On Radio: April 23, 2016

by Fiona Rae / 22 April, 2016
Including A Short History of Jazz, and Anzac Day Dawn Ceremony of Remembrance.
Madeleine Pierard, Music Alive, Anzac Day. Photo/NZSO
Madeleine Pierard, Music Alive, Anzac Day. Photo/NZSO

SATURDAY APRIL 23


A Short History of Jazz (RNZ Concert, 5.00pm). New Zealand School of Music head of jazz Mark Donlon is on hand in today’s final episode to look at The 90s and Beyond, Buzz Lightyear’s favourite era, a period of “fusion, hybrids and cultural collaborations”.

Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.00pm). We’ll be among the first in the world to celebrate, or commemorate, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (and on April 26, the 452nd anniversary of his birth) and while we’re not sure generally what that might entail (sword-fighting, madness, the drinking of small beer?), here’s Shakespeare in Music, a concert recorded at the Michael Fowler Centre. Works include Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing Suite, which was composed in 1918 as incidental music for the play, and Walton’s Henry V Suite, composed for the 1944 film starring Sir Laurence Olivier. In other Shakespeare news, Elizabeth Hudson in The Sunday Feature (2.00pm) examines the Bard’s impact on Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

ANZAC DAY


Anzac Day Dawn Ceremony of Remembrance (RNZ Concert and RNZ National, 5.30am). Warwick Burke presents the Dawn Ceremony live from Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Welling­ton, and also the National Commemoration Service at 11.00am. Tonight’s Music Alive (7.00pm) is a recording of last Thursday’s concert at the Michael Fowler Centre, Spirit of Anzac, Voices from the Field. It features the string elegy In Memoriam Rupert Brooke, by Australian composer ­Frederick Septimus Kelly; George Butterworth’s orchestral rhapsody A Shropshire Lad; and Ross Harris’ Symphony No 2, which features settings of poems by Vincent O’Sullivan. Soprano Madeleine Pierard joins the NZSO for this work; the conductor is Hamish McKeich.

THURSDAY APRIL 28


Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.30pm). The Auckland Philharmonia takes the theme A Grand Tour for tonight’s live concert from the Town Hall, gadding about Europe like a 19th-century Oxbridge posho with Respighi’s Fountains of Rome, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole and Haydn’s Symphony No 104, London.

Talkback


Your chance to comment on TV and radio

UNADVENTUROUS


For many years, I have been annoyed at the lack of coverage of adventure sports. Recently, we had a rugby great participating in a new sport for him and it is getting a little coverage, but what about the Nelson team that has done exceptionally well?

Why is the Coast to Coast not covered? The whole field are all competitors worthy of attention and the scenery is second to none.

I am saddened when TV and radio will only cover rugby, cricket, motor racing and boxing. Recent statistics show that running, walking and tramping are New Zealanders’ favourite sports.

Rosemary Jorgensen
(Takaka)

AVOIDING A FLAP


Could I suggest that some of TVNZ’s presenters and reporters (Gordon Harcourt and Lisa Davies, for instance) take lessons from the young woman who presents commercials for Trivago. She can get her message across with hardly a flap of her hands.

Alasdair Abernethy
(Whakatane)

SEEING SKY


When will Sky front up as to the date of the much-needed programming screen upgrade? It says soon, but that could be tomorrow, next week, next month, next year or even next decade. Also, please tell us when we can watch Lydia Ko win her golf games; we deserve that, too.

Murray Hunter
(Titirangi)

Sky’s communications director, Kirsty Way, responds: A new software download started going out to customers on April 12, mainly to improve readability. It is likely to take about two weeks to roll out. On Lydia Ko, sadly, the rights to the LPGA are with Lightbox Sport.

RIGHT LISTING


A couple of questions:

  1. Are Duke TV programmes going to be listed in the Listener? (I prefer paper to the online EPG.)

  2. Why are repeat programmes not always accurately shown with an “R” in brackets? A recent example is Backstrom on Friday nights (TV3). It’s a repeat, but this is not indicated.


Kathryn Brown
(Wellington)

Fiona Rae responds: We’re pretty short of listings space, and although we’d like to run Duke, another channel would have to go. Any suggestions? Regarding repeats, we’re reliant on the networks for information, although sometimes we catch a programme that they don’t remember has already screened. The episodes of Backstrom are new – TV3 screened only two last year, leaving 11 new ones.

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