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2014-07-31 23:16:16


We kick off the month with old chestnuts and a range of new releases which include Howard Shelley, and a reading of Benjamin Godard's first piano concerto; a new, live (i.e. no overdubs) studio album by jazz trumpeter Sean Jones (see video) and his quartet; part of a string quartet by Ludwig Thuille; sisters Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana; American pianist Bill Carrothers, in advance of his date in Dublin later this month; Argentinian bandoneon player Dino Saluzzi; folk artist Bill Caddick; a sample from an ECM duet session by Jean-Louis Matinier (accordion) and Marco Ambrosini (nyckelharpa); music penned by young Austrian composer Johannes Berauer; more from Thomas Bartlett; and a slow movement for cello and piano courtesy of George Onslow.


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A Busy Day

2014-07-29 22:02:17

Eamonn was in London earlier today, meeting commissioning editors from BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4. Weather terrific, company interesting.

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2014-07-27 07:53:44

The surname Granados - we're told - translates from the Spanish as "distinguished". On Sunday's BLUE, we'll listen to 2 distinguished pieces of music by Enrique Granados, who was born in Spain on this very day in 1867. Also coming our way tonight, new jazz from Hamburg guitarist Andreas Dopp; a selection from a new recording of Prokofiev violin sonatas by Alina Ibragimova (see video) and Steven Osborne; a sample from the 2014 debut CD by German trumpeter Benny Brown; choral octet voces 8, from the newly-issued "Eventide"; more Piazzolla featuring bandonéon-player Pablo Mainetti; jazz singer/songwriter Karen Mantler; the final two recordings of the week by Talich Quartet; and ECM artist Maria Pia De Vito with Francois Couturier, Anja Lechner and Michele Rabbia. 


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2014-07-26 08:54:25


This Saturday night on BLUE, we'll hear Lalo Schifrin's impressions of his own, and Debussy's, music; Anne Sofie von Otter duetting with Brad Mehldau; Arvo Part x 2; Billy Bragg's "Tommorow's Going To Be A Better Day"; a Bragg tune on the new solo piano CD by Elan Mehler (specifically, "Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key"); melancholy courtesy of Chet Baker - see video - and Tim Buckley; more Talich Quartet, including a Mendelssohn fugue; we've a Mendelssohn piece performed on piano; plus singer/songwriters Laura Veirs and Agnes Obel.


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2014-07-24 23:58:19

On Friday's BLUE, jazz trumpeter Sean Jones performs a Stephen Sondheim melody; we hear recently made available releases of chamber music by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Dupont and George Onslow (the so-called "French Beethoven"); Maria Joao Pires and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, from a new recording of 2 Beethoven piano concertos; the late Charlie Haden duetting with Hank Jones; performing a tune by Beatle Paul, guitarist John Williams (see video, from 12:05, in the mountains above Malaga with former Kinsale resident Keith Floyd); we've more Talich Quartet; and a selection from a 2014 solo piano CD by Elan Mehler.


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