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Bloch on Bach

From Essays on the Philosophy of Music, translated by Peter Palmer (Cambridge University Press):.... He cherishes his theme, in which he as no other composer compressed what was to come, tension and the sharpest outline of tension. He...Show More Summary

TOMORROW on Radio 3 'CD Review'

Off to BBC Broadcasting House bright and early tomorrow morning (Saturday 29th) to take part in Radio 3's 'CD Review'. I'll be in discussion with presenter Andrew McGregor and the distinguished pianist Roger Vignoles, featuring a round-up of five new piano discs. Show More Summary


For whatever it's worth, I've added several new selections to my page of recommended CDs. The first twenty or so are in the running for my best-of-the-year list. My colleagues at the New York Times have supplied gift-buying selections; I'd...

Temple Church's Winter Festival

22 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

The Temple Church and BBC Radio 3 are presenting their Winter Festival again this year with a fine selection of choral concerts at the Temple Church between 15 December and 19 December 2014. Things open on 15 December with the Belgian...Show More Summary

There is sweet music - in praise of polytonality

23 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Act 1 finale from Don Giovanni at Covent Garden - picture ROH If I say the word polytonality - music in more than one key simultaneously - what does it conjure up? A cacophanous racket or music of profound beauty. A throw-away comment on BBC Radio 3 this week set me thinking. Show More Summary

aworks favorites :: nov 26, 2014 #ives #electro-magnetic #testosterphone

yesterdayMusic / Classical : aworks

american classical: Charles Ives - Central Park in the Dark. The American Avant-Garde In The 20th Century: Music And Modernism [LTM]. Neither the liner notes nor the Internet indicate performers. Alan Tormey - Black Pudding. Theories of Place [New Focus...

Speaking of women in music... is the video of the conference about inequalities in classical music, held at King's College, London, a few weeks ago. The panel includes academics Christina Scharf and Anna Bull, conductor Alice Farnham, Beverley Mason and myself,...Show More Summary

Phantom Voices

Following up from their previous innovative concert combining music and science, Tales from Babel (see Hilary's review on this blog), Edward Wickham and The Clerks are at it again. Their new programme is Phantom Voices: A History of Music in Seven Hauntings about the way that the mind imagines music. Show More Summary

Shout: Shadwell opera makes a stand

Alice Rose Privett and Shadwell Opera - credit Nick Rutter Schoenberg, Ravel, Walton; Shadwell Opera; Shoreditch Town Hall Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Nov 18 2014 Fundraiser with a different, examining the boundaries between speech and music Speakby Shadwell opera at Shoreditch Town Hall was a fundraiser with a difference. Show More Summary

And in that Other Opera with the Tubercular Soprano...

Quinn Kelsey will sing Giorgio Germont in the first three performances of La Traviata, substituting for Ludovic Tézier, who is sick. Marina Rebekah sings Violetta and Stephen Costello Alfredo Germont.

And the Answer is.....

One of the two originally-scheduled tenors, plus four tenors subbing in for the other of the originals. Note: One of the subs is also subbing for a sub (Demuro in for Castronovo on November 24).Ramon Vargas has withdrawn from the rest of his scheduled appearances in the Met's La Boheme. Show More Summary

Recitare 2015

Like most people, I have many memories of my grandparents reciting poetry they learned 80 or 90 years previously in grade school. Thanks to the horror of rote memorization sweeping through the elementary schools I attended in the 80s, I...

More Thanksgiving Music

Here's one more Thanksgiving arrangement that can be played with violin and viola or any combination of treble and bass instruments. You can download a PDF to print here. I wish a wonderful day of Thanksgiving to everyone who visits here!

Help fund Shackleton's Cat

Borka the Goose with no Feathers Having given us dogs in space and a bald goose, English Touring Opera is now looking to give us Shackleton's cat. Marking the bicentenary of Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition and keying into aShow More Summary

Off Book

Like most people, I have many memories of my grandparents reciting poetry they learned 80 or 90 years previously in grade school. Thanks to the horror of rote memorization sweeping through the elementary schools I attended in the 80s, I...

Academy of St Martin in the Fields plays Howard Blake

Howard Blake Snowman Fantasia, Flute Concerto, Clarinet Concerto, Serenade for Wind Octet; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner; St Martin in the Fields Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Nov 25 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Two...Show More Summary

aworks favorites :: nov 25, 2014 #yetanothersonatasandinterludes

3 days agoMusic / Classical : aworks

American classical: Nothing today. I did listen to yet another recording of John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes. Yawn. Beyond: Steffen Basho-Junghans - The River Suite. Rivers and Bridges [Strange Attractors Audio House] Basho-Junghans' long-form guitar music may even surpass John...

Northern Chamber Orchestra premiere in Macclesfield

Cheshire-based composer Anthony Gilbert's new work Tryptych will be given its premiere on Saturday 6 December 2014 by the Northern Chamber Orchestra, leader Nicholas Ward, at the Maccesfield Heritage Centre. Described as an expressively...Show More Summary

Cello with zing - sonatas by Boccherini and Cirri

Cello sonatas by Boccherini and Cirri; Catherine Jones, Giulia Nuti, Alison McGillivray and William Carter; Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Nov 16 2014 Star rating: 5.0 Brilliantly involving and technically poised...Show More Summary

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