Benjamin Grosvenor: redrew balances at will and shifted material into different octaves as he saw fit, not to emulate effects that are possible on a harpsichord but rather to make absolutely the best pianistic effect

A recital by the 22-year-old English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is anything but an everyday experience. Just look at the programme he offered at th(...)

The opening of Alexander Raskatov’s 2013 Piano Concerto is vivid enough to convey clear notions of flight. And an early downwards swoop from an unu(...)

‘Bruch never managed to reconcile himself with the direction taken by Wagner and Liszt, let alone those who built on their achievements.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

You have to feel sorry for Max Bruch. He was born in Cologne in 1838, and in spite of some notable successes would spend his life in the shadow of (...)

Tabea Zimmermann’s new collection of romantic pieces originated as an exercise in light relief during her recording of the complete viola works of (...)

Friday’s programme showed that, under its current chorus master, Mark Hindley (above), standards at the RTÉ Philharmonic are high

RTÉ has been quick off the mark in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir. The choir joined the RTÉ NSO at the NCH on Frida(...)

Prokofiev’s Visions fugitives, 20 miniatures with markings such as Ridicolosamente, Pittoresco (Arpa), and Lento irrealmente, were written between (...)

‘Back in the 1990s I told Judith Woodworth [above], then the director of the NCH, that music itself was way down the agenda in the hall’s own promotional activities. Her response was unexpected.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

The new year is always a time for a special kind of reflection. We think about the events and achievements of the past 12 months and look forward t(...)

Taracea: Seldom Sene

Contrast is the order of the day from Dutch recorder quintet Seldom Sene. Their “musical mosaic” was created by leaping forwards and backwards(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Jörg Widmann’s sparky advocacy of Mendelssohn with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. A perfectly balance(...)

Paul Hillier has done Christmas collections with a number of the choirs he’s worked with, and his new disc with Chamber Choir Ireland joins a serie(...)