A strong debut from a fine Northern Irish ensemble with much to say.
Michael Quinn is a former theatre director and BBC Radio Drama producer who writes about classical music, opera and theatre. A former Deputy Editor of Gramophone, he is obituaries editor for The Stage, booklet editor for SOMM Recordings, and programming consultant to Northern Ireland’s newest arts centre, The Portico of Ards.
Articles by Michael Quinn
Vivid performances stake a claim for Lim’s strikingly distinctive sound world.
Baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber complete thier epic odyssey of Schumann's vocal works.
Review: Presteigne Premieres: New Music for String Orchestra (Presteigne Festival Orchestra, George Vass)
Presteigne presses all the right buttons with a ravishing collection of new British music.
Superb re-imagining of French Baroque opera by Véronique Gens.
A startling string quartet, like you’ve never heard it, for these pandemic times.
Meet Sunleif Rasmussen, the first composer from the Faroe Islands to achieve an international profile, whose distinctive music blends traditional folk tunes with spectralism and jazz.
From dawn to dusk: Haydn’s journey through the hours vividly realised.
Persuasive advocacy by Baldini and Rossi brings Villa-Lobos into vivid focus.
Head and heart guide Aimard’s ascent of Beethoven’s mighty Hammerklavier.
Everything old is new again as Schiff’s period instrument Brahms proves a revelation.
The Fab Four: Thomas Trotter, Duruflé and Harrison & Harrison.
A forgotten Russian-Jewish voice receives ardent championing from Jonathan Powell.