On Radio: May 21-27, 2016by Fiona Rae
Featuring jazz legend Louis Armstrong and Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison.
SATURDAY MAY 21
The New Jazz Archive (RNZ Concert, 5.00pm). Jeff Haas’ subject this week is the incomparable Louis Armstrong, whose musical legacy will never die. The programme includes a tour of Armstrong’s house in Queens, now a museum, and a peek inside the nearly 1200 hours of recorded material he left behind.
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.00pm). This evening we go on a trip through the history of jazz with Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and the Auckland Philharmonia. In this concert from 2015, Morrison, who was recently hosted by the Obamas at the White House for International Jazz Day, journeys from the birth of blues to swing, bebop and jazz fusion. He was joined on stage by singer Hetty Kate and the rhythm section includes his sons William and Harry on guitar and double bass.
SUNDAY MAY 22
Opera on Sunday (RNZ Concert, 6.00pm). On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, naturally the Met performed Verdi’s Otello, Italian opera’s greatest tragedy. The performance marked another milestone – it was decided that tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko would not have to wear dark make-up for the role of Otello. Serbian Željko Lučić is the jealous Iago and Abkhazian-Russian soprano Hibla Gerzmava is Desdemona.
THURSDAY MAY 26
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.30pm). The Auckland Philharmonia is loved up in this live broadcast from the Auckland Town Hall, and it’s not even Valentine’s. Garry Walker conducts two versions of Romeo and Juliet, by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. In between, Chopin’s romantic Piano Concerto No 2, written when the composer was just 20, is performed by Ukrainian-Australian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk.
FRIDAY MAY 27
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.30pm). The week’s second live broadcast also comes from the Auckland Town Hall; it’s the Enso String Quartet, the exciting young American ensemble that includes Christchurch cellist Richard Belcher. They play a programme of Haydn, Ginastera and Sibelius, as well as a composition written especially for their tour by Auckland-based composer Alex Taylor.
Your chance to comment on TV and radio
During the first episode of Mastermind, Peter Williams asked Ryan Wood the question, “On which island in the Chathams group was Te Kooti Arikirangi imprisoned in 1866?” Wood answered “Chatham” and the quizmaster said, “No, Wharekauri”.
The Chathams group has three islands: Chatham, Pitt and South East. Te Ara, the Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, states that Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki “was sent to Wharekauri (Chatham Island) with the third batch of prisoners”. I think Wood is owed one point.
I’d be even more pleased if we all used the Moriori name for Chatham Island, Rekohu.
There was no mention of any prizes for the Mastermind winner(s). Are there are any?
Talkback responds: Host Peter Williams told us the prize is the trophy and the chair – and “the honour and the glory”. Our interview with Williams is at tinyurl.com/NZLPeterWilliams.
Oh, my, what a treat: relaxing on a Saturday morning being informed and entertained. Let’s have more of Jim Mora in this slot.
MISSED THE FREQUENCIES
I returned from holiday to find all the carefully programmed frequencies in my radio were lost by those looking after the house. So I bought the Listener to reprogramme, but where are the frequencies for all the radio stations?
Talkback responds: You’ll find the most up-to-date list of all radio frequencies free on our website at listener.co.nz/radio-frequencies.
Am I the only viewer who finds the weather forecast the highlight of the evening news? But even the weather could be improved. I am referring to the omission of regular coverage of the Gore area. A locality with a substantial population, a unique museum, an enviable art gallery and an excellent library is being overlooked. I’m sure others want to know what the weather is like in Gore.
Is TVNZ planning to show the third series of Rake and, if so, when?
Talkback responds: The picture is rather fractured for the Australian series, but the upshot is that if you wish to see Rake, you will have to pay. TVNZ screened two seasons, but tells us it has no more. All three seasons have screened on Sky movie channel Rialto, and it will screen the upcoming fourth season in August. Meanwhile, you can see the entire series on Netflix NZ.
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