A Royal Trio - Handel, Bononcini, Ariosti; Lawrence Zazzo, La Nuova Musica, David Bates; Harmonia Mundi Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 27 2014 Star rating: 5.0 Fine performances and imaginative repertoire from 1720's London A Royal...Show More Summary
Alan Hovhaness - Fanfare For The New Atlantis. Stewart Robertson: Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Hovhaness: Guitar Concerto #2, Symphony #63, Fanfare For The New Atlantis [Naxos]. For the second time in two years, I've failed to organize my listening...
"I never trust rules that tell me never to do something." This came blurting out of my mouth during a rehearsal today, and I thought I'd share the sweet irony.
Professor Andrzej Jasinski visits the Chopin Society. Photos by Marek Ostas The other night I was fortunate enough to be drafted in by the Chopin Society as interviewer for a very special evening at Steinway's with Professor AndrzejShow More Summary
There are two concerts coming up with premieres of my music, Alistair Dixon and Chapelle du Roi at St. John's Smith Square on December 6, as part of their New Lamps for Old programme at St. John's Smith Square, and Malcolm Cottle and...Show More Summary
Peter Pears and Joan Cross in the 1947 English Opera Group production at Glyndebourne Hampstead Garden Opera (HGO) returns on 14 November 2014 with a new production, Britten's Albert Herring. The performances, at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate, run until 23 November 2014. Show More Summary
I just came across a great book in PDF form by Toby Rush that explains the ways of means of musical notation, harmony, counterpoint, modes, and the forms used in the common practice period. This book is witty, but it is also correct, complete, and straightforward. I'm planning to use these pages with my violin students, and I thought I would share them here.
To be a music critic, that is.
This week I am listening to Curlew River (English Opera Group/Britten, Pears, Shirley-Quirk, etc. natch) in preparation for seeing and reviewing it in a week; I am also reading the Noh play Sumidagawa, on which the Britten is based. Also revisiting a couple of the monuments of 19th c. Show More Summary
Over at LiveJournal, frequent commenter Kalimac has been writing up the public events of the Rubin Institute for [Classical] Music Criticism. The postings that are up are here: Wednesday keynote, Anthony Tomassini, NY Times ThursdayShow More Summary
Ilona Domnich Rachmaninoff, Marx, Shostakovich, Strauss, Csanyi-Wills; Ilona Domnich, Nigel Foster, Madeleine Mitchell, Jamal Aliyev; London Song Festival Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Oct 30 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Five late-Romantic composers in Nigel Foster's festival Late Romantics at the London Song Festival was an unexpected pleasure. Show More Summary
Aileen Henry, Toby Carr, CN Lester & Sarah Darcey of Ursula's Arrowphoto Lucky Tooth Productions Ursula's Arrow is a collaboration led by lutenist Toby Carr, with singers Sarah Darcey and CN Lester, and harpist Aileen Henry. They are...Show More Summary
My warmest thanks to Mark Ainley and his excellent site & Facebook updates The Piano Files for alerting us to this recording of Sergei Prokofiev as piano soloist in his own Piano Concerto No.3, with the LSO conducted by Piero Coppola. Show More Summary
I've been chewing over the matter of diversity and wondering whether the music industry's efforts have worked at anything more than box-ticking levels. Here are a few thoughts, which I've stewed in an article for Amati.com.Basically,...Show More Summary
Belen Elvira, Jorge de Leon and Juan Antonio Alvarez Parejo photo credit Jonathan Rose Songs by Ginastera, Guastavina, Piazzolla, arias and duets by Mascagni, Puccini, Cilea, Bizet; Jorge de Leon, Belen Elvira, Juan Antonio Alvarez;Show More Summary
Chapel of the Royal Hospital Chelsea Bach Magnificat, Mozart Requiem; The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Wren Players, William Vann; Chapel of the Royal Hospital Chelsea Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Nov 5 2014 Star rating:...Show More Summary
San Francisco Opera has appointed Daniel Knapp as director of production, a job where he'll be in charge of a budget of $22 million that is used for stage operations, production stage management, technical administration, scene construction,...Show More Summary
Here's Alex Ross talking to Gabe Meline at KQED about classical music criticism, the job, in connection with the Rubin Institute.And a Twitter exchange with Anne Midgette: (That should be Joshua Rifkin, of course.)
Arias by Nicola Porpora; Franco Fagioli, Academia Montis Regalis, Alessandro De Marchi; Naive Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Oct 19 2014 Star rating: 5.0 Stylish and bravura performances in this selection of arias by the 18th century composer...Show More Summary