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2015-10-23 09:22:10

On tonight's programme, Jon Hopkins duets with Kenny Anderson, 2 artists perform Domenico Scarlatti material and George Harrison demos "Something"; the San Diego Chamber Orchestra plays a suite by Respighi, John Martyn walks to the water and Chet Baker gets lost; the BackBeat Percussion Quartet claps Steve Reich, Arthur Crudup sings like Elvis before Elvis (see video) and Henry Lowther features on a new recording by Colin Towns; The Soggy Bottom Boys interpret a sorrowful song, Josh White plays the blues and The Bang On A Can All-Stars tackle a work by Evan Ziporyn; Bill Evans is remembered from the 1970s (his entire Fantasy back catalogue is available in a 9-CD box set), Barbara sings her own "Chapeau Bas" and New Blood Orchestra is heard with - and without - Peter Gabriel; Betty Carter sings a Kurt Weill tune, Iceland's Emiliana Torrini covers one of her own and we've more music by Charles Ives.



"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 10pm…

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2015-10-18 03:45:08

Ian Venables is a composer of art songs and chamber music. On "The Song Of The Severn", the particular river that runs through the south-west of England provides the central theme for Venables' music. "Elgar's Music" is the title of the third song: it's an acknowledgement by Venables of a fellow composer who lived in that part of the world - Edward Elgar, founder of the Malvern Concert Club in Worcestershire. This Sunday, we hear a recording of "Elgar's Music" by baritone Roderick Williams with Carducci String Quartet and pianist Graham J. Lloyd. Also on tonight's BLUE, two artists tackle Kate Bush material; classically-trained guitarist Peo Alfonsi covers a Pat Metheny tune; guitarist Pablo Villegas (see video) performs part of Bernstein's "West Side Story"; Irish guitarist Pat Coldrick plays an original tune; we've solo piano from Fred Hersch; a tone picture by American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes; Cécile McLorin Salvant sings a song that was writtern by Monique Serf (a.k.a. Barbara); there's Sokratis Sinopoulous' "Aegean Sea"; and an interpretation of "Pictures At An Exhibition" that you'll find on a new recording by Alessio Bax.



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2015-10-17 09:03:35

The Cardiff-based Edition imprint has branched out into releasing classical music. Tonight, we'll hear a solo recording by pianist Tom Poster, who studied at the Guildhall School of Music before attaining a double first in music at Cambridge university. Also coming our way this Saturday night, harmonica player Mick Kinsella, from a 2015 CD with fiddler Steve Larkin; young English trumpeter/composer/bandleader Bryan Corbett (see video), from a live double CD recorded earlier this year; one of four symphonic meditations by Messiaen; cellist/ambient artist Julia Kent;part of a song cycle by Parisian composer Karol Beffa; more Cécile McLorin Salvant; an Ian Venables song with string quartet; low-key Black Sabbath (!); and a sneak preview of the forthcoming LSO Live release "Scriabin - Symphonies Nos 3 & 4".



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2015-10-16 08:08:47

This Friday night, Piazzolla plays Piazzolla; the Carducci Quartet performs a string quartet by Philip Glass; Zoot Sims features on Quincy's "Evening In Paris"; Jacky Terrasson interprets a famous tune by Jacques Brel; we've a reading of an Aaron Copland nocturne by André Previn and Gil Shaham; Dan Trueman and Nils Okland on hardanger fiddles; English saxophonist Tim Garland (see video), from the double CD "Songs To The North Sky"; Ivan Ilic with a work Morton Feldman composed for his favourite student; another from the latest CD by Cécile McLorin Salvant; Irish singer-songwriter Dylan Tighe;  2 x Benjamin Britten; and Colin Towns' "Jane Eyre".



"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 10:30pm (approx)

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2015-10-11 02:47:28

If you're a sports fan you'll already know about today's international tussles; whether you are or not, we here on BLUE shall be winding down this Sunday night, without the slightest hint of machismo: our low-key offerings include Elisso Bolkvadze's new reading of a piano sonata that Sergei Prokofiev wrote in memory a University friend (see video); the Tord Gustavsen Quartet, from "The Well"; one from "Under A Red Sky Night", the recent Martin Tourish album which features a cast of 19 performers (including a choir, brass ensemble and strings); Flamenco guitarist Jose Luis Montón; a traditional Macedonian song performed by Sarajevo-born Amira Medunjanin; part of Brahms' Violin Sonata No.3 in D Minor; Gil Evans' eerie depiction of "Sunken Treasure"; a harp concerto by Karol Beffa; more from Tigran Hamasyan's latest CD, in advance of his appearance in Dublin next Saturday; a nocturne by Reynaldo Hahn; John Patitucci's "Moonlight On Congo Square" (the place in New Orleans where 18th and 19th century slaves first created the American music later dubbed "jazz"); and András Schiff, perfoming a piano sonata by Haydn. 



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