The Blue of the Night with Carl Corcoran

The Blue of the Night with Carl Corcoran

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The Blue of the Night with Carl Corcoran Tuesday 12 August 2014

This week on Blue Tunes...

Amsterdam born, Swiss based violinist Gwendolyn Masin first came to the attention of the Irish public with a performance on the Late Late Show when she was eleven in 1988.  Today she enjoys a busy international career as a performer and a teacher, she has continued her connections with Ireland through regular appearances and a dedication to Irish contemporary composers such as John Buckley, Eric Sweeney and Raymond Deane. Her latest CD "Origin" is a tour de force of string ensemble performances - most of which were arranged by Raymond Deane. Dances by De Falla, Bartok and others pay tribute to her multicultural background. Hear it all week on Blue.


August Bank Holiday Monday - Blue of the Night at Kaleidoscope

Enjoy this short video collage of a great night when Blue broadcast live from Kaleidoscope Night at Bello Bar in Dublin last June and re-broadcast  on Bank Holiday Monday's Blue (August 1st).

The Blue of the Night with Eamonn Lenihan

Bill Evans, an influential pianist influenced by both Debussy and Bud Powell, was born 85 years ago. This week, Eamonn presents some of Evans' finest solo, duo and trio recordings.

CULTURE NIGHT Friday September 16th 10pm 

Music Network 30th Anniversary Concert

We are delighted to be part of RTÉ lyric fm Music Network Culture Night 2016 - broadcast in front of a Live Audience from Studio 1 in Donnybrook on The Purple Vespertine, co-presented by Ellen Cranitch and Carl Corcoran.
The evening features an array of talent: harpist Laoise Kelly; cellists William Butt & Christopher Ellis; the Julien Colarossi Quartet; traditional group Ulaid with vocalist Gráinne Holland and visiting from Norway the trad/folk ensemble, Gjermund Larsen trio.

The concert is free but ticketed with limited access so advance booking is essential. Contact Aisling ( to reserve, four tickets max per person. Stay tuned to The Purple Vespertine and to Blue or visit

Music Played on the Show


Title: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

Composer: Taylor, Billy/Dallas

Performer(s): Billy Taylor (Piano), Billy Taylor Trio

Album: 101 Dinner Party Songs EMI 50999 3 06358 2 1/VTCDX 975

Duration: 3:39


Title: Nobody's Fault But Mine

Composer: Johnson, Blind Willie

Performer(s): Nina Simone (Vocal, Piano)

Album: Nina Simone and Piano RCA 07863 68100 2

Duration: 3:02


Title: Concerto For Bandoneon, Strings And Percussion (2nd Movement) Moderato

Composer: Piazzolla, Astor

Performer(s): Orquestra De Cambra Teatre Lliure

Album: Astor Piazzolla - Concerto For Bandoneon Harmonia Mundi HMG 501595

Duration: 7:39


Title: Broken Butterflies

Composer: Williams, Lucinda

Performer(s): Lucinda Williams (Vocals), Bo Ramsey (El Guitar), Charlie Sexton (Rhythm Gtr), David Mansfield (Vln), Tony Garnier (Bs), Jim Keltner (Dms)

Album: Essence Lost Highway 170 197-2

Duration: 5:40


Title: Antartica

Composer: Coldrick, Pat

Performer(s): Pat Coldrick (Guitar)

Album: City Jam

Duration: 6:10


Title: Waltz For Debby

Composer: Evans, Bill

Performer(s): Bill Evans (Piano), Scott Lafaro (Bass), Paul Motian (Drums)

Album: Waltz For Debby Riverside OJCD20 210-2

Duration: 6:59


Title: Violin Sonata In B Major - Movement Ii - Andante Molto Tranquillo

Composer: Delius, Frederick

Performer(s): Susanne Stanzeleit (Violin), Gustav Fenyo (Piano)

Album: Delius Violin Sonatas (Complete) - Susanne Stanzeleit (violin) NAXOS 8572261

Duration: 9:34


Title: Maggie Said

Composer: Merchant, Natalie

Performer(s): Natalie Merchant

Album: Natalie Merchant Nonesuch 7559-79571-7

Duration: 4:23


Title: Sleepy Maggie

Composer: Trad arr Mooney

Performer(s): Susanna Pell (Viol), Andy Watt (Guitar, Mandolin)

Album: Northumbrian Exchanges sfz Music SFZM0114

Duration: 5:44


Title: In Ma Ain Country

Composer: Trad arr Sadeina Eddi Reader/Angus Aird

Performer(s): Eddi Reader (Vocals)

Album: Vagabond Reveal Records Digi Pack

Duration: 3:27


Title: Spring Song

Composer: Husband, Gary

Performer(s): Gary Husband (Piano), Alex Machacek (Guitar)

Album: Now Abstractlogix ABLX 041

Duration: 4:40


Title: Persuasion

Composer: Thompson, Richard

Performer(s): Richard Thompson (Guitar/Vocals)

