January 12-18: Including Phoenix Foundation and Chloe Aridjis

by Fiona Rae / 03 January, 2013
Phoenix Foundation live at the NZ International Arts Festival.
Phoenix Foundation
Phoenix Foundation, photo Tessa Johnstone/WTA


Live: Phoenix Foundation at the NZ International Arts Festival (RNZ National, 3.06pm). Today’s Music 101 with Emma Smith features Wellington’s finest, the lovely Phoenix Foundation, recorded at the Festival Club, Odlins Plaza, on the Wellington waterfront.


Opera on Sunday (RNZ Concert, 3.00pm). Verdi’s spectacular 1871 opera Aida is today’s recording from the Metro politan Opera. It was a “triumphant house debut”, said the New York Times, for soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, who is already a star in her native Ukraine.

Sleevenotes (RNZ National, 5.45pm). A BBC series in which authors explore what pop music means to them. It begins with Chloe Aridjis, whose debut novel, Book of Clouds, won France’s Best First Foreign Novel award in 2009. Aridjis is the daughter of a Mexican poet and diplomat and an American environmental activist and was exposed to British pop music, and its Mexican equivalent, while growing up in Mexico City.


Summer Sonic (RNZ Concert, noon). Murray Khouri is so last week; this week, Marshall Walker writes Letters to Sibelius, five programmes that recount episodes in his life that were intertwined with the music of Jean Sibelius. In the first episode, Walker, a retired professor of English, discusses his 1996 pilgrimage to Finland to visit places of significance to the composer. His epistolary journey continues until Friday.


Appointment (RNZ Concert, 7.00pm). In tonight’s episode of Song of America, Thomas Hampson explores the great poet, essayist and journalist Walt Whitman and his contribution to song. Hampson, a baritone, can be heard in a concert setting on Wednesday’s Live! at the Concertgebouw (8.00pm). He is singing Mahler with sopranos Ricarda Merbeth and Barbara Bonney, mezzo Bernarda Fink and pianist Wolfram Rieger.

Concert music


Khachaturian: Gayaneh, Suite, St Petersburg Phil/Yuri Temirkanov; Lalo: Concerto Russe Op 29, Gérard Poulet (vln), Prague Radio SO/Vladimír Válek


Taneyev: Overture to Oresteia, Novosibirsk Academic SO/ Thomas Sanderling; Arutiunian: Trumpet Concerto, Alison Balsom (tpt), BBC Scottish SO/Lawrence Renes; Liszt: Prometheus, Symphonic Poem No 5, Dresden Phil/ Michel Plasson


Mozart: Exsultate, Jubilate, Inessa Galante (sop), Czech Chamber Phil/Douglas Bostock, Antonio Piricone (org); Babajanian: Piano Trio in F# minor, New Zealand Chamber Soloists; Reger: Variations & Fugue on a Theme of Mozart Op 132, Russian State SO/Valery Polyansky; Respighi: Concerto in Modo Misolidio, Konstantin Scherbakov (pno), Slovak Radio SO/Howard Griffiths; Glazunov: Five Novelettes Op 15, Utrecht String Quartet; Schumann: Symphony No 1 in B at Op 38, Spring, German Chamber Phil/Paavo Järvi


Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D, Titan, Baltimore SO/Marin Alsop; Pixis: Piano Concertino in E flat at Op 68, Howard Shelley (pno/dir), Tasmanian SO; Vivaldi: Gloria in D RV589, Emily van Evera (sop), Alison Place, Margaret Cable (mezzos), Women of the Taverner Choir, Taverner Players/Andrew Parrott; Bach: Canons on the Royal Theme, from A Musical Offering, Amsterdam Baroque Orch; Stravinsky:Three Movements from Petrushka, Reinis Zarins (pno); Sullivan arr Mackerras: Pineapple Poll, Suite, London Phil/Charles Mackerras


Haydn: Symphony No 11 in E flat, Hanover Band/Roy Goodman (hpschd/dir); Cras: Piano Concerto, Alain Jacquon (pno), Luxembourg Phil/ Jean-François Antonioli


Telemann: Overture-Suite in E minor, from Tafelmusik, Freiburg Baroque Orch/Gottfried von der Goltz (dir); Hill: String Quartet No 1 in B flat, Maori, Dominion Quartet; Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No 4 in C minor Op 44, Jean-Philippe Collard (pno), Royal Phil/André Previn; M Haydn: German Mass MH602, Cécile Dibon-Lafarge (sop), Anaïk Morel (mezzo), Calliope Women’s Choir & Orch/ Régine Théodoresco; Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F minor Op 4, Shlomo Mintz (vln), Paul Ostrovsky (pno); Glazunov: Characteristic Suite in D Op 9, Russian State SO/Valeri Polyansky


Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 in E minor Op 27, Singapore SO/ Lan Shui; Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor Op 25, John Ogdon (pno), London SO/Aldo Ceccato; Haydn: Trio in G for Keyboard, Flute & Cello HobXV/15, Eckart Haupt (fl), Arkadi Zenziper (pno), Götz Teutsch (cello); Tye: Mass, Western Wind, Choir of Westminster Abbey/James O’Donnell; Weber: Piano Sonata No 2 in A flat Op 39, Michael Endres (pno); Elgar: Introduction & Allegro Op 47, London SO/Colin Davis.
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