Category: Reviews

A fascinating score for a small orchestra

While the National Symphony Orchestra saluted 2023 at the National Concert Hall (NCH) with a programme of Viennese and other bon bons on New Year’s Day, it later returned to its 2022/23 Subscription Series with Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella ballet. The latter dates from 1919 around the start of what is…

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A many-faceted Catholic of his time

The Most Estimable of Men: Judge John O’Hagan, Patriot, Poet, Scholar, Lawyer by Thomas J. Morrissey SJ (Messenger Publications, €19.95/£18.95) Having heard so much recently about patriots of later generations, it is very welcome to have a biography of a man of the Young Ireland movement – a book which will remind some and inform…

Thinking ahead to Eastertide

The Falling Dusk: The 2023 Lent Book, by Paul Dominiak (Bloomsbury, £12.99/€14.50) With Easter eggs, as noted above, already appearing in some shops (or so it is reported), it is certainly a good idea to give some prior thought to the season of Lent and the celebration of Easter. This book is not one of those…

The changing nature of the Coptic Christmas

This year the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity, according to the ancient Julian Calendar by the Egyptian Copts, took place last week with great ceremony. It brought into focus the cultural changes moving over contemporary Egypt where the Copts – who are miaphysites of ancient standing – now in accord with most other…