On Radio: May 21-27, 2016

by Fiona Rae / 20 May, 2016
Featuring jazz legend Louis Armstrong and Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison.
Louis Armstrong, The New Jazz Archive, Saturday. Photo/Getty Images
Louis Armstrong, The New Jazz Archive, Saturday. Photo/Getty Images

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.

Talkback


Your chance to comment on TV and radio

POINT TAKEN


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.

Wendy Pond
(Coromandel)

There was no mention of any prizes for the Mastermind winner(s). Are there are any?

P Young
(Auckland)

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.

MORE MORA


Oh, my, what a treat: relaxing on a Saturday morning being informed and entertained. Let’s have more of Jim Mora in this slot.

Suzanne Pryer
(Wellington)

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?

Patricia Dallas
(Whangaparaoa)

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.

GORY DETAIL


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.

Guy McGregor
(Hillsborough)

RAKING IT


Is TVNZ planning to show the third series of Rake and, if so, when?

Pat Parker
(Nelson)

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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