• Combining Western classical with Native American musical culture: I chat to composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate

    Updated: 2021-09-17 17:53:16
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Saturday , 18 September 2021 Combining Western classical with Native American musical culture : I chat to composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate Labels : interview Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate : Lowak Shoppala' premiere in 2009 The composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate is both a citizen of the USA and the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma and his music reflects this dual heritage , combining the Western classical tradition with that of Native American cultures . His work , Lowak Shoppala' Fire and Light expresses Chickasaw identity through classical music theatre . Lowak Shoppala' premiered in 2009 and the premiere recording was released in June 2021 on Azica Records featuring

  • Not just a fine debut recital: Julian Van Mellaerts & James Baillieu are joined by family & friends for their exploration of Songs of Travel and Home on Champs Hill Records

    Updated: 2021-09-17 17:27:35
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Saturday , 18 September 2021 Not just a fine debut recital : Julian Van Mellaerts James Baillieu are joined by family friends for their exploration of Songs of Travel and Home on Champs Hill Records Labels : cd review Songs of travel and home Quilter , Bridge , Gareth Farr , Ravel , RVW Julien Van Mellaerts , James Baillieu , Bryony Gibson-Cornish , Sofia Castillo , Raphael Wallfisch Champs Hill Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 11 September 2021 Star rating : 4.0 A debut recital which explores baritone Julien Van Mellaerts' diverse origins , what home means and explores identity through song For a young artist , the question of programming their debut recital disc is a

  • Sheer diversity: The Boulanger Legacy - music for violin and piano from the Boulanger sisters and three of Nadia's pupils, one Polish, one American, one Argentinian

    Updated: 2021-09-14 17:18:48
    : : , , , Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Wednesday , 15 September 2021 Sheer diversity : The Boulanger Legacy music for violin and piano from the Boulanger sisters and three of Nadia's pupils , one Polish , one American , one Argentinian Labels : cd review The Boulanger Legacy Lili Boulanger , Grazyna Bacewicz , Astor Piazzolla , Leonard Bernstein , Nadia Boulanger Merel Vercammen , Dina Ivanova TRPTK Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 10 September 2021 Star rating : 4.0 An imaginative selection of music for violin and piano from sisters Nadia and Lili Boulanger alongside that of Nadia's pupils Nadia Boulanger's pupils were so many and varied , from Aaron Copland to Jean Françaix , from Philip Glass to Daniel

  • Light and shade: In Soleil Noir, tenor Emiliano Gonzalez Toro takes us on a voyage around the art of Francesco Rasi, the first Orfeo in Monteverdi's opera

    Updated: 2021-09-13 16:59:12
    : : , , Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Tuesday , 14 September 2021 Light and shade : In Soleil Noir , tenor Emiliano Gonzalez Toro takes us on a voyage around the art of Francesco Rasi , the first Orfeo in Monteverdi's opera Labels : cd review Soleil Noir : arie per Francesco Rasi Emiliano Gonzalez Toro , Louise Pierrard , Thomas Dunford , Flora Papadopoulos Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 7 September 2021 Star rating : 5.0 A spectacular and engaging voyage around the tenor Francesco Rasi who not only created the title role in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo but was associated with a number of other early opera composers The tenor Francesco Rasi 1574-1621 is best known for creating the title role in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo

  • Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival - highlights from this years festival broadcast on-line

    Updated: 2021-09-11 01:58:21
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Saturday , 11 September 2021 Tête à Tête : The Opera Festival highlights from this years festival broadcast on-line Labels : preview Tete a Tete Tête à Tête : The Opera Festival might have finished its live performances for this year's festival , but the jollity is not over as on Friday 17 September 2021 the festival is broadcasting films of three of the highlights from this year's festival . nbsp Things begin with The Venus Bushfires a watch party with the creative collective which has multidisciplinary artist Helen Epega at its centre . Then comes Alastair White s latest fashion-opera , . RUNE This is the third in a sequence of works which White has been producing see my

  • Faced with the lack of representation of their own experiences in the traditional song repertoire, soprano Samantha Crawford and pianist Lana Bode set about creating their own programme

    Updated: 2021-09-09 18:41:37
    : , Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Friday , 10 September 2021 Faced with the lack of representation of their own experiences in the traditional song repertoire , soprano Samantha Crawford and pianist Lana Bode set about creating their own programme Labels : Oxford Lieder Festival preview Lana Bode and Samantha Crawford performing dream.risk.sing Photo Frances Marshall Faced with the challenge of finding song repertoire which reflected the diversity of their experiences and frustrated by the lack of representation in traditional song repertoire , British soprano Samantha Crawford and American pianist Lana Bode have set about doing it for themselves . The two have created a programme that tells women's

