Radio Week

by Fiona Rae / 25 December, 2004

CHRISTMAS DAY

Messiah, Concert FM, 1.20pm. This new Australian recording of the most popular choral composition ever written features Kiwi bass Teddy Tahu Rhodes as well as Sara Macliver (soprano), Alexandra Sherman (contralto), Christopher Field (countertenor) and Paul McMahon (tenor). In the evening, Not a Silent Night at 8.00pm is a concert recorded at Auckland's Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, in which MC Ilona Rodgers guides us through a journey from Vivaldi to Fauré. The Auckland Philharmonia is conducted by Marc Taddei, with performances from baritone Seamus Casey, mezzo-soprano Sarah McOnie and sopranos Elaine Wogan and Carla Parry.

BOXING DAY

Aspects of Mozart, Concert FM, 10.50am. We have the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to thank for this new 10-part series, which starts, appropriately, with the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg on January 27, 1756, and covers various aspects of the life and times of the great composer.

Spectrum: Rodeo-Active!, National Radio, 12.33pm. Good old Spectrum, going where TV never bothers, which is discovering the endless and interesting pursuits and lifestyles of New Zealanders. This week, Katy Gosset slaps on some chaps and visits the 35th annual Methven Rodeo, one of 35 events on the rodeo calendar. Gosset talks to the cowboys and cowgirls of this tight-knit community, who live a gypsy-like existence on the circuit and discusses animal welfare with the organisers.

MONDAY December 27

Summer Report, National Radio, weekdays, 7.00am. Think of it as a kinder, gentler Morning Report as National Radio swings into summer programming for the holiday break. Sports reporter and Fiat Bambina enthusiast Todd Niall will present three hours of news, music, food, drink - well, everything, really. Nice.

Matinee Idle with Phil O'Brien, National Radio, weekdays, 12.35pm. As Jon Gadsby reported a couple of weeks back, commercial radio rock-jock Phil O'Brien is a surprise addition to public radio's summer line-up, although perhaps we shouldn't be that surprised. "I lost heart, really," he says of commercial radio in its current form and, for sure, only on National Radio or a student station would he be able to play two hours of live music in his "Classic Concerts" series. The line-up includes the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl and on the roof of Apple Corp (Monday); Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (Tuesday); the 1979 Nambassa Festival, which features Split Enz playing a blinder (Wednesday); the Who live at Leeds (Thursday); and Frank Sinatra at the Sands Hotel in Vegas, backed by Count Basie (Friday). The concerts run from 3.06pm, and O'Brien will select music for his "Phil's Harmonic" segment from 1.06pm. Matinee Idle continues until January 14.

NEW YEAR'S EVE

Hogmanay with Warwick Burke, National Radio, from 8.06pm. Warwick Burke farewells 2004 with a look back on the year in music, sport and film. He throws in some comedy as well and talks to correspondents around the Pacific. Until 1.00am.

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