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Double TrioDiatribe Recordings DIACD006Double Trio is the product of Ian Wilson’s year-long residency in the Glencullen electoral area south of Dublin.
VariousHiccupRTÉ lyric fm CD123Hiccup makes a timely appearance as newspaper headlines sound alarm bells about the financial difficulties facing RTÉ.
Twelve Études for GuitarGamelan Media (GAM0004)Reviewing a live performance by Benjamin Dwyer of his Twelve Études for Guitar in the The Journal of Music last year, Rob Casey applauded the diverse technical challenges and genre-spanning rea
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Cool Steel ArmyPsychoNavigation Records PSY 028A new album from Roger Doyle, and with it another change of label for the perpetually nomadic composer.
RTÉ Lyric FM CD121The third volume in RTÉ’s Composers of Ireland series turns the spotlight on Seóirse Bodley with three works drawn from separate performances at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in June 2001 (A small white cloud...
The great works of the classical canon abide because they have something to say about the here and now. We need to stop devaluing them, writes Michael Quinn.
Icon of an Age: The AnthologyZampano ProductionsJohn McCormack gave his farewell performance (a handful of subsequent morale-boosting wartime concerts notwithstanding) to a packed Royal Albert Hall in London 70 years ago this coming Novembe
BulbNMC, NMC D147Of all the great forms of chamber music, JMI contributor Bob Gilmore observes in his astute booklet note for this new offering from the Fidelio Trio, the piano trio, for any number of reasons, seems to have had the hardest
A.M.E.N.Daisy Discs, DLDC 026 Nóirín Ní Riain has long been known as a singer of songs of a spiritual dimension, her repertoire stemming from sources as diverse as the ancient vocal traditions of Ireland and India and the no less venerable.
RTÉ Concert Orchestra/David Brophy; The Smith Quartet; Craig Ogden; Gerard McChrystal; Sinéad Farrell; Roger MoffattRTÉ Lyric FM CD113This first full recording of Ciarán Farrell’s offers ample evidence of a productive first...
Ghost StoriesSignum Classics SIGCD088The past, or more accurately, perhaps, the act of passing – into time, into immortality, into anonymity, but always, inescapably, into death – lies at the heart of this visceral new offering from The Smi
Beethoven Sonatas – ‘Spring’, Op 24; ‘Kreutzer’, Op 47. Rondo in G, WOO41. Kreisler, Rondino on a Theme of BeethovenRTÉ Lyric FM CD111To say that Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney make the mighty Kreutzer Sonata sound easy...
VeerRiverrun Records RVRCD77The Callino QuartetWith a playing time of just one hour, this concentrated clutch of three string quartets and a suite of ‘elegiac pieces’ offers itself up as a clenched fist of a programme that the listener must
Elastic Harmonic NMC D133 Joanna MacGregor, Tatiana Koleva, Crash Ensemble, ensemble Intégrales, Darragh Morgan, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Maloney The direction at the beginning of the score for Glamour Sleeper, the track that
Schumann: Works for Piano, Volume 1Claves 50-2601/02 (2 CDs)Pianist Finghin Collins turns 30 this year, but this marvellously inventive and imaginatively realised first volume of a projected Schumann series, on the Swiss-based Claves label,
Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 5, ‘Emperor’Satirino SR063Camerata Ireland’s lightly shaped, fleetly delivered Beethoven concerto series reaches its mid-way point with performances of the First and the Fifth, the noble Emperor, that..
Musica Jubilans: Sounds of GlenstalGlenstal Abbey SDGCD 646The beautiful, low-lying Normanesque Glenstal Abbey in Murroe, a short distance from Limerick city, is much else apart from the Irish headquarters of the Benedictines.
Una HuntFallen Leaves from an Irish AlbumRTÉ Lyric FM CD109Una Hunt has long been a champion of forgotten Irish music in the concert hall and on disc.
Gerard McChrystal & Craig OgdenPluckblowMeridian CDE84546Here is a disc full of unexpected atmospheres, the straightlaced classical discipline of its formal duo relationship shot through with the decidedly more relaxed attitudes found i
FRANCIS HEERYGarry Kasparov vs. Deep BlueThe likably strange American comedian Emo Philips once observed that a computer had beaten him in a game of chess. ‘But,’ the comic added, ‘it was no match for me when it came to kick-boxing.’...
Piano Music from Northern Ireland, Lorelt LNT122 Reaching 30 this year and a onetime BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist and piano section-winner of RTÉ’s Young Musician of the Future Competition, David Quigley has matured into a fine a
Baby Grand, BVHaast 1505 Search for listings of Roger Doyle’s Baby Grand on internet retail sites and you’ll find it variously filed under ‘jazz’, ‘modern classical’, ‘new age’, ‘pop/rock’, ‘musique...
Michael Quinn, Co. Down, writes:I read Bob Gilmore’s response in the September-October JMI to my review of the Sonorities Festival (‘(Hard)core Values’, July-August) with interest.
The Sonorities Festival 2006.
Michael Quinn, Co.