  • Mixed blessing: Bach's St Matthew Passion at the BBC Proms with never quite solves the problem of how to fill the Royal Albert Hall with this profoundly contemplative work

    Updated: 2021-09-09 17:19:00
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Friday , 10 September 2021 Mixed blessing : Bach's St Matthew Passion at the BBC Proms with never quite solves the problem of how to fill the Royal Albert Hall with this profoundly contemplative work Labels : BBC concert review Proms Bach : St Matthew Passion Arcangelo in rehearsal at the Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms Bach St Matthew Passion Stuart Jackson , Matthew Rose , Louise Alder , Iestyn Davies , Hugo Hymas , Roderick Williams , Arcangelo , choristers of St Paul's Cathedral , Jonathan Cohen BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 9 September 2021 Jonathan Cohen brings together a fine array of soloists and instrumentalists for a very traditional

  • A Companionship of Concertos: Tedd Joselson returns to the studio for concertos by Grieg and Rachmaninov

    Updated: 2021-09-08 15:37:25
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Thursday , 9 September 2021 A Companionship of Concertos : Tedd Joselson returns to the studio for concertos by Grieg and Rachmaninov Labels : cd review Grieg Piano Concerto Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No . 2 Tedd Joselson , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , Philharmonia Orchestra , Arthur Fagen Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 7 September 2021 Star rating : 3.5 A rare return to the studio for the distinguished Belgian-American pianist with a pair of classic concertos This new disc of Grieg's Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No . 2 from pianist Tedd Joselson the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Arthur Fagen on

  • Oxford Bach Choir launches 125th Anniversary Season with online performance of Duruflé’s Requiem

    Updated: 2021-09-07 18:35:53
    : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Wednesday , 8 September 2021 Oxford Bach Choir launches 125th Anniversary Season with online performance of Duruflé’s Requiem Labels : Oxford preview Oxford Bach Choir is celebrating its 125th Anniversary Season beginning with a performance of Duruflé’s Requiem which will be performed in the Sheldonian Theatre and streamed on-line . On Sunday 19 September 2021, Benjamin Nicholas will conduct the Oxford Bach Choir in Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem written in 1947 with Lila Chrisp mezzo-soprano Ben Davies bass Rebecca McNaught cello and Robert Quinney organ The work will be paired with Gabriel Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine and Oxford University Professor of Poetry , Alice

  • Scriabin complete: all ten published piano sonatas in one sitting at Puskin House as part of the Bloomsbury Festival

    Updated: 2021-09-07 17:53:43
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Wednesday , 8 September 2021 Scriabin complete : all ten published piano sonatas in one sitting at Puskin House as part of the Bloomsbury Festival Labels : preview Alexander Scriabin This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Scriabin 1871-1915 and in celebration , as part of the Bloomsbury Festival , Pushkin House has arranged an event where all ten of Scriabin's published piano sonatas will be performed by a team of distinguished pianists , nbsp Thomas Ang , Daniel Grimwood , Alexander Karpeyev , Dinara Klinton , James Kreiling , Yuri Paterson-Olenich , Maria Razumovskaya , Olga Stezhko and Nafis Umerkulova . On Saturday 23 October 2021 from 3pm to 6pm

  • Ancient and Modern: Helen Charlston & Toby Carr premiere Owain Park's new piece for mezzo-soprano and theorbo

    Updated: 2021-09-07 17:26:13
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Wednesday , 8 September 2021 Ancient and Modern : Helen Charlston Toby Carr premiere Owain Park's new piece for mezzo-soprano and theorbo Labels : CMF concert review Helen Charlston Toby Carr Photo Vivienne Monk Owain Park , Purcell , Strozzi , Eccles , Monteverdi Helen Charlston , Toby Carr City Music Foundation at Great Hall of St Bartholomew's Hospital Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 8 September 2021 Star rating : 4.0 Premiere of Owain Park's new work alongside vividly intense programme of Renaissance laments and mad songs The collaboration between mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston and lutenist Toby Carr goes back some years , with a repertoire of English and Italian

  • Music Theatre Wales: New Directions

    Updated: 2021-09-06 20:27:43
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Tuesday , 7 September 2021 Music Theatre Wales : New Directions Labels : preview Wales MTW House of Jollof Opera Tumi Williams Sita Thomas 2021 Credit Redbrck_6 During September and October 2021, Music Theatre Wales , led by artistic associate Elayce Ismail and director Michael McCarthy , will be presenting three new works online . They have invited artists new to opera to create new opera for our times , and the three results are The House of Jollof Opera by Tumi Williams and Sita Thomas launching 24 9 2021 Pride A Lion's Roar by Renell Shaw and Rachel Young launching 8 10 21 and Somehow by Krystal S . Lowe and Jasmin Kent Rodgman launching 22 10 21 Writer , composer and

