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01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140624

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140624

Sean Rafferty crosses the Irish Sea this week to introduce this week's series of Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.

This year the festival has spread its wings to include venues that include stately homes, gardens, waterways and a city gallery. Today we visit Dublin City Gallery, the National Botanic Gardens, and Kilruddy House - the 19th-century tudor revival mansion where Arabella Steinbacher and Robert Kulek play Beethoven's First Violin Sonata Op 12, which is dedicated to one of his teachers, Antonio Salieri.

Howard Ferguson was born in Belfast. During World War II, he helped Myra Hess run a morale-boosting series of concerts at the National Gallery in London. Michael Collins and Michael McHale play his romantic Four Short Pieces for clarinet and piano in another gallery, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.

Today's concert ends with Cuarteto Casals's performance of the Dissonance Quartet by Mozart at Ireland's National Botanic Gardens. The quartet K.465 earned its nickname from the opening bars which provide the only slow introduction of Mozart's string quartets.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata in D major, Op 12 No 1

Arabella Steinbacher (violin), Robert Kulek (piano)

Ferguson: Four Short Pieces for Clarinet

Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael McHale (piano)

Mozart: String Quartet in C major, K 465 'Dissonance'

Cuarteto Casals.

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140624

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140624

Sean Rafferty crosses the Irish Sea this week to introduce this week's series of Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.

This year the festival has spread its wings to include venues that include stately homes, gardens, waterways and a city gallery. Today we visit Dublin City Gallery, the National Botanic Gardens, and Kilruddy House - the 19th-century tudor revival mansion where Arabella Steinbacher and Robert Kulek play Beethoven's First Violin Sonata Op 12, which is dedicated to one of his teachers, Antonio Salieri.

Howard Ferguson was born in Belfast. During World War II, he helped Myra Hess run a morale-boosting series of concerts at the National Gallery in London. Michael Collins and Michael McHale play his romantic Four Short Pieces for clarinet and piano in another gallery, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.

Today's concert ends with Cuarteto Casals's performance of the Dissonance Quartet by Mozart at Ireland's National Botanic Gardens. The quartet K.465 earned its nickname from the opening bars which provide the only slow introduction of Mozart's string quartets.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata in D major, Op 12 No 1

Arabella Steinbacher (violin), Robert Kulek (piano)

Ferguson: Four Short Pieces for Clarinet

Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael McHale (piano)

Mozart: String Quartet in C major, K 465 'Dissonance'

Cuarteto Casals.

01Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2014062420150428 (R3)

Sean Rafferty crosses the Irish Sea this week to introduce this week's series of Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.

This year the festival has spread its wings to include venues that include stately homes, gardens, waterways and a city gallery. Today we visit Dublin City Gallery, the National Botanic Gardens, and Kilruddy House - the 19th-century tudor revival mansion where Arabella Steinbacher and Robert Kulek play Beethoven's First Violin Sonata Op 12, which is dedicated to one of his teachers, Antonio Salieri.

Howard Ferguson was born in Belfast. During World War II, he helped Myra Hess run a morale-boosting series of concerts at the National Gallery in London. Michael Collins and Michael McHale play his romantic Four Short Pieces for clarinet and piano in another gallery, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.

Today's concert ends with Cuarteto Casals's performance of the Dissonance Quartet by Mozart at Ireland's National Botanic Gardens. The quartet K.465 earned its nickname from the opening bars which provide the only slow introduction of Mozart's string quartets.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata in D major, Op 12 No 1

Arabella Steinbacher (violin), Robert Kulek (piano)

Ferguson: Four Short Pieces for Clarinet

Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael McHale (piano)

Mozart: String Quartet in C major, K 465 'Dissonance'

Cuarteto Casals

First broadcast 24/06/2014.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2014062520150429 (R3)

Sean Rafferty continues this week's series of Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.

