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On Radio: April 16, 2016

Including Little Atoms podcast, Vittorio Grigolo and Edo de Waart.

Vittorio Grigolo, Opera on Sunday.
Vittorio Grigolo, Opera on Sunday.

SATURDAY APRIL 16


Little Atoms podcast. Our new favourite radio station might just be Resonance FM, an artsy outfit broadcasting to London via the airwaves and to the rest of the world via livestreaming on resonancefm.com. It’s science, culture, art, design, music, literature – some past shows are on mixcloud.com/­Resonance.

The well-respected Little Atoms, hosted by Neil Denny, is available as a podcast from iTunes.

Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.30pm). The NZSO’s Master­works series continues with Brahms and Beethoven, live from the Michael Fowler Centre. Music director Edo de Waart first takes the orchestra through Douglas Lilburn’s Festival Overture, then guest musicians violinist Nicola Benedetti and cellist Leonard ­Elschenbroich perform Brahms’ Double Concerto in A Minor. The showstopper is Beethoven’s dramatic Symphony No 3, Eroica, which is introduced in Peter Watts’ Curtain Raiser at 7.00pm.

SUNDAY APRIL 17


The Sunday Feature (RNZ Concert, 2.00pm). Michael Hurst and Ken Larsen discuss Shakespeare’s sonnets with Matthew Crawford, which hopefully means Concert is about to replay its series of all 154 ­sonnets as read by some of our theatrical luminaries.

Opera on Sunday (RNZ Concert, 6.00pm). A story with a happy ending, and “there aren’t too many of those in opera”, the dynamic young Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo told Vogue magazine. Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore is the comic tale of peasant lad Nemorino in love with beautiful, rich Adina (Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak). There was uproarious laughter and ovation from the Met audience, who appreciated the chemistry between the pair.

THURSDAY APRIL 21


Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 8.00pm). The Auckland Philharmonia welcome new conductor Giordano Bellincampi in this live broadcast. Richard Strauss’ bravura Ein Heldenleben is the centrepiece although the APO also performs Mozart’s Symphony No 40 and the otherworldly sounds of György Ligeti’s Atmosphères, which was used in 2001: A Space ­Odyssey. Before the concert, Rachel Hyde explores Ein Heldenleben in Curtain Raiser at 7.30pm.

Talkback


Your chance to comment on TV and radio

THE iHEARTS HAVE IT


Every morning on RNZ National I hear the host telling us what we can listen to – and sooner or later, he or she will read the phrase “I love radio”, but they pronounce it as “eye heart radio”! I do wish someone would tell them the correct way to pronounce it. Don’t they know that a picture of a heart signifies the word love?

Enid Hughes
(Dunedin)

Fiona Rae responds: I agree it sounds as if they’re reading out a T-shirt slogan. iHeartRadio is a website (iheart.com) where you can listen to radio stations from around the world, and RNZ National and RNZ Concert are available on this platform (as well as on Freeview, Sky, the RNZ website and our favourite, radio). Also available are RNZ International and a number of other local stations, such as Newstalk ZB, Coast and Radio Hauraki.

HISTORY LESSON


Judy Bailey’s suggestion that “… just a glimpse into people’s lives” is not “an accurate portrayal of history” is nonsense (Prime’s Decades in Colour). History, despite popular belief, is exactly that. It may be a 500-page glimpse (and interpretation) by an academic historian, but equally it’s memoir, autobiography and sitcom (see: Everyone Hates Chris, The Goldbergs, Fresh Off the Boat). Looking at, as opposed to being told about, ­previous lives is history in action and, as a baby boomer, I’m looking forward to seeing my history through the eyes of others who lived and filmed it. Anything’s better than another war melodrama (read WWI documentary) purporting to be about who we are.

Laurice Gilbert
(Wellington)

SPOILER ALERT


Does a film on Easter Sunday really need annoying programme promo interruptions? I tried to watch Saving Mr Banks on TV1, happy there wouldn’t be ads, but the film was spoilt by bits of unrelated matter, ­including “slide-in” promos at the bottom of the screen.

I tolerate the constant bombardment of commercial breaks, but fail to see why the one promised day of relief needs interruption.

Joan P Power
(Whakatane)

‘NIGHT’ MISMANAGEMENT


What has TV3 done with The Night Manager? In the UK it showed as six hour-long episodes without adverts. When it started here a week later, each episode appeared to be only about 45 minutes long. It finished in the UK weeks ago, but we are weeks behind.

George N Henderson
(Invercargill)

Fiona Rae replies: For an answer, please see page TV Films.

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