Mezzo soprano Sharon Carty: firm in tone, expressively to the point, and with an almost instrumental sureness of delivery

The musical year has its ups and downs in terms of how busy things are. January is quiet, February busy, March calmer. Festivals peak over the summ(...)

Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor is one of the richest works in the group of six that the composer famously dedicated to Haydn in 1785. Mende(...)

Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne made a huge impression in Prokofiev at last year’s KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival, and they recorded thi(...)

Swedish soprano Maria Keohane: gets to the heart of everything with unfailing potency and point. Photograph: Anna Thorbjörnsson

The sheer scale of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival is always challenging to come to terms with. There’s music from morning to night, and the e(...)

Schubert’s music for violin and piano falls into two groups. The first three of the four sonatas he wrote in 1816 and 1817 were labelled Sonatinas whe(...)

In the old days, I heard it said of what was then the Festival in Great Irish Houses that its fans were more likely to be excited about a particular y(...)