Irish poet and playwright Seamus Heaney has died at the age of 74. He was born to a farming family at Mossbawn near Bellaghy in Co Derry on 13 April, 1939. Educated at St Columb's College Catholic boarding school, he later studied at Queen's University Belfast, before making his home in Dublin, with periods of teaching in the United States. The recipient of numerous prizes, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. At 6pm on Liz Nolan's Classic Drive to mark the passing of Seamus Heaney, a repeat of our programme “The Real and the Imaginary” presented by Eoin O’Kelly. This features Heaney’s work in light of his own public statements on the relationship between poetry and reality, and traces the evolution of his art since the publication of his first major collection Death of A Naturalist in the mid 1960s. The poet and his poetry in his own words.
Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra take another significant step in an extraordinary musical journey with the release of the two Brahms Serenades. The Serenades have been unjustly neglected and are rarely heard in concert, making them perfect repertoire for Chailly’s enquiring mind. Widely respected as a conductor with a “rare talent for transforming music ripe for rediscovery” (Gramophone), his reading of the Serenades fits with his philosophy that “all music must aspire to be ‘new music’ again”.
Sadly, after nearly 30 years together the wonderful vocal group Anonymous 4 will make the 2015-16 season its last. What a legacy they have left behind, over 20 recordings on the harmonia mundi label and here on Classic Drive we love their latest, 1865 is a CD with Bruce Molsky of material from the American Civil War. That year marked the end of the war and it was also smack dab in the middle of the Romantic period in art, literature, and music. Romanticism flowed through American pop culture as well, so on this disc of Civil War-era songs, expect to hear music infused with highly expressive, sensitive, personal, ofttimes sentimental overtones.