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Orpheus Sinfonia gets Beneath the Score

Thomas Carroll and the Orpheus Sinfonia at Cadogan Hall Orpheus Sinfonia and conductor Thomas Carroll continue their Beneath the Score events, with an exploration of the intertwining lives of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Show More Summary

Seymour Barab's Complete Philip Marshall on Vimeo

Margie King Barab just let me know that a video of Philip Marshall, Seymour Barab's Civil War opera, is available to watch on line. This work would certainly be appropriate to revive during this Sesquicentennial observance of the end of the Civil War. Show More Summary

Come all ye songsters - Carolyn Sampson in Purcell at the Wigmore Hall

Carolyn Sampson Purcell, Draghi, Corbetta, Simpson; Carloyn Sampson, Elizabeth Kenny, Jonathan Manson, Laurence Cummings; the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 17 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Bewitching evening of Purcell exploring...Show More Summary

Julian Lloyd Webber to be principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire

Julian Lloyd Webberphoto credit Simon Fowler It was announced today (18 March 2015) that the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber is to be the next principal of Birmingham Conservatoire. The cellist retired from playing last year, and will be taking up his position in April this year. Show More Summary

They're Here!

Now if only the Festival would announce who is singing this year.

Castrovillari's La Cleopatra in San Francisco

I first heard about Ars Minerva just a few months ago, at the end of November, when intriguing email whispered to me that a new opera company would be staging an unknown work, La Cleopatra, which had been written in the 17th century for the Venetian carnival season. Show More Summary

Feeling Played Out, but Also Played

2 weeks agoMusic / Classical : PostClassic

In the next month I have five performances of my music coming up, three of them in New York City. On this coming Sunday, March 22, James Bagwell will conduct the Dessoff Choirs in three movements of my Transcendental Sonnets, 7 PM at Peter Norton at Symphony Space in New York. On Wednesday, April 8, […]

Lu?i? Withdraws

Says the Met: Željko Lu?i? has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness. In his place, George Gagnidze will sing Alfio in the new production of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Gagnidze, who will also sing Tonio in Pagliacci...Show More Summary

"More Greek Myths" on YouTube!

A performance of "More Greek Myths," a piece I wrote in 2007 for Susan Nigro, is now on YouTube!Here are some program notes:I. Apollo (begins at 0:01)II. Artemis (begins around 2:15)III. The Labors of Heracles (begins around 3:45)IV....Show More Summary

The Critic and the Maestro

Riccardo Muti speaks to WFMT's David Polk about Andrew Patner, in advance of the Patner Celebration in Chicago tomorrow. Andrew mentioned the music played at the end — Franck's Symphony in D Minor and Bob Dylan's Shadows in the Nigh...

JC Bach's Amadis de Gaule

JC Bach (the London Bach) seems to be having something of a moment. The first of a pair of his operas to be performed in London comes up next week as the wonderfully enterprising University College Opera perform JC Bach's Amadis de Gaule at the Bloomsbury Theatre starting on 23 March 2015. Show More Summary

This Other Eden - Kitty Whately's debut CD

Ireland, Warlock, Quilter, Gurney, RVW, Howells, Stanford, Head, Horovitz, McMillan, Britten, Barber; Kitty Whately, Joseph Middleton, Navarra Quartet, Kevin Whately, Madelaine Newton; Champs Hill Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on...Show More Summary

Catrin Finch launch for WaterAid

Catrin Finchphoto credit Rhys Frampton Harpist Catrin Finch is releasing her new album Tides on her new label Acapela on 23 March 2015. The album will be launched at a concert at the Union Chapel on 24 March 2015 which will be a fundraiser for the charity WaterAid. Show More Summary

Making Music on the edge of Europe

Sascha Goetzel and Zeynap Hamedi photographed after the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic concertphoto credit Ozge Balkan The view from our restaurant in Istanbul gives a magnificent panorama of the Bosphorus with the shore of Europe on one side and that of Asia on the other. Show More Summary

Original fire - Manual de Falla at the Wigmore Hall

Nash Ensemble - © Hanya Chlala/ArenaPAL Ravel, Falla, Martin; Bernarda Fink, Nash Ensemble, Juanjo Mena; Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 14 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Falla's original versions of his ballets, surrounded by music...Show More Summary

Mahagonny rising and falling

Sobering to wake up the morning after this particular opera to see on the news scenes of devastation from the cyclone in Vanuatu. A hurricane is the central force - in some senses - of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Brecht...Show More Summary


Kozinn: "Today, newspapers across the country have reduced their staffs of critics and the space they devote to performance coverage, sometimes drastically, and it is not uncommon to hear the culture editors at even prestigious papers wondering—with no apparent realization...

Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten in Istanbul

Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic OrchestraBorusan Istanbul Filarmoni Orkestrasi Haydn Die Jahreszeiten; Persson, Bostridge, Rock, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Goetzel; Istanbul Lütfi Kirdar ICEC Reviewed by Robert Hugill onShow More Summary

Semele at the London Handel Festival

Anna Devin Handel Semele; Devin, Charlesworth, Innes, Eubanska, Valdmaa, Humphreys, cond: Cummings; London Handel Festival at Queen Elizabeth Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 09 2015 Star rating: 5.0 Dazzlingly opening to the 2015...Show More Summary

Marshall's Memorial Service

It was a beautiful service. A terrific pianist played a bunch of pieces from the WTC and finished with the E-minor Fugue from the second book, which was Marshall's fugue (he claimed ownership, and nobody else was permitted to play it). Show More Summary

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