CHRISTMAS DAY ON RTÉ LYRIC FM

DAYBREAK WITH EVONNE FERGUSON

Join Evonne Ferguson for a selection of carols from home and abroad as day breaks this Christmas morning. Enjoy something new - Thomas Hewitt Jones' The Shepherd's Tale - alongside music composed for Bach's first Christmas in Leipzig, 1723, his large-scale cantata 'Christen, ätzet diesen Tag' with festive trumpets, oboes and timpani. And in a very special Christmas treat, Nature File with Anja Murray comes out of hibernation for a Christmas Day special.

Naturefile - Robins

Robins are Ireland's most common garden bird, abundant everywhere all year round. But unlike other songbirds they sing right through the winter, finding favour because of their seemingly friendly manner. But are robins as friendly as they appear, and how did they become such a symbol of Christmas? This morning we explore how Robins have earned their place on so many Christmas cards.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 25th December, 7am-10am


MOVIES AND MUSICALS WITH AEDÍN GORMLEY

In this special edition of Movies and Musicals, two great film music concerts. A real treat for film music fans as we broadcast 'John Williams conducts John Williams' from the Philharmonie, Berlin. The unforgettable soundtracks of John Williams from Star Wars to Indiana Jones to Harry Potter sees this legendary composer make his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
We will then join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conductor David Hayes and vocalists Juliette Crosbie, Clare Ivory and Carl Stallwood for classics from musicals old and new including Mary Poppins Returns, Hercules, West Side Story, Little Women, Carousel, Babes in Arms , Newsies and lots more.

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


EVELYN GRANT’S WEEKEND DRIVE

In this Christmas Day Special Evelyn brings us some festive favourites from around the world. Evelyn's Christmas Day stocking includes Christmas Symphonies, some ballet favourites courtesy of Tchaikovsky and a Symphony of Carols.
Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake Op.20a
Sviridov: Snow is Falling, chamber cantata
Radio France Children's Chorus
Geoffroy Jourdain (director)
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite No.1 Op.71a
Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra
Mikko Franck (conductor)
Ivan Nebesnyl: Christmas Symphonies
Myroslav Skoryk: Symphony of Carols
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Volodymyr Sirenko (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 25th December, 4pm-6pm


SEASON’S GREETINGS WITH MARTY WHELAN AND CELINE BYRNE

Unwind after the day's festivities with Marty Whelan and soprano Celine Byrne. Lots of chat and festive fun guaranteed, as the pair choose their favourite carols and songs including Celine's glorious recording of O Holy Night.

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


OPERA NIGHT WITH PAUL HERRIOTT

Handel's Messiah with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Join us for one of the nation’s favourite oratorios Handel's Messiah with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Schola of St Patrick's Cathedral Girls’ Choir, The St Patrick's Consort of Voices and soloists all conducted by David Leigh in a recording from St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

The Schola of St Patrick's Cathedral Girls’ Choir
The St Patrick's Consort of Voices
Soloists: Alison Darragh (soprano), Susie Gibbons (soprano), Eoin Conway (alto), Margaret Dridge (alto), Steward Kinsella (tenor), Jack Kinkead (tenor), Jeff Ledwridge (bass), Eoghan Desmond (bass)

RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Mia Cooper (leader)
David Leigh (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 25th December, 7pm-10pm


VESPERTINE WITH ELLEN CRANITCH

A restful close to Christmas Day, with a listen to the gorgeous collection of Bach arrangements on the new ECM release from Fred Thomas, choral calm from Voces 8, Daniel Herskedal's soothing and gentle tuba magic, Olafur Arnald's evocative film scores, and a few masterful slow airs from the late Tony McMahon. Wind down the day with peace and harmony.

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


VOX NOSTRA WITH VLAD SMISHKEWYCH

A day after Christmas, Vlad celebrates 'Bach-Sing' day! It's a perfect day to enjoy the music of the many members of the very-extended Bach family, especially the gorgeous vocal cantatas that make up such a recognisable part of Johann Sebastian's oeuvres. Keeping in the festive spirit, we'll get to hear motets and cantatas by the many Johanns, plus medieval Christmas polyphony from Notre Dame, Italian praise-song, and a stockingful of early carols and villancicos left over from Christmas Day. With instrumental and vocal music from 800 to 1800, Vlad's cornucopia of seasonal music starts your morning on 'Bach-Sing' Day 2021!

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 26th December, 7am-10am


MY TUNES – PADDY MOLONEY

A special programme from the RTÉ lyric fm archive as Aedín Gormley revisits her My Tunes programme with Paddy Moloney. Recorded in 2011, Paddy talks about his own favourite pieces of music.

