January 5-11: Including Chinese pianist Lang Lang and The Topp Twins live

by Fiona Rae / 27 December, 2012
A new season of <em>The New York Philharmonic This Week</em> and the Topp Twins duo sing some of their classics.
Chinese pianist, Lang Lang
Chinese pianist, Lang Lang


Adventures in Musicland: Disasteradio in China (RNZ National, 1.10pm). Luke Rowell, aka Disasteradio, presents an audio diary made during his 13-date tour of China. Rowell makes deceptively simple synth-pop on deceptively simple computer-based sound machines of his own devising. He has put out eight albums since 1999.

Saturday Concert (RNZ Concert, 3.00pm). A new year and a new season of The New York Philharmonic This Week. Today’s concert, presented as always by Alec Baldwin, is an all-Tchaikovsky affair, including Piano Concerto No 1 with Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

Live: The Topp Twins at the NZ International Arts Festival (RNZ National, 3.10pm). A recording of national treasures Jools and Linda Topp from last year’s festival. Characters Camp Mother, Camp Leader and Ken & Ken make an appearance and the duo sing some of their classics.


Spectrum (RNZ National, 12.15pm). Nick Atkinson presents a programme about a little-known Kiwi adventurer whose exploits included lying about his age so he could fight in World War I, leading expeditions to Everest and Nada Devi, fighting with Albanian and Italian partisans in World War II and sailing the world for 20 years, searching out the most wild, unclimbed mountains. Bill Tilman was lost at sea in 1977, but some of his fellow adventurers discuss his heroic exploits with Atkinson.

Opera on Sunday (RNZ Concert, 3.00pm). The Metropolitan Opera Season returns – 23 operas, starting with Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball). Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez is “compelling”, said the New York Times, as the
conflicted King Gustavo, pursuing an affair with his secretary’s wife, Amelia (American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky).

The Sunday Feature (RNZ National, 4.07pm). A gabfest about the motivation to make art with film-maker Mark Albiston, poet Greg O’Brien and composer and musician Warren Maxwell.


Summer Sonic (RNZ Concert, noon). Summer is definitely the time for relaxed musings and every day this week Murray Khouri shares his favourite music, from Beethoven to Bernstein.

Summer Sounds with Liz Barry (RNZ Concert, 1.30pm). Yes, you read that right – Liz Barry is on RNZ Concert, the first time the veteran broadcaster and music enthusiast has made the crossover. She presents a programme every weekday of cool electronic music, favourites and classics with an emphasis on New Zealand artists, such as Whirimako Black, Salmonella Dub and Sola Rosa.


Mozart: Concerto in C for Flute & Harp K299, Frank Theuns (fl), Marjan de Haer (harp), Anima Eterna/Jos van Immerseel; Weber: Symphony No 1 in C Op 19, BBC Phil/Juanjo Mena


Bernstein: West Side Story, Symphonic Dances, CBSO/Paavo Järvi; Debussy: Piano Trio in G, Trio Rouvier-Kantorow-Müller; Burgmüller completed Schumann: Symphony No 2 in D Op 11, Wuppertal SO/Gernot Süssmuth; Scriabin: Piano Concerto in F# minor Op 20, Oleg Marshev (pno), South Jutland SO/ Vladimir Ziva; Reger: Serenade in G Op 141a for flute, violin & viola, Oxalys; Stravinsky: The Firebird, CBSO/Simon Rattle


Dvorák: Serenade in E for Strings Op 22, Ensemble XXI Moscow/Lygia O’Riordan; Hummel: Bassoon Concerto in F, Karen Geoghegan (bsn), Opera North Orch/Benjamin Wallfisch; Bach: Cantata No 210, O Holder Tag, Emma Kirkby (sop), Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood (dir); Schubert: Piano Sonata No 13 in A D664, Mitsuko Uchida (pno); Bruckner: Symphony No 7 in E, Saito Kinen Orch/Seiji Ozawa


Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances Op 45, Bergen Phil/Andrew Litton; Rimsky- Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Alexi Bruni (vln), Russian National Orch/Carlo Ponti


Reichenauer: Overture in B flat, Luise Haugk (ob), Musica Florea/Marek Stryncl (dir); Smetana: String Quartet No 2 in D minor, Skampa Quartet; Auric: La Pastorale, German Radio Phil/Christoph Poppen; Rimsky-Korsakov: Quintet in B flat for Piano & Winds, Nash Ensemble; Bruckner: Symphony No 9 in D minor, Stuttgart Radio SO/Carlo Maria Giulini


Poulenc: Concerto for Organ, Strings & Timpani, Michael Murray (organ of Cathedral of St Philip, Atlanta, Georgia), Atlanta SO/Robert Shaw; Schubert: German Mass D872, Immortal Bach Ensemble, Leipzig CO/Morten Schuldt-Jensen; Rameau: Suite in G, Alexandre Tharaud (pno); Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor Op 74, Pathétique, West-Eastern Divan Orch/Daniel Barenboim; Edwards: Piano Trio, NZTrio; Kodály: Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song, Peacock Variations, Hungarian State SO/Adam Fischer.
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