Sunday 8 June 2014

May on Planet Hugill - Cardiff, Dresden and beyond

Christopher Ainslie and Roland Wood in Julian Anderson's Thebans at ENO
Christopher Ainslie and Roland Wood in Julian Anderson's Thebans at ENO
May on Planet Hugill opened opened with the premiere of Julian Anderson's Thebans, a thrilling new addition to the operatic repertoire.

Wigmore Hall, Croydon, Weston-super-Mare and Cadogan Hall

Illness meant that we got two tenors for the price of one at the Rosenblatt Recital at Wigmore Hall which was shared by Luis Gomes and Giordano Luca. We caught the Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimmage in Croydon, Peter Leech and Harmonia Sacra in Weston-super-mare and The Tallis Scholars at Cadogan Hall. Alexandra Dariescu and Alexandru Tomescu explored 20th century Romanian composers.

Festivals in the Vale of Glamorgan and Dresden

My visit to the Vale of Glamorgan Festival included Chamber Choir Ireland and Paul Hillier, Quatuor Tana, pianist Clare Hammond and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in John Tavener's The Protecting Veil and Requiem.
May saw the first of my articles on my visit to the Dresden Music Festival, Paganini at Schloss Wackerbarth, as well as an article on the Culture Trip website.

From our Contributors

Our contributor Hilary heard the Arditti Quartet in the premiere of Julian Anderson's 300 Christmas Songs, Phelim McDermont's new production of Cosi fan tutte at ENO, Kronos Quartet's 40th birthday celebrations, Hogarth's Stages at the Royal College of Music, and the Barbican Centre's Explorations of Nonesuch Records. She also caught a couple of events at the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music.
Our guest contributor Jill Barlow heard the premiere of Edward Lambert's opera Six Characters in Search of a Stage.


Interviews included an encounter with mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright.

CD's we've heard

CD's we listened to included Rosalind Plowright's first recital disc and pianist James Brawn's debut recital, Vladimir Ashkenazy playing Howard Blake, Estonian composer Peter Vahi's Maria Magdalene, a disc of sacred music by the young contemporary composer Philip Cooke, Capella de La Torre in music from the Council of Constance, Vivaldi's opera L'Incoronazione di Dario, the European Union Baroque Orchestra and the choir of Clare College in Handel, Jennifer Pike's new recording of Sibelius's Violin Concerto, Catherine Ennis playing the new organ which the City of London bought the Queen.

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