Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) may be a minor figure in the bigger scheme of things. But aficionados appreciate his music for the character and(...)

The Proud Bassoon

It was Johann Mattheson who referred to “the proud bassoon” as long ago as 1713. The baroque bassoon is a kind of dancing bear, one gifted with the(...)

How do you assess the success of a musical career? By the fees commanded? The number of engagements? The prestige of the venues?

It’s an oft-heard contention: given the small size of the country, we punch above our weight when it comes to producing musicians. People usually poin(...)

Alison Balsom gave a wry trumpet commentary as part of Camerata Ireland’s Shostakovich performance

It’s been a week full of piano playing, from the tutors and students of the new Dublin International Piano Festival to the Dublin debut of West Cork r(...)