Criticism

Playing With Reverence Playing With Reverence Anna Murray From Schnittke to David Fennessy, Bernd Franke to Galina Grigorjeva, Chamber Choir Ireland's two most recent programmes introduced a fascinating range of repertoire to audiences, writes Anna Murray.
From Crisis to Combustion From Crisis to Combustion Toner Quinn Daring performances in 'The Second Violinist', a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival, explore a range of personal and musical crises, writes Toner Quinn.
Composer's Style Composer's Style Adrian Scahill Accordion player Johnny Óg Connolly's album of original compositions has a range of inspirations, from musician friends to classical traditions, writes Adrian Scahill.
Riches of Clare: Sheila Garry, Elaine Hogan, Conor McCarthy and James Duddy Riches of Clare: Sheila Garry, Elaine Hogan, Conor McCarthy and James Duddy Ian Bascombe In the first music review from our new Journal of Music/Clare County Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Ian Bascombe reviews a recent Riches of Clare concert featuring an ensemble led by fiddle-player Sheila Garry.
Gwendolyn Masin, Origin – Exploring Roots and Identity Gwendolyn Masin, Origin – Exploring Roots and Identity Adrian Smith Born in Amsterdam, raised in Ireland, and descended from a long line of musicians from Central and Eastern Europe, Gwendolyn Masin explores her rich roots in 'Origin', writes Adrian Smith.
Jane O'Leary – The Passing Sound of Forever Jane O'Leary – The Passing Sound of Forever Brendan Finan 'Sketching quickly, grasping the essence of the atmosphere', writes Jane O'Leary about one of her recent chamber works – Brendan Finan reviews a recently released collection.
Saint Sister at the NCH Saint Sister at the NCH Ruth Cronin Euphonic and empowering – Saint Sister's headline concert at the NCH was another major milestone for the duo, writes Ruth Cronin
Splendid Isolation Splendid Isolation Adrian Scahill Caoimhín Vallely's new solo piano recording is an experimental unfolding of music, writes Adrian Scahill, expressing a sense of the inner world of the musician.
Wide World of Petcu Wide World of Petcu Adrian Smith The eclecticism on percussionist Alex Petcu's debut recording works very much in its favour, writes Adrian Smith.
Louth Ritual Louth Ritual Brendan Finan Ritual is central to the latest commission from the Louth Contemporary Music Society, writes Brendan Finan – a major new work by Scottish composer James Dillon, performed by Peyee Chen and Crash Ensemble at the Drogheda Arts Festival.

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