Using six-string, eight-string and eleven-string guitars, the Dublin Guitar Quartet performs a selection of contemporary works including an arrangement of Kevin Volans’ string quartet, ‘White Man Sleeps’.
Harp duo Cormac de Barra and Anne-Maire O’Farrell have been playing together for over a decade. As composer performers, ‘Double Strung’ reflects a marriage of Ireland’s oral musical heritage and the classical tradition.
A selection of recent piano music by Northern Irish composers David Byers, Philip Hammond, Eibhlis Farrell, Deirdre McKay and Alan Mills. The performer is David Quigley, one of the leading Irish pianists of the younger generation.
Working as Softday, the multimedia collaboration of Taylor and Fernström took data from the ESB Fisheries Management Project on the river Shannon and converted it into digital information simulating the behaviour of salmon. The Irish Chamber Orchestra, among others, were involved in the recording.
A compelling collaboration between Gerard McChrystal (saxophone) and Craig Ogden (guitar). Folk, jazz and contemporary styles influence much of this album which features music from Ireland, Australia, UK and Germany. All of the music for this unusual instrumental combination has been specially written or arranged for the duo.
Composer and pianist Tom Cullivan’s preference is for melody and the concept of music as spontaneous expression. This selection of his compositions and arrangements is an attractive fusion of traditional and classical with a distinctly Irish flavour.
Bill Whelan’s first major orchestral composition, ‘The Seville Suite’, was composed in 1992. Through music, the work tells the historical story of the legendary Red Hugh O'Donnell after his defeat at the Battle of Kinsale and his journey to La Coruna in Spain.
Visual artist Seán Taylor and computer software designer Mikael Fernström work collaboratively under the name Softday. ‘Blian le Báisteach’ (‘A year with rain’) is a computer-generated composition developed in conjunction with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in which rainfall data was converted into music using complex multimedia technology.
A reissue of a selection of some of A. J. Potter’s best traditional arrangements recorded by the RTÉ Light Orchestra in the 1970s. The orchestra was, musically, his first love and these pieces display an extraordinary sense of instrumental colour.