Hungarian composer György Kurtág, who turns 90 next year, is the contemporary master of the musical aphorism. His Játékok (Games) is a ser(...)

David Lang: the line-up of his festival featured composers with an average age of 54 and a range of works with an average year of composition around 2000

For two days last weekend the National Concert Hall was taken over by What? . . . Wow, David Lang’s Festival of Music 2015. Lang is the Los Angeles(...)

In October 1781, to impress Joseph von Strack, a gentleman of the emperor’s bedchamber, Mozart composed his Serenade in E flat for the deliciously (...)

Paul Dukas (1865-1935) is a composer whose fate demonstrates that a single masterpiece is enough to seal a lasting reputation. The popularity of hi(...)

John Wilson, principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, during rehearsals at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When I meet John Wilson, it is late in the afternoon, and he has just done six hours of rehearsals for a Gershwin gig with the RTÉ Concert Orchestr(...)

Fizz, froth and high jinks characterise this album of music for two pianos. The Concerto for two pianos written by the Czech composer Bohuslav Mart(...)

Keith Pascoe: a violinist who comes at his subject at times from an almost proprietorial perspective

The National Concert Hall’s education, community and outreach department has begun a new strand of talks and interviews. Pre-concert talks and inte(...)

Signum Classics’s publicity cleverly uses descriptions by the period-instrument players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to promote CPE (...)

John Buckley is one of the most fastidious craftsmen, and the orchestra gives him the greatest palette

The featured composer for the last of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Horizons concerts (NCH, February 3rd) was John Buckley who compiled a c(...)

Modest Mussorgsky’s 1874 memorial to his friend, the painter Viktor Hartmann, was a work ahead of its time. It’s fantastical – the paintings referr(...)