Criticism

CD Reviews: Balfe CD Reviews: Balfe Michael Quinn Shakespeare’s vainglorious corpulent knight Falstaff has proved an irresistible lure to composers over the centuries. Salieri, Mozart, Elgar, Holst, Vaughan Williams and, most memorably, Verdi, have all set the...
CD Reviews: Stéphanie Makem & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn CD Reviews: Stéphanie Makem & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn Rory McCabe Ceol is PÌobCB 001With the release of this album Stéphanie Makem and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn have taken a step further in their nuptial partnership. Ceol is Píob is a collection of music with a distinct Ulster accent....
CD Reviews: Ensemble Avalon CD Reviews: Ensemble Avalon Michael Quinn Bax, Bernstein and BeethovenRTÉ lyric fm CD116Only one of the traditional ‘Three Bs’ features on the debut offering from the ensemble avalon, but so persuasive is this coupling of Beethoven with Arnold Bax and Leonard Bernstein that...
CD Reviews: Masters of Tradition CD Reviews: Masters of Tradition Dermot McLaughlin RTÉ lyric fm CD117This double CD presents thirty-two tracks performed by forty-two of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, recorded in concert in 2003-2007 at the Masters of Tradition Festival which takes place annually at Bantry House,...
CD Reviews: Clíona Doris CD Reviews: Clíona Doris Michael Quinn A Pale Yellow SkyRTÉ lyric fm CD115It is difficult to call to mind another concert harpist of the calibre of County Down’s Clíona Doris who has the imagination to think differently about an instrument perhaps best known by audiences...
CD Reviews: Ailie Robertson CD Reviews: Ailie Robertson Rory McCabe First things FirstLorimer LORRCD1First Things First, the debut solo recording from Scottish harper Ailie Robertson, is a satisfying combination of past, present and future, as she places the ancient over-tones of the clarsach in a modern setting and...
Live Reviews: Sa Dingding Live Reviews: Sa Dingding Aengus Ó Maoláin Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin24 August 2008Sa Dingding is something of a media phenomenon. Perhaps this is because China’s famously awful pop industry has finally exported something less inevitable than the ‘Chinese Boyzone’;...
Live Reviews: Cellotronicum Barra Ó Séaghdha Andrzej Bauer (cello), Roger Doyle (keyboard), Keith O’Brien (guitar, laptop), Brian Ó hUiginn (uilleann pipes) Liberty Hall, Dublin19 September 2008This year’s burst of concerts from Music 21 was as diverse as ever, taking in the quite...
Live Reviews: Kraftwerk Live Reviews: Kraftwerk Benedict Schlepper-Connolly Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin13 September 2008There’s a 1982 interview between John Cage and the then young Belgian composer Wim Mertens on UbuWeb. The soft-voiced Cage talks of a Glenn Branca performance the night before:‘I didn't...
Live Reviews: John Abercrombie Kevin Stevens John Abercrombie (guitar), Michael Buckley (saxophone), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass), Joey Baron (drums)Whelan’s, Dublin14 September 2008Since moving from Berklee College to New York City in 1969, guitarist John Abercrombie has brought his superb technique...

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