The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott

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    Friday 17th October

    Intermezzo - Out of Italy

    Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake adjourn once more to the NCH foyer for an interval glass, where the conversation turns to the possibility of a secret cabal of oboists and the practicalities of composing to order.

    Friday 10th October

    Intermezzo - Swashbuckling Strauss!

    Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake meet up once again for a glass and a gas, with the topics under discussion ranging from Dvorák’s real feeling about cellos to the inevitable shadow of the Nazi Party in Richard Strauss' life and work.

    Friday 3rd October

    Intermezzo - Music as Witness

    Interval artists Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy take their usual seats in the NCH foyer, to discuss the best approach to Beethoven's much tinkered with operatic work, the pain that Joseph Joachim might have provided to Antonín Dvorák, and assess the degree of sincere remorse that Shostakovich ever felt in response to criticism, just and otherwise.

    Friday 26th September

    Intermezzo - Liszt, Schumann and Bartok

    Returning for the new season at the National Concert Hall are our regular foyer fanfaronaders, Raymond Blake and Tomàs Clancy, who this week engage in a search for Liszt's smoking gun and some possible explanations for Schuman's damaged hands, as well as lauding the living art of reed cutting.

    Friday 19th September

    Friday Concert Interval - 'Even So?'

    To celebrate the World Premier of Linda Buckley's Beloved On The Earth, featuring the late poetry of Raymond Carver, Luke Clancy talks to Carver's widow, Tess Gallagher, about the writer's final days and the remarkable poetry that sprang from them.

    Friday 12th September

    Friday Concert interval

    In tonight's interval, Sandy Burnett presents a composer profile of Richard Strauss.

    Friday 5th September

    The Friday Concert Interval

    In tonight's interval, Sandy Burnett presents a profile of composer Christophe Willibald Gluck.

    Saturday 21st June

    Interval chat with Bill Whelan

    Ellen Cranitch talks to Bill Whelan about his early days as a session musician.

    Friday 6th June

    Friday Concert interval

    Evelyn Grant talks to Claudia Boyle about her career, the female roles she has played and the upcoming Irish production of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

    Friday 30th May

    Intermezzo - Idyllic Leavetakings

    Partir, c’est mourir un peu, this time, as Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake bring their season of visits to the National Concert Hall foyer to a close with a reading of Tannhauser through the lens of Ridley Scott, as well as other meditations on music, politics and farewell.

    Friday 16th May

    Intermezzo - Hiawatha’s Wedding

    How Abbey Road links Elgar and John Lennon, and the eternals joys of the human voice are among the topics under discussion when interval drinks aficionados, Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake meet for an entr'acte chat.

    Friday 2nd May

    Intermezzo - Hungarian Stories

    Conversation in the lobby tonight alights on Kodaly’s little known influence on Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the burnt orange notes of Liszt’s favourite wine, Tokaji, as Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake meet up for an interval jar.

    Friday 11th April

    Intermezzo - The Emperor

    What to serve Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake when you have them round to your place? Why, anything, of course. They have the simplest tastes. They are always satisfied with the best...Lafitte, Petrus, Latour, Beethoven, Mozart.

    Friday 4th April

    Intermezzo - Lieutenant Kije

    NCH lobby fixtures, Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake, make short work of Prokofiev and confess to a taste for early Soviet cinema, though only when watched in the small hours via Youtube.

    Friday 14th March

    Intermezzo - Trumpet on Tour!

    What is that shiny object that Tomas Clancy has in his hands this evening, the former trumpet student is asked by his concert companion, Raymond Blake, as the two meet once more in the lobby for a VAT and a weighing of the merits of Miles Davis, gold dispensing ATMs and good chardonnay.

    Friday 28th February

    Intermezzo - Fantastique!

    Mortality and its various reminders are contemplated by Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake as they come to terms with Saint-Saëns, 'Ash Envy' and the enduring charms of the defibrillator.

    Thursday 13th February

    Intermezzo - Hamlet's Fantasy

    How audiophile concerns have been washed away by the Youtube habit of watching great performances and a possible ingredient for a VAT are among the subjects discussed when Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake meet once more for an interval vodka at the National Concert Hall.

    Friday 7th February

    Intermezzo - Bare Mountain

    The salubrious effects of a thimble of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Prokofiev's last, great chess game are under discussion as Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake find a seat in the foyer for an interval chat.

