Engagement and the breaking down of conventional barriers is clearly high on ConTempo’s agenda

It’s a rare thing to find a classical concert without printed programme notes of some sort. Sometimes performers give spoken introductions to conce(...)

These recordings come from this year’s Pull Out All the Stops festival, which celebrated the restoration of the Royal Festival Hall’s Harrison &(...)

The Elixir of Love is indicative of the scale of production the OTC would liketo do more of

In the 1980s, the Arts Council decided that Ireland needed to move beyond the kind of opera tours with piano that had been offered by Irish Nationa(...)

The Emerson Quartet are no strangers to the challenges and possibilities of the recording studio, and they have nine Grammy awards to prove it

A celebrated composer once told me about an experience he’d had in the recording studio. A highly-regarded group had recorded one of his ensemble p(...)

Étienne Moulinié (1599-1676) spent more than 30 years in the employ of Gaston of Orléans, younger brother of King Louis XIII. His Meslanges, a collect(...)

Jennifer Davis, left, and Anna Devin have both developed the kind of healthy, strong delivery that singers need to project in larger halls and opera houses

Life is full of near misses, not least when it comes to casting in movies and television. Bing Crosby was the original choice to play the shabby, a(...)

Alexei Grynyuk (piano), Petr Limonov (piano), Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest/Andrew Litton Leonard Elschenbroich, who begins 10-stop solo cel(...)

Enrico Pace is a class act, a man who understands what a vast range of sonorities a piano can be coaxed into yielding. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

Social life thrives on conventions. People dress up for a wedding, eat dessert at the end of a meal, and try not to make noise while they eat. The (...)

The late impresario John Ruddock at his home in Dalkey. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It would have been hard to come across John Ruddock and not realise he was special. By the time of his death in May 2013, his track record was well(...)

The new Beethoven symphony cycle from John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire is being recorded live. And it really shows in these perfo(...)