Sensitive performances with a focus on pieces for piano with violin

Dego seems to have developed an immediate affinity for Paganini’s violin

John Harris: ‘How do we make music together, when we can’t come together to make music?’

New Dublin Music’s John Harris on factors beyond his control and keeping streamed performances fresh

Works by Irish composer Raymond Deane enclose a much longer piece by Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov

Mischa Maisky: ‘I would love to have been a singer. But, okay, I don’t have the voice, so I try to play and record songs on the cello’

The Israeli cellist plays the final concert of Music for Galway’s online-only cello festival

Tara Erraught, Peter Whelan and the Irish Baroque Orchestra evoke Dublin in the 1700s

Anna Devin: ‘For me, the most difficult thing is not working with other people and being at home and trying to just practise on your own all the time. That’s not what singers do’

The soprano on ‘grieving for the music industry’, childbirth and singing in La bohème

The ever-pliant Antoine Tamestit plays a Stradivarius viola and Cédric Tiberghien an 1899 Bechstein piano.

Antoine Tamestit and Cédric Tiberghien play with individuality and intimacy

Pianist Ellen Jansson will be playing Fanny Mendelssohn’s Das Jahr, a cycle of 13 pieces, on Sunday March 7th as part of the Finding a Voice festival

Clonmel’s Finding a Voice festival of music by women composers is going online this year

The most striking of the Irish projects Michael  is Gallen’s. Photograph: ShawnFitzgerald

Michael Gallen’s Straymaker, Wexford Festival Opera and Irish National Opera make list

Pieces by Jane O’Leary, Peter Dickson Lopez and Corrina Bonshek still resonate

The quartet achieves a well-nigh perfect balancing of parts that seems impossible

Richard Strauss went his own wild way, as this selection of chamber works shows

Finghin Collins: ‘It’s the first time in my life that I’ve actually had time to sit down and say what do I want to learn that I don’t necessarily need to learn for an actual engagement’

The pianist on Music for Galway and working on his repertoire during lockdown

Quatuor Danel will play the 17 string quartets by Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

Artistic director Francis Humphrys is responding to Covid by adding more shows

The Irish-American composer wore a range of musical hats

The first in Louth Contemporary Music Society’s series of pandemic recordings

Setting up a shot from Benedict Schlepper-Connolly’s Dust. Photograph:  Kip Carroll

Irish National Opera commissioned 20 short operas that were composed and quickly produced for video

Elain Agnew on being a composer in Ireland: “There could have been more pathways, more support, more opportunities.”

Composer’s Galway 2020 community project postponed twice during pandemic

Christopher Bell

Once a communal activity, choral singing has been a high-risk one during the pandemic

The Kinsale composer’s work is dominated by morphings of electronic sounds

Whelan’s airy, sprightly approach captures well the pleasurably frisky energy

NCH chair Maura McGrath says €8 million allocation from Budget 2021 to transfer the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra under the remit of of the concert hall will “sustain symphonic music in Ireland”.

Major redevelopment and Symphony Orchestra to be transferred under NCH remit

Singer Celine Byrne and pianist Rosetta Cucchi at the National Opera House in Wexford

First-rate soloists and the Wexford Factory enliven binge-watching this year’s Wexford Festival Opera online, a Festival in the Ai(...)

Lisette Oropesa: “I’ll be in rehearsal and I’ll feel fine, I’ll feel like we’re back in old times. And then, for a split second, I’ll remember, oh, yeah, wait, this is 2020, there’s a virus out there.”

American soprano talks of Vienna audiences and opera in a time of pandemic precautions

Widmann makes a passionate plea for this brilliant but oft-neglected German composer

The German recorder player explores how ‘earworms’ burrowed into European music

 The members of the inaugural Wexford Factory, pictured in the National Opera House. The inaugural Wexford Factory, a professional development academy for young Irish/Irish-based singers began this week. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Singers will appear in Waiting for Shakespeare and Falstaff and more

Galway ConTempo Quartet: ‘For me, the pinnacle of the RTÉ residency was that we got the chance to do the Beethoven cycle and the Béla Bartók cycle around the country’

The Galway ensemble, celebrating 25 years together, say they’ve learned from lockdown

Recordings have atmospheric vividness and rich spatialisation

Ronan Leahy and Naomi Louisa O’Connell in Irish National Opera’s Least Like The Other, Searching for Rosemary Kennedy in association with Galway International Arts Festival in the Black Box Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Pandemic forced young company to revamp plans and find ways of performing online

Review: Irish composer’s soft-edged songs are perfect for nostalgic reconnection

Sebastian Adams of Kirkos Ensemble: I was always drawn to trying to do weirder things

The Biosphere Project is a sonic adventure outdoors, says co-director Sebastian Adams

Pure-voiced Caitríona O’Leary and friends draw on a range of medieval musical sources

Six works on album sounds disarmingly home-spun

Principle conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

Energetic German talks lockdown listening, mooching through Munich and pining for crowds

Waiting for Shakespear...The Festival in the Air is an eight-day online celebration

