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Misunderstandings, Trickery and Guile Misunderstandings, Trickery and Guile Brendan Finan Irish National Opera's production of The Marriage of Figaro was fresh, visually arresting and cartoonish, writes Brendan Finan. But why does opera still rely on women's stories as told by men?
RTÉ Orchestra Report Illustrates Scale of Problems RTÉ Orchestra Report Illustrates Scale of Problems External review recommends that National Symphony Orchestra be established as cultural institution separate from RTÉ.
The Theatre of the Sonic Object The Theatre of the Sonic Object Anna Murray The Music Current festival continues to present intriguing, uncompromising sound works, as Anna Murray found at a performance by Yarn | Wire.
No Hint of Bad Taste No Hint of Bad Taste Stephen Walsh Claude Debussy stands apart as a modernist – extremely popular and yet he tore up the rulebook of harmony and form, rebelling against the tyranny of the barline and heavy orchestration. Boulez described it as ‘instantaneous self-renewal’. How did he get there? His starting point was an obsession with pleasure, writes Stephen Walsh.
What Does Project Ireland 2040 Mean for Music? What Does Project Ireland 2040 Mean for Music? Major refurbishment of NCH, but promised arts funding now going to capital expenditure rather than arts programming.
Undeniable Craft Undeniable Craft Brendan Finan Brendan Finan finds self-assurance and careful design in this new collection of Bill Whelan's orchestral works, released on the RTÉ Lyric FM label.
Is Music the Glue That Will Get Us Through? Is Music the Glue That Will Get Us Through? Toner Quinn When we have instant access to every piece of music that we love, anywhere and anytime, something profound has happened, writes Toner Quinn.
Pointing Towards the Future Pointing Towards the Future Anna Murray Belfast harper Úna Monaghan's new album is a surprising – sometimes startling – mix of traditional music material and electronics, writes Anna Murray.
From Broken Dream to Musical Healing From Broken Dream to Musical Healing Adrian Scahill Adrian Scahill reviews 'Aisling Ghéar', a stark and unflinching new documentary on the concertina player Noel Hill.
Liam O’Flynn: An Appreciation Liam O’Flynn: An Appreciation Toner Quinn A tribute to the great uilleann piper who died on 14 March.

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