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Mon 19 Jun, 2017:
Mendelssohn: Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 107 (Reformation); Clarinet Sonata: Andante (orch Widmann, 2016); Widmann: Versuch über die Fuge; Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C minor, K546

Just a fortnight ago, I reviewed Antonello Manacorda’s Kammerakademie Potsdam version of the Reformation Symphony (Sony Classical), which unusually...

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Wed 10 May, 2017:
Elgar: The Spirit of England, Op 80; A Voice in the wilderness (Une voix dans le désert), Op 77; Grania and Diarmid, Op 42; Bax: In Memoriam

The Spirit of England dates from World War One. It’s of deeply-felt and rousing sentiments, stylistically retrospective in the first piece (‘The...

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Mon 31 Oct, 2016:
Celtic Airs

There is a uniquely plangent beauty to Irish traditional music, its exquisite lyricism often masking a poignant melancholy that recalls Sheridan’s...

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Fri 02 Sep, 2016:
Mendelssohn: Symphonies – No 1 in C minor, Op 11; No 4 in A minor, Op 90 (Italian); Widmann: Ad absurdum (Concerto for trumpet and small orchestra)

The strings and woodwind of the Irish Chamber Orchestra sound wholly at home in this briskly uneven brace of Mendelssohn symphonies. It’s the...

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Mon 15 Aug, 2016:
Schubert: Four Impromptus, D 899; O’Connor: Self portrait; Schlepper-Connolly: Was du mir warst; Sholdice: The dreams flow down, too

Here’s something intriguing, poetically intense and altogether involving as Belfast pianist Michael McHale’s juxtaposes Schubert’s four late...

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Wed 13 Jul, 2016:
Field: The Complete Nocturnes

The Irish composer John Field’s Nocturnes have long been in want of a champion capable of giving full expression to their beguilingly soft contours...

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Mon 20 Jun, 2016:
Herbert: Cello Concertos – No 1 in D major, Op 8; No 2 in E minor, Op 30; Irish Rhapsody for Grand Orchestra

If all you know of Victor Herbert are his late-flowering, feather-light, meringue-sweet operettas, this coupling of his two cello concertos will prove...

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Tue 05 Apr, 2016:
Handel: Imeneo

Handel’s penultimate opera met with a decidedly lukewarm reception at its London premiere in 1740. Undeterred, he took it to Dublin in 1742 during...

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Wed 23 Mar, 2016:
Invisible Stars – Choral Works of Ireland & Scotland

For sheer beauty of sound and contemplative luxuriousness, this debut by the mixed-voice Choral Scholars of University College, Dublin is an...

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Thu 17 Dec, 2015:
Schubert: Nacht und Träume – 17 Lieder

This first disc in a projected series of Schubert songs with Iain Burnside at the piano and a changing roster of singers gets the enterprise off to a...

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Tue 06 Oct, 2015:
Loeffler: Divertissement Espagnol; La Villanelle du Diable, Op 9; Une Nuit de Mai; Divertissement in A minor

Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935) studied in Berlin and Paris, and emigrated to the United States in his early twenties. A gifted violinist, he held...

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Wed 16 Sep, 2015:
Roger Doyle – Time Machine

Time Machine confirms Roger Doyle as Ireland’s leading composer. At 66, ‘the godfather of Irish electronic music’ remains a towering figure, one...

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Tue 24 Mar, 2015:
Philip Hammond: Miniatures & Modulations

More than two centuries after it was published, Edward Bunting’s three-volume collection of Ancient Irish Music continues to exert a sirenic...

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