A selection of M&V 'Ireland' articles
Book Review. A Real Gem - Jonathan Keates' study of Handel's 'Messiah', recommended by Gerald Fenech
CD Spotlight. Specially Reconstructed - Music for ancient giant horns, heard by Gerald Fenech. '... for those who wallow in the joys of past cultural mysteries and their unraveling, this issue is a must.'
Ensemble. A Very Interesting Discovery - The first performance in modern times of Bellini's 'Adelson e Salvini', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Attentive Conducting - Orchestral music by Georges Bizet, heard by Stephen Francis Vasta. 'Tingaud's "Roma" easily outclasses the last version I'd heard ...'
An Affectionate Eye - George Bernard Shaw as London Music Critic, by George Colerick
Ensemble. Welcome Rarities - James Sohre enjoyed his visit to Wexford Festival Opera
CD Spotlight. Impressive Clarity - Ancient Irish songs about sleep, heard by Howard Smith. '... conspicuous authenticity.'
Ensemble. Operas You've Probably Never Heard Of - Roderic Dunnett visits Wexford
CD Spotlight. Subtly Harmonized - Moeran solo folksong arrangements delight Patric Standford. '... a delightful exploration of the sensitive and creative treatment of folksongs ...'
Ensemble. Remarkable Development - Quilter songs from Trevor Alexander and Peter Crockford impress Malcolm Miller
Ensemble. Surprisingly Believable - Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw' impresses Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. An Appropriate Memorial - Songs by Moeran, Warlock and Geoffrey Stern, heard by Patric Standford. '... a well balanced programme and clean, clear studio performances ...'
CD Spotlight. An Invaluable Recording - The complete solo songs of E J Moeran, heard by Patric Standford. '... beautifully sung ...'
Incisive Playing - Daniel Hyde at the organ of Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Elgar and Bax - A sepia album from World War I, heard by George Balcombe. '... intense emotion, beautifullly replicated ...'
Ensemble. A Remarkable Event - Paul Sarcich visits the West Cork Chamber Music Festival
CD Spotlight. Grandest Lines - Donald Tovey's cello concerto, heard by Robert Anderson. '... satisfyingly masterful.'
Ensemble. Pushing Back the Boundaries - London Sinfonietta's 'British Experiments', reviewed by Chris Graham
A Genuine Beethoven Pianist - Simon Watterton gives a lunchtime recital in London, heard by Julian Jacobson
Ensemble. A Crisp Performance - 'Belshazzar' at the London Handel Festival, reviewed by Robert Hugill
CD Spotlight. Musical Finesse - Songs by Gregg Kallor, recommended by Howard Smith. 'Go to the top of the class.'
Ensemble. Vividly Characterised - Mike Wheeler listens to the Sitwell Singers
Ensemble. Excellent Singing - Handel and Rossini from Los Angeles Opera impress Maria Nockin
Ensemble. Magnificent Performances - 'Salome' from Arizona, reviewed by Maria Nockin
Bizarre Perception - Alistair Hinton discusses a recent article on English music by David Hamilton
Ensemble. An Immensely Successful Event - Thomas Bielinski reports from the West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2009
Ensemble. Excellent Throughout - A lunchtime piano recital by Maiko Mori, heard by Bill Newman
CD Spotlight. Consistently Solid - Kurt Masur and others conduct Mendelssohn, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... too often short on graciousness, charm or buoyancy.'
CD Spotlight. Easy Listening - Christina Linhardt's 'Voodoo Princess', reviewed by K C Devereaux. 'The only voodoo conjured here is the dread spectre of "Smooth Jazz".'
