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    Our aim is to promote classical music, Irish musicians and composers at home and abroad, and to create a commercially available, quality record of how much incredible music is being made in this country. For more information or to submit recording proposals, please email us.

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    Kevin O'Connell: Orchestral Music

    Kevin O'Connell: Orchestral Music features three major compositions: North, Four Orchestral Pieces and The Symphony from a composer born in Derry but long resident in Dublin. Kevin O'Connell's music has been noted for its intensity of argument, lyricism and attempts at large-scale formal design. These concerns are evident in the three orchestral works presented on this CD (number 8 in the RTE series of contemporary Irish composers). Kevin O'Connell teaches composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is a member of Aosdána, Ireland's academy of creative artists.

    Finghin Collins: Mozart Piano Concertos

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    Released to mark the end of Finghin Collins' fascinating three year tenure as Associate Artist of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, this double CD features Concerto Nos. 13, 18, 20 and 22. Directing from the piano, Collins has been performing all of the Mozart Piano Concertos in cycles at venues throughout Ireland to critical acclaim:

    The Salzburg B flat Concerto No 6... has Collins treating its gallant style with corresponding elegance and finesse as well as giving it jaunty bounce... Undoubtedly, playing of quality and stature. The Irish Independent

    Hugh Tinney: A Portrait

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    Acknowledged as the leading Irish pianist of his generation, Hugh Tinney's available catalogue of recordings is limited. A Portrait sets about redressing this with music by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, Tom Johnson and Gerald Barry, works which reflect the path and preoccupations of Tinney's own musical career. A performance in 2010 of Feldman's Triadic Memories for piano was described as ...wonderful in its control of tone colour and in the patience with which Tinney allowed the music to unfold. The Irish Times

    Stephen Gardner: Hallelujah

    Stephen Gardner: Hallelujah is the Volume 7 of the critically acclaimed the Composer of Ireland series performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. This CD features three of Gardner's most important compositions including Never.Never.Never, described by the Irish Times as "... a colossal work [whose] staggeringly relentless rhetoric still packs a fearsome punch." Stephen Gardner was born in Belfast in 1958 and studied music at the Universities of Ulster and Wales. His work has been performed worldwide. In 2003 he was elected to Aosdána, Ireland's state-sponsored academy of artists.

    Album 1854 by William Vincent Wallace

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    COLLECTOR'S ITEM: Limited Edition, 1854 Music Album and CD
    Dedicated to 'The Ladies of the United States' by the distinguished 19th century Irish composer William Vincent Wallace (1812-1865)

    This magnificent high-quality reproduction album and CD is published as a limited edition to mark the bicentenary of the birth of William Vincent Wallace (1812-1865), Irish opera composer, double virtuoso and world traveler. Wallace's original album was published in 1854 by William Hall and Son, New York, a copy of this publication is now in the collection at the National Library of Ireland. The album includes several beautiful lithographs produced by Sarony & Major, and hand-coloured by Spearing and Stutzman in the United States. In years to come, this rare facsimile edition will surely become a collector's item.

    Fiachra Garvey - For the Piano

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    Debut release from one of the most exciting new piano talents in Ireland.

    ...created excitement, atmosphere and, using different qualities of touch, led his listeners into Debussy's distinctively different musical worlds with supreme understanding. Irish Examiner.

    The works on Fiachra Garvey: Music for Piano reveal a musical instinct mature beyond his years. Fiachra selected Samuel Barber's bravura Piano Sonata and his elegiac Nocturne dedicated to John Field to bookend the two central works which are complementary highlights of the 19th and 20th century piano repertoire: Debussy's Pour le Piano and Schumann's Fantasiestucke. The latter is a suite of eight pieces that tentatively relates to the Hero and Leander legend but more fundamentally is among the composer's finest and most moving works for piano.

    The Irish Piano: Michael McHale

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    See Norman Lebrecht's review of the album here

    Acclaimed Irish pianist Michael McHale's début solo album features a delightful selection of piano miniatures inspired by Ireland's rich musical heritage. The Irish Piano explores the influence of both Irish traditional and European classical music on this country's composers and musicians.

    Watch Michael performing Philip Hammond's The Beardless Boy here and his own arrangement of My Lagan Love here

    Masters of Tradition

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    Forty-two of Ireland's finest traditional musicians, recorded in concert 2003-2007. The MASTERS OF TRADITION is a double CD featuring many of the country's finest musicians. Martin Hayes, Denis Cahill, Donal Lunny, Frank Harte, Tony McMahon, Mary McNamara, Peadar O'Loughlin and many more. The force exerted by the past on the present - a definition of the word 'tradition' taken from Webster's dictionary and, in the context of traditional music, a powerful and pithy analysis of the strength and potency of this magnificent art.

