January 26-February 1: Including New York Philharmonic

by Diana Balham / 17 January, 2013
Sax symbol Branford Marsalis with the New York Philharmonic.
Bianca Andrew, Music Alive
Bianca Andrew, Music Alive, Monday. Photo/supplied


New York Philharmonic This Week (RNZ Concert, 3.00pm). Sax symbol Branford Marsalis has been moonlighting with symphony orchestras lately and here’s one of a series of concerts, from February 2001, with the New York Philharmonic. The programme includes works by Haydn, Glazunov and Schulhoff.


Spectrum (RNZ National, 12.15pm). Into the Wild Woods is where preschoolers who live near Whangarei can go to experience nature. David Steemson visits Cherry Daly’s Open Spaces Preschool, which features trees to climb, a balance log, eels and cow pats. Kids who wouldn’t know
blob of cow pooh if they stood in it now can. Lucky things.

Sleevenotes (RNZ National, 5.45pm). Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif talks about how music has influenced him. Speaking of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the singer of Qawwali (the devotional music of the Sufis), he says the first time he saw him, he was stuck in a van door. “I was eight years old and had never seen a man so enormous. Nusrat was not yet the global music sensation he would become in a few years but he was already a rock star in my hometown.”


Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 8.20pm). The capital’s Cathedral of St Paul rang to the sounds of Mozart’s Requiem by Candlelight when the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and Orchestra Wellington performed in June, with soloists Morag Atchison, Bianca Andrew, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua and Shane Lowrencev.


1977: The Year Punk Broke (RNZ National, 11.06pm). 1977 wasn’t the most memorable of years: snow fell in Miami; road traffic speed limits changed in the UK … then punk exploded from an underground fringe movement to a deeply scary (for the Establishment) mainstream phenomenon. This programme looks at punk’s takeover in London and New York: the furore over the Sex Pistols’ second single, God Save the Queen, and over the water, the Big Apple’s notorious CBGB club, where bands such as Television, the Ramones and Talking Heads helped give birth to punk in the US.

Concert music

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 9.00am:

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Op 28, Berlin Phil/Karl Böhm; Rachmaninov: Preludes Op 32, Guillaume Vincent (pno); Nielsen: Violin Concerto Op 33, Vilde Frang (vln), Danish National SO/Eivind Gullberg Jensen; Arensky: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky Op 35a, Ulster Orch/Alexander Anissimov

MONDAY JANUARY 28, 9.00am:

Spohr: Symphony No 8 in G Op 137, Swiss-Italian Orch/Howard Shelley; Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto in A minor, Stéphane Rancourt (ob), Hallé Orch/Mark Elder; Weill: Cello Sonata, Quirine Viersen (cello), Silke Avenhaus (pno); Balakirev: Tamara, Ulster Orch/Takuo Yuasa; Schumann: Frauenliebe ßund leben Op 42, Ann Murray (mezzo), Malcolm Martineau (pno)


Elgar: Nursery Suite, Stephanie Gonley (vln), English CO/Paul Goodwin; Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4 in G Op 58, Paul Lewis (pno), BBC SO/Jirí Belohlávek; Backoffen: Clarinet Quintet in B flat Op 15, Jane Booth (cl), members of Eybler Quartet, Max Mandel (vla); Pergolesi: Mass in F, Veronica Cangemi (sop), Sara Mingardo (contralto), Swiss-Italian Radio-Television Chorus, Mozart Orch/Claudio Abbado; Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op 56a, London Phil/Marin Alsop; Debussy: Suite Bergamasque, John Chen (pno); Respighi: Roman Festivals, Sao Paulo SO/John Neschling


Wagenaar: The Philosophical Princess, Overture, Netherlands Radio SO/Eri Klas; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Alan Loveday (vln), Royal Phil/Rudolf Kempe


Raff: Jubilee Overture, Philharmonia Hungarica/Werner Andreas Albert; Haydn: String Quartet in G minor Op 20/3, Amsterdam String Quartet; Thalberg: Piano Concerto in F minor Op 5, Howard Shelley (pno/dir), Tasmanian SO; Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite No 2, Sinfonia 21/Richard Hickox; Matiegka: Notturno in G Op 21, Sérénade à Trios; Brahms: Symphony No 1 in C minor Op 68, London Phil/Klaus Tennstedt


Bach: Orchestral Suite No 4 in D BWV1069, Freiburg Baroque Orch; Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, Nelson Goerner (pno); Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor, BBC Singers/Andrew Carwood; Haydn: Cello Concerto No 1 in C HobVIIb/1, Lynn Harrell (cello), Angeli Ensemble; Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A Op 81, Kathryn Stott (pno), Skampa Quartet; Berwald ed Castegren: Symphony No 2 in D, Capricieuse, Danish National SO/Thomas Dausgaard
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