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RVW at the London English Song Festival

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

William Vann's London English Song Festival is returning on 3 June 2015 with eight concerts which really live up to the festival's name as during these concerts all of RVW's original songs are being performed. Thus giving us a chance to assess the lesser known works alongside the better known ones. Show More Summary

Sisters at the piano: The Labèque sisters ‘Round Moondog'

19 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Moondog Philip Glass, Moondog, David Chalmin; Labèque Sisters, UBUNOIR; Kings Place Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Apr 17 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Exploring the music of Moondog and its influence on Minimalist composers As part of Kings Place's...Show More Summary

The International Opera Awards 2015

19 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Richard E Grant, Joyce Kennedy, Sir Antonio PappanoRichard Strauss Anniversary Production Award The International Opera Awards 2015; Savoy Theatre, London Reviewed by Robert Hugill on April 26 2015 Live performance, and awards for achievement;...Show More Summary

Niobe, Regina di Tebe

Agostino Steffani Niobe, Regina di Tebe; Veronique Gens, Jacek Laszczkowski, Iestyn Davies, Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 19 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Outing on disc of Covent Garden's 2010...Show More Summary

Guillaume Tell - more than complete

Rossini Guillaume Tell; Michael Spyres, Judith Howarth, Andrew Foster-Williams, Virtuosi Brunensis, Antonino Fogliani; Naxos Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 13 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Striking new live version of Rossini's last opera,...Show More Summary

Thinking and playing - My encounter with violinist Eric Silberger

Multi-layered Pagannini Caprices, playing in a volcano and writing modern baroque music, all this and Mozart with the Philharmonia Orchestra. My encounter with violinist Eric Silberger. The young American violinist Eric Silberger has just made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra (18,19 April 2015) performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. Show More Summary

Mazurkas from Chopin to Ades in a brilliant programme by young Kazakh pianist

Mazurkas from Chopin to Ades; Dina Duisen Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 8 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Imaginative disc showcasing the talents of a young Kazak pianist Dina Duisen is a young pianist from Kazakhstan who has studied in her native country and America before coming to London and completing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Show More Summary

Northern Lights

The choir Voxcetera and the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, with conductors Adam Johnson and Jane Hopkins, will be performing Vivaldi's perennial Gloria at St Martin in the Fields on 28 April 2015, but it is in the smaller work which are also in the programme that the concert's main interest lies. Show More Summary

A Marriage of Science and Art - Three Tales at the Science Museum

Steve Reich and Beryl Korot Three Tales; Ensemble BPM, dir: Matthew Eberhardt, cond: Nick Sutcliffe; IMAX Cinema, Science Museum Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 22 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Reich and Korot's video opera, in an IMAX at the...Show More Summary

The French Connection - Piotr Beczala in French 19th century opera

Massenet, Berlioz, Verdi, Boieldieu, Gounod, Bizet; Piotr Beczala, Diana Damrau, Orchestre de l'opera national de Lyon, Alain Altinoglu; Deutsche Gramophon Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 31 Mar 2015 Star rating: 3.5 Modified rapture for...Show More Summary

Royal Ballet new season - Carmen, Frankenstein and a new conductor

Liam Scarlett whose new Frankenstein premieres in 2016(image credit Royal Opera House) Like the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet's 2015/16 season is a balance between revivals of old warhorses and new work. There is an admirable support...Show More Summary

Practising what she preaches - Nelly Miricioiu in recital

David Gowland and Nelly Miricioiu at St John's Smith Square Ravel, Chausson, Viardot/Chopin, Brediceanu, Respighi, Bellini, Rossini, Puccini, Verdi Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 21 2015 Opera singer Nelly Miricioiu in a rare recital...Show More Summary

Stuart Straftford appointed as Scottish Opera's music director

Stuart Stratford. Scottish Opera 2015Credit James Glossop. The British conductor Stuart Stratford has been appointed the new music director of Scottish Opera. He joins the company in June this year and his first performances as music director will be announced as part of the 2015/16 season launch in May. Show More Summary

Spanish baritone wins 2015 London Handel Singing Competition

Josep-Ramon Olivé, © Chris Christodoulou The 2015 London Handel Festival came to an end on Monday with the 14th London Handel Singing Competition at St George's Church, Hanover Square. Five finalists competed, soprano Ingrida Gápová,...Show More Summary

Enescu, Chabrier, Gluck and Haas - Royal Opera new season

Covent Garden announced its 2015/2016 season last week and Kasper Holten's Royal Opera season has been eagerly picked over by everyone, itemising the amount of contemporary opera, the number of old war-horses making a reappearance and the paucity of Jonas Kaufmann showings. Show More Summary

Avi Avital - Rock and roll Vivaldi

Vivaldi concertos; Avi Avital, Venice Baroque Orchestra; Deutsche Gramophon Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 8 2015 Star rating: 3.0 Superstar mandolin playing Avital re-creates Vivaldi's music in his own image For this new disc on Deutsche...Show More Summary

Three Tales at the Science Museum IMAX

Image by Beryl Korot Three Tales, the video opera by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot was premiered at the Vienna Festival in 2002 and broadcast by the BBC that year. The piece, which is similar in construction to Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's...Show More Summary

Take your hankies with you - ETO's ‘La Boheme’ is a real tear jerker

La Boheme - English Touring Opera - © Richard Hubert Smith Puccini La Boheme; Ilona Domnich, David Butt Philip, dir: James Conway, cond: Michael Roswall; English Touring Opera at Hackney Empire Reviewed by Hilary Glover on March 13 2015...Show More Summary

Lucy Parham explores Liszt's many lives and loves

Lucy Parham © Sven Arnstein Liszt seems to have lived multiple lives in the space of his 75 years, moving from a child prodigy, to a superstar virtuoso who virtually invented the public piano recital, but encompassing some late mysticism and remarkable experiments in music and tonality. Show More Summary

Chamber music by Howard Blake at Milton Court

Howard Blake and Benedict Kloecknerperforming together in 2013 Chamber music by Howard Blake; Madeleine Mitchell, Rivka Golani, Benedict Kloeckner, Sasha Grynyuk Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 17 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Old fashioned...Show More Summary

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