    This Masters of Tradition CD is all about acknowledging this force.

    Masters of the Irish Harp

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    Ireland is the only country in the world with a musical instrument as its national emblem. The symbol of the harp is everywhere: on our coins, passports, tax demands and even on the pint glass. It is probably one of our most enduring and recognisable images and today there are more professional harpers and students of our national instrument than ever before. Produced in association with Cairde na Cruite, Masters of the Irish Harpcelebrates the virtuosity of sixteen of Ireland's leading harpers.

    Shower of Pearls: The Music of George Alexander Osborne

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    A fascinating array of unknown repertoire from the neglected Limerick-born composer, George Alexander Osborne. The result is a definitive collection of delightful piano works and chamber music, given superb renditions by Una Hunt piano, Justin Pearson cello, and Triantán Piano Trio.



    Una Hunt: Fallen Leaves from an Irish Piano Album

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    RTÉ lyric fm is delighted to release a second CD from Una Hunt that is committed to reawakening interest in neglected Irish composers. Fallen Leaves from an Irish Piano Album gathers together for the first time the many strands of successful piano writing by nineteenth-century Irish composers.


    Celine Byrne: For Eternity

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    Celine Byrne may have been a late-comer to the world of opera, she was eighteen years old and working as an au-pair in Italy when she first heard opera sung live, which persuaded her to take singing lessons. Scroll forward to today and among Celine's achievements are her Carnegie Hall and Covent Garden debuts, a broadcast to over 200 million people in China, and winning the Maria Callas Grand Prix in 2007. Truly, her star is in the ascendant. For Eternity is her debut cd.
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    Margaret Burke Sheridan: Un Bel Di

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    Soprano Margaret Burke Sheridan (1889-1958) is Ireland's most enduring legend of the operatic stage. Born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Margaret Burke Sheridan made a dramatic debut on the professional stage. At four days' notice while still in vocal training, she was chosen to replace the indisposed soprano as Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème at Rome's Costanzi. She performed with all the greats, including the tenors Aureliano Pertile and Beniamino Gigli, and conductor Arturo Toscanini, and was coached by Puccini himself. Un Bel Di contains fifteen digitally remastered tracks including a live performance from Covent Garden in 1926 and five ballads never brought together on one CD before. This is truly the definitive Margaret Burke Sheridan collection.

    Seán Ó Riada: Orchestral Works

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    Including the first new recordings of Mise Éire (Orchestral Suite) and Nomos Nos. 1&4 in over over 40 years.

    Seán Ó Riada's role in the promotion and development of Irish traditional music is well known. What can tend to be overlooked, however, was his ambition to create orchestral music in the European tradition. These compositions predated and, it may be argued, underpinned all of his activities in traditional music. As he said himself, 'it is my composition that gives meaning to my existence'.

    Joyce Songs

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    Joycesongs - JAMES JOYCE'S MUSICAL DUBLIN is a celebration of the role of music in the work of James Joyce. June 16th is Bloomsday - the day Leopold Bloom journeys through Dublin in Joyce's novel Ulysses. The book is bursting with musical references and the characters almost sing their way through the novel. Their minds are filled with the musical culture of the early 20th century - popular drinking songs, opera arias, and ballads; there are over 40 references to songs in the Sirens chapter alone. The CD features emerging Irish artists Owen Gilhooly, Elizabeth Woods, Emmanuel Lawler, Daire Halpin, and Franck Dunne recorded variously with pianist Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin, and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Robert Houlihan.

    Balfe: Falstaff

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    Michael William Balfe (1808 - 1870) wrote Falstaff for four of the great singers of his day Giulia Grisi (soprano), Luigi Lablache (bass), Giovanni Battista Rubini (tenor), and Antonia Tamburini (baritone). The premiere took place on Thursday July 19th 1838 at Her Majesty's Theatre in London to a packed house with Balfe receiving several curtain-calls. On Thursday September 25th 2008, Opera Ireland and RTÉ celebrated the Balfe's bicentenary by presenting the first performance of the composer's comic bel canto opera Falstaff since its première. This live performance of Balfe's Falstaff is now available on the RTÉ lyric fm label and is a must have for record collectors and lovers of opera everywhere.

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