MacGregor, Joanna

Joanna MacGregor is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, Joanna MacGregor is also the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival. As a solo artist Joanna has performed in over seventy countries and appeared with many eminent conductors – Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle and Michael Tilson Thomas amongst them – and orchestras, including London Symphony and Sydney Symphony orchestras, Chicago, Melbourne and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras, the Berlin Symphony and Salzburg Camerata. She has premiered many landmark compositions, ranging from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Django Bates to John Adams and James MacMillan. She performs regularly at major venues throughout the world, including Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and the Barbican in London, Sydney Opera House, Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Crash Ensemble

Crash Ensemble

Crash Ensemble is Ireland’s leading new music ensemble; a group of world-class musicians who play the most adventurous, ground-breaking music of today.

Crash Ensemble, an Irish new-music collective with international cachet and considerable chops.  -The Washington Post

Founded in 1997 by composer Donnacha Dennehy, some of the most distinctive living composers have written for the group, including Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Louis Andriessen, Arnold Dreyblatt, Kevin Volans, Glen Branca, Nico Muhly and Gerald Barry.

Many well-known artists from diverse musical backgrounds have performed with the ensemble; Gavin Friday, Dawn Upshaw, Julie Feeney, Lisa Hannigan, Íarla Ó Lionáird (The Gloaming), Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Sam Amidon and Beth Orton.

Crash have recordings on NMC, Cantaloupe, Nonesuch and the Bedroom Community labels.

As well as performing throughout Ireland, Crash regularly perform internationally, with appearances in the last few years at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Royal Opera House (London), The Barbican (London), Carnegie Hall (NYC) The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC), Virginia Tech (Virginia), GAIDA Festival (Lithuania) and residencies at The Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival (UK) and Princeton University (NJ).

Crash Ensemble are adventurous, innovative and ambitious.

Koleva, Tatiana

Born in Bulgaria, Tatiana Koleva lives and works at present in the Netherlands. Internationally renown as virtuoso solo and ensemble performer, she is actively involved in the promotion of contemporary music and art forms all over the world. She has established herself as a leading percussionist specializing in marimba. Her performances leave the audience spellbound with intriguing rhythms and surprising musical developments. In addition to her intensive concert activities Mrs. Koleva is becoming a very respected educator. She leads regularly master classes for marimba/percussion and chamber music as well as composer workshops. Currently she holds a teaching position at the Prince Claus Conservatory of Groningen – The Netherlands. 2009 marked the beginning of her new very successful project “Youth Percussion Pool”, an education and performing event that takes place annually, including master-classes, workshops and concerts with young professionals. In the beginning of 2010 Tatiana Koleva received the prestigious Prize ‘Musician of the Year 2009’ by the National Radio and the audience of Bulgaria. Just recentely the Youth Percussion Pool was awarded “Ensemble of the year 2012” in that same contest.

ensemble Intégrales

ensemble Intégrales
Founded in 1993, ensemble Intégrales has earned itself a special reputation in the contemporary music scene placing special emphasis on dramaturgic profile and concept. 'With commitment and zest...The vitality of both playing and writing augurs well for the future of contemporary music.’ expressed the Irish Times, following a concert of the ensemble in Belfast.
In addition to interdisciplinary projects and a focus on young composers, their explicit interest in non-European cultures represents a further important part of their work. Since their foundation, the ensemble has built an excellent international reputation for their performances of new chamber music works. The enormous scope of their repertoire is documented in various radio, CD and TV recordings.
Performing throughout Europe, the USA and Asia, ensemble Intégrales has also been invited by renowned festivals including the Berliner Festwochen, Gaudeamus Festival, Bregenzer Festspiele, Wien Modern, Bludenzer Tage für zeitgemässe Musik, Fadjr -Festival (Iran), Bodenseefestival, Schleswig Holstein Festival and many others.
The concerts of ensemble Intégrales reflect the diversity, playfulness and beauty unique to contemporary music. The relaxed, undogmatic attitude of the ensemble, their enormous stylistic variety, and virtuosity and last but not least, their joy in performing is immediately communicated to the audience.
The exciting and versatile programs of ensemble Intégrales, which also include interaction with other art forms, are extremely well received and are even able to reach out to an audience, which might usually be sceptical towards the standard ways of presenting so-called ‚serious’ music.

Morgan, Darragh


Violinist with Fidelio Trio, Darragh Morgan has performed extensively throughout Europe, USA, Africa and Asia. He has performed concertos with orchestras including European Union Chamber Orchestra, Istanbul Symphony, Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, and Kolner Kammerorchester.

