Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sang with a kind of effortless aplomb, as if singing of beauty and precision were something that could just be made to happen

The New York Philharmonic’s appearance at the National Concert Hall on Thursday was anything but orthodox for a visiting orchestra. There was no bi(...)

Benjamin Grosvenor: redrew balances at will and shifted material into different octaves as he saw fit, not to emulate effects that are possible on a harpsichord but rather to make absolutely the best pianistic effect

A recital by the 22-year-old English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is anything but an everyday experience. Just look at the programme he offered at th(...)

Pianist Una Hunt has been doing sterling work unearthing the music of Limerick’s George Alexander Osborne and others

The 1742 premiere of Handel’s Messiah is a red letter day in the history of music in Dublin. The occasion is celebrated every year by Our Lady’s Ch(...)

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(...)