Celebrate Christmas and the New Year with RTÉ lyric fm

Celebrate Christmas and the New Year with RTÉ lyric fm

The 2017 Festive Highlights on RTÉ lyric fm

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NIALL CARROLL’S CLASSICAL DAYTIME

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 18th - Friday 22nd December, 10am-1pm

Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. At midday every day this week we'll have an episode from a newly commissioned series A Christmas Postcard: The History of the Nativity Story produced for RTÉ lyric fm by Conor O'Toole. The series explores the Christian story of the Nativity, through dramatisations of Biblical and medieval devotional texts, with documentary contributions and original music

Episode 1 - The Nativity story in the Bible and the apocrypha

Episode 2 - Francis of Assisi and the first crib

Episode 3 - Feast of the Epiphany

Episode 4 - The Wise Men and the Gifts

Episode 5 - The Nativity in Art


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 20th December, 1.15pm-4pm

In today's Full Score a nativity oratorio with lyrics John Adams and Peter Sellars crafted from religious texts and poems. The result is a new telling of an old story mostly from the perspective of the Virgin Mary. The 2001 recording we hear today features soprano Dawn Upshaw and the late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, came out to rave reviews.


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 21st December, 1.15pm-4pm

On today's show we feature Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto with James Galway and Marisa Robles and Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ.


MARTY IN THE MORNING

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 22nd December, 7am-10am

There's lots of festive fun with Marty in studio today and several stars of the music world including singer/songwriters Gilbert O'Sullivan, Declan O'Rourke and tenor Russell Watson bring us their favourite Christmas tunes and season's greetings. Neven Maguire joins Marty to calm the nerves with the annual Christmas dinner countdown. Musically we'll have the Sleigh Bells close to hand, ready to hop on the Polar Express while dreaming of a White Christmas.


CHOIRS FOR CHRISTMAS - Winners Announcement

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 22nd December, 1pm-1.15pm

Get into the Christmas spirit as Evelyn Grant plays a selection of the entrants to Ireland's biggest choral competition. Don't miss today's show for the announcement of the 2017 Choirs for Christmas winners.


MOVIES AND MUSICALS

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 23rd December, 1pm-4pm

Festive Film Favourites! Yes, it's Aedín's annual look at films we look forward to seeing at this time of year. From Willy Wonka to The Wizard of Oz, from It's a Wonderful Life to White Christmas, not to mention Elf and ET. Plus great music from animated features, Toy Story, Up and How the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Garret Daly will be along with a special movie news with some last minute film themed Christmas present ideas.


 OPERA NIGHT WITH PAUL HERRIOTT

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 23rd December, 7pm-10pm

The Metropolitan Opera New York presents Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

An exceptional ensemble of performers - including Ailyn Pérez, Nadine Sierra, Isabel Leonard, Luca Pisaroni, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Ildar Abdrazakov - share the stage in Mozart's comic yet profound look at human nature and one crazy day in a wealthy Spanish household. Acclaimed Mozartean maestro Harry Bicket conducts Richard Eyre's high-spirited production


VOX NOSTRA

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 24th December, 7am-10am

With a day to go before Christmas, Vlad asks the Vox Nostra composers of the week to step aside and make room for a bounty of Christmas music. With no shortage of stellar music from over a thousand years to choose from, Vlad picks the best out of the Christmas bag to fill the morning of Christmas Eve on Vox Nostra. Framed by Palestrina's 'Quem vidistis pastores' mass, Vlad sets the stage for the twelve days of Christmas with music specially composed for Christmas Eve.


THE ROSE ENSEMBLE

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 24th December, 12pm-1pm

La Nochebuena: A Spanish Renaissance Christmas with the Rose Ensemble

Tom Crann, a ghost of Lyric Christmases past presents a programme of seasonal Spanish music played by medieval music group the Rose Ensemble. This year, the Minnesota based early music ensemble presents a programme that is both rhythmic and regal; Spanish song and dance to celebrate Christmas Eve, La Nochebuena. La Nochebuena explores the great variety of music that filled the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella, and flooded the chapels and streets of Renaissance Spain. Serene choral music from 16th-century masters is balanced with spirited cantigas for solo voice and harp, spanish-language villancicos from court and countryside, and lively dances for vihuela, harp and percussion.


SUNDAY MATINÉE

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 24th December, 1pm-4pm

Michael Comyn presents music for Christmas Eve including a festive work from last year's Advent concert series at the Rudolfinum in Prague where the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra played Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve Suite. The conductor is Manuel López-Gómez one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Venezuela's internationally renowned music programme, El Sistema.


