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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.



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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…

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2015-11-26 00:00:30

Tonight, Itzhak Perlman and André Previn perform a Scott Joplin serenade; accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier teams up with nyckelharpa-player Marco Ambrosini; The Unthanks sing a song from the shipyards; Valentin and Roxana Gheorghiu perform Poulenc; we've jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer; multi-instrumentalist Hakon Kornstad; lutenist Rolf Lislevand (see video), from the newly-available "Scaramanzia"; there's the late Karen Dalton, from the re-issue of "In My Own Time"; double bassist Dieter Ilg, performing Wagner; Mark Anthony McGrath, playing a 13-string guitar; we continue to feature Sligo resident Felip Carbonell from his first solo project; Swiss-Albanian jazz singer Elina Duni; instrumental jazz by a Swiss quintet that has tuba and trombone in its line-up; Aurora Orchestra plays Gerald Barry's "The One-Armed Pianist"; there's Jodie Landau with the Graduale Nobili choir; the slow movement of a piano concerto by Baptiste Trotignon; late career Chet Baker; and Hesperion XXI exude some Balkan spirit.



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2015-11-22 03:31:12

This Sunday night, we hear pianist Tom Poster perform one of Robert Schumann's "Forest Scenes"; calicojak, from the "Fallen Bough" EP; Jimmy Webb, tackling his own "Wichita Lineman"; part of a cello sonata by Luigi Boccherini; the Dublin-based Discovery Gospel Choir, from a 2015 release; Earl Hines duets with fellow-pianist Jaki Byard (an MPS re-issue); Susan Grace Bates sings and plays a little bit of harp; Claudia Schwab refers to "Sunday At Home"; we'll listen to one of Rachmaninoff's two pieces for piano, six hands, interpreted by the wife and husband pairing of Roxana and Valentin Gheorghiu (see video); Brad Mehldau is live in Tokyo, with an idiosyncratic reading of a famous melody created by the late Nick Drake (Mehldau is live in the NCH, Dublin, on December 16th); Joanna Newsom sings of anecdotes; we've more from this week's featured ensemble Sonamus; the slow movement of a Beethoven string trio; and jazz pianist Hiromi.



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2015-11-21 11:30:25

The English singer June Tabor has, in her remarkably unique recordings, captured the imagination of audiences far beyond the folk scene. Latterly, she's worked with pianist Huw Warren and saxophonist Iain Ballamy in Quercus. Ahead of that trio's appearance in Cork next weekend, we air a selection by Tabor (see video). Also coming our way this Saturday, a little Danish folk from singer Julie Hjetland; part of a string quartet by Matyas Seiber; Miles Davis, and the title track of "Someday My Prince Will Come"; Indonesian music courtesy of flute-player Ujang Suryana; Irish singer-songwriter Roesy; movie music by Nico Muhly; Tommy Hayes and Ian Leslie, almost home; "Lady In Autumn" Lady Day; more from this week's featured ensemble Sonamus; and Julian Lloyd Webber with Catrin Finch.



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