Composing the Island Interval - from 2RN to RTE NSO
From 2RN to RTE NSO
In tonight's interval, Bernard Clarke traces the development of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, from its first 1926 broadcast as 2RN.
Friday Concert interval - Faure chamber music
Michael Lee explores the role of chamber music in the art of Gabriel Fauré.
Lyric Concert interval - Schubert song cycles
Michael Lee explores some of the 'other' song cycles of Franz Schubert.
Lyric Concert interval - Death and the Maiden
Michael Lee delves into the history and associations behind Schubert's song 'Death and the Maiden'.
Friday Concert Interval - What Makes a Hit?
In tonight's Friday Concert interval, Sandy Burnett wonders what makes a classical music 'hit' and looks at examples through the years.
Friday Concert Interval - The Strauss family
Michael Lee examines the life and music of Johann Strauss II, including the personal and professional relationship with his father, Johann Strauss I
Friday Concert Interval - György Kurtág
During tonight's interval Sandy Burnett takes a look at the life and work of the Hungarian composer György Kurtág.
Friday Concert Interval - Erik Satie
In tonight's interval, Michael Lee takes a look at the career of Erik Satie, born 150 years ago this year.
Friday Concert Interval - Milton Babbitt
The composer Milton Babbitt was born one hundred years ago this year. A pioneering figure of the American avant-garde, he blazed a trail for electronic music, and ruffled feathers with his view that composers didn’t need to be beholden to their audiences. During tonight's interval, Sandy Burnett takes us through Babbitt’s life and times.
Friday Concert Interval - Yehudi Menuhin
During our interval tonight Sandy Burnett reflects on the life and achievements of one of the greats of twentieth century classical music, and one whose anniversary falls this year, Yehudi Menuhin.
Friday Concert Interval - Steve Reich
In tonight's interval, Sandy Burnett takes a look at the life and work of composer Steve Reich, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year.
Friday Concert Interval - Henri Dutilleux
Michael Lee looks at the intriguing work and career of French composer Henri Dutilleux, born 100 years ago this year.
Download Friday Concert Interval: Hamilton Harty
Sandy Burnett looks at the work and musical legacy of Irish composer and conductor Hamilton Harty.
Friday Concert Interval: Richard Rodney Bennett anniversary
In tonight's interval, Sandy Burnett looks at the career of composer Richard Rodney Bennett, including his film-scores and jazz recordings.
Friday Concert Interval: Ginastera Anniversary
Tonight Sandy Burnett takes a look at the life and music of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, born in 1916.
The Friday Concert Interval: Busoni Anniversary
Sandy Burnett takes a look at the life of Ferruccio Busoni who was born in 1866, 150 years ago this year.
The Friday Concert Interval: Delibes Anniversary
Sandy Burnett takes a look at the life of composer Leo Delibes whose 180th anniversary of his birth it is this month.
The Friday Concert Interval: Stravinsky
Sandy Burnett takes a look at some of the remarkable creative figures that surrounded Stravinsky at the start of the twentieth century.
The Friday Concert Interval: Carl Nielsen - An Overview
Sandy Burnett takes an in-depth look at the influential Danish composer Carl Nielsen.
The Friday Concert Interval: Raymond Deane
Bernard Clarke speaks with Raymond Deane about his Opera The Alma Fetish.
The Friday Concert Interval: V is for Viola
Sandy Burnett reflects on what you might call the Cinderella of instruments, the viola.
The Friday Concert Interval: Soviet Composers During The Second World War
Sandy Burnett reflects on what wartime life was like for the Soviet Union's leading composers during the Second World War.
New Year's Day Concert Interval
Michael Lee looks at the tradition of the Viennese New Year's Day Concert.
The Friday Concert Interval: The 20th Century Symphony
Sandy Burnett explores the 20th century symphony.
The Friday Concert Interval: Music In Time Of War
Sandy Burnett looks at the different approaches that composers have taken over the years to represent conflict in music in time of war.
The Friday Concert Interval: Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev
Sandy Burnett delves into the lives of Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, both of whom fled their Russian homeland back in 1917 and looks at how they fared in exile.
The Friday Interval: Mozart & The Piano
Sandy Burnett considers some of the great music that Mozart wrote for the piano, particularly in the early part of his career.
The Friday Concert Interval: Arrangements
Sandy Burnett takes a look at the whole business of making suites and arrangements from pre-existing works.
Friday Concert Interval: Sibelius
A chance to take a closer look at this fascinating and multi-faceted composer, as Sandy Burnett discusses the impact of Sibelius – more than just a national composer…
Friday Concert Interval: Anton Bruckner
Sandy Burnett explorest the curious case of Anton Bruckner, a late Romantic composer with the mindset of a musician from the Renaissance. Was he a composer born out of his time?
Friday Concert Interval - Dvorak's America
In tonight's interval Sandy Burnett examines the two and a half year spell that Dvorak spent in the United States, starting with the chain of correspondence that impelled Dvorak to set out on his American Adventure.