    Friday 31st January

    Intermezzo - Titans of the Heart

    Why the premier performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony was the Live Aid of its day, and how the image of Herbert Von Karajan seared itself onto the retinas of a generation are among the topics under discussion when Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake convene in the foyer for another half time debrief.

    Friday 24th January

    Intermezzo - Rhapsodies & Fairytales

    Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake discuss tonight's concert, which includes music by Copland, Gerswhin, Tchaikovsky & Ravel.

    Friday 17th January

    Intermezzo - London Calling...

    Fond memories of Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School for Boys are stirred as Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake contemplate the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Walton.

    Friday 10th January

    Intermezzo - Gershwin's Genius

    Ireland's foremost foyer tag team, Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake, enjoy the works of Adams and Gershwin, and weigh in on the great Twentieth Century debates, from Marxism v Capitalism to Pepsi v Coke.

    Friday 29th November

    Intermezzo - Big on Britten: Saint Nicolas

    Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake enjoy their interval refreshments while joining the dots between Britten's St Nicholas and Orwell's 1984, and finally deciding whether Sassicaia is indeed the best wine to drink either while listening to Rossini's music, or eating the dish that bears his name.

    Friday 22nd November

    Intermezzo - Russian Tales

    Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake toast Russia's musical legacy, and unpick the frequently volatile intermingling of music and power.

    Friday 8th November

    Intermezzo - Dvorák, Falla & Brahms

    Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake take up their traditional seats barside at the NCH to pick over the visage of Brahms and imagine what might be Manuel de Falla's favourite grape varietals...

    Friday 25th October

    Intermezzo - Mozart and Miley

    The as-yet unremarked similarities between Miley Cyrus and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are among the topics tackled, when Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake meet once more for an interval drink at the National Concert Hall.

    Friday 18th October

    Intermezzo: Big on Britten: Britten & America

    During tonight's interval Raymond Blake and Thomas Clancy discuss the music of Britten, Bernstein & Copland.

    Friday 4th October

    Intermezzo: Britten & Mahler Part 1

    During the interval Raymond Blake and Thomas Clancy discuss Gustav Mahler and Benjamin Britten...

    Friday 20th September

    Robert Schumann

    Michael Grant examines the life and career of Robert Schumann.

    Friday 13th September

    Evelyn Grant & Petroc Trelawny

    Evelyn Grant chats with Petroc Trelawny about the role classical music plays today and what the future might hold for live performance.

    Friday 26th July

    President's Concert Interval

    Ellen talks to various members of the arts community across Ireland, to get some thoughts on President Michael D. Higgins and the part he has played in celebrating our cultural heritage.

    Friday 12th July

    Friday Concert Interval - What will we be listening to in 100 years' time?

    As we celebrate the RTÉ lyric fm Hall of Fame, Ian McGlynn asks some presenters 'What will we be listening to in 2113?'

    Friday 5th July

    Evelyn Grant explores Bantry House

    Evelyn Grant uncovers the history of Bantry House with Brigitte Shelswell-White, widow of Egerton Shelswell-White, who was an integral part of the inception of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

    Thursday 4th July

    Evelyn Grant talks to Francis Humphries, Artistic Director of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival

    Evelyn Grant talks to the founder of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Artistic Director Francis Humphrys, about setting up the festival and how it has progressed since then.

    Friday 21st June

    Friday Concert Interval - Evelyn Grant talks to young European Musicians

    Evelyn Grant talks to some of the outstanding young musicians from Austria, Poland, Portugal and Ireland taking part in tonight's concert.

    Friday 14th June

    Danielle De Niese

    Paul Herriott talks to soprano Danielle De Niese about coming to prominence in Handel's Giulio Cesare and her increasingly busy singing career since then.

    Friday 17th May

    Interval: The Journey of a Violin

    Nancy Previs of The Blow the Dust Orchestra tells the story of a 200 year old violin, the family heirloom currently played by Carol Fox

    Friday 10th May

    Mozart the Performer

    Tom Crann discusses the great composer as a performer

    Friday 3rd May

    Friday May 3rd - Concert interval

    Organist Mark Duley examines the music of French composer Cesar Franck

    Friday 26th April

    Friday April 26th - Concert Interval

    Brendan Finan presents A Map of the Piano

    Friday 19th April

    Friday April 19th - Concert Interval

    Gerry Godley looks at the influence that folk music has had on Classical Music.

    Friday 12th April

    Friday April 12th - Concert Interval

    Bernard Clarke talks to composer John Kinsella about writing his Tenth and First Symphonies...

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