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2014-12-31 01:29:06

You can expect a low-key alternative to the New Year's Eve festivities on tonight's BLUE when we listen to Julian Arguelles with the Trinity College of Music String Ensemble; part of a violin sonata by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; Cheryl Wheeler's "Lighting Up The Mighty Mississippi"; 2 choral works inspired by the poetry of Rupert Brooke - who died from an infected mosquito bite, en route to Gallipoli - including one by Sospiri (see video); the ambient strains of Steve Moore; “Tubular Bells" - just a bit of it, you understand, not the entire album - by Mike Oldfield; Vivaldi's "Winter", re-invented by Max Richter; Dave Binney and the cream of the Irish jazz scene on "Nine Tales Of The Pendulum"; 3 Leonard Cohen songs, 2 being cover versions; classical guitarist Johannes Moller; and a sample of the music written for Roman Polanski's, Polish-made "Knife In Water".


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


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2014-12-30 00:53:26

On Tuesday's BLUE, we hear a tender approach to a Paul McCartney tune by Pat Metheny (see video)the Seattle Symphony's reading of a cello concerto by a composer who spent the last 3 decades of his life in the Pacific North-West, namely Alan Hovhaness; singer-cum-banjo-player Suzanne Thomas; jazzed-up Sibelius; a Beethoven piano sonata performed by Andras Schiff; new jazz from France, courtesy of pianist Florian Pellisier; the late Gordon Beck, from "The French Connection I & II" (not to be confused with the movie soundtracks by Don Ellis); Stravinsky's "Suite Italienne"; a "Slurf Song" sung by Michael "Snock" Hurley; and part of Krzystof Komeda's soundtrack for the 1962 movie "Opening Tomorrow".


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

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2014-12-29 01:03:42

Eamonn links Bela Fleck & The Flecktones; solo piano music by Gabriel Dupont; recent fare from Bugge Wesseltoft, Josemi Carmona, Maryam Seth and Georges Nehme; Beethoven for cello; rare Chet Baker (recorded with pianist Dick Twardzik); duduk-player Djivan Gasparyan; symphonic Schumann; singer/songwriters Chris Wood, Tori Amos and Pierce Turner; Levon Helm, feelin' good; the first Polish jazz movie soundtrack of the week (see the loosely-related video clip of Martin Scorsese); and low-key piano music by Federico Mompou, a 20th century composer from Spain.


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

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2014-12-28 06:35:22

On Sunday, Eamonn winds down the weekend with seasonal fare from Nat King Cole; the music of Philip Glass, morphing into the "Heroes Symphony" and then - the logical outcome? - a David Bowie instrumental from "Low"; Scottish harpist-cum-composer Savourna Stevenson; the final selections of the week by Caitriona O’Leary and Chamber Choir Ireland; vintage Lester Young; 3 pieces by Ryuichi Sakamoto (see video); original songs from Tori Amos and Patricia Barber; Arvo Part's "Tabula Rasa"; and drummer/bandleader Manu Katché.



"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 10pm...

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2014-12-27 09:21:48

On Saturday's BLUE, Eamonn presents Alfred Brendal, performing an F minor piano concerto by Carl Maria von Weber; Nic Jones, from the re-issue of "Penguin Eggs"; Sam Amidon (see video), and a tune called "Blue Mountains"; we'll also hear 2 x Grieg; "Goodbye To Booze", a line that was surely muttered by one or two revellers over the Christmas period; a new, jazzy interpretation of Lionel Bart's "Where Is Love?"; a live re-working of "The Little Boy That Santa Forgot" by The Associates (first ever time on the programme!); more from Caitriona O’Leary and Chamber Choir Ireland; Ella, singing Bacharach; and Keith Jarrett, playing instruments other than piano.



"The Blue Of The Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 9:45pm…