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Blog Post Archive

Celebrating a Bulgarian emigre in London - Pierre Rouve aka Peter Ouvaliev

15 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Having interviewed composer Dobrinka Tabakova recently (see my article), I was keen to hear some of her music live and was intrigued by the UK premiere of her new work for violin and piano which was being given at the Bulgarian Embassy on Friday 27 March 2015. Show More Summary

Finals of the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition

18 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Van Kuijk Quartet (winners of the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition) performing in the final - photo Ben Ealovega Debussy, Ravel, Dvorak; Aizuri Quartet, Verona Quartet, Van Kuijk Quartet, Piatti Quartet; Wigmore Hall ReviewedShow More Summary

Eastern inspiration - Felicien David's Le Desert

Felicien David Le Desert; Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Dubois, Wilder, Winling, Equilbey; Naive Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 29 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Superb resurrection of David's forgotten Arabic symphonic epic The idea of the...Show More Summary

French Romantic piano music with the support of the Palazzetto Bru Zane

If you thought that English music from the late 19th and early 20th century was often in danger of being neglected by broadcasters and concert promoters, just spare a thought for those interested in French Romantic music from the 19th and early 20th century. Show More Summary

Till the Stars Fall - an encounter with Matthew Long - 'is this a crossover disc?'

Matthew Long - photo Ria Mishaal It is rare to come across a young singer who is not only talented but who has a clear understanding of how the music and record industry functions, and takes a strong interest not just in their contribution but the whole recording and what happens to it. Show More Summary

Homages: A Musical Dedication - Christoph Denoth

Malats, Narvaez, Llobet, Sor, Villa-Lobos, Falla, Turina, Albeniz, Rodrigo; Christoph Denoth; Signum Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 23 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Imaginative selection of guitar pieces mainly from Spain, all linked...Show More Summary

A Pair of Passions

Bach - St Matthew Passion - Bach's fair copy of the revised version I am sure that there are plenty of performances of Bach's St Matthew Passion occurring on Good Friday (3 April 2015) but two London performances caught my eye. The first,...Show More Summary

The Indian Queen

Henry Purcell The Indian Queen, Daniel Purcell Masque of Hymen; The Sixteen; Coro Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 20 2015 Star rating: 5.0 A stylish and complete account of Henry and Daniel Purcell's music for Henry's last major stage...Show More Summary

Tippett's Ice Break

I first heard Tippett's opera The Ice Break when it was performed in concert at the Proms in 1990 woth Heather Harper coming out of retirement to sing the role of Nadia (a role she had created) and David Wilson-Johnson demonstrating his versatility by singing both in the Tippett and in Handel's Belshazzar during the same week. Show More Summary

Tenebrae at St John's

The service of Tenebrae during Holy Week, inspired many composers to produce music. There are settings both of the Lamentations of Jeremiah which form the readings during the service, and of the individual Responds sung before and after the readings. Show More Summary

Stravinsky double bill

Two enterprising young companies, Constella Ballet and Orchestra and Helios Collective, are collaborating to present an all-Stravinsky programme at the Bloomsbury Theatre on 31 March and 1 April 2015. The programme is a double bill of...Show More Summary

I musicisti dell'imperaatore - Music from the reign of Charles VI of Austria

Piani, Caldara, Scarlatti, Vivaldi; Raffaella Milanesi, G.A.P. Ensemble; Pan Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 17 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Viennese Imperial court style in 18th century music written for Emperor Charles In the 18th century the Hapsburg Emperors in Vienna ruled a huge empire, which stretched as far south as Italy. Show More Summary

It’s All About Piano

The Institut français is running its celebration of all things piano again this weekend. Their It's All About Piano festival runs from 27-29 March 2015 with a whole plethora of exciting events throughout the weekend. Concerts run throughout...Show More Summary

Jonathan Biss re-starts his Beethoven piano sonata survey.

Beethoven piano sonatas nos. 6, 10, 19 and 23 (Appassionata); Jonathan Biss Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 17 2015 Young American pianist has re-started his survey of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas The young American pianistShow More Summary

Noriko Ogawa and Jamie's Concerts

Pianist Noriko Ogawa's series Jamie's Concerts seem to be rather unique. They are aimed specifically at parents and carers of children with autism, though they are open also to people interested in autism. The concerts are designed to...Show More Summary

BBC Symphony Orchestra in Monte-Carlo

If you fancy a quick jaunt to Monte-Carlo in Monaco, then the BBC Symphony Orchestra is making its debut at the Festival Printemps des Arts there on Saturday 28 March 2015. Led by the chief conductor, Sakari Oramo, the orchestra will...Show More Summary

Flow my tears - Iestyn Davies

Johnson, Dowland, Danyel, Campion, Muhly, Hume; Iestyn Davies, Thomas Dunford, Jonathan Manson; Wigmore Hall Live Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 10 2015 Star rating: 5.0 New light on an old form - lute songs ancient and modern This new disc from counter-tenor Iestyn Davies is on the Wigmore Hall Live label. Show More Summary

A Knight's Progress - Music from the Temple Church Choir

Parry, Walton, Muhly, RVW, Tavener, Bairstow, Haydn; Choir of the Temple Church, Greg Morris, Roger Sayer; Signum Recordds Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 9 2015 Star rating: 4.0 New work by Nico Muly is the centrepiece of this attractive...Show More Summary

La Nuova Musica, Lucy Crowe and Tim Mead

La Nuova Musicaphoto B. Ealovega Bach, Locatelli, Vivaldi, Pergolesi; Lucy Crowe, Tim Mead, La Nuova Musica, David Bates; St Johns Smith Square Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 20 2015 Star rating: 5.0 A lenten programme which did not...Show More Summary

An encounter with John Savournin of Charles Court Opera - a passion for Gilbert and Sullivan

Ruddigore - Charles Court OperaSir Despard (John Savournin) and Dick Dauntless (Philip Lee) Photo Bill Knight Charles Court Opera has just come to the end of a run of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore, a Hammer Horror style production at the King's Head Theatre in Islington (see Hilary's review on this blog). Show More Summary

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