‘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 (...)

When do you get up?That depends. Very often I have to get up early to catch a flight, because I like to be at the place where I’m performing as early (...)

Gábor Takács-Nagy: his Haydn is anything but routine

The new orchestral season got under way in earnest last week: the Irish Chamber Orchestra was in action at the RDS in Dublin on Thursday and the RT(...)

Owen Gilhooly (Papageno) and Chloe Morgan (Papagena) in The Magic Flute

Since its inception in 2010, the Lismore Music Festival has performed in the stable yard of Lismore Castle. A three-sided marquee has covered the audi(...)

Soprano Anna Devin: sounds sweet and youthful – but only when you can hear her properly

** Prokofiev – (...)

One of the two concerts I attended this week proved to be among the many high points in nearly 50 years of concert-going. The RTÉ National Symp(...)

John Wilson makes his debut as principal conductor of the RTÉ CO in a Hollywood Rhapsody programme on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

It was so quick and quiet that you might not have noticed it, but there’s been a major departure from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Two days be(...)

German-born composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963). Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Leonard Bernstein was a great talker about music. In these pages, conductor Marin Alsop told of how, at the age of nine and already a seasoned concert(...)

Stephen Johnson: award-winning BBC broadcaster.

“Was he an animal, that music could move him so?” This line from Franz Kafka’s novel Metamorphosis sees its protagonist, a man who has transformed (...)

Felix Baumgartner steps into his four-minute freefall from the stratosphere

Ed Bennett’s new Freefalling, an RTÉ commission which opened the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s season at the National Concert Hall on Friday, is (...)