The Metropolitan Opera New York presents Verdi's Requiem

The Met Opera presents Verdi's Requiem, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the extraordinary Met Orchestra and Chorus as well as a quartet of star soloists: soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Matthew Polenzani, and bass-baritone Eric Owens.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 12th February, 7pm-10pm


UK vocal ensemble The Marian Consort has seen a series of successes this past year, including the 2021 Presto Classical Music Award for their recent release, Adriatic Voyage: Seventeenth-century music from Venice to Dalmatia. The album features a collaboration with the Dalmatian Illyria Consort under the direction of violinist Bojan Cicic, and provides a mind-opening insight into the musical world that was the greater area surrounding the Most Serene Republic of Venice - La Serenissima - during the 17th century, and its unique mixture of Italian and Slavic culture. On this Sunday morning's Vox Nostra, Vlad speaks to the ensemble's director, Rory McCleary, about this recent CD as well as Marian Consort's past and upcoming projects, and in particular about the intriguing mix of music on the group's most recent recording.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 13th February, 7am-10am


A Place of Stories

A Place of Stories is an audio journey through Ireland's first public library, Marsh's Library; an atmospheric meander through a hidden realm of knowledge and curiosities. Marsh's Library, opened in 1707, is home to some of the rarest books in the world. The interior of the library has remained largely unchanged over the past 300 plus years. The building is one of only a handful of 18th-century buildings in Ireland that are still used for their original purpose. The library contains a collection of over 25,000 books and 300 manuscripts from the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment periods including 387 books of which there is no other known copy in the world. It's also a resource that still has wonders to be discovered, such as recently discovered fragments of ancient chant music hidden for centuries in the binding of some of its books. We hear how these notes have inspired musician Sam Kavanagh as he breathes new life into them. That is the spirit of this magical place; Century old scripts that still inspire artists, scholars and academics to this day.

Presented and produced by Patricia Baker.

Anne Boylan and Dr. Jason McElligot of Marsh's Library
John Paul Pititon, fellow emeritus in Renaissance History at TCD.
Sam Kavanagh: Musician and director of the LA LA LA Choir

Additional research by Roisín Power.
Edit and Final mix Gerry Horan Contact Studio.
Piano Music by Úna Keane.
Baroque music from the album The Irish Baroque Orchestra plays Bach.
Chant music Sam Kavanagh
Extract from Charles Maturin Melmoth the Wanderer read by Damian Kearney

A Curious Broadcast Production for RTÉ lyric fm funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the Television Licence Fee.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 13th February, 6pm-7pm


Wake up to flowers and chocolates this morning, as Marty rings a romantic air to this Valentine's Day. Puccini arias, classic movie love songs and lush orchestral works - tune in for three loved-up hours.

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 14th February, 7am-10am


'Typical Wolfgang!' How often must Mozart's wife Constanze have thought this when her husband started composing another free piece for his clarinet friends, instead of earning money. "Typical Wolfgang!" is also the motto of the Vienna Clarinet Connection when they link up Mozart's clarinet ensemble pieces to the nightclubs of Buenos Aires, to the ballerinas of Saint Petersburg and to contemporary Austrian music with music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Piazzolla and Doderer. 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 14th 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 five pieces by Johann Michael Haydn the younger sibling of the slightly more famous Franz Joseph.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 15th February, 10am-1pm


Cellist Steven Isserlis joins the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra for a concert of Baroque music including Haydn's 2nd Cello Concerto and Handel's Firework Music. Richard Egarr, one of the leading personalities of historically informed performance practice, is at the podium: as director of the renowned Academy of Ancient Music, he is familiar with this period of music like few others. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C, Hob. VIIb:1

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks in D, HWV 351

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Richard Egarr, conductor

Steven Isserlis, cello

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 15th 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, Wednesday 16th February, 4pm-7pm


A very special concert on today's Full Score featuring mezzo-soprano, Tara Erraught and pianist Dearbhla Collins who will perform a programme including arias by Berlioz, Haydn, Mahler and Quilter together with an Irish selection including Balfe's beautiful I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls. This concert is part of the Awakening, Limerick Concert Series in UCH.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, Thursday 17th February, 1pm-4pm


In this evening's concert from the National Concert Hall the featured composer is Philip Glass, widely regarded as one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century. The National Symphony Orchestra and David Brophy perform two symphonies by Philip Glass inspired by seminal albums by David Bowie and Brian Eno that took popular music into new realms. Music of startling originality and surprisingly vivid emotions.

Philip Glass: Symphony no. 1 ('Low')

Philip Glass: Symphony no. 4('Heroes')

National Symphony Orchestra

David Brophy (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 18th February, 7pm-10pm