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    Vocal Chords : In Conversation with Peter Gabriel. Singer and performer Peter Gabriel shares his vocal journey with fellow singer Iarla Ó Lionáird in an intimate and wide-ranging conversation which draws on Gabriel's own music and the music and voices which have influenced and inspired his life.

    An Athena Media production for RTÉ lyric fm.

    Winner of the Silver medal in Best Music Programming category at the New York Radio Festival 2015.

    The Lyric Feature Friday 4 October 2013


    The Lyric Feature - Wagner's Music in Ireland

    Wagner’s Music in Ireland is a two-part documentary exploring the relationship of Irish audiences, authors, critics and composers with the music of Wagner over the past 150 years.

    In this, the bi-centenary year of Richard Wagner’s birth, Michael Murphy, lecturer in the Department of Music, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, investigates the peformance history of Wagner’s music in Ireland from the 1860s to today. Featuring contributions from musicologists and musicians, the programmes explore Wagner’s art and how it influenced Irish composers and authors such Stanford and Harty, Joyce and Synge.

    The second programme traces the progress of Wagner’s music in Ireland from the early 1900s up to the present.

    The contributors are: Ita Beausang, Axel Klein, Gavan Ring, Jeremy Dibble, Harry White, Ian Fox, Christopher Morris, Fergus Sheil and Mark Fitzgerald. The reader is Lorcan Cranitch.

    The programme was produced by Claire Cunningham. This is a Rockfinch production ( for RTÉ lyric FM. Sound supervision by Tinpot Productions.

    This programme was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.


    The programme includes extracts from:

    Prelude to Act II of Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, cond. Fergus Sheil

    Ode to a Nightingale (Harty) Heather Harper sop, Ulster Orchestra, cond. Bryden Thomson

    Gotterdammerung, Act II (Wagner) Daniel Lewis WiIlliams (Hagen), National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Alexander Anissimov

    Die Walkure, Act I Scene III (Wagner) Lotte Lehmann (Sieglinde), Metropolitan Opera, cond. Erch Leinsdorf

    Das Rheingold, Scene 1 (Wagner) Franzita Whelan, Emer McGilloway, Colette McGahon (Rhinemaidens), Rolf Haunstein (Alberich), National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Alexander Anissimov

    The Flying Dutchman Johannes von Duisburg (Dutchman), DGOS, RTE Concert Orchestra, cond. Laurent Wagner

    Die Walkure, Act III, finale Frode Olsen (Wotan), Janice Baird (Brunnhilde), National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Alexander Anissimov

    Siegfried, Act I,The forging of Notung Alan Woodrow (Siegfried), National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Alexander Anissimov

    Love duet, Act III of Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) Miriam Murphy (Isolde), Lars Cleveman (Tristan), National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, cond. Fergus Sheil

    Prelude to Die Meistersinger (Wagner) National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, cond. Alexander Anissimov


    The Lyric Feature is RTÉ lyric fm's weekly documentary and music feature programme. Programmes are produced in house by 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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