Though Haydn was one of the greatest masters of good cheer in music, these three keyboard concertos (Nos 3, 4, and 11) straddle the transition from th(...)

Opening show: Hugh Tinney and Catherine Leonard, who played at, and are joint artistic directors of, Westport Festival of Chamber Music

It’s not just when times are good that good things happen. Dublin Grand Opera Society, which dominated operatic life in Dublin for nearly seven decade(...)

Jörg Widmann: approached Mendelssohn with the licence of an interpreter who takes composer-like possession of the music

When it comes to musical prodigies, Mendelssohn outshines even Mozart. There is a great difference in scale, to be sure. Mozart, toured and pro(...)

Pete O’Hanlon and Ross Farrelly of The Strypes performaning at IMMA  in Dublin in August. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

For Cavan teenage band The Strypes, 2013 has been a year that they hoped would never end. Twelve months ago, they were just another promising young ba(...)

The Strypes will perform at the New Year’s Eve concert in Dublin’s College Green along with Ryan Sheridan, MKS and headliners Madness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin and Limerick will be the centrepiece locations for tomorrow night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. The capital will hope to solidify its growing (...)

Fidget Feet at the launch Limerick National City of Culture 2014. Photograph: Sean Curtin

‘Urban, edgy and contemporary” are the aims of the €6 million programme for Limerick’s reign as the first national City of Culture.The year-long progr(...)

German-born composer Paul Hindemith (1895-1963). Photograph: Erich Auerbach/Getty Images

Leonard Bernstein was a great talker about music. In these pages, conductor Marin Alsop told of how, at the age of nine and already a seasoned concert(...)

Felix Baumgartner steps into his four-minute freefall from the stratosphere

Ed Bennett’s new Freefalling, an RTÉ commission which opened the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s season at the National Concert Hall on Friday, is (...)

If Gábor Takács-Nagy is anything, he’s a student. The founding leader of the Takács Quartet and later the violinist of the Takács Piano Trio, he has a(...)

Christian Ihle Hadland

The old saw has it that performances on period instruments are like cleaning the varnish off the work of an old master and showing the true colours fo(...)

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