An unhackneyed Schubertian journey through the cycles of the year

Edinburgh International Festival director Fergus Linehan: ‘We decided to say to everyone, whatever we’ve agreed for this year, we’ll honour it into 2021’

This year's Edinburgh festival is off – but only postponed, says its Irish head, Fergus Linehan

Individual players in the orchestra could work on their own parts from their own homes

Covid-19 restrictions did not stop INO from creating Seraglio - an upcoming mini-series

Composer Gavin Bryars(on double bass, in front of pulpit) performing with Music Generation Louth students at St Nicholas Church of Ireland, Dundalk, in June 2018. Photograph: Alannagh Brennan

Using online communication as substitute for the traditional face-to-face music lesson is a complicated undertaking

 A Wexford Festival Opera  dress rehearsal of Risurrezione. Photograph: Alan Betson

Effective controls on artistic expenditure appear to have been nonexistent

Swan Hennessy. Photograph: Roger Viollet via Getty

Hibernophile musicologist Axel Klein has had to use detective work to fill in the blanks

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Photograph: RTÉ

Michael Dervan: Reducing numbers at concerts will be very tough on box offices

The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland performing at The National Concert Hall, Dublin in January 2018.  Photograph: Mark Stedman

Today it’s a pandemic. A century ago it was the advent of radio, the talkies and muzak

Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971) seated at a piano, 1929. Photograph: Boris Roger Viollet/Getty Images

From Stravinsky to Schoenberg, composers differed in their treatment of global events in the 20th century

Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Bayreuth Festival (above), both scheduled through July and August, and Oktoberfest, due to begin in late September, have been cancelled. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

With most summer events cancelled, the picture for autumn is looking a lot less clear

Social distancing on the Luas amid the Covid-19 crisis. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Michael Dervan: Contemporary Music Centre’s list of unrealistic demands is shameful

Director of Creative Ireland Tania Banotti, Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan give a media briefing at Government Buildings on Friday April 3rd. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

You have to wonder what the Government’s cultural mandarins are actually thinking

Tara Erraught: was rehearsing at the Met when, ‘after four and a half week’s rehearsals they cancelled at 1.15pm on the day of the opening night’

Cancelled events have hit Jonny Byers, Peter Whelan and Tara Erraught hard

Krzysztof Penderecki, who has died in Kraków, Poland on Sunday aged 86

Krzysztof Penderecki had a remarkable career, but was most proud of his arboretum

 Irish tenor John McCormack painted by Sir William Orpen in 1923. He cut his teeth at Feis Ceoil. Photograph: Christies/PA Wire

Coronavirus ravages cultural schedule but online musical archives will reward raiding

Yasko Sato as Teodora in Il Bravo by Mercadante, at Wexford Festival Opera in 2018, can be viewed on YouTube. Photograph:  Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

Covid-19 has shut concert halls and productions, but you can watch safely on the web

Boeing, whose 707 helped define the jet age in the 1950s, claims that today’s planes have ‘a 90 per cent smaller noise footprint area’ compared to the earlier jets. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Numerous composers suffer from tinnitus and even violinists tend to end up with hearing damage in the left ear

Harpsichordist Malcolm Proud curates three Bach concerts in the NCH’s Chamber Music Series, with the first on Wednesday 11th

NCH hosts concerts by Bach Collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki and Malcolm Proud

Xenia Pestova Bennett introduced Irish listeners to the sounds of the Magnetic Resonator Piano.  Photograph: Paul Hudson

Unusual ambience and myriad external intrusions fails to derail eclectic artistry

Hugh Tinney

New Music Dublin, Hugh Tinney, RTÉ NSO/Michail Jurowski

Gerald Barry. Photograph: Alan Betson

With more than 20 events over four days, the festival features the best in contemporary music

Bang on a Can All-Stars. Photograph: Timothy Norris, courtesy Ford Theater

Beethoven’s Fidelio and New Music Dublin both come to the National Concert Hall

Songs by composer Jennifer Walshe feature in Wednesday’s concert from the Irish Language Irish Art Song Project.

The Irish Language Art Song Project: its promotion of Irish music is nonpareil

Kevin O’Connell

Michael Dervan speaks to six composers about themes of grief, nature and lamentation

Pianist Simon Trpceski will play Brahms and Liszt

The Irish Language Art Song Project , the next in NSO’s Bruckner series and pianist Simon Trpceski

Peter Whelan.

Tenducci’s career and notoriety flourished in England and Ireland

Irish National Opera is teaming up with Theatre Lovett and the Abbey Theatre for an English-language production of Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Hansel and Gretal the opera, work by women composers and celebrating Beethoven

Mooted move: when Bertie Ahern was taoiseach he announced the never-to-be achieved transfer of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to the Helix, at Dublin City University

Arts funding is an issue in the general election, but some figures seem unrealistic

Dundalk mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught.  Photograph: Ross Kavanagh

Tara Erraught leads master classes in song and opera, Sinead O’Kelly is at the National Concert Hall and Mihhail Gerts will conduc(...)

