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Marc-André Hamelin: Comfortable in the danger zone

There are any number of ways you could attempt to explain what makes Canada’s leading living pianist Marc-André Hamelin special.  He’ll turn 57 (...)

SUNDAY 3 Before Bach & After III St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street 3.30pm €20/€15 chamberchoirireland.com Chamber Choir Ireland’s current concert se(...)

Ian Buruma, ex-editor of The New York Review of Books: writers say his departure represents ‘an abandonment of the central mission of the review, which is the free exploration of ideas’. Photograph: Vincent Tullo/The New York Times

Leading Irish writers John Banville, Colm Tóibín and Roy Foster, along with some of the biggest names in English letters, including Joyce Carol Oates,(...)

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(...)

Christian Blackshaw: performing Schubert’s piano sonatas at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Schubert: Dreaming the Sublime Kilkenny Arts Festival, Friday August 11th to Sunday August 20th kilkennyarts.ie Kilkenny Arts Festival’s main compos(...)

Just in time for Thomas Adès’s appearances at the New Music Dublin Festival (Friday and Saturday) comes this survey of his works for orchestra: Asyla (...)

Portrait of Beethoven  by Joseph Karl Stieler

  ALFRED BRENDEL Pianist “Beethoven. Grand master of chamber music, sonata, variation and symphony. What other composer covered, w(...)

Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond, who will be taking part in this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, which begins on August 8th

Secret concerts, artists-in-residence, a grand ensemble finale and surprise guests are all in store for this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival (KAF), whi(...)

Alexej Gorlatch: expanding the scale of his music-making

The opportunity was too good to miss. When I was invited to spend a few days in Lucerne for its piano festival, I realised that the festival’s Debut s(...)

Siert Bruins, a suspected Nazi war criminal, stands in a courtroom at the start of his trial in the German city of Hagen. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A 92-year-old former Nazi officer appeared in a German court yesterday, accused of murdering a Dutch resistance fighter 70 years ago.Siert Bruins, a D(...)

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