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10-04-2014, 17:32   #2056
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So more Ennio Morricone each day then?

No Tesco ads though?

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Actually Mart has distanced himself from Tesco and they've been forced to find someone else.

I didn't catch the number but the lady this morning from the Travel Department mentioned a number to call. They have two girls on the phones dedicated to booking the gardens trips.

Mart was mentioning that the Berlin trip is going to squeeze out some great radio when it comes and there are still a few remaining seats left.

If you look on the site you can see that Karen Canning won the Verona prize.
http://www.rte.ie/lyricfm/marty-in-the-morning/

In Berlin there will be opportunities to mingle with Mart and the team, as well as avail of shopping opportunities in Berlin where a branch of Hollinger is opening. And the show is going cross platform for the duration with inputs into national TV from the opera there. The Night of the Valkyries is one of the items to be done.

Getting us into the mood for Verona today was Santa Lucia by Bocelli - or "Just One Cornetto" as Marty calls it.

We had the bit of Hancock's Half Hour. Though not a full half-hour of it.

And Badenerie by Bach for the classical buffs in the audience coming up to the AA.
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10-04-2014, 17:45   #2057
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I've just looked it up and I see that Opera in Berlin with Lyric FM includes

"A drinks reception with an introduction to Tosca by Marty Whelan."


I think this proves that Mart is an expert at bringing opera down to our level. It's great to have an enthusiast lecturing on opera in Berlin. Which isn't a place you associate with opera. Not like Verona or Paris or La Scala.

And the bad news? It seems to be sold out!

Which means only one thing! We will either have to win the trip for two on the MArty Whelan Show. Or listen to it on radio from Berlin.

http://www.traveldepartment.ie/itine...ty-whelan/1013
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10-04-2014, 18:14   #2058
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Actually Mart has distanced himself from Tesco and they've been forced to find someone else.
So they fired him, then? I guess those voices must have been the last straw.

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Mart was mentioning that the Berlin trip is going to squeeze out some great radio when it comes and there are still a few remaining seats left.
As others have noted, there is a blatent promotion of the Travel Department by you and Marty.

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And Badenerie by Bach for the classical buffs in the audience coming up to the AA.
Did RTE ever show that Marty Does Verona show? (the one with that composer that you or Marty got confused with Superman (the red cape))?

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10-04-2014, 18:51   #2059
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I think this proves that Mart is an expert at bringing opera down to our level.
Does he actually play an Opera on a daily basis?

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And the bad news? It seems to be sold out!
Still 8 places left. Hardly sold out but then you have to keep pushing that line.

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Which means only one thing! We will either have to win the trip for two on the MArty Whelan Show. Or listen to it on radio from Berlin.
So with 8 places remaining, there will be four sets of tickets to win?

Interestingly there are other Opera and Music tours but Marty isn't included.

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Does he actually play an Opera on a daily basis?

Still 8 places left. Hardly sold out but then you have to keep pushing that line.

So with 8 places remaining, there will be four sets of tickets to win?

Interestingly there are other Opera and Music tours but Marty isn't included.

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Do you have details of the others? I suppose it's not possible to Mart to get enough sabbattical leave to go on them all.

But yes Mart was giving advice on the show on Tuesday to someone like us who was just feeling his way in the classical stuff. He was asking about how to dip his toe into opera. Mart suggested that you can't go wrong with a bit of Puccini like Tosca or something. This is part of the service of the programme giving up spoonfuls of opera in a smorgasboard of more palatable music. Spoonfeeding the listener. But as Mary Poppins sang - give me a Spoonful of Sugar to help the Medicine go Down.
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10-04-2014, 19:37   #2061
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Do you have details of the others? I suppose it's not possible to Mart to get enough sabbattical leave to go on them all.
Just follow the link you posted. Apparently your beloved Marty is only doing one but there are many more available. Curiously Marty was the only one photographed with a book on the subject on which he is supposed to be an expert. Are we to take that as a sign of insecurity or perhaps someone who is an aficionado trying to enforce the idea of being an expert because he reads a book or two on the subject?

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But yes Mart was giving advice on the show on Tuesday to someone like us who was just feeling his way in the classical stuff. He was asking about how to dip his toe into opera.
A real listener?

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Mart suggested that you can't go wrong with a bit of Puccini like Tosca or something.
But has he actually played any Puccini on the show? Would he consider replacing the MOTR stuff with Opera?

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Just follow the link you posted. Apparently your beloved Marty is only doing one but there are many more available. Curiously Marty was the only one photographed with a book on the subject on which he is supposed to be an expert. Are we to take that as a sign of insecurity or perhaps someone who is an aficionado trying to enforce the idea of being an expert because he reads a book or two on the subject?

A real listener?

But has he actually played any Puccini on the show? Would he consider replacing the MOTR stuff with Opera?

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Actually I can't see any photo of Mart on that site. Can you direct me to it? I imagine Mart would be holding the tome for posing purposes not to read out because he's extremely polished.

