“Aschenmusik” translates as music from the ashes, and Heinz Holliger’s Romancendres was inspired by the fact that Clara Schumann burnt her husband Rob(...)

The East Side Oktett began life in 2005 as a string quartet formed by members of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Five years later a performance o(...)

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(...)

Bach’s works for unaccompanied violin didn’t come completely out of nowhere. A likely influence is the composer and leading German violinist, Johan(...)

Estonian conductor Kristjan Järvi is seriously into fusion. And the Balkan-connected names drop big and fast in Franck Mallet’s notes for this CD –(...)

Brahms and Clara Schumann first met when he was 20 and she 34, successful, married –to the composer Robert Schumann – and a mother. Their lifelong (...)

Pianist Barry Douglas’s gutsy playing was often an edge-of-the-seat experience

It was like old times at Kilkenny Arts Festival. The new director, Eugene Downes, put classical music right back at the heart of this year’s festiv(...)

Ludovic Morlot shows catholicity of taste in this disc of American music. The 1902 Second Symphony of Charles Ives (unperformed until 1951) is both ho(...)

Gerard Schwarz’s quarter of a century-plus as music director of the Seattle Symphony came to an end in 2011. His successor, Frenchman Ludovic Morlot, (...)

The legacy of great 19th-century violin concertos from Beethoven onwards lies clearly behind the violin concertos that 18-year-old Richard Strauss wro(...)