VESPERTINE WITH ELLEN CRANITCH

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 24th December, 10pm-1am

Snuggle up to the radio, and wrap your ears in cosy Christmas sounds from around the world. Sizzling carols from Cuba, ice-clear Russian vocal magic, Duke Ellington does Tchaikovsky, and Tine Thing (or for one night only, Tiny Tim) Helseth being angelic with her golden trumpet. Edible humbugs only.


CLASSICAL KIDS

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 25th December, 7am-8am

Wake up to Classical Kids this Christmas morning as we enjoy carols from around the world, and hear how they celebrate in France, Russia and Germany. We'll also hear the story of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker in a beautiful new recording read by Geoffrey Rush, and we'll go for an exciting ride on a one-horse open sleigh!


CENTURIES OF CHRISTMAS WITH VLAD SMISHKEWYCH

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 25th December, 8am-10am

Trumpets will sound, bells will ring, and angelic voices will be heard throughout the land as Vlad Smishkewych brings in the holiday with 'Centuries of Christmas'. Nearly two thousand years of music are brought together in these two hours to get the special day to a festive start, from medieval Christmas hymns to Renaissance dances, and from Baroque oratorios to contemporary Christmas carols. Your favourite Christmas melodies performed by the world's top instrumental and vocal artists are the perfect setting for your Christmas morning.


NIALL CARROLL'S CLASSICAL DAYTIME

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 25th December, 10am-1pm

Niall Carroll plays a selection of music for the day that's in it including a Christmas surprise from Arnold Schoenberg, a composer more normally associated with the more austere end of 20th century musical experimentation. Contrary to what one might expect this convert from Judaism to Lutheranism was a man who loved to celebrate Christmas and that's there for all to hear in his Weihnachtsmusik which references traditional carols. In today's programme it's performed by the Taverner Consort, Choir and Players. At midday Niall chooses a movement from Franz Liszt's Weihnachtsbaum, the Christmas Tree Suite.


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 25th December, 1pm-4pm

The Knock Messiah

On this special Christmas Day programme we have a recent performance of Handel's Messiah recorded at the Basilica in Knock in November. Featuring Claudia Boyle, Anne Marie Gibbons, Julian Hubbard, Christopher Cull, Our Lady's Choral Society, Dublin, Cór Mhaigh Eo and Ballina Chamber Choir and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra under the baton of Proinnsías Ó Duinn.


CAROLS FOR THE CHRIST CHILD

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 25th December, 6pm-7pm

Elspeth Hanson explores the nativity in song. Unwind on Christmas Day evening as she uncovers some lesser known gems and aspects of carols celebrating the birth of Christ.


MYSTERY TRAIN WITH JOHN KELLY

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 25th December, 7pm-9pm

Mystery Train is a nightly journey through the many wonders of recorded music - from its vintage glories to the latest sounds. Essential listening for the discerning music fan. Waiting until the very last moment, John finally unleashes the Christmas tunes for his annual Christmas special. The perfect soundtrack for a wonderful Christmas night.


THE BLUE OF THE NIGHT WITH BERNARD CLARKE

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 25th December, 9pm-12am

Claudio Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers of the Blessed Virgin truly exemplifies one of its composer's own core beliefs: 'The end of all good music is to affect the soul.' Forgotten for centuries, today, the work has become one of the great pillars of the Baroque vocal-and-orchestral repertoire. Scholars have yet to determine exactly why Claudio Monteverdi wrote these magnificent Vespers, but one theory is that he used them as a kind of application to become music director of Saint Mark's in Venice. Bernard features the Vespers in a special edition prepared by conductor Gabriel Garrido, where the ecstatic quality of the music is always to the fore. 


NIALL CARROLL'S CLASSICAL DAYTIME

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 26th December, 10am-1pm

Vlad Smishkewych plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. At midday each day Vlad chooses his Five of a Kind. This week we'll hear five pieces from Franz Liszt's Weihnachtsbaum, the Christmas Tree Suite.


THE LYRIC FEATURE - VOCAL CHORDS – Iarla Ó Lionáird and Veronica Dunne

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 26th December, 6pm-7pm

Iarla's guest in this special Christmas edition of Vocal Chords is the singer and vocal coach Veronica Dunne who celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year. In this extended interview at her home she traces her life in song back to her childhood, when singing competed with horses for her attention. Following her debut as Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème at Covent Garden in 1952, she went to Rome to study and train as a bel canto opera singer. During her in Rome and in London at the Royal Opera, she met the stars of her age, including Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland. From the early 1960s Dunne turned from singing and performance to teaching and across the last fifty five years she has been the force behind a generation of vocal talent including Ann Murray, Celine Byrne and more recently Tara Erraught. Veronica Dunne established the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition ten years ago.