He grew up in Donnycarney, north Co. Dublin and his love of Irish music came from his parents' native Co. Laois and the music that surrounded him at home. His first instrument was a plastic tin whistle and by the age of eight he was learning to play the uilleann pipes from the great pipe master, Leo Rowsome. The Chieftains - a name which was inspired by the Irish poet John Montague - recorded the very first of many award winning albums in 1962 and since then they have recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in music. (First broadcast 18th March 2011)

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 26th December, 3pm-4pm


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

On today's Full Score, we'll hear Stella natalis - a work in twelve movements by Karl Jenkins for choir and orchestra. It celebrates different aspects of Christmastide - winter, the sleeping child, tidings of peace, thanksgiving and conveys the Christmas message of peace, goodwill, compassion and a new beginning. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

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


ALL GENIUS AND REBELLION – A TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY TENOR GIUSEPPE DI STEFANO
Part 1

It was the great mezzo soprano Giulietta Simionato who paid tribute to Giuseppe Di Stefano with the words 'he had the natural talent of a unique artist: he was all genius and rebellion’, when she learned of his death in 2008. And the acclaimed soprano Raina Kabaiwanska’s tribute said Di Stefano had ‘the voice who made the world swoon’. With his dazzling vocal prowess, dashing flamboyant temperament, and matinée idol looks, Di Stefano was one of the most sought after superstars in the history of opera singing, and as a fiercely independent non-conformist he was also maybe opera’s most notorious rebel. ‘There’s nothing to teach. What can you teach? If it was a question of technique, everyone could sing and make a big career’, he said to the presenter and producer of this two part memoir, Jon Tolansky, who visited him at his home near Lake Como in 2002 for an historic and extremely rare interview. Di Stefano disliked talking about his singing, but on this occasion he was highly forthcoming. The interview forms the backbone to this tribute in the centenary year of his birth.
We hear contributions from the late conductor Sir Edward Downes, the baritone Carlos Alvarez, the musicologist Roger Pines, and the opera writer and critic Ian Fox, who recalls Di Stefano’s appearances in Tosca with the Dublin Grand Opera Society in 1963. As well as extracts from recordings of Di Stefano singing in operas by Donizetti, Verdi, Leoncavallo, and Puccini, the tribute includes some of his performances of Neapolitan and Sicilian songs that he loved greatly, and live recordings of him in the theatre, when he was at his most electrifying and took some of his greatest risks.
Presented and Produced by Jon Tolansky

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 27th December, 6pm-7pm


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

The Irish Chamber Orchestra perfrom Mozart's final symphonies in their last concert of the season. Symphony No. 39 is gentle and buoyant. The melancholic Symphony No 40, adored by audiences, reflects Mozart's struggles and his popular Jupiter Symphony reflects the invincible spirit that drove him to succeed against all odds. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 Jupiter

Jörg Widmann Director/Clarinet
Irish Chamber Orchestra

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


ALL GENIUS AND REBELLION – A TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY TENOR GIUSEPPE DI STEFANO
Part 2

It was the great mezzo soprano Giulietta Simionato who paid tribute to Giuseppe Di Stefano with the words ‘he had the natural talent of a unique artist: he was all genius and rebellion’, when she learned of his death in 2008. And the acclaimed soprano Raina Kabaiwanska’s tribute said Di Stefano had ‘the voice who made the world swoon’. With his dazzling vocal prowess, dashing flamboyant temperament, and matinée idol looks, Di Stefano was one of the most sought after superstars in the history of opera singing, and as a fiercely independent non-conformist he was also maybe opera’s most notorious rebel. ‘There’s nothing to teach. What can you teach? If it was a question of technique, everyone could sing and make a big career’, he said to the presenter and producer of this two part memoir, Jon Tolansky, who visited him at his home near Lake Como in 2002 for an historic and extremely rare interview. Di Stefano disliked talking about his singing, but on this occasion he was highly forthcoming. The interview forms the backbone to this tribute in the centenary year of his birth.
We hear contributions from the late conductor Sir Edward Downes, the baritone Carlos Alvarez, the musicologist Roger Pines, and the opera writer and critic Ian Fox, who recalls Di Stefano’s appearances in Tosca with the Dublin Grand Opera Society in 1963. As well as extracts from recordings of Di Stefano singing in operas by Donizetti, Verdi, Leoncavallo, and Puccini, the tribute includes some of his performances of Neapolitan and Sicilian songs that he loved greatly, and live recordings of him in the theatre, when he was at his most electrifying and took some of his greatest risks.
Presented and Produced by Jon Tolansky

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 28th December, 6pm-7pm


THE FULL SCORE WITH LIZ NOLAN

Evelyn Grant presents Christmas carols and classical Christmas music from through the centuries performed by Oslo Cathedral Choir and Boys' Choir, Trinity Church Girls' Choir and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 29th December, 1pm-4pm


NIALL CARROLL’S CLASSICAL DAYTIME

Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. Every day at 12 Niall chooses a piece for his Five of a Kind. This week he chooses five pieces of music for Christmas by JS Bach.

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 30th December, 10am-1pm


VESPERTINE WITH ELLEN CRANITCH

Remembering some of the wonderful musicians whom we lost this year. Music from Tony McMahon, Gary Peacock, Chick Corea, Paddy Moloney, Louis Andriessen (pictured), Nanci Griffith and more, and celebrating their lasting legacy. And a listen to some of the many remarkable records that emerged from a strange and challenging year.

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 31st December, 7pm-10pm