Easter Highlights on RTÉ lyric fm

Easter Highlights on RTÉ lyric fm


A five-part series which explores the Passion of Christ, through dramatisations of medieval texts with documentary contributions and original music, elucidating universal themes of suffering and devotion.

Jerusalem Passion credit Enrique Carnicero

Episode 1Jerusalem as the centre of the world. Exploring the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as a pilgrimage site with the aid of the only medieval account of a pilgrimage from Ireland to Jerusalem 'The Journey of Simon Semeonis from Ireland to the Holy Land'.

Episode 2: Visions of Jerusalem. Virtual pilgrimage and relics of the Passion are explored using dramatisations from the medieval travelogue 'The Journey of Simon Semeonis from Ireland to the Holy Land'.

Episode 3: Images of Suffering. The significance of personalised accounts of suffering and the 'The Journey of Simon Semeonis from Ireland to the Holy Land'.

Episode 4: The Suffering Mother. The featured text is the Latin hymn Stabat Mater Dolorosa which is attributed to the 13th century Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi. Edward Caswall translation from the Lyra Catholica (1849) is used as starting point for a discussion of depictions of Mary living through the suffering of her son.

Episode 5: The Death of Christ. Francis of Assisi's 'The Office of the Passion of the Lord' is the textual base for an introduction to medieval forms of devotion to the suffering of Christ.

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 10th - Friday 14th April, 2pm-2.15pm


The vocal group Calmus Ensemble bring us this week's Blue of the Night featured CD. Hymns of Martin Luther in arrangements by Bach, Reger, Mendelssohn and Pärt with chorale motets from the Middle Ages via the Renaissance and the Romantic period into the Modern age, all sung with melodic precision by Calmus.

Carl Corcoran features Luther Collage all this week on the Blue of the Night.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 11th April, 10pm-1am

Calmus Ensemble


Niall Carroll plays his favourite classical music at lunchtime. This week in Five of a Kind, Niall chooses five pieces by Claudio Monteverdi.

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 12th April, 12 noon-2pm


To celebrate his ten years as chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding has chosen for this 2016-2017 season some of the 19th century's large music works. Harding is a big Schumann-lover and Schumann's Faust Scenes are one of his personal favourites. The title role tonight will be sung by Christian Gerhaher who has worked with Harding on many occasions.

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 12th April, 7pm-10pm

Conductor Daniel Harding


Liz Nolan presents great classical music from across the ages.  The Coffee Concert at 10.30am is from Slovenia.  Stefan Vladar, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and conductor Daniel Raiskin perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20.

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 13th April, 10am-12 noon

THE LYRIC FEATURE – Terrible Beauty

In the Bureau of Irish Military History for the years from 1913-1921 is a statement by a witness, marked Document No. W.S. 1511.  It's the testament of Dubliner, Gerald Doyle, Gaelic footballer and a member of B Company of the Fourth Battalion of the Irish Volunteers.

Barely eighteen years of age, Gerald Doyle was more interested in football and chasing girls at céilís than anything else.  But soon he was swept up in the seismic events of Easter Week, 1916 and saw firsthand action against the occupying English troops, arrest, attack from the hostile native populace, internment, imprisonment, the firing squads of Pearse, Ceannt and so many more, night terrors in Kilmainham jail, his own Court Martial and sentencing to hard labour, exile and penal servitude. Terrible Beauty, a hybrid of radio drama, memoir and sound design, is his story.  

Compiled and presented by Bernard Clarke

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 14th April, 7pm-8pm

Stonebreaker's Yard, Kilmainham


Paul presents Bach's St Matthew Passion in a performance recorded earlier this afternoon at the National Concert Hall. Easter in Ireland is traditionally marked by performances of Bach's oratorios or 'Passions' - either the St John or, this year, the St Matthew. The work is a compilation from St Matthew's gospel, with narration interspersed with chorales and arias. First performed almost 300 years ago, it's become one of the most profound reflections on the Passion of Christ. Conductor and Early music specialist, Matthew Halls, Irish soloists Brendan Collins, Rachel Kelly and Aoife Miskelly are joined by Ben Johnson from England, Mark Wilde from Scotland, and Stephan Loges from Germany, all supported by the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, whose chorus master Mark Hindley has worked assiduously with them to prepare for this sacred presentation at the centre of the Christian calendar.

Ben Johnson (Evangelist)
Stephan Loges (Jesus)
Aoife Miskelly (soprano)
Madeleine Shaw (mezzo-soprano)
Mark Wilde (tenor)
Brendan Collins (bass/Pilate)
RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, chorus master: Mark Hindley
RTÉ Cór na nÓg, choral director: Mary Amond O'Brien
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Halls (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 14th April, 8pm-10pm


Aedín includes music from the biblical epics Ben Hur and King of Kings and have your Easter bonnet dusted off for great numbers from the Irving Berlin musical Easter Parade. There is also a chance to hear concert pianist Khatia Buniatishvili playing a piano arrangement of Hans Zimmer's music from Gladiator.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 15th April, 1pm-4pm

Khatia Buniatishvili Credit Esther Hasse Sony Classical


The Metropolitan Opera New York presents Verdi's Aida

The Met's monumental staging is a dazzling backdrop for the star-crossed love story set amid the clash of ancient empires.  Soprano Krassimira Stoyanova appears in the title role, the slave girl Aida, who is secretly a princess.  Violeta Urmana is the formidable Amneris, daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh and Marco Berti is the hero Radamès, caught between them.  Daniele Rustioni conducts.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 15th April, 7pm-10pm

