Opera repertoire has broadened since the French composer’s 1967 comments, and ‘The Invader’ continues a fine recent tradition of new opera in Ireland
Disputes at the top level of the NCH are overshadowing more immediate concerns at the ground level
Composer John Adams ‘didn’t really know’ what he was doing when he wrote his first opera – that hasn’t stopped ‘Nixon in China’, which does exactly what it says on its musical tin, travelling around the world
The personality of the ‘new’ Ruffatti organ at St Patrick’s College chapel is suave, full, luxuriant and finely balanced
The most frequently quoted number for piano students in China is 50 million. The implications are huge
The 31-year-old reveals how he keeps mind and fingers sharp for a gruelling schedule, and how he takes ideas from literature and painting, ahead of his Dublin show
A study nails the myth of the yawning gap between present instruments and those of the great masters
Traditional music is in fine, contemporary hands with Jack Talty and Neil O’Loghlen
There is nothing in Mozart’s early output to match the compositions Mendelssohn wrote aged 16 and 17
John O’Kane will have a better understanding of player issues than any previous head at RTÉ
It’s an impossible question: sitting in different parts of a music hall can alter the experience significantly
It is likely to be to everyone’s benefit if the two RTÉ orchestras are allowed to compete on the same terrain
New York’s Attacca Quartet are in Ireland to play the ‘humorous’ music of John Adams. The four friends talk about their complicated relationship
Between them the 12 men cover a choral spectrum of about four octaves. How?
Within the rampant fragmentation that’s been with us for so long, the victors have become much harder to identify
Blackalicious, Lana Del Rey, Roseau, Timmy Thomas, Erykah Badu, Bob Moses and others supply this week's selections
New acts from Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles to run the rule over
Interesting things to read, watch and listen to.
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And, in another NCH show, Basel Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dennis Russell Davies memorably take on a major flop
The second year of the Ros Tapestry Suite saw top-notch piano performances of five commissioned compositions
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