Friday Concert interval - Mahler the Symphonist
Mahler’s symphonies are such a feature of our musical life that it’s hard to imagine a symphonic season without one. It took several decades before Mahler’s music got proper recognition and tonight Sandy Burnett maps out the long road towards acceptance – his point of departure being a famous encounter between Mahler and another great symphonist.
Lyric Concert Interval
Michael Lee profiles the great Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky, the soloist at tonight's live Proms concert.
Friday Concert Interval - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
In tonight's interval Sandy Burnett examines the musical legacy of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Intermezzo - Mexican Wave
A ill-fated attempt to have the foyer of the NCH participate in a Mexican wave starts interval stalwarts, Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake on a journey through the backroads of memory, to Olympics gone by, and on to Stravinsky's relationship to Charlie Parker and the overall desirability of the marimba.
Intermezzo - Musical Peaks
Memories of formats gone by this evening, as Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake reminisce about album covers and prog rock titles, identify all too firmly with Beethoven’s attitude to deadlines and fill their nostrils with Alpine breeze, as our two foyer frequenters meet once more for an interval snifter.
Intermezzo - Rollercoaster
In the NCH lobby, safe from the weather outside, glasses of wine in hand, our intrepid interval experts Tomas Clancy and Raymond Blake take us on a journey through a potted history of the London Symphony Orchestra, Elgar's twitter stream and even James Galway's solid gold flute.
Intermezzo - Heavenly Length
The concert hall equivalent of the finest of fine wines, is how our interval interlopers, Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake assess the delights on offer this time in the National Concert Hall, as they meet once again for an interval drink and begin picking over the power of antibiotics, the rise of film music and the best casting for Sherlock Holmes.
Intermezzo - Gallic Charms
It’s all about nice, clean fingernails and good, meaty Rioja, when interval chums, Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy meet once again in the lobby of the National Concert Hall to pick hungrily over their concert hall experiences.
Intermezzo - Nordic Giants
Out front in the foyer tonight, interlude wags, Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake are shaken not stirred as they explore a Nordic cocktail of Sibelius, Nielsen and Greig. Not to mention, remembrances of Eric, Ernie, Andre and a definitive Martini recipe. Kippis!
Intermezzo - Clown & Philosopher
Will it ever be finally decided whether Richard Strauss was a 'profound genius or gifted entertainer'? Perhaps it will, but that would put an end to the ongoing battle between our foyer chums, Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy, who reconvene for a reviving debate on Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel and other perplexing subjects.
Intermezzo - Agnew, Elgar & Mozart
Whiskers and the rightful place of Siegfried Sassoon in Irish hearts are among the topics covered when interval artists Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy take their usual seats in the NCH foyer for a cheering drop.
Intermezzo - Russian Roulette
Deception and Russian soul, as well as the influence of the NME on Western ideas of Shostakovich, are the some of the items occupying the minds of foyer doyennes, Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake as they take a seat once more for a pair of interval drinks.
Intermezzo - Love in a Time of War
Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy meet once more for intervals drinks, when the conversation turns to the credibility a photo op with Yoko Ono might bring, the vitriol of YouTube commentators and the desirability of HIP, not to mention a new edition in the Blake household.
Intermezzo - Master Magician
Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake meet once more in the foyer to pick over the first half action at the concert hall, assess the legacy of the Ottoman Empire, and weigh the merits of compelling one's serfs to play in the orchestra.
Intermezzo - A German Requiem
More half time team talking from Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy, as the musical hurlers on the dyke peruse tonight's concert program, recalling Beethoven's chaotic premiers, and the religious fault lines revealed by A German Requiem.
Intermezzo - Out of Italy
Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake adjourn once more to the NCH foyer for an interval glass, where the conversation turns to the possibility of a secret cabal of oboists and the practicalities of composing to order.
Intermezzo - Swashbuckling Strauss!
Tomás Clancy and Raymond Blake meet up once again for a glass and a gas, with the topics under discussion ranging from Dvorák’s real feeling about cellos to the inevitable shadow of the Nazi Party in Richard Strauss' life and work.
Intermezzo - Music as Witness
Interval artists Raymond Blake and Tomás Clancy take their usual seats in the NCH foyer, to discuss the best approach to Beethoven's much tinkered with operatic work, the pain that Joseph Joachim might have provided to Antonín Dvorák, and assess the degree of sincere remorse that Shostakovich ever felt in response to criticism, just and otherwise.
Intermezzo - Liszt, Schumann and Bartok
Returning for the new season at the National Concert Hall are our regular foyer fanfaronaders, Raymond Blake and Tomàs Clancy, who this week engage in a search for Liszt's smoking gun and some possible explanations for Schuman's damaged hands, as well as lauding the living art of reed cutting.
Friday Concert Interval - 'Even So?'
To celebrate the World Premier of Linda Buckley's Beloved On The Earth, featuring the late poetry of Raymond Carver, Luke Clancy talks to Carver's widow, Tess Gallagher, about the writer's final days and the remarkable poetry that sprang from them.
Friday Concert interval
In tonight's interval, Sandy Burnett presents a composer profile of Richard Strauss.
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