The Metropolitan Opera New York presents Medea by Cherubini

Sondra Radvanovsky stars as the mythic sorceress who will stop at nothing in her quest for vengeance. Joining Radvanovsky in the Met-premiere production of Cherubini's rarely performed masterpiece is tenor Matthew Polenzani as Medea's Argonaut husband, Giasone; soprano Janai Brugger as her rival for his love, Glauce; bass Michele Pertusi as her father, Creonte, the King of Corinth; and mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova as Medea's confidante, Neris. Carlo Rizzi conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 7th January, 7pm-10pm


The Limerick Man

Edward Lear (1812-88) is best known as the author of The Owl and the Pussy-cat, limericks, and other nonsense verse. Less well known is that he was also an artist and composer, and that he had a life-long interest in Ireland as a source of literary and musical inspiration. In The Limerick Man, Sara Lodge, author of Inventing Edward Lear, traces his Irish journeys and friendships and their influence on his creative life. Along the way she visits Dublin Zoo where keeper Edward O'Brien tells her what the zoo would have been like when Lear visited and the National Gallery of Ireland where Anne Hodge shows her the sketches Lear made while in Ireland. We also hear from musicologist Sarah MacLeave about Lear's admiration for Thomas Moore and the poet Jane Clarke discusses her lifelong engagement with Lear's poetry.

The words of Edward Lear are read by John Leeson, while baritone Edward Robinson and pianist David Owen Norris perform some of Edward Lear's nonsense verse set to music by Lear and others, and Lear's settings of poems by Tennyson.

(First broadcast 6th February 2022)

Presenter: Sare Lodge
Producer: Claire Cunningham
A Rockfinch productions funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the Television Licence Fee.
Music recorded at Alice's Loft Music with sound engineer Marc McCouig.
Sound supervision by Tinpot Productions.
Additional editing and recording by Guy Drucker.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 8th January, 6pm-7pm


It's Monday. It's January. Only one thing for it - Max Richter's re-imagining of Vivaldi's Four Seasons performed by the Neo-Classical Chamber Orchestra, as you'll hear in today's Full Score concert.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 9th January, 1pm-4pm


Paul Herriott presents the premiere performances from the National Concert Hall of three new works by Adam McCartney, Seán Ó Dálaigh and Judith Ring which were composed as part of Composer Lab 2022. Composer Lab is a professional development initiative delivered in partnership by the National Symphony Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland. Now in its fifth year, Composer Lab is aimed at composers who wish to write for symphony orchestra and focuses on providing these composers with a creative and open environment to deepen their experience in writing for symphonic forces, under the mentorship of composer David Fennessy. Alongside the opportunity to hear these new works broadcast live, the programme will also include on-stage interviews with presenter Paul Herriott, composer mentor David Fennessy, and the participating composers.

National Symphony Orchestra
Gavin Maloney, conductor
David Fennessy, composer mentor

Adam McCartney - marana
Seán Ó Dálaigh - Ich ruf' zu dir...
Judith Ring - Everything was asleep as if the universe was a vast mistake

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 9th January, 9pm-9.45pm


Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire. with Sounds on Screen a piece from either the big or the small screen at 11am, and at midday Niall chooses his Five of a Kind. This week Niall chooses five songs from Schubert's Winterreise.

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 10th January, 10am-1pm


With works from France, Norway and Russia performed by an English conductor and a Norwegian orchestra, listeners can look forward to a truly international concert on today's Full Score. The soloist is the Icelandic shooting star Víkingur Ólafsson, described as having the 'perfect blend of playful free spirit and technical finesse'. He joins the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner for Grieg's piano concerto.Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Ravel: La Valse
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 10th January, 1pm-4pm


Broadcasting live daily Monday to Friday evenings from our Limerick studios, Lorcan Murray presents RTÉ lyric fm's flagship show, Classic Drive. Lorcan brings you the perfect musical soundtrack, wherever you are, sharing a feast of music with both the curious and the knowledgeable. The listeners take creative control today and pick a piece of music from Lorcan's midweek choice selection. Included in this musical feast are the latest news and sports updates and tips for what's on where you are. There, for one and all, Lorcan's with you all the way.

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 11th January, 4pm-7pm


Paul Herriott brings us tonight's concert live from the stage of the National Concert Hall as Carlos Kalmar is on the podium, conducting popular works by Mahler, Schubert and more.

Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10
Richard Strauss: Duet Concertino
John Finucane (clarinet)
Greg Crowley (bassoon)
Schubert: Symphony No. 8, 'Unfinished'
Josef Strauss: Music of the Spheres
National Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar (conductor)

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 13th January, 7pm-10pm