Liz Nolan presents the RTÉ lyric fm Lunchtime Live concert from the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

A smorgasbord of musical treats serves up a lavish lunchtime feast.

Ioana Pipelea

Copland’s thrilling anthem Fanfare for the Common Man and Tchaikovsky’s stirringly heroic Marche Slave provide bracing appetizers. Rising-star soprano Ioana Pipelea delivers a main course of operatic gems including the melting Song to the Moon, achingly beautiful Donde lieta usci and heartrending Il est doux, Il est bon topped off by Delibes’ meringue-light Les filles de Cadix. The exotic coloratura of Delibes’ Les filles de Cadix, intense sensuality of Turina’s Origia and Eric Whitacre’s galloping Equus are perfect digestifs.


Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man

Tchaikovsky - Marche Slave

Dvořák - Song to the Moon from Rusalka

Delibes - Les filles de Cadix

Turina - Origia from Danzas fantásticas

Puccini - Donde lieta usci from La bohème

Massenet - Il est doux, il est bon from Hérodiade

Eric Whitacre - Equus

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra w/ Neil Thomson (conductor) and Ioana Pipelea (soprano).