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 27th December, 1pm-4pm

In today's programme Michael Lee presents the finalists in the Workplace Choir of the Year 2017 as recorded in UCH in 2017. We will hear performances by the following choirs:

Bonne Chanson (Bon Secours Hospital, Cork)
SCRUBS CUH Workplace Choir (Cork University Hospital)
Medtronic Chorale (Galway)
Sacred Heart of Jesus National School Choral Society (Dublin)
The Primark Choir (Dublin)
NTMA Choir (National Treasury Management Agency, Dublin)
The Life Choir (Irish Life Assurance plc, Dublin)
Legally Sound (Byrne Wallace Solicitors, Dublin)


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 28th December, 1pm-4pm

Anúna in Concert

On our programme today Michael Lee presents a recent concert by Anúna recorded as part of the Francis Ledwidge Centenary Celebrations.

‘When I discovered Ledwidge for the first time through the academic work of Inchicore poet Liam O'Meara, it was like finding a kindred spirit’, McGlynn says. Over the last two decades Michael McGlynn has taken Ledwidge's poetry around the world as Anúna has toured. Ledwidge remains one of McGlynn's greatest poetic inspirations and we will hear these compositions by Michael McGlynn performed by Anúna in this concert which was recorded in Richmond Barracks earlier this year.


CULTURE FILE WEEKLY

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 29th December, 7pm-7.30pm

Over the past five decades, public radio organisations in Europe have built the world's most prestigious virtual concert hall. More than 3,000 live performances are added each year to the great reservoir of music that members of the European Broadcasting Union have created and shared freely under the Euradio project. Luke Clancy visits Geneva, from where the system is run, to enjoy some of the historical concerts from that reservoir, and to meet the people charged with keeping and delivering this priceless treasure.


OPERA NIGHT WITH PAUL HERRIOTT

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 30th December, 7pm-10pm

The Metropolitan Opera New York presents Lehar's The Merry Widow

Susan Graham sings the title role of the fabulous woman of the world who sets out to conquer glamorous old Paris and get the one thing that has eluded her - a commitment from her playboy first love. Lehár's delightful score of lush waltzes and beautiful ballads will sparkle with a supporting cast of Andriana Chuchman, Paul Groves, and the inimitable Thomas Allen. Ward Stare conducts.


THE LYRIC FEATURE - His Chosen Islands - Richard Murphy in the West

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 31st December, 6pm-7pm

When Richard Murphy first stepped onboard a pookaun from the quay at Rosroe in 1952, he had no idea where the traditional fishing boat would bring him. A storm was coming that would steer Richard to an Island off the West Coast of Ireland. It was here in Inishbofin that the poet found friends that would mentor him and discovered a sailing life that would inspire him for more than 20 years. Julien Clancy takes us on a voyage of discovery to the West where we visit Inishbofin, Cleggan & High Island to explore the impact these places had on one of Ireland's greatest poets who celebrated his 90th birthday in August. We hear from Richard's daughter Emily, Islander John Concannon whose father taught Richard how to sail and poet Gerald Dawe. The programme also features archive recordings of interviews and readings from some of his most celebrated work including, Sailing to an Island, Moonshine & The Battle of Aughrim.


MYSTERY TRAIN WITH JOHN KELLY

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 31st December, 7pm-9pm

On this Mystery Train New Year's Eve special, John is joined by The Strypes. They'll not only be picking the music, they'll also be plugging in and turning it up to eleven.


VESPERTINE WITH ELLEN CRANITCH

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 31st December, 10pm-1am

Look forward to a brand ne year, and a wistful eye back over some amazing music to have come our way in 2017. Susana Baca, Cristina Pato, Cello Ireland, Darragh Morgan, Chris Thile, Laurie Anderson. Lots of highlights to choose, and a whole new yearful on the way.


RTÉ NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 1st January, 3.30pm-5.30pm

Coloratura soprano Claudia Boyle joins the RTÉ NSO for a special Viennese concert to celebrate the New Year live from the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Conducted by Neil Thomson, the programme will include traditional Strauss family waltzes, polkas and overtures. Join us for a sparkling afternoon as Strauss II's Tales of the Vienna Woods and the famous Champagne Polka weave through the air.


MYSTERY TRAIN WITH JOHN KELLY

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 1st January, 7pm-9pm

Mystery Train is a nightly journey through the many wonders of recorded music - from its vintage glories to the latest sounds. Essential listening for the discerning music fan. John Kelly talks to President Michael D. Higgins. Music and chat as Mystery Train pulls in to the Phoenix Park.


NIALL CARROLL’S CLASSICAL DAYTIME

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 2nd January, 10am-1pm

Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. At midday each day Niall chooses his Five of a Kind. This week in a nod to the New Year Niall chooses five opening movements from works by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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