On Radio: April 9, 2016by Fiona Rae
Including the 2016 final of the National Concerto Competition.
SUNDAY APRIL 10
Sunday Concert (RNZ Concert, 3.00pm). The 2016 final of the long-running National Concerto Competition featured three new young stars in the classical firmament: Christchurch’s Kate Oswin, a violinist studying in London; cellist Sam Lucas from Brisbane, who is studying at the University of Waikato; and Wellington cellist Heather Lewis-Baker, who is studying in Melbourne. The final, which features works by Sibelius, Elgar and Bloch, was recorded in Christchurch’s Aurora Centre.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 13
Brilliant Brass (RNZ Concert, 9.00pm). David Bremner’s series about the wonderful world of brass enters a fourth season: it begins with the trombone, the instrument beloved by classical, jazz and ska fans alike. His guests are Rodger Fox and one of the best trombonists of all time, Christian Lindberg. This season also features the tuba, the euphonium, the french horn and the trumpet.
THURSDAY APRIL 14
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.20pm). The maestro bows out: music director Eckehard Stier’s final concert with the Auckland Philharmonia last year was Richard Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony, a work that calls for about 125 players and describes 11 hours climbing a mountain. In addition, Australian pianist Daniel de Borah is guest soloist for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 2. Before this broadcast from the Auckland Town Hall, Indra Hughes discusses An Alpine Symphony in Curtain Raiser at 7.00pm.
FRIDAY APRIL 15
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.30pm). Extraordinary harpsichordist Christophe Rousset, once described as “music’s great mischief-maker” and “one of the great pagans of Baroque music” by the Guardian, leads French early music ensemble Les Talens Lyriques live from the Auckland Town Hall. It’s the ensemble’s first visit here, and they bring a programme designed to transport listeners back to Versailles, with works by Couperin, Rameau and Leclair.
Your chance to comment on TV and radio
After a short but wonderful glut of The Simpsons every night, even if randomly spread across three channels, it’s no longer screening at all. The Simpsons was the only programme my partner and I watched on TV (us and Tom Wolfe, apparently) and we would rather see an old episode for the 20th time than anything else. We have now officially had it with New Zealand TV. This is the end.
Fiona Rae responds: The latest season of The Simpsons, No 27, is screening on TV2 on Sundays; MediaWorks (TV3 and Four) no longer owns the rights.
FAST FORWARD CORO
We have reached the weird time on Coronation Street that caused major actors to resign – the stories are plainly ridiculous. Can we please skip the next year of Coro, cover any major events with a one-page precis and move forward to the better scripts? Then if we can give foodie shows less time each weekend, it would be a real win-win.
The whiteness of TV presenters and lack of New Zealand accent diversity concerns me. There are British and Irish and upper middle-class Pakeha – I like all these people – but where’s the Gisborne, Waikato or southern South Island accent?
Then there’s the whiteness. Where are the inspirational and articulate brown, black, Asian, Indian, Pasifika and Maori presenters?
DON’T SAY Y
Some TV announcers have learnt to pronounce “Whanganui” more or less properly, but none seems aware there is no spot in New Zealand named “Reeyenga”.
The cape at the top of the North Island is Reinga. The spelling almost forces one to pronounce it as though it were a Polynesian location. Guess what? It is. The pronunciation is “Re’inga”. There are no diphthongs in Polynesian languages. Maori is a Polynesian dialect.
(Beach Haven, Auckland)
When is Prime going to join the 21st century and switch to 5.1 digital sound? Prime has some good programmes, but its lack of quality sound is disappointing. I know it is now broadcasting in HD – I’m just waiting for the sound to follow.
Prime’s publicity manager Tiffany Montgomery responds: Prime’s transition to 5.1 digital is not yet confirmed.
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