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Schubert piano duets

Schubert Fantasia in F minor and works for piano duet; Marco Schiavo, Sergio Merchegiani; Decca Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 10 2014 Star rating: 3.5 Survey of Schubert's piano duet music by two Italian pianists This disc from Italian...Show More Summary

aworks album log :: sept 20, 2014 #electric #abstract

20 hours agoMusic / Classical : aworks

American classical: Elodie Lauten - Piano Soundtracks [4-Tay, Inc.] Giacomo Fiore - iv: american electric guitars Electric guitar pieces by Eve Beglarian, Larry Polansky and others. [Gflp] Robert Satterlee - Rzewski: Piano Music [Naxos] Beyond: Autechre - Exai This isn't...

Thought of the day

"'Hear their two hearts softly beat, / one moment more and their lips will meet. / What a sweet and charming picture, / love in glory, love in bloom, / don't you wish that we were in an eighteenth century...

Hortus Musicus: Estonian Composers volume III

The Estonian ensemble Hortus Musicus was established in 1972 by Andres Mustonen, who studied violin at the Tallinn State Conservatory. They specialise in early music and have access to a range of weird and wonderful instruments suchShow More Summary

Opera Holland Park 2015

Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre at Opera Holland Park in 2007photo Alastair Muir The good news is that Opera Holland Park is reviving its 2007 production of Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re in 2015. Having wowed everyone in last year's Wolf-Ferrari rarity, Natalya Romaniw is returning in the Montemezzi. Show More Summary


I just came across the site of, which here posts 14 rare bits of footage of some early 20th-century composers and conductors of note (Saint-Saëns and Shostakovich among them). While recordings exist of Fauré playing his own...Show More Summary

Determining Musical and Artistic Value

How do we know if the work we do as composers will have value for people of future generations? Who is really equipped to judge the value of a body of work, whether it be music or visual art? Who is equipped to judge the value of work that we do ourselves? Who is equipped to judge the value of work done by someone you love?It is all so subjective. Show More Summary

End-of-summer miscellany

Tertulia is a new NYC chamber-music series combining the pleasures of music and food. Opening night, Sept. 29, is at Harding's, with excellent young players from Decoda.... Composer-percussionist Andy Akiho is the winner of the 2014 Underwood Emerging Composers Commission,...

Buxton Festival 2015

For the 2015, the Buxton Festival is returning to its roots. The first festival in 1979 opened with Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor conducted by Anthony Hose and directed by Malcolm Fraser (the festival's founders); this was the first performance in the UK of the complete opera in the original keys. Show More Summary

Better together

Scotland has decided to stay after all, which is nice. Above, a picture of me and Murray McLachlan finishing the Alicia's Gift concert at Chetham's last month with clear proof that a Scot and an Englishperson can cooperate rather beautifully when given half a chance. Show More Summary

Opera Settecento in Vivaldi's Griselda

Vivaldi Griselda; Opera Settecento, Thomas Foster; Cadogan Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 18 2014 Star rating: 4.5 Bravura performances galore from new opera company in Vivaldi's rare gem Opera Settecento, musical director Thomas...Show More Summary

The Sixteen launches Purcell A Retrospective at the Wigmore Hall

The Sixteen at the Wigmore Hall, photo - Wigmore Hall Henry Purcell The Indian Queen, Daniel Purcell The Masque of Hymen; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers; The Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 17 2014 Star rating: 5.0 Stylish...Show More Summary

All Over in Scotland, More or Less

With 30 of 32 councils reporting their votes, NO is ahead, around 55% - 45%. Scotland remains part of the UK rather than becoming an independent country.I'm glad about this, given what I've read about the huge economic risks to Scotland if they broke away.

Scottish Referendum

If you're following the Scottish independence referendum - and how could you not? - here's the page to keep an eye on, at the Grauniad. They've got a running total, a map showing which councils have reported, and a list showing the by-council vote.

More Metropolitan Opera Cast Changes

A busy week of withdrawals and changes in Lincoln Center! My commentary is in [square brackets]. James Morris and Michael Volle will share the role of Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, replacing Johan Reuter, who has decided not to add the role to his repertory. Show More Summary

Achievements honoured at Gramophone Awards

Sir Neville Marriner being presented with his Outstanding Achievement Award by Alfred Brendel Both Sir James Galway and Sir Neville Marriner were honoured with special awards at last night's (17 September 2014) Gramophone Awards at St John's Smith Square. Show More Summary

How Ealing Studios predicted Britain's breakaway state

Here in sunny London we don't get a say in the future of our own country after today's Scottish referendum on independence, so I thought we'd relax and have a laugh while we wait for them to get their act together. Here's how the Ealing Studios predicted a breakaway state within the UK back in 1949. The score, incidentally, is by the fabulous Georges Auric.

Holst in Oxford

Gustav Holst Gustav Holst was fascinated by Indian literature and philosophy and taught himself Sanskrit so that he could improve the English translations which he used for his works based on Indian literature. He wrote four sets of Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda as well as an opera, Savitri based on a story from the Mahabharata. Show More Summary

Meslanges pour las Chapelle d'un Prince

Etienne Moulinie Meslanges pour la Chapelle d'un Prince; Ensemble Correspondances, Sebastien Dauce; Harmonia Mundi Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 04 2014 Star rating: 5.0 17th century music written for Louix XIII's brother in this engaging new recording The 17th century French composer Etienne Moulinie was a name new to be. Show More Summary

New arrival: Chéreau's Elektra

The Aix-en-Provence presentation of Elektra, Patrice Chéreau's final production, is now on DVD. My review is here.

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