Michael Quinn

Michael Quinn is a freelance music and theatre journalist based in Co. Down.

CD Reviews: Roger Doyle
The Ninth SetDie Stadt DS103The Ninth Set is Roger Doyle’s third volume of Passades, a series begun six years ago and which first saw the light of day as a free third anniversary covermount CD in the November 2003 issue of JMI.Subsequently that...
CD Reviews: Jane O'Leary
In the Stillness of TimeCapstone Records CPS-8789A much overdue portrait of Jane O’Leary on disc takes an over-the-shoulder look at work composed during the last decade for a range of chamber-sized combinations, all of which the composer volunteers...
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 Smith Quartet,...
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...
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 attempt...
CD Reviews: Donnacha Dennehy
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 opens...
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. It is also a boys’...
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...
CD Review: Finghin Collins
Schumann: Works for Piano, Volume 1 Claves 50-2601/02 (2 CDs)
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. Previous recordings have included forays into overlooked repertoire from both sides of the border,...
CD Reviews: Gerard McChrystal & Craig Ogden: Pluckblow
Gerard McChrystal & Craig Ogden Pluckblow Meridian CDE84546
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.’...
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...
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 and...
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. His gracious observation that my discussion of this year’s...
The Sonorities Festival 2006.
Michael Quinn, Co. Down, writes:Having lost track of JMI over the past year or so, it was a delight to rediscover the title again and to find it much improved – as much a pleasure to look at now as it has always been to read.In particular, Chris Wood’s...