Gyorgy Kurtag

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Dave Flynn’s nose for the timely, publicity-friendly, anti-establishment gesture is not to be denied. Photograph: John O’Neill

September’s three-week festival Composing the Island (National Concert Hall, Wednesday 5th to Sunday 25th) was bound to ruffle feathers. It’s a huge (...)

The wonder of Mark Padmore’s singing is not to do with beauty of tone, although there is plenty of that – it’s to do with the pliability of line

The highlights of last week’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival were vocal. And English tenor Mark Padmore was responsible for both: Schubert’s Winter(...)

This year’s star attraction of Great Music in Irish Houses is American pianist Richard Goode. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images

News is out on the National Concert Hall’s next International Concert Series. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will open the series on Saturday, Aug(...)

Zhu Xiao-Mei survived the rigours of China’s Cultural Revolution. She makes no secret of how severely scarred she was by it. Photograph: Martin Jehnichen/Accentus Music

Kilkenny likes Bach. At the close of this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, where the musical focus gave the music of Bach the largest, most concentra(...)

John O’Conor’s playing had something of the air of a grand master about it, the big picture always well-understood

On Monday, Google’s homepage ran a picture to celebrate the 360th birthday of Bartolomeo Cristofori, inventor of the piano and keeper of instrument(...)

Hungarian composer György Kurtág, who turns 90 next year, is the contemporary master of the musical aphorism. His Játékok (Games) is a ser(...)

Homage to Schubert

The title of this collection comes from György Kurtág’s evocatively chordal miniature, Hommage à Schubert, a bare minute long. The six “Schubert re(...)

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