Irish Youth Wind Ensemble. Photograph: Jude Dunne

The annual Festival of Youth Orchestras shows the power of these teenage ensembles

Jonathan Lemalu (Figaro) and Tara Erraught (Susanna) in the Irish National Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Professional singers should regard themselves as athletes, with every vocal performance akin to running a marathon, says a top lar(...)

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. What is new in this election is that the country’s orchestral life comes in for a mention in both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil manifestos. Photograph: RTÉ

Election promises to ‘secure the future of our orchestras’ may sound a hollow note

American violinist Stefan Jackiw is the soloist in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the National Concert Hall on Friday

Camerata Ireland and RTÉ NSO are celebrating Beethoven’s anniversary at the NCH

Pianist Cédric Tiberghien and violinist Alina Ibragimova. 

The performances came across with sophisticated poise

Mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty

Beethoven celebration gets under way while Sounding the Feminists series continues at NCH

‘The work of Irish composers has suffered from the same kind of do-goodery that has hampered the Irish language.’ File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

RTÉ NSO and National Concert Hall remain choked by the past in certain respects

Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova and French pianist Cédric Tiberghien

Violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien on playing the Midwinter Festival

Italian conductor Francesco Cilluffo was recently appointed principal guest conductor of Wexford Festival Opera.

Francesco Cilluffo brings an all-Russian night to Dublin while Beethoven hits Galway

 Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a UN climate summit  in New York City, US, in September. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

A reduction in international visits could change the face of classical music in Ireland

Ina Boyle’s rising posthumous reputation is reflected in the inclusion of her Elegy by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s concert on January 4th

National Concert Hall brings musicians from across the generations for a new year bash

Irish soprano Máire Flavin will be performing at the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Day gala

Start the new year with the RTÉ orchestra or chamber music at the National Concert Hall

(From left) President Patrick Hillery with Lindsay Armstrong of the New Irish Chamber Orchestra,  as well as Garech Browne and his wife Purna, at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in May 1982. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

A new book charts the path of an Irish orchestra that would traverse three continents

Schubertreise XXII

Schubertreise XXII in Dublin and Comhar Vocal Ensemble in Kerry

Jaime Martín, the new chief conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Jaime Martín brings artistic passion and educational spirit to his new role

The Ficino Quartet has put together one of the most intriguing programmes of the National Concert Hall’s Sunday afternoon string quartet concerts

Christmas concerts in various venues and the Ficino Quartet at the National Concert Hall

Kazuki Yamada gave a viscerally thrilling account of Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony in May. Photograph: Marco Borggreve.

Building projects prove more time consuming than artistic changes as self-preservation prevails

James Galway: His readiness to speak his mind extends to the banter he likes to engage in with his audiences

As he turns 80 on Sunday, the individuality of character of the superstar flautist is undimmed

Netherlands-based Cypriot composer Yannis Kyriakides describes the buffer zone as “an audio-visual work that explores boundaries of separation”.

You can see Killian Farrell, Yannis Kyriakides, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Sestina choir

John Kinsella: ‘As I get older my music seems to get faster or more obsessed with speed and continuity and surprises.’

Time fails to wither spirited composer John Kinsella, whose Eleventh Symphony premieres at the NCH

Peter Whelan’s rocketing bassoon playing in the Sonata sopra La Monica by Böddecker was the kind of thing once heard, never forgotten

Friends Gala Concert with Camerata Ireland; Anja Bihlmaier; Irish Baroque Orchestra

The programme, devised by the choir’s chief conductor Justin Doyle, weaves arrangements by Reger, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Quilter and Doyle himself through the evening as well.

Justin Doyle brings Brahm to the NCH and Ulster Hall hosts Tito Muñoz

Goderdzi Janelidze as Don Quichotte and Olafur Sigurdarson as Sancho in Don Quichotte by Massenet. Photograph: Clive Barda

It has become clear over the years that whatever it is they like, they call it traditional

Sean Shibe and Ben Johnson

Camerata Ireland, Ben Johnson and Sean Shibe, and Anja Bihlmaier and the RTÉ NSO

Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt used surprise softness to great effect at the NCH

 Tara Erraught

Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught appears in La Cenerentola as Angelina

Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Continuity is important in orchestras, and RTÉ’s plans will have a dire effect

Sheldon Baxter, Manuel Amati, Máire Flavin and Emmanuel Franco in Rosetta Cucchi’s 2019 world premiere production of ‘La cucina’ by Andrew Synnott, at Wexford Opera Festival. Photograph: Clive Barda

Rosetta Cucchi, who brings an open-hearted warmth to her task, has chosen ‘Shakespeare’ for 2020

Kenneth Montgomery, the doyen of Irish conductors

Listen to The Seven Ages of Man by Paul Hilliard or Andrew Zolinsky’s Resound Series

JoAnn Falletta conducts the RTÉ NSO in a programme of Strauss and Respighi at the NCH on Friday November 1st

The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan in Wexford; American conductor JoAnn Falletta at NCH

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