Mark Fitzgerald is a Senior Lecturer at TU Dublin Conservatoire.
A new album on the Diatribe label features South African pianist Jill Richards performing six of Kevin Volans' études, while the composer plays a number of works by Liszt. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
A new book by Kate Molleson, 'Sound Within Sound: Opening Our Ears to the Twentieth Century', explores the work of ten composers who have been left out of standard musical histories. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
Xenia Pestova Bennett and Ed Bennett have recently released a reimagining of Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' on the Ergodos label. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble from Northern Ireland have recently released their debut album, 'A Terrible Beauty' – a double-CD of 12 compositions. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
The first CD devoted entirely to the work of Irish composer John McLachlan has recently been released on Farpoint Recordings. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
Navona Records have recently released a live album of works for orchestra and large ensemble by Peter Dickson Lopez, Corrina Bonshek and Jane O'Leary. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
'Letters' is the new record release from Chamber Choir Ireland, consisting of recent works by Tarik O'Regan and David Fennessy. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
A new record by pianist Niall Kinsella, featuring singers Raphaela Mangan and Gavan Ring and violinist Mia Cooper, presents all of Irish composer John F. Larchet's original songs for voice and piano. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
Composer and guitarist Benjamin Dwyer's new album on Diatribe records, 'what is the word' – featuring Dwyer, Barry Guy, Maya Homburger and actor Conor Lovett – is the result of a renewed engagement with all of Samuel Beckett's output. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
A memoir and diary belonging to the composer Brian Boydell (1917–2000) have recently been published in a book titled 'Rebellious Ferment', focusing in particular on his life and work in the 1940s and 50s. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
Listening Bodies, a collaboration between the vocal group Tonnta and Kirkos ensemble, took place in Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre at the weekend and featured a four-hour programme of Irish and international work. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
Irish National Opera presented the world premiere of Evangelia Rigaki’s installation opera 'This Hostel Life' last week, a work based on Melatu Uche Okorie's book of short stories on life in direct provision in Ireland. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
Mark Fitzgerald reviews a new book edited by Jeremy Dibble and Julian Horton that examines musical criticism in Britain from 1850 to 1950 – including discussions of George Bernard Shaw, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rosa Newmarch and Edward Dent.
Mark Fitzgerald reviews the first Beckett Chamber Music Series, which took place at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, on 24, 27 and 30 June.