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OPERA NIGHT Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande Tonight’s production of Claude Debussy’s only completed opera, the world première of which took place at the Paris Opéra Comique in 1902 comes from the Vienna State Opera and features Baritone Simon Keenlyside as Golaud, Soprano Olga Bezsmertna as Melisande, baritone Adrian Erod is Pelleas, Bernarda Fink is Genevieve, Franz-Josef Selig […]
THE PURPLE VESPERTINE WITH ELLEN CRANITCH    Fresh from a visit to the legendary Forde world music festival in Norway, Ellen brings back a swag bag of the best sounds to be heard over an astonishing four days of music making in this little town with a big heart. Hardanger fiddling at 2am in bright sunlight, anyone? RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 12th […]
VOX NOSTRA WITH VLAD SMISHKEWYCH  In recent years, the solo violin music of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber has become known, in no small part, thanks to several exquisite recordings of his so-called ‘Mystery Sonatas’. Although you’ll get to hear a few of these famous works on this morning’s Vox Nostra, the programme will also shine the spotlight on some […]
NOVA Bernard features two contrasting choral works, Dead Earth and a Stabat Mater, from Irish composer Gráinne Mulvey.  Nova is about new music, chronicling what’s radical and what’s conservative, who’s established and who’s in the avant garde.   A blend of contemporary classical, electronic and experimental music. RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 13th August, 8pm-10pm
LIZ NOLAN’S LYRIC NOTES Liz Nolan presents great classical music from across the ages.  The Coffee Concert at 10.30am is from Paris. The Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Roger Norrington perform Haydn’s Symphony No. 82. Coffee Concert: France: Auditorium, Maison de la Radio, Paris Haydn: Symphony No. 82 in C, Hob. 1:82 (The Bear) The Radio France Philharmonic […]
THE LYRIC CONCERT WITH PAUL HERRIOTT Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a concert recorded at the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Germany. Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Op.26 ‘Fingal’s Cave’ Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47 Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin) Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36 BBC Symphony Orchestra Sakari Oramo (conductor) RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 14th August, 7.02pm-10pm
NIALL CARROLL’S LUNCHTIME FAVOURITES On Tuesday at 1.05pm Niall Carroll will be live from the National Concert Hall for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s Summer Lunchtime concert series. The programme includes two Irish works Charles Villiers Stanford’s Overture Shamus O’Brien and Vincent Kennedy’s Arbour Hill, David Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody and Maurice Ravel’s Piece en forme de habanera. Richard Harwood is […]
THE BLUE OF THE NIGHT The Blue of the Night connects different musical landscapes – a musical journey through centuries, genres and soundscapes presented by Vlad Smishkewych. RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 15th August, 10pm-1am