I wish I could go to hear his Berlin lecture because he brings a great informality to opera and softens us up for it. He knows Puccini from his earliest days. Most people here really only got to know it at the time of Italia 90, so Mart has been miles ahead of us. And in fact he did play a bit of Puccini on the Show this morning. O soave fanciula, which Marty often says means My suave something or other. But soave is actually a kind of Italian wine. Which Mart knows because he has chatted with Neven about it.

A piece of Puccini is a sweet way to get the day started and he often does. Like the other one O Mia Bambino Caro. Marty said there was a car one called a Fit Bambino and that the song could be about that. Hayley Westenra has a good cover of that that Marty often has in his briefcase for us of a morning.

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Actually I can't see any photo of Mart on that site. Can you direct me to it? I imagine Mart would be holding the tome for posing purposes not to read out because he's extremely polished.
Well you were the one posting the link to the site. Look at the "meet our experts" page.

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I wish I could go to hear his Berlin lecture because he brings a great informality to opera and softens us up for it.
Opera was very much a popular form of entertainment in its day. It is only with the advent of electronic entertainment that it largely became the preserve of those who could afford the high prices. And they are far removed from the intended audience and for many, they are just songs in a different language and a social occasion to be seen at rather than a pleasure to hear.

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He knows Puccini from his earliest days.
Well Marty does look a bit old but we would never have guessed he was that old.

So would Marty care to drop the MOTR stuff in favour of some Opera and some commentary on the pieces that he plays?

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Well you were the one posting the link to the site. Look at the "meet our experts" page.

Opera was very much a popular form of entertainment in its day. It is only with the advent of electronic entertainment that it largely became the preserve of those who could afford the high prices. And they are far removed from the intended audience and for many, they are just songs in a different language and a social occasion to be seen at rather than a pleasure to hear.

Well Marty does look a bit old but we would never have guessed he was that old.

So would Marty care to drop the MOTR stuff in favour of some Opera and some commentary on the pieces that he plays?

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Thanks. What an extraordinary photograph! I found that eventually. It's an unexpecetd photograph. I've seen that book around, so I might get my own copy.
http://www.traveldepartment.ie/about...t-our-experts/

Mart has just had an email in to him from a dog. It was written by the dog with his nose. (Or maybe it's a girl dog.) But it was gas. And that was after Harry Secombe who's birthday is today was on singing a song and then in a excerpt from one of the better Goon Shows. Linking again you see.

And someone in Co Kildare has now just one a Marty Moustache.

The whole show is just a smorgasboard of delights. Like a buffet wedding for the ears.
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11-04-2014, 09:28   #2065
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Newsflash! !!

Just turned over to Lyric and there was music playing! Wonders will never cease!

And in other news, Yvonne, you'll give us all diabetes with your saccharine-sweet posts, go easy please, for all our sakes
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Newsflash! !!

Just turned over to Lyric and there was music playing! Wonders will never cease!

And in other news, Yvonne, you'll give us all diabetes with your saccharine-sweet posts, go easy please, for all our sakes
Marty played the Beethoven Chorale Symphony this morning!

But enough of that!

Not only that but he had in the head of the ESB Feis Ceol thats been running in the RDS with generous support from ESB and the involvement of RTE and the girl who won most of the prizes with her cups. She's getting a chance to conduct our own RTE Concert Orchestra who can play anything from Bach to Bacharach. And Marty gave her some useful hints about TV appearances because there is going to be a major TV documentary on her on RTE on 11 May. Which is the day after Ireland wins the Eurovision Mart said.

Huge interest this morning too in Myrtle & Daphne who were spouting poetry which is a first.

And finally all I have to say is to be kind to each other here. Marty signed off today with Morecambe & Wise singing Bring Me Sunshine and it really and truly sets the tone for what's going to be a lovely, lovely, sunny, day.
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A piece of Puccini is a sweet way to get the day started and he often does. Like the other one O Mia Bambino Caro. Marty said there was a car one called a Fit Bambino and that the song could be about that.
Didn't hear that one unfortunately, but I fear Mart's Puccini expertise and his little deliberate errors like this will have gone over the heads of his listeners who aren't up to his level in matters operatic.

This tongue in cheek humour is fine for a more educated audience, but unfortunately so many will have taken this at face value and believe the aria is about a bambino. But I suppose we cant hold him responsible for the lack of sophistication of the average Irish person, and he does do so much normally to speak down to their level while still adding that spoonful of sugar to broaden their musical range.

Sometime's he is just too good for his own good.
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O soave fanciula, which Marty often says means My suave something or other. But soave is actually a kind of Italian wine. Which Mart knows because he has chatted with Neven about it.
They did chat about it. And very appropriate it is for such a 'suave' man as Marty himself. Which also links well I always find to the glorious Cosi aria 'Suave be the wind'. Soave wine (from the outskirts of Verona - it all fits so well with the trip!), suave opera arias, with 'sauve' in their titles, from suave Marty.
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