The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

Friday, 7 - 8pm

The Lyric Feature Friday 6 June 2014

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.

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Richard Strauss - An Anniversary Appreciation. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth, some of the world's most distiguished performers discuss his attributes as a writer

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.

Music Played on the Show


Title: Salome

Composer: Richard Strauss

Performer(s): Hildegard Behrens, Helja Angervo, Wieslaw Ochman, Jose Van Dam, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Duration: 1:50


Title: Elektra

Composer: Richard Strauss

Performer(s): Deborah Polaski. Felicity Palmer, Wdr Symphony Orchestra

Duration: 1:56


Title: Der Rosenkavalier

Composer: Richard Strauss

Performer(s): Renee Fleming, Sophie Koch, Franz Hawlata, Diana Damrau, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

Duration: 2:35


Title: Zueignung

Composer: Richard Strauss

Performer(s): Thomas Hampson, Accompanied By Wolfram Rieger

Duration: 3:00


Title: Vier Letzte Lieder: Im Abendroth

Composer: Richard Strauss

Performer(s): Kiri Te Kanawa, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – Sir Georg Solti

Duration: 6:20



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Producers: Olga Buckley & Eoin O Kelly


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