A scene from Verdi's Aida - Photo Marty Sohl, Metropolitan Opera


Clara Sanabras, born in Barcelona, living in London for more than twenty years, a singer of passion and curiosity.  She has been the choice of the late James Horner for his Live Screening series, she has sung with many early music ensembles and her settings of extracts from Shakespeare's Tempest were recently recorded with The Britten Sinfonia.  She visited the Vespertine studio for a few songs with Jimmy Smith and you can hear her sing and chat, this Saturday.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 15th April, 10pm-1am


Although many of us might associate the famous Messiah by Handel with the Christmas or Advent season, the composer had a different time of year in mind for its ultimate theme: Eastertide. The premier date of this emblematic work, on 13th April 1742, is a good indication that George Frideric Handel intended the work’s theme to culminate on this holiday, even though it paints a stunning musical picture of Jesus' early life and of the Passion as well. Easter Sunday morning's Sunday Sonata on Vox Nostra features the third part of the Messiah, the so-called "Easter Section," performed by the English Concert & Choir under Trevor Pinnock. There's a wealth of gorgeous vocal and instrumental music for the Paschal holiday, drawing from Eastern and Western Christian liturgical traditions, as well as composers from the Medieval through the Baroque periods: Guillaume de Machaut, Francesco da Milano, Johann Fasch, and the curious Sir Tobias Hume.

A star-studded lineup of solists including soprano Arleen Augér, contralto Anne Sofie von Otter, countertenor Michael Chance, tenor Howard Crook, and bass John Tomlinson perform one of the Baroque’s best known works, Handel’s Messiah. In this recording under director Trevor Pinnock, the English Concert & Choir achieve such a high standard of clarity, musicality and expression that this version has remained a classic, as fresh today as when it was recorded in 1988.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 16th April, 7am-10am


Easter Sunday's Encore cherishes the wealth of Irish musicians, composers and singers whose works have aired on lyric over the past year. From conversations with Van Morrison, Cara O'Sullivan, Patrick Bergin and Finghin Collins to works by Patrick Cassidy, Stephen Rennicks, Simon O'Connor and more. Encore!

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 16th April, 7pm-8pm

Cara O'Sullivan


This week on Nova we dip into the world of improvised electronica courtesy of two giants of the scene: Jim O'Rourke is a guitarist who has worked with everybody from Sonic Youth to Werner Herzog and François Bonnet aka Kassel Jaeger, the Franco-Swiss composer and current director of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris. 'Wakes on Cerulean' is the name of their joint venture which has just been released on the Editions Mego label.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 16th April, 8pm-10pm


Evelyn Grant presents great classical music from across the ages.  The Coffee Concert at 10.30am is from Helsinki. The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu perform Mendelssohn's 5th Symphony.

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 17th April, 10am-12 noon

Conductor Hannu Lintu


Niall Carroll plays his favourite classical music at lunchtime. This week in Five of a Kind, Niall chooses five pieces written for flute and orchestra.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 18th April, 12 noon-2pm


Michael Lee presents a concert by Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra recorded in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin this February. Plus Michael had the opportunity to chat with Tarik O'Regan and Alice Goodman on A Letter of Rights. 

Tarik O'Regan and Alice Goodman: A Letter of Rights
Chamber Choir Ireland
Irish Chamber Orchestra
Paul Hillier (Conductor)
O'Regan: Acallam na Senórach an Irish Colloquy (National Chamber Choir of Ireland)
Stewart French (guitar)
Paul Hillier (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 18th April, 7pm-10pm

Chamber Choir Ireland


Tonight we have two concerts by the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra featuring violinist Renaud Capucon and cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

Haydn: Symphony No.60 in C Hob.1:60
Bernstein: Serenade after Plato: Symposium
Renaud Capucon (violin)

Bartok: Szol a duda from 44 Duets for Two Violins Book 2 (encore)
Ligeti: Ramifications
Schumann: Symphony No.3 in E flat Op.97 (Rhenish)
Boccherini: Allegro vivo from Quintet No.6 in D (encore)
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Joshua Weilerstein (conductor)

Sibelius: Rakastava, Op.14
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor Op.129
Alisa Weilerstein (cello)

Bartok: Divertimento for Strings, Sz.113
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 19th April, 7pm-10pm

Cellist Alicia Weilerstein


Tonight, a Blue of the Night exclusive recital recorded during Carl's recent visit to Castalia Hall in Kilkenny. Harpsichordist Malcolm Proud and violinist Marja Gaynor perform German Baroque composer Georg Muffat's Sonata for Violin and basso continuo and Malcolm continues with Couperin's Ordre 22.

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 20th April, 10pm-1am

Carl Corcoran and Malcolm Proud


Handel: Messiah

First performed in Dublin in 1742, nearly three centuries later, Handel's Messiah remains one of the crowning works of the repertoire. Music of intense but celebratory spiritual devotion - including the famous 'Hallelujah' Chorus - is carried along by the richest of scores and some of the most monumental and moving passages ever composed. A star line-up of soloists joins the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the massed voices of the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir under Chorus Master Mark Hindley for an altogether unforgettable and uplifting experience.

Giselle Allen (soprano)
Sharon Carty (mezzo-soprano)
Benjamin Hulett (tenor)
Gavan Ring (baritone)
RTÉ Philharmonic Choir (chorus master Mark Hindley)
Mark Hindley (conductor)

(First broadcast on January 6th 2017)

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 21st April, 8pm-10pm

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