Gyorgy Kurtag

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‘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

Last Friday’s concert by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) set my mind racing. It wasn’t anything to do with George Jackson’s conducting of t(...)

Christian Tetzlaff

I got my first ever teaching job at the age of 17. I had honours Irish on my Leaving Certificate, and at the time this made me qualified to work as a (...)

 Tara Erraught

Sunday, November 10 La Cenerentola Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, It’s just two years since Dundalk mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught m(...)


Wednesday 19th, Pipeworks, various venues Dublin The Pipeworks festival concentrates on music for the so-called King of Instruments. It (...)

David Brophy: conducted a moving performance of Britten’s War Requiem at the National Concert Hall to commemorate Armistice Day

The musical commemoration of the dead goes back not centuries but millennia; though, of course, we have no way of knowing what most of this early musi(...)

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, which is without a principal conductor and recently lost its leader, Helena Wood

The Government has spoken about the future of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Last week the Cabinet “authorised the initiation of discussions on (...)

Our critics have picked their best beats from 2017 and now it’s over to you. Click on to vote for your favourite arti(...)

The Irish Chamber Orchestra

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

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(...)

The playing order of this programme offers the musical equivalent of a switchback ride. There’s a real jolt when the concentrated kitsch of André Prev(...)

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