Michael Quinn is a freelance music and theatre journalist based in Co. Down.
Four recent solo recordings by Kate Ellis, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Cora Venus Lunny and Adrian Hart point to new dialogues in Irish music.
Michael Quinn listens to two recent piano recordings by new music advocate Mary Dullea.
Is the era of the critic coming to an end? The digital age seems to suggest it is, writes Michael Quinn.
Albion: An Anthology (Navigator 29)
XXX_Live_Nude_Girls!!!, Mere Recordings (Mere002)
The Celtic Viol, Alia Vox (AVSA 9865)
VariousHiccupRTÉ lyric fm CD123Hiccup makes a timely appearance as newspaper headlines sound alarm bells about the financial difficulties facing RTÉ. This satisfyingly varied compendium of works commissioned by the broadcaster’s music and...
Double TrioDiatribe Recordings DIACD006Double Trio is the product of Ian Wilson’s year-long residency in the Glencullen electoral area south of Dublin. Commissioned by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as part of its Place and Identity programme,...
Batu. Barcode III. HunshigoAltarus (AIR-CD-9027)Darragh Morgan (violin), Mary Dullea (piano)Simon Mawhinney first encountered Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s intimidating, four-hour Opus clavicembalisticum while still a young, would-be musician. Its abiding...
Twelve Études for Guitar / Gamelan Media (GAM0004)
RTÉ Lyric FM CD121
Various artists / The NMC Songbook / NMC D150
Cool Steel ArmyPsychoNavigation Records PSY 028A new album from Roger Doyle, and with it another change of label for the perpetually nomadic composer. That his newfound home, PsychoNavigation Records, is Dublin-based at least gives cause for cautious optimism...
On the attractions of the cinematic canon
Un Bel Di… / RTÉ lyric fm CD118
Falstaff / RTÉ lyric fm CD119
The great works of the classical canon abide because they have something to say about the here and now. We need to stop devaluing them, writes 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...
A Pale Yellow Sky, RTÉ lyric fm, CD115
Cloonisle Records, TARACD 4021
Odd Set / Diatribe Recordings / DIACD002
Tundra / Limb from Limb Records / LFL 001
The Mornington Singers – Solas
Apostle of IrelandDivine Art DDA25065Celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, Canty, Scotland’s only professional group dedicated to the performance of medieval music, turns its attention towards Ireland and specifically to Irish plainchant...
Garth Knox – D’Amore (ECM New Series)
Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent / Die Stadt DS89C
Icon of an Age: The AnthologyZampano ProductionsJohn McCormack gave his farewell performance (a handful of subsequent morale-boosting wartime concerts notwithstanding) to a packed Royal Albert Hall in London 70 years ago this coming November. As musical milestones...
A.M.E.N.Daisy Discs, DLDC 026 Nóirín Ní Riain has long been known as a singer of songs of a spiritual dimension, her repertoire stemming from sources as diverse as the ancient vocal traditions of Ireland and India and the no less venerable...
BulbNMC, NMC D147Of all the great forms of chamber music, JMI contributor Bob Gilmore observes in his astute booklet note for this new offering from the Fidelio Trio, the piano trio, for any number of reasons, seems to have had the hardest time remaining relevant...
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