The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

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The Lyric Feature Friday 30 August 2013

Georgie’s Vision

We all know about Maud Gonne, but have you ever heard of George, aka Mrs. WB Yeats? In September 1917, Yeats proposed to 25-year-old Georgie Hyde-Lees and they were married in October of that year. In this programme we learn more about this extraordinary but self-effacing woman who made her husband’s greatest poetry possible, and said “thank-you for leaving me out”. Contributors include Professor Margaret Mills Harper, official biographer, Ann Saddlemyer, grand-daughter and harpist Caitriona Yeats, Mark Patrick Hederman, poet John Montague, and Pat Laffan.  

Narrator : Ali White

Readers : Olwen Fouere (George's voice), Pat Laffan as WB Yeats; Ingrid Craigie, David Heap, Victoria Mary Clarke

Producer : Deirdre Mulrooney

Sound Supervision : Brendan Rehill 

A Deirdre Mulrooney production for RTÉ lyric fm with the support of BAI Sound and Vision Scheme from the Television Licence Fee.

The Lyric Feature - Musical Muses

Musical Muses, a 3 part series in which Ian Fox tells the stories of the remarkable women who inspired, influenced and collaborated with some of the great composers. Part 3 Alma Mahler

Musicall Muses- Programme 3 Alma Mahler

Musicall Muses- Programme 3 Alma Mahler

There could be no other muse with quite such a broad spectrum in the arts as Alma Schindler. Wife to three great men, composer Gustav Mahler, the Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius and the novelist Franz Werfel. Then there were her lovers, composer Alexander Zemlinsky and painters Klimt and Kokoschka. Musically active from her teens, she was the composer of at least seventeen songs for voice and piano. In later years her salon became an important feature of the artistic scene, first in Vienna, then in Los Angeles.


As recorded 27th June 2013

“The Most Beautiful Girl in Vienna” - Alma Mahler

1 Mahler Symphony 5 New Philharmonia conducted Barbirolli EMI 5 66910

2 Zemlinsky Lyric Symphony Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted Riccardo Chailly Decca 443 569

3 Alma Mahler Bei dir ist es traut Decca 455 112 Concertgebouw conducted Riccardo Chailly

4 Mahler Symphony 4 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted Simon Rattle EMI 5 56563

5 Mahler Symphony 3 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted Simon Rattle EMI 5 56657

6 Mahler Rückert Songs – “Liebst du um Schönheit”

Thomas Hampson, Wolfram Rieger EMI 5 56443

7 Mahler Sixth Symphony Berlin Philharmonic conducted Karajan

DGG 415 099

8 Olive Fremstad Wagner: Tristan “Mild und Leise”

Pearl GEMM CDS 9923

9 Mahler Symphony 10 Philadelphia Orchestra conducted Eugene Ormandy SONY 78742

10 Mahler Symphony 8 London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted Simon Rattle

11 Alma Mahler “Ich wandle unter Blumen”

Charlotte Margiono Brabant Orchestra conducted Julian Reynolds

Globe GLO 5199

12 Mahler Symphony 5 New Philharmonia Barbirolli EMI 5 66910

13 Mahler Song of the Earth Thomas Harper RTE NSO conducted Michael Halasz Naxos 8.55 0933

14 Mahler Symphony 9 CD Berlin Philharmonic conducted Karajan

DGG 410 726

15 Berg “Wozzeck” Staatskapelle Berlin conducted Barenboim Teldec 14108

16 Berg Violin Concerto Kyung-Wha Chung Chicago SO Solti

Decca 460 005

17 Alfred Newman “Song of Bernadette”

Fox Classics - Varese Sarabande YSD - 5937

18 Korngold Violin Concerto Gil Shaham London Symphony Orchestra conducted Andre Previn DGG 461 834

19 Britten Nocturne “When most I wink Peter Pears English Chamber Orchestra conducted Benjamin Britten Decca 417 153

The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by RTÉ lyric fm staff or in collaboration with independent production companies. Subject matter varies from week to week but most of the programmes aim to provide insight into music and music making.



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