February 16-22: Including Anthony Hopkins and author Caroline Mooreheadby Fiona Rae
Interviews with actor Anthony Hopkins and author Caroline Moorehead, who is part of the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival series.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16
Saturday Morning with Finlay Macdonald (RNZ National, 8.10am). Dan Pink, who featured in our February 2 cover story, talks to fill-in host Finlay Macdonald. Pink has some interesting new theories on how the art of the sale is changing in our online world. Also today, biomimeticist Joanna Aizenberg, who is here for an international conference on advanced materials and nanotechnology.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17
The Sunday Feature (RNZ Concert, 2.00pm). Jim Svejda talks to actor Anthony Hopkins, who has a sideline as a composer. Yes, Hannibal Lecter or, if you prefer, Burt Munro, has been composing since 1986, when he released a single called Distant Star. More recently, he has released an album of classical music performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
The Sunday Feature (RNZ National, 4.07pm). This interview with Caroline Moorehead, author of A Train in Winter, the story of 230 women of the French Resistance who were sent to Auschwitz, is part of the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival series.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20
Appointment (RNZ Concert, 7.00pm). The Age of Reason, the series that celebrates 80 years of BBC World, continues with 81-year-old Romila Thapar, one of India’s greatest historians. She talks to Lyse Doucet about her early life studying in London, and hitchhiking through France in the 1950s. Of course, her work and the lives of women in India today also feature.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 8.00pm). Time to don the space helmet and call your computer “Hal”: Also sprach Zarathustra, featuring that memorable fanfare, is live from the Auckland Town Hall. The Auckland Philharmonia, conducted by Eckehard Stier, also performs Scherzoid, by British contemporary composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20 with Norwegian pianist Gunilla Süssmann.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17 9.00am:
Myaskovsky: Symphony No 23 in A minor Op 56, Russian Federation Academic SO/Evgeny Svetlanov; Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings Op 31, Anthony Rolfe Johnson (ten), Michael Thompson (horn), Scottish National Orch/Bryden Thomson; Bach arr Avital: Keyboard Concerto No 1 in D minor BWV1052, Shalev Ad-El (hpschd), Avi Avital (mandolin), Ophira Zakai (theorbo), Ira Givol (cello), Potsdam Kammerakademie; Roussel: The Spider’s Feast, Royal Scottish National Orch/Stéphane Denève
MONDAY FEBRUARY 18 9.00am:
Gilse: Symphony No 1 in F, Netherlands SO/David Porcelijn; Kozeluh: Piano Trio in E minor Op 40/3, Jana Semerádová (fl), Hana Fleková (cello), Monika Knoblochová (pno); Bloch: Schelomo, Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Baltimore SO/David Zinman; Delius: Paris, Song
of a Great City, Royal Scottish National Orch/Andrew Davis; Fibich: Quintet in D for Piano, Clarinet, Horn, Violin & Cello Op 42, Marián Lapsansky (pno), Ludmila Peterková (cl), Vladimíra Klánská (horn), Jirí Panocha (vln), Jaroslav Kulhan (cello); Dvorák: Symphony No 5 in F Op 76, Oslo Phil/Mariss Jansons
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 19 9.00am:
Mozart: Symphony No 40 in G minor K550, Freiburg Baroque Orch/René Jacobs; Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 1 in D Op 11, Kuss Quartet; Bach: Cantata No 82, Ich habe genug, Thomas Quasthoff (bbar), Albrecht Mayer (ob), Berlin Baroque Soloists/Rainer Kussmaul; Ireland: Piano Concerto in E flat, Mark Bebbington (pno), Orch of the Swan/David Curtis; Martinu: Flute Sonata, Mathieu Dufour (fl), Aleksandar Madzar (pno); Borodin orch Glazunov: Petite Suite, Royal Stockholm Phil/ Gennady Rozhdestvensky
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20 9.00am:
Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat Op 63, London Phil/Adrian Boult
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21 9.00am:
Schumann: Overture, Scherzo & Finale Op 52, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner; Bach: Triple Concerto in A minor BWV1044, Christoph Huntgeburth (fl), Georg Kallweit (vln), Zvi Meniker (fpno), Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik/Stephan Mai (dir); Gál: Divertimento for Mandolin & Harp Op 80, Sonja Wiedemer (mandolin), Petra van der Heide (harp); Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel, suite, Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz; Saint-Saëns: Cello Sonata No 2 in F Op 123, Luigi Piovano (cello), Nazzareno Carusi (pno); Shostakovich: Symphony No 15 in A Op 141, Royal Concertgebouw Orch/Bernard Haitink
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22 9.00am:
Guridi: Ten Basque Melodies, Bilbao SO/Juan José Mena; Marx: Quartetto in Modo Classico, Thomas Christian Ensemble; Glière: Harp Concerto Op 74, Claire Jones (harp), English CO/Paul Watkins; Haydn: Symphony No 90 in C, Heidelberg SO/Thomas Fey; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 31 in A at Op 110, Paul Lewis (pno); Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, Janet Baker (mezzo), BBC SO/Reginald Goodall; Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, English SO/William Boughton.
Politicians from at home and abroad are reaching out to offer congratulations to the Prime Minister mum-to-be.Read more
New Zealand’s newly minted PM and bizarrely cool and normal lady Jacinda Ardern has announced that she and partner Clarke Gayford are expecting a babyRead more
I predicted Bill English would lose the election and the winner would be Winston Peters. But no forecaster, including the PM, predicted her pregnancy.Read more
New essays on New Zealand-born US artist Len Lye elevate him to the status of Australasia’s most notable 20th-century artist.Read more
For about a third of infertility cases in New Zealand, there is no obvious reason why seemingly fertile couples struggle to conceive.Read more