Criticism

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...
Letters: Up North! Reviews Steve Nixon Dear EditorWhy does the Dublin-based music media discriminate against Cork musicians? Why did you not review Mark O’Leary’s concert at the Nordic Council music festival?The performance he gave was outstanding, yet it’s Dublin’s third-rate...
Live Reviews: Vox 21 John McLachlan Vox 21Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin 2, 23rd January 2003Dwyer – Quasi una fantasia Boulez – Dérive I Carroll – Three Chunky Lumps Deane – March oubliée / Catacombs / Seachanges (with Danse Macabre) Mostly Modern...
Live Reviews: Roger Doyle & Friends Scott McLaughlin Roger Doyle & FriendsMermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow25th January 2003with Trevor Knight (piano/keyboards) and Tim Redfern (interactive video)Salome; Budawanny 2002; The Nightshow from Babel; The Idea and its Shadow; 3 Pieces; Passade; Improvisation;...
Live Reviews: Deirdre Gribbin's Empire States Scott McLaughlin National Symphony OrchestraWilliam Eddins, conductorNational Concert Hall, Dublin31st January 2003Deirdre Gribbin – Empire States (2003, RTÉ Music Commission, World Premiere)(Also performed: Milhaud’s Cello Concerto No. 1; Schubert’s...
Live Reviews: Horizons: John McLachlan Simon O'Connor National Symphony OrchestraWilliam Eddins, conductorNational Concert Hall, Dublin4th Feb 2003Horizons 1 – Featured Composer: John McLachlanMcLachlan – Concerto for Chamber OrchestraLutoslawski – Jeux vénitiensFoss – Ode for OrchestraMcLachlan...
Live Reviews: Horizons: Stephen Gardner Jürgen Simpson National Symphony OrchestraWilliam Eddins, conductorNational Concert Hall, Dublin28th January 2003Horizons 2 – Featured Composer: Stephen GardnerAdams – LollapaloozaGardner – Wanting, Not WantingLindberg – CantigasGardner – WallopI...
Live Reviews: Up North! Avanti! Ensemble John McLachlan Avanti! Ensemble, Project – Space Upstairs, December 2002. Alcorn — Making a Song and Dance (1989); Edlund — Cose ballano i cinghiali (2000); Wilson — Eat, Sleep, Empire (2002); Adderly — Triologue (1987 rev. 2002); Rasmussen...

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