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(...)

Attacca remain young not only in appearance and spirit, but also in sound
Review: Attacca Quartet
  • Music
  • February 28, 2014, 17:05

Attacca Quartet St Finian’s Lutheran Church, Dublin *** John Adams – John’s Book of Alleged Dances (exc). Beethoven – String Quartet i(...)

Pieter Wispelwey: captures Britten’s seeming paradox of making something intimate of the political
Wispelwey (cello), Ainsley (tenor)
  • Music
  • December 2, 2013, 18:10

Wispelwey (cello), Ainsley (tenor), RTÉ Cór na nÓg, RTÉ Philharmonic, RTÉ NSONCH, Dublin****Britten – Soirées Musicales; Symphony for cello and orches(...)

Ian Wilson: his interesting writing for strings was constantly supplanted by the jazz trio and its improvised solos

‘What isn’t music?”A composer put this twist on the classic question – what is music? – at a public interview during the Kilkenny Arts Festival. It wa(...)