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(...)

Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan: The NCH’s board ‘will have absolute clarity on all governance and operational issues’. Photograph: Eric Luke

The National Concert Hall unveiled details of its 2014-2015 concert series at the end of last month and has been garnering a lot of publicity over the(...)

Jörg Widmann: approached Mendelssohn with the licence of an interpreter who takes composer-like possession of the music

When it comes to musical prodigies, Mendelssohn outshines even Mozart. There is a great difference in scale, to be sure. Mozart, toured and pro(...)

Homage to Schubert

The title of this collection comes from György Kurtág’s evocatively chordal miniature, Hommage à Schubert, a bare minute long. The six “Schubert re(...)

Christian Ihle Hadland

The old saw has it that performances on period instruments are like cleaning the varnish off the work of an old master and showing the true colours fo(...)

Sergei Nakariakov: ‘In nearly 50 years of concert-going I have never encountered trumpet playing like this’

The four concerts I attended this week set me thinking about music’s moral and emotional power. In Plato’s ideal republic, music would be stric(...)