Record Box. Irish Rambles - Music by Turlough O'Carolan, reviewed by Malcolm Tattersall
Record Box. Distinctive and Attractive - 'Snowcarols' and other Christmas music by William Ferris, admired by Patric Standford
Ensemble. Lush Sonorities - Kelly Ferjutz writes about her penultimate day at the 2007 West Cork Chamber Music Festival
Ensemble. A Music-lovers' Paradise - Kelly Ferjutz is in awe of some of the musicians at the 2007 West Cork Chamber Music Festival
Ensemble. Beautiful Playing - More chamber music from the south west of Ireland, enjoyed by Kelly Ferjutz
Entirely Transcendent - Another day at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, with Kelly Ferjutz
Ensemble. Flying Dutchmen - More from Bantry House, West Cork, Ireland, with Kelly Ferjutz
Ensemble. From Strength to Strength - Another day at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, with Kelly Ferjutz
Ensemble. Intelligence and Intensity - Kelly Ferjutz continues her reports from the West Cork Chamber Music Festival
Ensemble. Settling in - Kelly Ferjutz prepares for a week of reports from the West Cork Chamber Music Festival
Record Box. Clear Vividness - The 1751 version of Handel's 'Messiah', reviewed by Patric Standford
CD Spotlight. Sparkle and Polish - Robin Zebaida plays piano rarities, enjoyed by Bill Newman. '... musical appeal is immediate.'
Ensemble. World Class Chamber Music - Malcolm Troup on the recent BPSE chamber music masterclass and competition in London
CD Spotlight. Beyond Piazzolla - Tangos and dances played by Fionnuala Hunt, reviewed by Malcolm Tattersall. '... relaxing and eminently listenable ...'
Record box. Accomplished playing - Kumiko Ida's British piano album, appreciated by Patric Standford
Profile. The man with the golden flute - On the occasion of the flautist's 65th birthday, James Galway talks to David Lipp
Record box. Ease and warmth - Music by Billy Cowie, reviewed by Ron Bierman
European tour - A preview, of sorts, of the Cleveland Orchestra's four-city, three festival visit, by Kelly Ferjutz
'Messiah' as never before - Howard Smith describes Lygia O'Riordan's quest to bring Handel's masterpiece to Eastern Russia
Record box. Choral textures - An anniversary CD by an English cathedral choir, welcomed by Patric Standford
Ensemble. New directions - Keith Bramich at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival of Music 2003
CD Spotlight. Adventurer and virtuoso - Rosemary Tuck plays the Celtic Fantasies of Vincent Wallace, reviewed by Patric Standford. '... splendid performance ...'
Record box. Glittering light - The music of Irish composer Raymond Deane, by Keith Bramich
Ask Alice - Our classical music 'agony aunt', Alice McVeigh, tackles more questions
To Russia with Love - A bizarre story from Moscow, told by Howard Smith
The Bell Tolls too soon for Derek - A tribute to Derek Bell (1935-2002) of The Chieftains, by Jennifer Paull
CD Spotlight. Much originality - John Field's Piano Concertos, explored by Robert Anderson. '... accomplished performances ...'
Site seeing at the Mandolin Café - with Keith Bramich
Profile - A man of vision. Victor Herbert, the first composer to write for film, investigated by Jennifer Paull
Ensemble - Evolution or revolution? Samuel Brown on RTÉ's Second Viennese School weekend
Record box - Alongside AD1620. Basil Ramsey listens to the music of Edward MacDowell
CD Spotlight - World Orchestral Music. 'Perhaps some future anti-ravers will take up this work ...' Hugh Flynn's Wexford Symphony, investigated by Gordon Rumson
CD Spotlight - Beautiful moments. '... "The World" and the six short Russian songs show Tavener at his best ...' The Vanbrugh Quartet plays John Tavener, with Patric Standford
Atavistic thrill - In a more extended 'captivating moment', Peter Dale discovers one of the truly great living musicians
Summer Opera Reviews - Roderic Dunnett looks back at a thumping good summer for opera festivals in Britain and Ireland. Read from part 1 - Castleward, Wexford and Stowe
CD Spotlight - A paean of rejoicing. '... a sunburst carrying the listener forward and upwards to new quests of achievement.' Bax's Fifth Symphony with Bill Newman
CD Spotlight - Unknown gems. 'Throughout, Varcoe and Benson give musicianly, affectionate performances ...' Two Hyperion albums of Stanford's songs, with Trevor Hold
Record box - Spirit and polish - Hymns in demonstration, with Basil Ramsey
CD Spotlight - Musical spurs. 'His musical palette constantly overflows with colour, never garish yet sometimes opulent and sometimes sombre.' Irish convictions - Basil Ramsey investigates the music of Ian Wilson.