Verdi's II Trovatore

Paul Herriott presents Verdi's epic melodrama II Trovatore, recorded in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with Riccardo Massi as the troubadour of the title and Jamie Barton as his mother Azucena. The opera's story, set in the 15th century, is driven by the power of superstition inherent to that era, and this new production by Adele Thomas takes visual inspiration from the fantastical paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. While at the same time, as guest commentator Sarah Hibberd points out, Il Trovatore is a classic of the over-the-top 19th century genre of melodrama. Not to mention that it's packed with some of the best opera tunes ever, as brothers (though they don't know it) Manrico and the Conte di Luna battle for the love of Leonora and each other's death.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 14th October, 7pm-10pm


DOUBLE YOU is a stunning new album from harpist Catrin Finch and fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain. Both astonishing musicians individually, as a duo they connect on an almost transcendent level, bringing their classical knowledge and folk heritage together to create a work of breadth and beauty, inspired by Bach, bees, mathematics and wanderlust. Ellen meets with them to hear about the genesis of the album and play some amazing tracks by these two amazing women.

RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 14th October, 10pm-1am


Let the Hamilton Scores become one of your regular weekend fixtures as George kicks off an unbeatable line-up of musical greats and tales from his travels.

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 15th October, 10am-1pm


A Place of Pointed Stones

When the town of Banagher in County Offaly decided it wanted its story told, instead of turning to a historian or academic they commissioned the poet Jessica Traynor. In A Place of Pointed Stones, Jessica explores the history and folklore of Banagher, meets some of the locals, and we hear new poems and a new song inspired by her research.

Local historian James Scully takes her around, showing her the bridge over the Shannon, the local Martello tower, the hidden graveyard, and locations associated with the town's literary connections with Anthony Trollope and Charlotte Brontë. He also presents her with two possible versions of the origin of the saying 'That beats Banagher and Banagher beats the devil'.

A Rockfinch production for RTÉ lyric fm co-funded by RTÉ Independent Radio Productions and Coimisiún na Meán.

Producer: Claire Cunningham

Sound mix by Tinpot Productions

Series producer: Eoin O Kelly

RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 15th October, 6pm-7pm


Niall Carroll plays music from the heart of the classical repertoire, with Sounds on Screen, a piece from the big or small screen each day at 11am, and each day at midday one of Niall's Five of a Kind. This week Niall chooses five pieces from the work of Max Bruch.

RTÉ lyric fm, Monday 16th October, 10am-1pm


In our Full Score concert today, Les Violons du Roy welcome Cameron Crozman, 'Canada's next big cello star' (CBC Music), for the first time. Nicolas Ellis conducts a program that combines the classical virtuosity of Haydn and Mozart with the dance poetry of Rameau and Gluck. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Rameau: Zoroastre, orchestral suite
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D, Hob. VIIb:2
Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201
Gluck: Don Juan, orchestra suite
Les Violons du Roy
Nicolas Ellis, conductor

RTÉ lyric fm, Tuesday 17th October, 1pm-4pm


A rapturous Full Score today to heighten the senses with the Oslo Philharmonic and Klaus Mäkelä, conductor. Claude Debussy was concerned with all the senses in his colourful impression of Spain - Iberia. Manuel de Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat has a vivid Spanish sound, while Igor Stravinsky's puppet music for Petrushka exceeded all musical imaginings before that. Liz Nolan presents a showcase of unabridged musical masterworks, featuring live recordings of Irish and international performers, plus selections from the latest CD releases.

Debussy: Iberia, from 'Images for Orchestra, L. 122'
Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947 version)
de Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2
Oslo Philharmonic
Klaus Mäkelä, conductor

RTÉ lyric fm, Wednesday 18th October, 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 18th October, 4pm-7pm


Mystery Train is a nightly journey through the many wonders of recorded music - from its vintage glories to the latest sounds. Essential listening for the discerning music fan.

RTÉ lyric fm, Thursday 19th October, 7pm-9pm


Bill Evans, Billie Holiday and Billy Joel are all on the music menu this afternoon, as well as Paul McCartney, Paul Brady and Paul Lewis. Aedín also includes a selection of songs sung by the great Peggy Lee, and Irish singers Síomha and Niamh Regan perform with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 20th October, 1pm-4pm


Ray Chen partners with conductor Patrik Ringborg for Korngold's romantically sumptuous Violin Concerto live from the National Concert Hall. Also on the National Symphony Orchestra programme are Ethel Smyth's Cornish fantasia, The Wreckers Overture, Bernstein's jazz-tinged salute to New York, Fancy Free, and Korngold's Straussiana, his tribute to the Waltz King, complete an exhilarating evening of contrasts and extremes.

Smyth: The Wreckers Overture
Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major
Bernstein: Fancy Free (Ballet)
Korngold: Straussiana

National Symphony Orchestra
Patrik Ringborg (conductor)
Ray Chen (violin)

RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 20th October, 7pm-10pm