Criticism

Live Reviews: Composers' Choice – Ian Wilson Scott McLaughlin NCH, 17 April 2003Psappha (Instrumental Ensemble)Tim Williams, DirectorWilson – Eat, Sleep, Empire (unterwelt, part 1)Morton Feldman – Why Patterns?Wilson – Involute (unterwelt, part 2)George Crumb – Eleven echoes of autumnIan Wilson...
Live Reviews: Sligo New Music Festival 2003 Scott McLaughlin Model Arts and Niland Gallery, 29 March 2003This year’s Sligo New Music Festival, under the artistic direction of Ian Wilson, was a one day event devoted to Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino, whose works, though well known on the continent, have been...
Letters: Up North! Reviews Jürgen Simpson Dear Editor,In response to the Cork reader whose recent letter (March/April 2003) expressed dismay at Up North! festival’s ‘dublin-centric’ programming and coverage: You mentioned both the Crash Ensemble and the Whispering Gallery as the...
Letters: Horizons Concert Review Scott McLaughlin Dear Editor,Regarding Simon O’Connor’s review of John McLachlan’s Horizons concert (March/April 2003) , it appears that he has very little sympathy for the music he was reviewing and this seems to have blunted his objectivity. ‘Beauty’...
CD Reviews: Tommy Peoples' Waiting for a Call Dermot McLaughlin Tommy PeoplesWaiting for a CallShanachie (CCF35CD)Tommy Peoples gracefully occupies a prime authoritative position on the top shelf of traditional fiddle players. He’s not easily labelled, but you’ll find him somewhere between the established living...
CD Reviews: Ronan Browne & Peter O'Loughlin's Touch Me If You Dare Emer Mayock Ronan Browne & Peter O’LoughlinTouch Me If You DareCeirníní Cladaig/Claddagh Records (CCF35CD)Touch Me If You Dare is the successor to Ronan Browne and Peter O’Loughlin’s 1988 release The South West Wind. At that time Tommy...
CD Reviews: The McCarthys' Family Album Máire O'Keeffe The McCarthysThe Family AlbumMaree MusicThe Family Album is a collection of traditional dance music recordings put together by the McCarthys, one of the most respected and highly regarded families in Irish traditional music. Jacqueline, Marion, Bernadette...
CD Reviews: Niall and Cillian Vallely's Callan Bridge Ciarán Somers Niall and Cillian VallelyCallan BridgeCompass RecordsThe sleeve notes of this album, written by Don Meade, refer to the ‘near-telepathic musical understanding’ and ‘note for note synchronicity achieved in their duet selections’. The...
Letters: Up North! Reviews Brian Kilfedder Dear Editor,The reviews of the recent so called ‘up-worth’ festival seemed to be written in advance! How can colleagues review concerts of other colleagues’ work (with vested interests) objectively? This smacks of hypocrisy – didn’t...

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