Welcome to January on Planet Hugill
January started with the Planet Hugill list, Hilary and my list of our memorable events from 2013.
Sondheim, Handel and new opera
Our post Christmas treat was Stephen Sondheim's Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Second Movement's Rough for Opera gave us three very different, very new operas. The Sixteen performed Handel's late masterpiece Jephtha at the Barbican with James Gilchrist in the title role.
Other concerts included lunchtime recitals at Covent Garden from Jette Parker Young Artists Luis Gomes and David Butt Philip. At the Wigmore Hall Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes performed Mahler and Shostakovich, whilst Gerald Finley and Julius Drake gave us Die Winterreise. At King's Place, Benjamin Frith and the Dante Quartet performed Elgar's Piano Quintet.
Interviews included the young conductor, George Jackson, who is about to be a conducting fellow at the Aspen Festival, and I talked to Oliver Zeffman and Bartholomew Lafollette about their Panufnik and Myaskovsky concert with the Melos Sinfonia. I also met with composer and conductor Jacques Cohen to talk about his forthcoming premiere of his new work, Love Journeys, with the Isis Ensemble.
From our contributor Hilary
Hilary's reviews included the Aurora Orchestra's Road Trip at King's Place, Satoko Fukuda and the Concordia Foundation, English National Ballet's spectacular new production of Le Corsaire. She saw the JACK Quartet in contemporary repertoire at the Wigmore Hall and was at the London A Cappella festival both attending concerts taking part in one of their vocal workshops.
There was something of an Estonian flavour to the middle of the month. The Estonia Philharmonic Chamber Choir opened the London A Cappella Festival, Roxanna Panufnik's Tallinn Mass was launched and there was an Estonian music networking event, I also reviewed Panufnik's Tallinn Mass.
In rather more unusual circumstances we attended the Filthy Lucre event in a warehouse in Peckham, with live performances of the music of Scelsi, Vivier, Scott Walker, Radiohead and more.
CD's and DVD's
CD's listened to included Britten's Turn of the Screw from the LSO, volume four of Malcolm Martineau's Complete Songs of Poulenc, Bejun Mehta in Che puro Ciel, - an exploration of the rise of Classical opera, Michael Berkeley's new oboe quintet, Into the Ravine, the Huelgas Ensemble in Lassus, Palestrina and Ashewell, Tenebrae in Russian Treasures, Vivadli's string concerto in naive's ongoing Vivaldi edition, Iestyn Davies singing Handel in You Tuneful Voice. DVD's included Tony Britten's Benjamin Britten - Peace and Conflict.
Our top performing post this month was my interview with the young conductor George Jackson. Other busy postings were Filthy Lucre's performance of Scelsi, Vivier, Scott Walker and Radiohead, Harry Christophers, James Gilchrist. and the Sixteen in Handel's Jeptha - both the review and our special ticket offer - and Hilary's review of the London A Cappella Festival.
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