The Lyric Feature

The Lyric Feature

Friday, 7 - 8pm

The Lyric Feature Friday 16 August 2013

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.

The Lyric Feature - Musical Muses

The Lyric Feature - Musical Muses

In this 3 part series, Ian Fox tells the stories of the remarkable women who inspired, influenced and collaborated with some of the great composers.

Programme 1: Clara Schumann.

“This child has a great future before her, and she will put many great musicians in the shade”

A perceptive comment by the musician and composer, Paganini. As a pianist, teacher, composer and champion of her husband Robert Schumann, Clara could truly be called a dedicated spirit and one of the great musical muses. Ian Fox explores her music, life and legacy.

Music playend during the programme:


“A Dedicated Spirit” - Clara Schumann

1 CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Trio Opus 17

Michaela Gelius, Srten Krstic, Stephan Haak

Arte Nova 7 4321 72106

2 CLARA SCHUMANN Polonaise Opus 6

Yoshiko Iwai Naxos 8.553501

3 FREDERIC CHOPIN Variations Opus 2 on “La ci darem la mano”

Artur Moreira, Sophia Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted Dimeter Monolov

Brilliant Classics 93217 (30 CD boxed set)

4 CLARA SCHUMANN Romance variée Opus 3

Jozef de Beenhouwer Partridge 1130-2

5 CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Concerto Opus 7

Angela Cheng, Women’s Philharmonic Orchestra condcuted JoAnn Falletta

Koch 3 7169

6 CLARA SCHUMANN Souvenir de Vienne Opus 9

Jozef de Beenhouwer Partridge 1130-2


Barbara Bonney, Vladimir Ashkenazy Decca 452 898

8 CLARA SCHUMANN “Liebst du um Schönheit”

Barbara Bonney, Vladimir Ashkenazy Decca 452 898

9 ROBERT SCHUMANN “Jagerliedchen” Album for the Young

Angela Brownridge Helios CDH 8809

10 CLARA SCHUMANN Variations Opus 20 No. 6

Michael Gelius Arte Nova 74321 72106

11 CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Trio Opus 17

Michaela Gelius, Srten Krstic, Stephan Haak

Arte Nova 7 4321 72106

12 FELIX MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 2

Rudolf Serkin, Columbia Symphony Orchestra conducted Eugene Ormandy

CBS MPK 45690

13 ROBERT SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke “Ende vom Lied”

Philippe Cassard Ambroise AMB 9961

14 CLARA SCHUMANN “Am Strande”

Anne Sophie von Otter, Helene Grimaud DGG 477 5719

15 ROBERT SCHUMANN Fantasy in C Opus 17

Maurizio Pollini DGG 423 134

16 JOHANNES BRAHMS Intermezzo Opus 117 No. 1

Wilhelm Kempff DGG 437 249

17 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano trio Opus1 No. 2

Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zuckerman, Jacqueline du Pré

EMI 5 74381

18 ROBERT SCHUMANN “Schlaf und ruh” Paradise and the Peri

Edith Weiss, Suisse Romande Orchestra conducted by Ernest Ansermet

Helios CDH 88039

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.



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