Soloist, conductor, narrator, singer, composer
Dublin was treated to the world premiere of the orchestra’s new commission, by Jonny Greenwood
The German cellist describes his typical day, from rehearsals to recordings
In the first Great Symphonies Close Up concert, Charles Hazlewood explores Dvorák and shows a flair for the apt metaphor
It’s easy to compare the approaches of different instrumentalists at Westport Festival of Chamber Music
New orchestra aims to unearth music from the classical period by ‘the lesser-known geniuses’
At Dundalk Gaol, the experimental composer doesn’t flinch, allowing the problems to run their course
St Flannan’s is a challenging acoustic for musicians; here their solution is an energetic approach
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
New bands to check out from Brooklyn, Stockholm and Washington DC
Your weekend soundtrack from Nils Frahm, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Elliot Smith, Kendra Morris, Júníus Meyvant, Natalie Prass, Arca and others
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Only one living Irish composer is part of the NCH’s seven-concert series for the 1916 centenary
Many years ago I wrote about music for a while under a female pseudonym. It was a real eye-opener
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