As a highly active and renowned interpreter of contemporary music, Darragh Morgan has worked with and premiered the music of many of the most important composers of our time, including Arvo Part, Philip Glass, John Tavener, Kevin Volans, Michael Nyman, Gerald Barry and Michael Finnissy. He regularly leads London Sinfonietta, and has also guest led Ensemble Modern, Musik Fabrik, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Remix Ensemble (Porto) and Athlesas Sinfonietta (Copenhagen ). Darragh was violinist with the acclaimed Smith Quartet from 2005-2011 and previously Artistic Director of Barqoue 2000 in South Africa. From 2009-19 he was on the violin faculty at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has given masterclasses at Curtis Institute, Peabody Conservatory, Central Conservatory Beijing and YST Singapore. Darragh has recorded over 50 albums for Naxos, Resonus, NMC, Metier, Delphian and Signum. He plays an 1848 Giuseppe Rocca violin, generously on loan from The Morgan-Rocca Instrument Trust which is administered by The Royal Society of Musicians and a fine bow made by Alfred Lamy.

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RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, one of two orchestras belonging to Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster, is a primary force in Irish musical life through year-long programmes of live performances of music ranging from symphonic, choral and operatic to film and popular music, contemporary traditional and contemporary classical; schools and educational projects; a mentoring scheme for young musicians; broadcasts on RTE and internationally through the European Broadcasting Union; recordings and new commissions. The orchestra has been critically acclaimed for its recordings on the Marco Polo, Naxos, Claves and RTE lyric fm labels. The orchestra’s Chief Conductor is Jaime Martín.

Maloney, Gavin

Gavin Maloney is one of Ireland's leading young artists. He has a long standing relationship with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with whom he has worked on a great variety of concerts, recordings and education projects. He has collaborated with many distinguished musicians including Sir James Galway, Gabriela Montero, Ailish Tynan, Chloë Hanslip and Hugh Tinney. Gavin received his training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Mozarteum Salzburg. At the age of 21 he successfully competed for the position of Assistant Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He has since performed throughout the country and conducted all the leading orchestras and ensembles in Ireland. Gavin was the inaugural beneficiary of the Bryden Thomson Trust, through whose support he studied at the Danish National Opera and the Lucerne Festival Academy of Pierre Boulez.
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Dennehy has written, “There is a whiff of high-class vandalism about my work” – an opinion borne out by this disc, which collects works from his early, uproarious Junk Box Fraud - for two increasingly smutty vocalists and strident ensemble – and pAt, for piano and taped "shipping forecast" – to the recent lyrical violin concerto, Elastic Harmonic, with soloist Darragh Morgan.



"Giddy, visceral urban techno avant-gardism" Gramophone

"The performances are fresh, furious and frenetic ... The essence of his [Dennehy's] style embraces obvious aspects of minimalism – feisty and explosive in the crazed electro-acoustic idiom of Junk Box Fraud ... mesmerising and liquid in the newest work featured, Dennehy's 2005 Elastic Harmonic for violin and orchestra." Scotsman

"Dennehy likes to imbue his pieces with an urban energy and drive them with the punchy impact of a rock band. He also likes and air of derangement, as if to suggest both a breaching of conventional boundaries and Jean Tinguely-like disintegration" Irish Times

‘The performances are all topnotch … Koleva and MacGregor are both outstanding in precision and vitality.’ Fanfare

'This is the collection of early works that marked Dennehy's arrival as a composer, marrying downtown attitude, classical discipline and surreal humour.' Gramophone



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Glamour Sleeper was recorded in Illingen, Germany in May 2003.

Recorded by SAARLÄNDISCHER RUNDFUNK Saarbrücken.
Producer: WOLFGANG KORB for for Saarländischer Rundfunk.
Paddy was recorded in Harlem, The Netherlands in 2003.
Junk Box Fraud was recorded at Pulse Studios, Dublin in 2000, and Streetwalker at Westland Studios, Dublin in 2004.
Elastic Harmonic was recorded in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 30 January 2007.
Supported by RTÉ
pAt was recorded at RTÉ Studios, Dublin in 2001, with the kind assistance of Lyric FM.
Producer & editor: DONNACHA DENNEHY
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS

Elastic Harmonic (P) 2007 RTÉ
Glamour Sleeper (P) 2007 SAARLÄNDISCHER RUNDFUNK Saarbrücken.
All other works (P) 2007 NMC Recordings Ltd.

Catalogue number:
NMC D133
Release Date:
4 June 2007