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.
In addition to being one of the leading and most acclaimed Lieder singers performing today, Christian Gerhaher is also a highly sought-after performer on the opera stage. Having performed in some of the world's top opera houses, Gerhaher was awarded the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his performance in Wagner's Tannhäuser at London's Royal Opera House.
Here Gerhaher devotes a complete album to arias from the operas of Mozart, together with the Freiburger Barockorchester, one of the top period instrument ensembles worldwide with a strong connection to the Mozart repertoire. The Guardian has called it an "ambitious but thoroughly rewarding collection."