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2015-12-27 10:48:39

Join Eamonn at the usual start-time for the perfect Yuletide wind-down. This Saturday's delights include Lepo Sumera's "Piece From the Year 1981"'; an ambient work by Linda Buckley; Oscar Brown Jnr from "Sin & Soul"; movie music by Pascal Gaigne; American singer/songwriter Kelly Joe Phelps; guitarist Mike Hedges; Camerata Tallinn, performing music by Rene Eespere; Mike Oldfield's "Woodhenge"; Colleen, a.k.a. Cécile Schott (see video); Jacky Terrason's heartfelt "La Marseillaise"; part of a Mozart string quartet; Fernando Sor's variation on a theme you may recognise from "The Magic Flute"; Brazilian vocalist Joyce Moreno, backed by Kenny Werner; Steven Richman conducting 2 versions of the Nutcracker (the Tchaikovsky original, plus an Ellington/Strayhorn arrangement); Philip Martin's "Noel"; and folk artist Woody Guthrie.



"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, St Stephen's night 10pm…

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2015-12-27 10:45:52

Happy Christmas everyone!! We’ve an earlier start - and much later finish - for the Friday night edition of BLUE. As well as the usual blend of late night sounds - Fred Hersch, Danish String Quartet, Richard Gilewitz, Joni Mitchell et al - Eamonn airs Max Richter's "Sleep" in its entirety. This new ground-breaking work (see video) was composed to fall asleep to; lasts more than eight hours; and is an exploration of how music interacts with consciousness. Richter’s series of musical variations puts the art of listening at its very core. So let the fire die down, draw the covers up tight and be part of this unique listening experience on The Blue of the Night. Marathon broadcast tonight!!



"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Christmas night 9:40pm (approx) until 7am!

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2015-12-20 11:17:16

This Sunday night, we'll listen to a divertimento by Stravinsky; Kurt Weill (!) with Charlie Haden; Ray Charles "with" the Basie Orchestra; Shara Worden, a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond; a sad movement by Armagh-born composer Gareth Williams; Dick Gaughan, singing a Jagger/Richards song; harpist Anne Van Schothorst's tribute to this very programme; Clifford Brown with strings; the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, conducted by Maria Schneider; English folk singer Bill (Belinda) Jones; and Steven Osborne (see video), performing the opening movement of Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit". Also on tonight's BLUE, Roland Hanna, Tom Waits, Chamber Choir Ireland, Shirley Horn, Bruce Cockburn and Craig Ogden, delivering Christmas fare; as well as Eno's "Discreet Music Part VII", realised by Contact; and a jazz piano trio led by Marcin Wasilewski.



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2015-12-19 15:29:02

On Saturday's BLUE, the New York Philharmonic performs a Caucasian Sketch by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov; Laurence Hobgood jazzes up "Little Drummer Boy"; Andy Partridge duets with Harold Budd; Ivan Ilic plays Morton Feldman; Nancy Wilson asks "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"; Amira (see video) delivers traditional Macedonian fare; Eno's "Discreet Music Part VI" is realised by the Contact ensemble; Janel & Anthony leave the woods; Elvis Costello sings material you may know from a collaboration between Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson; we hear "Greensleeves" interpreted by the King's Singers and drummer/bandleader Bill Stewart performs new original music.



"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 10:20pm (approx)

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2015-12-18 01:25:48

In 2012, the guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli (see video) worked on Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom" album. Two years on - out of the blue - Pizzarelli received a letter from the one-time Beatle which read, “I have this crazy idea to run by you.” Macca's madcap suggestion was, in a nutshell, for Pizzarelli to make a "polite jazz" recording of Paul McCartney songs. This wouldn't be the first time Pizzarelli had tacked McCartney material (he'd already done so on "John Pizzarelli Meets the Beatles"). However, this time round, it would be lesser-known, post-Beatles fare. The resulting album, "Midnight McCartney", was released in September. Tonight, we'll hear Pizzarelii's reading of "My Love". Also coming our way on Friday's BLUE, Chinese vocalist Gong Linna; the UCD Choral Scholars, singing a traditional Scottish work; English saxophonist Andy Sheppard, from his "Movements In Colour" release; acoustic Buddy Guy and Junior Wells; Bach, transcribed by Ensemble Contraste; Irish singer-songwriter Ultan Conlon; contemporary gutbucket jazz by a Swiss quintet that's heavy on horns; a Tomaso Vitali chaconne; the ambient strains of Sean MacErlaine; Italian jazz trumpeter Enrico Rava's musings on a "Space Girl"; more discreet Eno; the late Aldo Ciccolini, performing a waltz by Massenet; and "Tosca", re-invented by the Pablo Held Trio.



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