On Radio, February 27-March 5: including Concerts from the Frickby Fiona Rae
A new series of chamber recitals from the famous New York mansion begins.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 8.00pm). The Immortal Beethoven comes to a close with Symphonies Nos 8 and 9 – and the NZSO are joined by the Auckland Choral and singers Tiffany Speight, Annely Peebo, Simon O’Neill and Peter Coleman-Wright for the stupendous chorale finale Ode to Joy.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28
Insight (RNZ National, 8.10am). Political editor Jane Patterson reports from the US as the race to elect the presidential candidates hots up. She finds that widespread dissatisfaction with Washington and concern over jobs and the economy have given fringe contenders Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders a real chance at victory.
Concerts from the Frick (RNZ Concert, 11.00am). The Frick Collection, housed in the Upper East Side mansion of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, includes masterpieces by Holbein, Titian, El Greco, Bellini, Constable, Rembrandt, Goya, Van Dyck and Velázquez, and concert-goers may peruse its 16 galleries before recitals by pianists, chamber groups and early music ensembles. In the first programme of a new season of concerts, British pianist Charles Owen performs music by Debussy and Nico Muhly.
Opera on Sunday (RNZ Concert, 6.00pm). Great operatic soprano Nina Stemme performs Puccini’s final opera, Turandot, in today’s Metropolitan Opera Season programme. With her “powerful, luxuriant voice”, she “managed to render the grisly ice maiden surprisingly vulnerable”, said the New York Times. Italian tenor Marco Berti is Calaf, the princess’s suitor who sings the showstopper Nessun Dorma.
TUESDAY MARCH 1
Appointment (RNZ Concert, 7.00pm). James Gardner ends his electronic odyssey in the 1970s and 80s with German innovators Kraftwerk, whose influence stretches from the Human League to Aphex Twin.
Your chance to comment on TV and radio
Considering the publicity for the Sky TV software update, the results are less than outstanding. It is nearly impossible to read the on-screen programme listings without standing almost right in front of my TV. The fine, small black type on a white background is unreadable from a metre away.
The person I spoke to at Sky said difficulties reading the listings were the most common customer complaint. I asked if the “new and improved” format had been trialled by any Sky customers before it was released, but got no conclusive answer. Sky suggested I adjust the brightness/contrast and colour on my TV, or connect my Sky box to my TV with an HDMI cable. Why should this be necessary when everything else is clear and legible?
Sky’s director of communications, Kirsty Way, responds: We’ve listened to this feedback and developed a release to improve readability in the near future. With our new software, we can send regular updates with improvements and new features – much like smartphones. We trust our new release will improve readability for those struggling a bit.
THAT’S THE STORY
I can assure David Lawson (Talkback, February 13) that there are at least five children and one adult who always listen to those wonderful stories on Saturday and Sunday mornings – my grandchildren and I – and when I have those grandchildren staying, they pile into my bed and we listen to them together. I remember as a child how wonderful it was to listen to these stories and it’s a delight to see them share that. It is the only time in the week when children are provided for on RNZ National. How heartless to suggest taking that away.
ONE STORY PER HEAD
Newshub, I like your two newsreaders at 6.00pm, but please don’t split a single story between them, with one reading the headline and the other the rest. It’s just awkward.
If you go to RNZ National at channel 50 on Freeview, you then either have to use your mute button or shut your eyes. With one visual news item scampering across the screen at the same time as a voice reads a totally different story, you can’t actually take in either of them. So you watch one or listen to the other, but not both at the same time. Whose bright idea is this?
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