On Radio, January 3-9: including sonic landscapes and a Silver Scroll winnerby Fiona Rae
Performance and insight from Hawke's Bay trio Jakob and alt-country singer Tami Neilson.
SATURDAY JANUARY 3
Live: Jakob at Galatos (RNZ National, 3.06pm). Turn up the radio for the sonic landscapes of Jakob, the Hawke’s Bay trio who released their first album in eight years, Sines, in October. Engineer Andre Upston describes the set as a “beautiful soundscape of distortion”.
The Mixtape: Tami Neilson (RNZ National, 4.06pm). The winner of the 2014 Apra Silver Scroll Award discusses her inspirations and musical preoccupations. We’re thinking Patsy, definitely, and maybe some Lucinda.
SUNDAY JANUARY 4
Spectrum (RNZ National, 12.11pm). Do airport officials ask Paddy Burgin what a luthier is, or do they just assume it’s some kind of religion? Possibly the art of making guitars, bouzoukis, mandolins and harps is a little bit like a religious experience: at his workshop in Wellington, Burgin tells Spectrum’s Jerome Cvitanovich that he loves the bending, shaping, carving, fitting and gluing, and especially loves hearing an instrument’s voice for the first time.
You Call This Art? (RNZ National, 4.06pm). In this week’s episode recorded at the Paramount in Wellington, composer Ross Harris, poet Geoff Cochrane and film-maker Louis Sutherland discuss the weight and value of words and the need or otherwise to be accessible. Poet Bill Manhire has something to say about the different categories of poetry.
Opera on Sunday (RNZ Concert, 6.00pm). A new series of the Metropolitan Opera season kicks off with The Barber of Seville, Rossini’s comic opera about the young and feisty Rosina and her suitors. Americans Isabel Leonard and Lawrence Brownlee play Rosina and Almaviva and British baritone Christopher Maltman is the omnipotent barber Figaro. The San Francisco Opera this week is Moby-Dick (RNZ Concert, Wednesday, 8.00pm), featuring Kiwi baritone Jonathan Lemalu as Queequeg.
The Works: Key Signatures
SUNDAY JANUARY 4, 9.00am: The key signatures of music are kind of like the signs of the zodiac. If you take all the music that has been composed in a specific key over the centuries, you’ll encounter certain characteristics that define the kind of person you are. Which key are you? (Six programmes.)
(1) The key of D minor: The ice queen. Mozart: Piano Concerto No 20 in D Minor K466, Mitsuko Uchida (pno/dir), Cleveland Orch; Larsson: Pastoral Suite, Helsingborg SO/Okko Kamu; Rodrigo: Concierto Pastoral, Jennifer Stinton (fl), English CO/Steuart Bedford; Sibelius: Symphony No 5 in E Flat Op 82, Berlin SO/Kurt Sanderling.
MONDAY JANUARY 5, 9.00am: (2) The key of D flat: The free spirit. Liszt arr Liszt/Doppler: Hungarian Rhapsody No 3 in D Flat S359/3, Vienna Academy Orch/Martin Haselböck; Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D Flat, Boris Berezovsky (pno), Ural Phil/Dmitri Liss; Górecki: Symphony No 3, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Zofia Kilanowicz (sop), Polish National Radio SO/Antoni Wit; Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2 in B Flat Minor Op 36, David James (pno); Walton: Symphony No 1 in B Flat Minor, BBC Scottish SO/Martyn Brabbins.
TUESDAY JANUARY 6, 9.00am: (3) The key of B minor: The dark romantic. Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B Minor Op 104, Mischa Maisky (cello), Berlin Phil/Zubin Mehta; Purcell: Sonata No 1 in B Minor in Four Parts, King’s Consort/Robert King (chamber org/hpschd).
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 7, 9.00am: (4) The key of A: The will-o’-the-wisp. Fauré: Violin Sonata No 1 in A Op 13, Tasmin Little (vln), Martin Roscoe (pno); Mozart: Symphony No 35 in D K385, Haffner, Prague CO/Charles Mackerras.
THURSDAY JANUARY 8, 9.00am: (5) The key of A minor: The faded beauty. Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 in A Minor Op 56, Scottish, London SO/John Eliot Gardiner; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor Op 16, Stephen Kovacevich (pno), BBC SO/Colin Davis; Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No 5, Victoria de los Angeles (sop), French National Radio Orch/Heitor Villa-Lobos; Bax: Fantasy Sonata, Alison Nicholls (harp), Ashan Pillai (vla), Mobius; Schumann: Fantasy in C Op 17, Michael Houstoun (pno); Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C for String Orchestra Op 48, Strings of the St Petersburg Phil/Vladimir Ashkenazy.
FRIDAY JANUARY 9, 9.00am: (6) The key of E flat: Master of the universe. Mozart: Symphony No 39 in E Flat K543, Champs-Elysées Orch/Philippe Herreweghe; Debussy: Piano Trio in G, Trio Rouvier-Kantorow-Müller; Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings Op 31, James Gilchrist (ten), Jasper de Waal (horn), Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Candida Thompson (dir); Grieg: Old Norwegian Romance with Variations, Bergen Phil/Ole Kristian Ruud; Thuille: Sextet in B Flat for Piano and Winds Op 6, Julian Milford (pno), London Concord Ensemble; Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Maxim Vengerov (vln), Philharmonia/Antonio Pappano.
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