Saturday 25 November 2017

The pleasure list: Music and mysticism

Magical music: EJ Lim was a child prodigy and her musical talent has been hailed the world over. She plays the NCH on Monday night.
Magical music: EJ Lim was a child prodigy and her musical talent has been hailed the world over. She plays the NCH on Monday night.
The nutri burger

HJ Lim began studying music at the age of three. At 12 she left her native South Korea and moved to France where she graduated from the Conservatoire National Region de Rouen with First Prize, and then became the youngest person ever to obtain the Diplome d'Etudes Musicales Completes of Normandy when she was 15.

Now one of the best-loved pianists around, praised by the New York Times for her "fresh, vigorous interpretations" and known as much for her flair, imagination and vision as for her technical ability. Lim's recent recording of Beethoven's sonatas was described as "the kind of album that will save the classical recording industry, it's the kind of album that, if you've never heard a Beethoven sonata before, will convert you for life and ruin every other performance you'll hear."

Lim can be seen at the National Concert Hall tomorrow, where she will play Prokofiev, Schubert, Scriabin and Rabinovitch-Barakovsky. Appearing with her is the Venerable Seongdam Sunim, a spiritual guru who will perform the unique ancient Korean singing technique of Jitsori. Musically and spiritually, this is bound to be an uplifting and an enlightening evening.

Gentle next-generation skin care and its Irish

Elave, one of Ireland's longest-established skincare brands, has just relaunched, with a range of products for sensitive skin that are free of nasties such as sulfates, parabens, perfume, colours, soaps and other harsh chemicals, yet startlingly effective.

There's a Daily Skin Defence with SPF 45 to protect skin from UVA/UVB and infrared rays, and a skin balancing moisturiser with naturally derived prebiotics and antimicrobial Manuka Honey UMF 10+ to restore a healthier skin barrier. In particular, though, we love the anti-ageing products, with the key ingredient of glycolic acid, which peels away dead skin cells while stimulating collagen synthesis, for brighter looking skin. The Rejuvenating Cleansing Treatment has 12pc glycolic acid, and works a treat, leaving skin visibly more youthful and glowing. With prices starting at around €15, good value is not the least of their appeal.

Health, beauty, balance and the perfect Nutri burger

The Marker hotel recently joined the growing army of the health-conscious, with a new concept, based on the notion of equilibrium, and extended across all areas of the hotel.

Healthy dining choices, exercise and relaxation are the basic principles behind this; in practice, this means that bedrooms now have the option of yoga boxes so that enthusiasts can practise in their room or use the hotel's rooftop terrace for an early-morning outdoor session.

A running map shows different scenic running routes throughout the city, while a new menu at the hotel bar is full of options that are nutritionally balanced but also delicious, and based on cutting-edge food trends, including the Nutri Burger, which can be served nude or with a gluten-free bap, the Refuel Salad, protein balls, the Nutri Box, or avocado coconut and lime cake, along with a selection of raw juices and healthy chocolate options.

Making a song and dance

Cartoon Saloon's Song of the Sea isn't just the best Irish animation we've seen, it is up there with the best ever, a rival to Studio Ghibli's finest.

Written by Will Collins and directed by Tomm Moore, with the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Liam Hourican, this is the story of Saoirse, a six-year-old girl born the night her mother disappeared, who lives with her father and older brother in a lighthouse off the coast of Ireland, and who doesn't speak.

One night she discovers a sealskin coat in a locked chest, and the story of her destiny begins to unfold. She is a Selke, an enchanted seal child, who must try to free the Faerie folk from the witch Macha's spell; but time is running out, for Saoirse and the Faeries. Beautifully animated, with a story that is moving and funny, and wonderful music by Bruno Coulais and Kíla, this truly is that rare thing - a film that works perfectly for adults and kids. Not to be missed. movieosonsongoftheseamovie

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