  • In Darkness Let Me Dwell

    Updated: 2021-09-06 16:33:26
    : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Tuesday , 7 September 2021 In Darkness Let Me Dwell Labels : preview John Woolrich Photo Chelsey Browne , originally in folke.life The composer John Woolrich is now resident in Folkstone and his latest project is aimed at bringing his music to the town . Over the last six years or so , Woolrich has been writing a series of short pieces for string quartet under the overall title of A Book of Inventions To date he has composed 21 of them , and though some have been performed individually , his new project aims to bring them . together Over two nights , 24 and 25 September 2021, under the title In Darkness Let Me Dwell the Salome Quartet and the Benyounes Quartet will be

  • Visible Skin: Rediscovering the Renaissance through Black Portraiture

    Updated: 2021-09-06 15:46:20
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Tuesday , 7 September 2021 Visible Skin : Rediscovering the Renaissance through Black Portraiture Labels : music news Peter Brathwaite The Paston Treasure Baritone Peter Brathwaite spent a good portion of lockdown last year with an ambitious Twitter and Instagram project Rediscovering Black Portraiture where he re-imagined representations of Black portraiture from the 11th century to the present day , daring viewers to consider how people of colour have and should be seen and portrayed . He embarked on the project as part of the GettyMuseumChallenge : restaging famous paintings with everyday household objects . Peter restaged works that focused specifically on Black

  • Arthur Honegger: Mélodies et Chansons from Holger Falk & Steffen Schleiermacher

    Updated: 2021-09-06 15:28:40
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Tuesday , 7 September 2021 Arthur Honegger : Mélodies et Chansons from Holger Falk Steffen Schleiermacher Labels : cd review Arthur Honegger Mélodies et Chansons Holger Falk , Steffen Schleiermacher MDG Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 1 September 2021 Star rating : 4.0 Spanning over 30 years , this wide-ranging recital explores Arthur Honegger's full development as a song-composer Like the music of the other composers from Les Six , the music of Arthur Honegger moves away from the style associated with the group in the 1920s and Honegger was a prolific composer , leaving works in a wide range of genres . Whilst a few are well-known , far more of his works remain at best

  • London Young Musician - international online music performance competition

    Updated: 2021-09-06 01:06:53
    : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Monday , 6 September 2021 London Young Musician international online music performance competition Labels : Guest Posting music news London Young Musician is an international online music performance competition that focuses on supporting the worldwide learning and creation of classical music . It is open to young musicians under the age of 28 and is available to all classical music instruments and vocals . The competition is held entirely online and welcomes applications from around the world . It provides excellent experience of competing internationally , without the hassle of . travelling Thousands of candidates from over 70 countries and regions enter the competition .

  • The last piano solos by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov in a recital of power and subtlety by Nikita Lukinov at Pushkin House

    Updated: 2021-09-05 17:54:09
    : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Monday , 6 September 2021 The last piano solos by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov in a recital of power and subtlety by Nikita Lukinov at Pushkin House Labels : concert review Nikita Lukinov Tchaikovsky , Scriabin , Rachmaninov , Prokofiev Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 5 September 2021 Star rating : 4.0 A Pushkin House music salon featuring a talented young Russian pianist Based in an early 18th-century house in Bloomsbury Square , Pushkin House is an organisation which promotes Russian , Soviet and post-Soviet culture , founded in 1954 by a group of scholars with Russian origins . Pushkin House runs regular music salons and on Sunday 5 September 2021 we went along to hear the

  • A sequence of vivid characters: William Walton's A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table alongside Puccini, Verdi and Finzi in a superb recital from Elizabeth Llewellyn and Simon Lepper

    Updated: 2021-09-05 16:11:21
    : : , Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Sunday , 5 September 2021 A sequence of vivid characters : William Walton's A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table alongside Puccini , Verdi and Finzi in a superb recital from Elizabeth Llewellyn and Simon Lepper Labels : concert review Wigmore Hall Elizabeth Llewellyn and Simon Lepper at Wigmore Hall image taken from live stream Finzi , Puccini , Verdi , Walton Elizabeth Llewellyn , Simon Lepper Wigmore Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 3 September 2021 Star rating : 5.0 Songs by two opera composers whose work she is associated with complemented by song cycles from Finzi and Walton in this vivid recital from Elizabeth Llewellyn Soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn returned to Wigmore

