Szymanowski absorbed influences from Chopin and Richard Strauss in his youth, later from Debussy, Ravel and Scriabin, the Orient and its mythologie(...)

Gábor Takács-Nagy: his Haydn is anything but routine

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Kelley Lonergan: She sounds like a natural. Her voice is lovely to listen to, and she makes it sound as if it’s easy to produce

Composers write music about the strangest of subjects, and that’s probably to be expected when there are words involved. But it would have been a rema(...)

Brian O’Driscoll: Matt O’Connor maintained he’ll be okay for next Saturday’s semi-final game against Ulster at the RDS.

The end-of-season play-offs have a decidedly familiar ring to them, with Leinster earning their fifth home semi-final, Glasgow and Munster each in the(...)

The little-known 19th-century concertos for multiple wind instruments collected here were well removed from the cutting-edge music of their day. Th(...)

Der Rosenkavalier is Strauss’s comedy of manners, inspired by Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Though it doesn’t quite have Mozart’s delicacy and depth(...)

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 Alan Buribayev launches the NSO season with a free concert today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oftentimes the things that matter most are not the ones that are talked about the most. Think of practices in the medical profession that can c(...)