You’ll find Franz Xaver Richter (1709-89) in the history books as a member of the 18th-century Mannheim School. But his music is a rarity in the conce(...)

IBO’s artistic director Monica Huggett suggested that people imagine their performance as ‘musical vaudeville’

Humour is a two-way thing. We’ve all got blind spots for stuff that goes over our heads or beneath our radar. I’ve never forgotten the experience of (...)

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

FRIDAY 22 CLASSICAL New Ross Piano Festival New Ross, Co Wexford Fri-Sun newrosspianofestival.com The flavour of this year’s New Ross Piano Festiv(...)

You may be surprised by the recessed, almost faint profile of the solo violin at the start of Isabelle Faust’s new recording of Mendelssohn’s E minor (...)

Peter OReilly, Benjamin Russell and Christopher Cull in    Benjamin Britten’s opera ‘Owen Wingrave’. Photograph: Frances Marshall

Opera in the cinema may be all the rage. But opera on television has a much longer history, dating back to the earliest days of the medium in the 1930(...)

RTÉ Contempo Quartet

SUNDAY 17th, SEPTEMBER CLASSICAL Elisaveta Blumina (piano)  Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, noon, Adm free, hughlane.ie Dublin-based, St Peters(...)

If you like easy-listening Mozart or have an affection for performances that are light or pretty in manner, then Francesco Piemontesi’s new coupling o(...)

The Navarra Quartet, above, with cellist Guy Johnston performed in Westport House at last weekend’s Westport Chamber Music Festival

I’ve never been a fan of salon music, which can be thought of as a classical version of muzak that existed long before muzak itself came into existenc(...)

At 91, György Kurtág is the grand old man of European music. He was born in the same decade as Boulez, Berio, Stockhausen and Xenakis, all of whom fou(...)

 David Brophy, who conducted the SinfoNua at the National Concert Hall  last weekend

The philosopher Ivan Illich was the first person I ever came across who wrote about the absurdity of the idea of degree qualifications. We had somehow(...)