  • The history behind: 17 June 1800 - Puccini's Tosca and Sardou's La Tosca

    Updated: 2021-09-05 16:11:05
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Monday , 6 September 2021 The history behind : 17 June 1800 Puccini's Tosca and Sardou's La Tosca Labels : feature article Soprano Hariclea Darclée , the first Tosca Have you ever wondered why Cavaradossi , in the middle of Act Two of Puccini's Tosca suddenly launches into a triumphal aria Vittoria , vittoria despite having just suffered torture at the hands of Scarpia's minions You need to follow the libretto pretty closely , something I suspect few people bother to do , to realise that the aria arises directly from the very specific historical context of the . opera Puccini's inspirations for his operas were many and various and reading his biography the net seems to

  • Stories from the front line: concert life might be opening up, but artists still face huge challenges when it comes to being able to rehearse and perform

    Updated: 2021-09-02 16:54:40
    : : , Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Friday , 3 September 2021 Stories from the front line : concert life might be opening up , but artists still face huge challenges when it comes to being able to rehearse and perform Labels : music news Members of National Youth Choir of Scotland on the isle of Cumbrae Whilst musical life is indeed opening up , there still remain all sorts of complications , issues and costs . The changing nature of quarantine regulations means that travel is still a big issue for many artists , and my social media feed has plenty of examples of singers and instrumentalists who struggle and sometimes fail with the paperwork and quarantine requirements , and don't forget that five days

  • National Opera Studio's Young Artists for the 2021/22 season

    Updated: 2021-09-02 16:03:51
    : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Friday , 3 September 2021 National Opera Studio's Young Artists for the 2021 22 season Labels : music news The National Opera Studio has announced its roster of Young Artists for the 2021 22 season , but it will not be bidding goodbye quite yet to some of the 2020 21 Young Artists as they are offering all the 2020 21 Young Artists additional coaching and support as Associate Artists during the year , whilst once of the 2020 21 Associate Artists , nbsp South African tenor Monwabisi Lindi , is returning as a full-time Young . Artist This year's roster : is Russian soprano Aleksandra Chernenko Mozarteum University , Salzburg , Austria Conservatorio Santa Cecilia , Rome , Italy

  • Quite an occasion: Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts early Handel and Bach for his 60th appearance at the BBC Proms

    Updated: 2021-09-02 15:28:50
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Friday , 3 September 2021 Quite an occasion : Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts early Handel and Bach for his 60th appearance at the BBC Proms Labels : BBC concert review Proms Handel : Dixit Dominus Monteverdi Choir , English Baroque Soloists , Sir John Eliot Gardiner BBC Proms Photo Chris Chris Christodoulou BBC Handel , Bach Monteverdi Choir , English Baroque Soloists , Ann Hallenberg , Sir John Eliot Gardiner BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 2 September 2021 Star rating : 4.0 Dazzling chorus work , superb team musicianship and the largest choir we've heard live for months Sir John Eliot Gardiner first conducted Handel's Dixit Dominus at the

  • Re-visiting the American Dream: Emma Jude Harris' production of Amy Beach's only opera Cabildo

    Updated: 2021-09-01 16:47:21
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Thursday , 2 September 2021 Re-visiting the American Dream : Emma Jude Harris' production of Amy Beach's only opera Cabildo Labels : preview Amy Beach : Cabildo Helen Stanley Photo Ali Wright Amy Beach 1876-1944 became the first successful American female composer of large-scale music . Trained as a concert pianist , she turned to composing when marriage forced her to give up performance in public and her compositional style remained somewhat independent of the main-stream . Her large scale orchestral compositions date from the 1890s and much of her later output was for smaller forces , but in 1932 she wrote a one-act opera Cabildo I am not clear quite why Beach turned to

  • Surprisingly satisfying: Bach's The Art of Fugue from Les inAttendus

    Updated: 2021-09-01 15:44:12
    : : Pages Home About Us Contact Us Record Reviews Interviews Twitter : RobertHugill Opera and Concert Reviews Facebook Thursday , 2 September 2021 Surprisingly satisfying : Bach's The Art of Fugue from Les inAttendus Labels : cd review Bach The Art of Fugue Les inAttendus Harmonia Mundi Reviewed by Robert Hugill on 28 August 2021 Star rating : 4.0 Despite the unlikelihood of the combination of accordion , bass viol and Baroque violin , this account of Bach's late masterpiece pleases on so many levels It might seem highly unlikely but this new disc of Bach's The Art of Fugue from Harmonia Mundi proves surprisingly satisfying on many levels . Surprising because the players are the French group Les inAttendus comprising accordion Vincent Lhermet seven string bass viol Marianne Muller and

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