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2015-12-05 13:58:52

Lidija Bizjak attended the Music Academy in Belgrade before going on to study formally at the Paris Conservatoire. In 2002, she founded a piano duo with her sister Sanja (someone who'd publicly performed Haydn's Keyboard Concerto in D Major with the Belgrade Philharmonic when she was just 7 years of age). This Saturday, the siblings (see video) play a sonata for 2 pianos by Igor Stravinsky. Also coming our way tonight, Stan Getz with Gerry Mulligan; singer-songwriter David Sylvian; modern classical music by Rob Keeley; kora-player Ballaké Sissoko; a lament by Chris Potter; an elegy by Elliot Carter; a huffin' and puffin' Ray Nance; John Lee Hooker's "Tupelo Blues"; lutenist Robert Barto; Ry Cooder's "My Dwarf Is getting Tired"; Basie swings while Ray Charles sings of the long and winding road; Radu Lupu performs Grieg; there's a song by Marissa Nadler; and Ukranian pianist/composer Lubomyr Melnyk.



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

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2015-12-04 07:02:32

On Friday's BLUE, we'll listen to La Ritarata perform music from the 18th century; 2 x Ewan MacColl; Wynton Marsalis with the Orion String Quartet; singer-songwriter Lisa O'Neill; a harp concerto by Henriette Renié; Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trio, playing a tune associated with Bette Midler; French chanteuse Barbara; Dowland's "La Mia Barbara"; part of a jazz suite inspired by a Dylan Thomas radio drama; separate recordings by Beth Orton (see video) and her husband Sam Amidon; more from Romanian pianist Radu Lupu; and a solo piano reading of John Lennon's "Real Love", which you may know from a TV advertising campaign back in 2014.



"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Friday 9:30pm (approx)...

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2015-11-29 09:53:58

On Sunday's BLUE, we'll hear part of a Mendelssohn string trio; Charlie Haden with Geri Allen and Paul Motian; Bessie Smith and her "Kitchen Man"; "Oriental" music by Granados; a youthful Paul Brady, inclined to ramble; Dvorak's "Silent Woods"; more from Felip Carbonell's new double CD; 2 songs by Paul Buchanan (of The Blue Nile); a solo piano work by Harald Saeverud, one of Norway's most admired composers of the 20th century (see video); re-issued Joachim Kuhn; Irish cellist-cum-singer Naomi Berrill; Patricia Barber, crooning about a "Silent Partner"; and Max Richter, on the nature of daylight.



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

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2015-11-28 01:36:57

Cameroonian Blick Bassy recorded a session in homage to Skip James that was never intended for commercial release. By chance, the studio he booked was located directly below the No Format! offices. Its label head Laurent Bizot happened to hear the results, and urged Bassy to record enough material for an entire album. We'll listen to a sample from "Ako" tonight. Also coming our way this Saturday night, part of Leos Janacek's orchestral suite "The Cunning Little Vixen"; Rory Gallagher with Juan Martin; singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom (see video); English folk artist Lisa Knapp; Richard Galliano, performing a Bach sonata; part of C.P.E. Bach's D Major concerto for flute and strings; vintage jazz by Kenny Dorham; more from the debut by Felip Carbonell; and Cuneiform recording artists Le Rex.



 "The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 10:40pm…

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2015-11-27 00:55:38

Wilhelm Stenhammar was a  largely self-taught pianist, composer and conductor from Stockholm. This late 19th, early 20th, century artist created songs, choral works, orchestral, chamber and solo pieces that have dated well. On Friday's BLUE, the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic interpret Stenhammar's "Mellanspel" (Interlude). Also tonight, Clark Terry caresses a Johnny Mandel ballad; Eamonn Cagney performs part of his own "Holy Island"; violinist Nicola Benedetti features on an RTÉ Concert Orchestra recording of a work by Brian Byrne; Ahmad Jamal accompanies the late Shirley Horn; Brad Mehldau backs mezzo soprano Anne Sofie Von Otter; Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal pool their resources once again; bluesman Little Milton (see video) begs to be satisfied; there's the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, from "Tveitt - A Hundred Hardanger Tunes"; movie music by Dario Marianelli; more from the debut by guitarist - and occasional singer - Felip Carbonell; new jazz by drummer/bandleader Bill Stewart; and the Kronos Quartet play music by Bryce Dessner.


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