Januarie</i>; John Findon, Anna Sideris, Martin Hässler, Elizabeth Skinner, dir: Martin Lloyd-Evans, …

Classical Music

We're crowd-funding!

Labels: diary<p>Johnny Herford, Rosalind Ventris, Robert Hugill, Anna Huntley and William Vann at Potton Hall (Photo: Andrew Walton)<p>I am excited to …

Mieczyslav Weinberg - Chamber Symphonies

Labels: cd review<p>Mieczyslav Weinberg <i>Chamber Symphonies, Piano Quintet</i>; Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer; ECM <br>Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 17 …