Featuring Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova.
SATURDAY JUNE 4
Saturday Concert (RNZ Concert, 3.00pm). The NZSO goes to the top of the hit parade; James Judd takes the orchestra through favourites such as the William Tell Overture, the Blue Danube Waltz and the Ride of the Valkyries. The orchestra toured this concert all over New Zealand last spring; this performance was recorded in the Auckland Town Hall.
The New Jazz Archive (RNZ Concert, 5.00pm). Jazzy Jeff Haas is looking at jazz in film this week – from when jazz was considered dangerous and seedy in such movies as 1920’s The Jazz Bandits, to author Michael Connelly’s 2014 project Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story. In between, there was Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, film noir, musicals, Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini and films such as Alfie in the 1960s.
On a similar note, APO Film Classics on Queen’s Birthday (noon) features Michael Houstoun and the APO performing such movie music as Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, which has been used in numerous films and TV shows, including Platoon, Amélie, The Elephant Man and Red Dwarf.
SUNDAY JUNE 5
Opera on Sunday (RNZ Concert, 6.00pm). Because being abducted and sold into slavery is hilarious, the Metropolitan Opera ends its season with a lively performance of Mozart’s comic opera The Abduction from the Seraglio. Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova was magnificent in her debut performance of Konstanze, but it wasn’t all hilarity in the harem, as the opera marked 72-year-old conductor James Levine’s farewell from the Met.
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.20pm). Not only is today a holiday in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday, it also marks the beginning of Matariki, and here’s a seasonally appropriate recording of The Planets, featuring the NZSO, the women of the Orpheus Choir of Wellington and violinist Vesa-Matti Leppänen, among others. In Curtain Raiser at 7.00pm, Matthew Crawford discusses this popular work by Gustav Holst.
Your chance to comment on TV and radio
Should one be surprised at the level of violence against the defenceless in society? TV3’s Super Sport Sunday has a segment called Hits of the Week, which shows grown men brawling or knocking each other unconscious and many other ways pain can be inflicted in the name of “sport”. The presenters seem to find it amusing and viewers are presumed to as well. On May 22, those clips followed the news coverage of the march against the physical abuse of children. As a society, we need to examine seriously our attitudes to all forms of violence.
Diana Wichtel’s review of Mastermind is sniffy stuff (TV Review, May 14). Out came the nit-picking magnifying glass, probing this way and that for faults, before the grudging concession that the show was actually okay.
What’s wrong with the show’s staged drama, its interrogating style, the serious mien of its aspirants, its no-nonsense approach? It meant business. And Peter Williams was not just “reasonable”, but in fact a worthy successor to the late, great Peter Sinclair. It all made for compulsive viewing.
I note in your listings that TV3 is going to be screening The Biggest Loser USA during the day from June 2.
But after former contestants claimed that their treatment behind the scenes included starving, being given drugs and being told to vomit – and that they have been left with ongoing trauma – will TV3 reconsider screening this repugnant show?
ON THE MIKE
My go-to man, Mike Hosking, has been under attack (TV Review, May 28).
Mike is awesome. Not a bit, but absolutely awesome. He has a real ear for my thoughts and a through thought for my ears.
He minds my mind. Mike moves in my direction and he’s got it all. The purse. The pad. The persona. The Ferrari, or is it a Maserati? Whatever. He’s so go-to. Go Mike. Go.
Follow the Listener on Twitter or Facebook.