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Blog Profile / Planet Hugill

Filed Under:Music / Classical
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Archived Since:April 1, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Well-tuned Words

John Dowland, Thomas Campion, John Danyel; Amanda Sidebottom, Erik Ryding; Quill Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 18 2014 Star rating: 3.5 Thoughtful selection of lute songs by Dowland and his contemporaries Often when listening...Show More Summary

The Cunning Peasant

Despite writing eleven operas, Dvorak is still best known for his penultimate, Rusalka, which was written in 1901. This year Buxton Festival revived his 1887 comedy The Jacobin (see my review) which was one of the most successful of Dvorak's operas during his lifetime. Show More Summary

David Bates and La Nuova Musica

La Nuova Musicaphoto credit Ben Ealovega Last night (29 October 2014) we heard David Bates and his group La Nuova Musica giving a private concert. They were joined by sopranos Lucy Page and Mary Bevan, counter-tenor Tim Mead and baritone Jonathan McGovern in a programme of music by Rameau, Cesti, Conti and Handel. Show More Summary

Camerata Alma Viva: from Handel to Hendrix

Hendrix, Handel, Schoenberg, Reich; Camerata Alma Viva; St. Johns Smith Square Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Oct 23 2014 Star rating: 3.0 A range of styles from young conductorless ensemble Camerata Alma Viva is a group of young musicians who all met while playing quartets together at a Gábor Takács-Nagyschool. Show More Summary

Chad Hoopes plays Mendelssohn and Adams violin concertos

Mendelssohn, Adams; Chad Hoopes, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jarvi; naive Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Oct 13 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Fascinating pairing of violin concertos from young American violinist Listening to his first recording it is hard to believe that Chad Hoopes is only 19. Show More Summary

Les Martyrs is coming

Gilbert Duprez, the first Polyeucte inDonizetti's Les Martyrs Yesterday I had the joy of being about to attend one of Opera Rara's recording sessions for their latest recording, Donizetti's Les Martyrs. I heard Michael Spyres, JoyceShow More Summary

Haydn plaque for London

18 Great Pulteney Street, Soho where Haydn lived in 1791 Haydn's first visit to London was in 1791-1792 and he came back in 1792-94. He was initially brought over by the impresario Johan Peter Solomon to perform his music at the Hanover Square rooms. Show More Summary

Hilliard Ensemble - Transeamus

Transeamus; The Hilliard Ensemble; ECM New Series Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 28 2014 The final disc from this ensemble after a 40 year career This disc is virtually impossible to review, not because you cannot have a critical opinion...Show More Summary

Wigmore Hall Spring season preview

Jonas Kauffmann© Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Music New year at the Wigmore Hall opens with quite a bang with bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni and pianist Wolfram Reiger in Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schubert (2/1/2015), soprano Robert Invernizzi,...Show More Summary

On the Pilgrim Trail in Brighton with Resonet and the BREMF Community Chorus

BREMF Community Choirin rehearsal at St Bartholomew's Church The Pilgrim Trail - Santiago!; Resonet, BREMF Community Choir; Brighton Early Music Festival at St Bartholomew's Church Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 26 2014 Star rating:...Show More Summary

Popes, Power and Patronage in Brighton

BREMF Consort of Voices Rome: Popes, Patronage and Power; BREMF Consort of Voices, Deborah Roberts; Brighton Early Music Festival at St Bartholomew's Church, Brighton Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 25 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Fascinating...Show More Summary

Maria Stuarda in Burry Port

Amelia Earhart landing in Burry Port, South West Wales Donizetti's Maria Stuarda returns to Wales this week, not in Welsh National Opera's production which we saw in Cardiff in 2013, but to Burry Port in Camarthenshire where it will be performed at the Memorial Hall by Burry Port opera. Show More Summary

Die Winterreise with Simon Keenlyside and Emanuel Ax

Simon Keenlyside at the Wigmore Hall Schubert Die Winterreise; Simon Keenlyside, Emanuel Ax; The Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 24 2014 Star rating: 5.0 A strong musical pairing take us on a very poignant journey We were...Show More Summary

Bringing the Jacobean bang up to date

Photo credit Nick Gutteridge Jazz by Oak and Candlelight; Jacqui Dankworth, Brodsky Quartet; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Oct 19 2014 Star rating: 4.0 A treat of jazz, blues, folk, and pop in a Jacobean theatre...Show More Summary

Recording Ethel Smyth's The Boatswain's Mate

Ethel Smyth's operatic career divides firmly into two halves. Leipzig trained herself, her first three operas, large scale romantic pieces (Fantasio, Der Wald, The Wreckers) were all performed on the continent in German speaking areas. Show More Summary

Tallis Scholars at Cadogan Hall

The Tallis Scholars - photo credit Eric Richmond Metamorphosis - Palestrina, Gibbons, Part, Sheppard, Tavener, Stravinsky, Gallus, Mouton, Holst; The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips; Cadogan Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 23 2014...Show More Summary

Second view: La Fanciulla del West at the London Coliseum

Leigh Melrose and the cast of The Girl of the Golden West © Robert Workman Puccini La Fanciulla del West; Bullock, Auty, Colclough, English National Opera dir. Jones, cond. Wilson; London Coliseum Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 22Show More Summary

Elina Garanca - Meditation

Meditation; Elina Garanca, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern, Karel Mark Chichon; Deutsche Gramophon Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 30 2014 Star rating: 3.0 Quite personal selection of music, beautifully sung This...Show More Summary

Shortlist announced for British Composer Awards

Jon Opstad (Stage Works category)photo Hannah Opstad The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has published the 35 works shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Goldsmiths’ Hall, London on Tuesday 2 December 2014. Show More Summary

La Belle Excentrique

Le Belle Excentrique; Patricia Petibon, Susan Manoff; Deutsche Grammophon Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 13 2014 Star rating: 5.0 Highly idiosyncratic performances of French melodies, full of delight, charm and wit I last saw Patricia Petibon as Blanche in Olivier Py's production of Poulenc's Carmelites in Paris in 2013. Show More Summary

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