As the dawn breaks on this Spring morning, join Evonne for a selection from contemporaries Ina Boyle, her Elegy for cello and orchestra, and Ernest J. Moeran, his Songs of Springtime performed by Chamber Choir Ireland. In Our Daily Bach, we return to the cantatas with BWV 150 'Nach dir Herr verlanget mich'. Though the occasion for the composition was unspecified, there's no need for a special occasion to enjoy the intricate mastery of this early choral work.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 19th February, 7am-10am


The Metropolitan Opera, NY presents Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov

Bass René Pape, the world's reigning Boris, reprises his overwhelming portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between grasping ambition and crippling paranoia. Conductor Sebastian Weigle leads Mussorgsky's masterwork, a pillar of the Russian repertoire, in its original 1869 version, which runs two-and-a-quarter hours with no intermission. Stephen Wadsworth's affecting production poignantly captures the hope and suffering of the Russian people as well as the tsar himself.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 19th February, 7pm-10pm


Start the Song Gently

In Start the Song Gently presenter J.J. O`Shea explores the music, life and enduring legacy of singer and melodeon player Colm Ó Caodháin in the company of his biographer Ríonach uí Ógáin, broadcaster and musician Peter Browne, and melodeon player Johnny Óg Connolly. Ó Caodhain (1893-1975) is a legendary figure among fans of Irish Traditional Music and Song both for his vast repertoire and the quality of his performance. Yet he remains little-known outside those circles.

He was a fisherman and farmer, born in Connemara into a community immersed in music and storytelling traditions at a time when Queen Victoria was still on the throne. He predated the revival of interest in traditional music in the second half of the twentieth century. His audience was primarily found among his own community but fortunately he was recorded by a number of field music collectors including Seamus Ennis and Alan Lomax. Those field recordings are paired here with new recordings made especially for the programme by Johnny Óg Connolly, Peter and Ciarán Browne, and a song from Colm`s repertoire sung by Róisín Elsafty, all demonstrating the continuing influence of Colm Ó Caodháin.

Presented and produced by J.J. O'Shea

A J.J. O'Shea Production for RTÉ lyric fm funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the Television Licence Fee.Producer for RTÉ lyric fm Eoin O Kelly

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 20th February, 6pm-7pm


Episode 3: Blue Skies - Irving Berlin

This week, Donald examines the life and work of Irving Berlin. From a background of poverty in a Lower East Side ghetto, Berlin rose to become the most American of popular songwriters, despite a limited education. Donald talks to WKCR disc jockey and curator of Jazz @ Lincoln Centre, Phil Schapp, about the role education played in the creation of the 'American Songbook', and the late Rosemary Clooney recalls her relationship with Berlin and Bing Crosby while making the movie White Christmas.

(First broadcast 2008)

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 20th February, 9pm-10pm


The solo trumpeter of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Houdek, opens today's Full Score concert with Vivaldi's Concerto in B flat. Then he will retune his instrument and play Leopold Mozart's Concerto in D. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A will be played by a young musician, the winner of the Prague Spring International Music Competition, Anna Paulová. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Handel: Overture to 'Acis and Galatea', HWV 49

Vivaldi: Trumpet Concerto in B flat

Leopold Mozart: trumpet Concerto in D

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Vojtech Spurny (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 21st February, 1pm-4pm


Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. At midday each day Niall chooses his Five of a Kind. This week Niall chooses movements from five concerti written for guitar and orchestra.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 22nd February, 10am-1pm


Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich perform piano music by Mozart in a concert from the 2021 Mozart Week in Salzburg. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Piano Sonata in C, K. 521, for four handsPiano Sonata in F, K. 497, for four handsAndante and Variations in G, K. 501Sonata for Two Pianos in D, K. 448

Daniel Barenboim (piano)Martha Argerich (piano)

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 23rd February, 1pm-4pm


Each day, Lorcan brings you the perfect musical soundtrack, wherever you are including at 6.10pm, in Culture File, Luke Clancy's daily guide to creativity in the world around us.

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 24th February, 4pm-7pm


Lights. Camera. Action! Join Paul Herriott from the stage of the National Concert Hall as the NSO celebrate the music of one of cinema's true giants, composer John Williams, in the month of his 90th birthday. Enjoy an evening of cinematic splendour and romance, thrills and spills, action and adventure with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Summon the Heroes 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Theme

Memoirs of a Geisha Sayuri's Theme

Superman Love Theme

Superman March

Minority Report A New Beginning

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra

Raiders of the Lost Ark Marion's Theme

Raiders of the Lost Ark The Raiders March

The Cowboys Overture

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Harry's Wondrous World

A Child's Tale Suite from The BFG

Jaws Main Theme

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Forest Battle

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 25th February, 7pm-10pm