Album: Acoustic Classics Beeswing Records Beeswing Records

Duration: 3:56


Title: Good Night

Composer: Janacek, Leos

Performer(s): Iva Bittova (Violin), Netherlands Wind Ensemble

Album: Dance Of The Vampires Netherland Blazers Ensemble NBECD003

Duration: 2:59


Title: Quartet No.1 In A Major (2nd Movement) Adagio Molto

Composer: Thuille, Ludwig

Performer(s): Ofer Falk, Rafael Todes (Violins), Dorothea Vogel (Viola), Vanessa Lucas-Smith (Cello)

Album: Ludwig Thuille: The String Quartets Champs Hill Records CHRCD077

Duration: 5:56


Title: The Customs Of The Age Disturbed

Composer: Leon, Craig

Performer(s): Craig Leon (All Instruments)

Album: Early Electronic Works - Nommos, Visiting Aparté AP083

Duration: 7:44


Title: Looking Back

Composer: Rowles / Ernst

Performer(s): Kate Mcgarry (Vocals), Keith Ganz (Guitars), Gary Versace (Keyboards), Et Al

Album: Girl Talk Palmetto Records PM 2152

Duration: 5:39


Title: Kangita

Composer: Smith, Tommy

Performer(s): Tommy Smith (Shakuhachi)

Album: Mira - Arild Andersen ECM Records ECM 2307 372 8782

Duration: 1:41


Title: Once

Composer: Marling, Laura

Performer(s): Laura Marling (Vocal)

Album: Once I Was An Eagle Virgin Records 006023738618

Duration: 3:38


Title: Tromba Lontana

Composer: Adams, John

Performer(s): Gareth Bimson & Martin Hurrell (Trumpets), Bbc Symphony Orchestra

Album: John Adams: Tromba Lontana, Violin Concerto, The Wound-Dresser Late Junction BBCLJ30012

Duration: 4:19


Title: String Symphony No.12 In G Minor (2nd Movement) Andante

Composer: Mendelssohn, Felix

Performer(s): London Festival Orchestra

Album: Mendelssohn: Twelve String Symphonies Hyperion CDS44081/3

Duration: 6:50


Title: El Mestre

Composer: Catalan traditional

Performer(s): Arianna Savall (Voice, Harp), Petter Udland Johansen (Voice, Hardingfele, Mandolin), Sveinung Lillegier (Guitar, Dobro, Voice), Minguel Angel Cordero (Double Bass, Voice), David Mayoral (Percussion

Album: Hirundo Maris ECM ECM New Series 2227 278 4395

Duration: 6:33


Title: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Composer: Arlen, Harold

Performer(s): Ferran Savall (Vocal, Guitar)

Album: Impro Alia Vox AVSA9906

Duration: 4:07


Title: Tess

Composer: Surman, John

Performer(s): John Taylor (Piano), Chris Laurence (Bass), John Marshall (Drums)

Album: Stranger Than Fiction ECM Records 521 850-2

Duration: 6:44


Title: Wolfcry

Composer: Porter, Gregory

Performer(s): Chip Crawford (Piano)

Album: Liquid Spirit Blue Note / Universal 0602537410538

Duration: 4:10


Title: Nocturne No. 11 In F Sharp Minor

Composer: Faure, Gabriel

Performer(s): Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)

Album: Faure: Piano Music complete - Jean-Philippe Collard Brilliant Classics 93007

Duration: 4:24


Title: Konzertmusik For Solo Viola & Chamber Orchestra (2nd Part, 1st Movement)

Composer: Hindemith, Paul

Performer(s): Tabea Zimmermann (Viola), Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin

Album: Hindemith - Complete Viola Works (Recordno: MYR010) Myrios Classics MYR010

Duration: 3:23


Title: Nones But The Rain

Composer: Van Zandt, Townes

Performer(s): Townes Van Zandt (Guitar)

Album: Legend: The Very Best of Townes van Zandt (Recordno: SNAP 294 CD) Licensemusic SNAP 294 CD

Duration: 2:21


Title: One Day

Composer: Taylor, Martin

Performer(s): Martin Taylor (Guitar)

Album: The Colonel & The Governor Mesa / Blue Moon 2307

Duration: 3:55


Title: Bridges And Balloons

Composer: Newsom, Joanna

Performer(s): Joanna Newsom (Vocal & Harp)

Album: The Milk-Eyed Mender Drag City DC263CD

Duration: 3:42


Title: Akh Im Champen

Composer: Traditional

Performer(s): Gevorg Dabagian (Duduk)

Album: The Music Of Armenia ~~ R410508 Celestial Harmonies 13111-2

Duration: 3:48


Title: Somebody's Missing

Composer: Brown, Benjamin

Performer(s): Benny Brown Band

Album: Brown Phonobrothers PB.14.005

Duration: 7:11


Title: Four Little Piano Pieces - Iii: Adagio

Composer: Liszt, Franz

Performer(s): Paul Lewis (Piano)

Album: Liszt - Sonata in B Minor, Piano Works Harmonia Mundi HMA1951845

Duration: 1:34


Title: Some Other Time

Composer: Bernstein/Comden/Green

Performer(s): Tony Bennett (Vocal), Bill Evans (Piano)

Album: Sings For Lovers Concord Records 0025218902328

Duration: 4:43



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Text '51554'

Presenter: Carl Corcoran

Producer: Áine Fay

Production Co-ordinator: Ian McGlynn


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