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Hampstead Arts Festival

St John's Church, Downshire Hill This year's Hampstead Arts Festival runs from 1 to 22 November, finishing rather appropriately on St. Cecilia's Day. Many of this year's concerts involve Baroque music, with cellist Natalie Clein playing...Show More Summary

The unbearable lightness of...oh dear

Having greeted the idea of this CD with huge enthusiasm and given it some warm announcements right here, I'm sorry to say that a certain tenor's new recording, 'Du bist die Welt für mich' (English title is on the cover, right), has in its entirety proved a tad underwhelming. Show More Summary

Alice Coote - Handel arias

Handel arias from Hercules, Ariodante, Alcina, Radamisto, Giulio Cesare; Alice Coote, the English Concert, Harry Bicket; Hyperion Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 23 2014 Star rating: 4.5 Fine disc of Handel arias in highly distinctive...Show More Summary

Going Around

There's a meme of sorts going around, or maybe two: one is to name ten pieces you never want to hear again (see Slipped Disc for about 120 examples), the other is to name ten pieces you want to hear more often.I'm going to pass on the first, which would consist of overplayed 18th and 19th c. Show More Summary

Norma and Some Catching Up

Knowing that I am among the world's biggest Patricia Racette fans, you might have wondered why no review of Susannah, which I'd been looking forward to since rumors of its local appearance first hit my inbox several years back. Well, I was scheduled to review it for SFCV. Show More Summary

Meet the Composer Podcast from WQXR

I listened to an interview with Caroline Shaw today on "Meet the Composer" the new podcast from WQXR's Q2 station. I was impressed with the way Nadia Sirota conducted the interview, impressed by Shaw, and impressed with her music and...Show More Summary

Ann Cleare

The Irish composer, currently a student of Chaya Czernowin's at Harvard, will be featured alongside Chiyoko Szlavnics and Øyvind Torvund at a Yarn/Wire concert at ISSUE Project Room tomorrow night.

Passion at the Armory

Mark Padmore, the Evangelist, is already seated on stage as the crowd files in. A review of the Berlin Philharmoic's extraordinary St. Matthew Passion seems at this stage almost superfluous, but I'll have one a week from Monday.

Ruxandra Donose at Rosenblatt Recitals

Roger Vignoles, Ruxandra Donose - photo Jonathan Rose Bizet, Offenbach, Massenet, Faure, Verdi, Saint-Saens, Enescu, Bretan, Rossini; Roxandra Donose, Roger Vignoles; Rosenblatt Recitals at the Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert HugillShow More Summary

10 pieces I'd like to hear more often

Everyone seems to be doing "10 pieces of music you'd rather not hear again", which is funny but quite a negative kind of thing. Instead, here are 10 pieces I think we don't hear enough and that I would like to see popping up more often on concert and opera schedules. Show More Summary


The vocal ensemble Exaudi, director James Weeks, is presenting Exposure2014 at the Bishopsgate Institute in London on 18 October 2014. The concert will showcase the work of contemporary composers many from a new generation of professional composers, at a pivotal moment in their careers. Show More Summary


When I taught flute students I would often observe their throats getting tight when they found themselves in the musical land of many sharps. I noticed it in myself as well, and always had to work to counteract the tendency.Lately IShow More Summary

Vienna breaks new operatic ground, in your home

Back in April we were quite excited to read about the Vienna State Opera's ambitious plans for digital webcasting on the grand scale. Here it comes. The ad above shows you something of what they're doing and a few questions from me about how/how much have elicited the following information: For payment you have several possibilities. Show More Summary

Love said to me..

Love said to me...; Caroline Macphie and Joseph Middleton; Stone Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Aug 20 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Songs inspired by or written by women in a fascinating from this up and coming young soprano This newShow More Summary

Max Richter and Daniel Hope at the Royal Albert Hall

Max Richter Max Richter, Daniel Hope, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Hilary Glober on Oct 04 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Atmospheric and quirky re-composition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons The main focus of Saturday's...Show More Summary

Un Ballo in Maschera at SF Opera, Media Roundup & Commentary

Not your usual list of reviewers, as you'll see: Georgia Rowe, SJ Mercury News Allan Ulrich, FT Greg Freed, Parterre Box Rodney Punt, SFCV Janos Gereben, Examiner Lisa Hirsch, SF Chronicle Yes, you are reading that right: my review is in the Chron. Show More Summary

And finally on the Rach bag of spellings...

...let's let SERGEI RACHMANINOFF himself have the final say. As you see: Sergei with an i. Rachmaninoff with fortissimo. (I wonder what he did in London in 1929.)Many thanks to Richard Bratby for sending me the link.

A new collaboration: B Tommy Andersson and BBCNOW

Bosch - Garden of Earthly Delight Strauss, Andersson, Sibelius; Ann Petersen, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Søndergård; St David's Hall, Cardiff Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Oct 3 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Large scale work from...Show More Summary

Go Sober so far, thanks and acknowledgements!

Delighted to say that in the first five days of October, Team JDCMB has clocked up £166 for the appeal by Macmillan Cancer Support. The challenge is, as you know, to stay away from alcohol for the whole of October, something that can...Show More Summary

Update on Battle of the Rachs...

Interesting info re the spelling of Serge(i) Rachmaninov/ff has been popping into the in-box since my post the other day, so here's what they're saying. Alexandra Ivanoff, culture journalist and music editor of Time Out, Istanbul, gives...Show More Summary

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