Michael Collins, Giovanni Guzzo & Michael McHale play Milhaud's Suite Op.157b for clarinet, violin and piano in a venue which stands in Dublin's Grand Canal - Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre. The music began life as incidental music for Jean Anouilh's play, "Le Voyageur sans Bagage" and after its success, Milhaud arranged this quasi baroque-style dance suite.

Cuarteto Casals then perform Brahms's String Quartet in C minor, Op 51 No.1, at the National Botanic Gardens in Glesnevin, Dublin. Brahms was always painstaking and self-critical. He was 40 before he published a single symphony or string quartet. In the case of the quartets, Brahms had made as many as twenty previous attempts before writing the two Opus 51 quartets in the summer of 1873.

Milhaud: Suite for clarinet, violin and piano Op.157b

Michael Collins (clarinet), Giovanni Guzzo (violin), Michael McHale (piano)

Brahms: String Quartet in C minor, Op 51 No.1

Cuarteto Casals.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140625

Sean Rafferty continues this week's series of Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival.

Michael McHale and Michael Collins perform Stanford's Clarinet Sonata Op. 129 in Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane. Stanford's admiration for Brahms is apparent throughout the piece but in the slow movement, he bows to his homeland by producing a beautiful Irish Lament.

Cuarteto Casals then perform Brahms's String Quartet in C minor, Op 51 No.1, at the National Botanic Gardens in Glesnevin, Dublin. Brahms was always painstaking and self-critical. He was forty before he published a single symphony or string quartet. In the case of the quartets, Brahms had made as many as twenty previous attempts before writing the two Opus 51 quartets in the summer of 1873.

Stanford: Sonata for Clarinet, Op 129

Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael McHale (piano)

Brahms: String Quartet in C minor, Op 51 No.1

Cuarteto Casals.

02Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140625

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140626

Sean Rafferty continues this week's series of Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival. Today we visit the Waterways Ireland on the waters of the Grand Canal Basin in Dublin and Kilruddy House in Co. Wicklow. Michael Collins and Michael McHale play the Duo Concertant by Darius Milhaud, a lively and virtuosic work with Milhaud's unique sparkle for polytonality. They are joined by violinist, Giovanni Guzzo for Stravinsky's Suite from "A Soldier's Tale" - the story of a soldier who deserts and then sells his soul to the devil in exchange for a book which will answer all his questions. Today's concert ends with Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 1, which he began writing in 1938 and completed after the war in 1946. The work occupies one of the darkest sonorities of all Prokofiev's work. He said that it was inspired by one of Handel's violin sonatas and the four-movement structure, slow-fast-slow-fast, follows the outline of a Baroque church sonata,

Milhaud: Duo Concertant

Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael McHale, (piano)

Stravinsky: Suite from A Soldier's Tale

Michael Collins (clarinet), Giovanni Guzzo (violin), Michael McHale (piano)

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op 80

Arabella Steinbacher (violin), Robert Kulek (piano).

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140626

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2014062620150430 (R3)

Sean Rafferty continues this week's series of Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival. Today we visit the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre on the waters of the Grand Canal Basin in Dublin and Kilruddy House in Co. Wicklow. Michael Collins and Michael McHale play the Debussy Première Rhapsodie, which shows off the clarinet's lyrical qualities. They are joined by violinist, Giovanni Guzzo for Stravinsky's Suite from "A Soldier's Tale" - the story of a soldier who deserts and then sells his soul to the devil in exchange for a book which will answer all his questions. Today's concert ends with Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 1, which he began writing in 1938 and completed after the war in 1946. The work occupies one of the darkest sonorities of all Prokofiev's work. He said that it was inspired by one of Handel's violin sonatas and the four-movement structure, slow-fast-slow-fast, follows the outline of a Baroque church sonata,

Debussy: Première Rhapsodie

Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael McHale, (piano)

Stravinsky: Suite from A Soldier's Tale

Michael Collins (clarinet), Giovanni Guzzo (violin), Michael McHale (piano)

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op 80

Arabella Steinbacher (violin), Robert Kulek (piano)

First broadcast 26/06/2014.

03Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2014062620150430 (R3)

Sean Rafferty continues this week's series of Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival. Today we visit the Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre on the waters of the Grand Canal Basin in Dublin and Kilruddy House in Co. Wicklow. Michael Collins and Michael McHale play the Debussy Première Rhapsodie, which shows off the clarinet's lyrical qualities. They are joined by violinist, Giovanni Guzzo for Stravinsky's Suite from "A Soldier's Tale" - the story of a soldier who deserts and then sells his soul to the devil in exchange for a book which will answer all his questions. Today's concert ends with Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 1, which he began writing in 1938 and completed after the war in 1946. The work occupies one of the darkest sonorities of all Prokofiev's work. He said that it was inspired by one of Handel's violin sonatas and the four-movement structure, slow-fast-slow-fast, follows the outline of a Baroque church sonata,

Debussy: Première Rhapsodie

Michael Collins (clarinet), Michael McHale, (piano)

Stravinsky: Suite from A Soldier's Tale

Michael Collins (clarinet), Giovanni Guzzo (violin), Michael McHale (piano)

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op 80

Arabella Steinbacher (violin), Robert Kulek (piano)

First broadcast 26/06/2014.

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140627

04Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert2014062720150501 (R3)

Sean Rafferty brings this week's series of Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival to a close with visits to Dublin City Gallery, Ireland's National Botanic Gardens, and Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre which is situated on the waters of the Grand Canal Basin in Dublin. Michael Collins and Michael McHale begin with Arnold Bax's Clarinet Sonata of 1934. Bax dedicated it to Hugh Prew, an amateur clarinettist who was a fellow-cricketer in his brother Clifford Bax's 'Old Broughtonians' cricket team. Cuarteto Casals play Ligeti's First Quartet, subtitled Métamorphoses nocturnes, which is indebted to Bartók for its folk-infused passages. Bartók composed his striking Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano, for the eminent Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti, famed clarinettist Benny Goodman and himself - Bartók was a fine pianist. All three performers must have enjoyed the convergence of musical styles - jazz and classical - and the variety moods and tempos. Today's Lunchtime Concert closes with a performance by Michael Collins (clarinet), Giovanni Guzzo (violin) and Michael McHale (piano).

Bax: Sonata for Clarinet in D major

Michael Collins (clarinet) Michael McHale, piano

Ligeti: String Quartet, (Metamorphoses nocturnes)

Cuarteto Casals

Bartók: Contrasts

Michael Collins (clarinet) Giovanni Guzzo (violin) Michael McHale (piano)

First broadcast 27/06/2014.

04 LASTRadio 3 Lunchtime Concert20140627

Sean Rafferty brings this week's series of Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival to a close with visits to Dublin City Gallery, Ireland's National Botanic Gardens, and Waterways Ireland which is situated on the waters of the Grand Canal Basin in Dublin. Michael Collins and Michael McHale begin with Arnold Bax's Clarinet Sonata of 1934. Bax dedicated it to Hugh Prew, an amateur clarinettist who was a fellow-cricketer in his brother, Clifford Bax's 'Old Broughtonians' cricket team. Cuarteto Casals play Ligeti's First Quartet, subtitled Métamorphoses nocturnes, which is indebted to Bartók for its folk-infused passages. Bartók composed his striking Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano, for the eminent Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti, famed clarinettist Benny Goodman and himself - Bartók was a fine pianist. All three performers must have enjoyed the convergence of musical styles - jazz and classical - and the variety moods and tempos. Today's Lunchtime Concert closes with a performance by Michael Collins (clarinet), Giovanni Guzzo (violin) and Michael McHale (piano).

Bax: Sonata for Clarinet in D major

Michael Collins (clarinet) Michael McHale, piano

Ligeti: String Quartet, (Metamorphoses nocturnes)

Cuarteto Casals

Bartók: Contrasts

Michael Collins (clarinet) Giovanni Guzzo (violin) Michael McHale (piano).