February 23-March 1: Including Dame Stella Rimington at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival

By Fiona Rae In Radio Week

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Dame Stella Rimington, photo Sutton-Hibbert/Rex Features

Insight (RNZ National, 8.12am). Sports reporter Stephen Hewson searches for line and length in New Zealand Cricket’s recent handling of the Black Caps’ captaincy. Although they won the one-day series in South Africa, the Black Caps’ test ranking has slumped, and as the team prepare for their three-test series against England, Hewson asks if there is a way back.

Spectrum (RNZ National, 12.15pm). The recent tsunami in the Solomon Islands brings into sharp focus the threat to our coastline, and Jack Perkins visits a community on Wellington’s rugged south coast where locals are preparing for the worst. At Owhiro Bay, blue lines painted on the roads indicate tsunami safe zones and every household is encouraged to have a disaster kit.

The Sunday Feature (RNZ National, 4.07pm). Today’s recording from the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival is a session called Broken Britain. It features Dame Stella Rimington, former director of MI5; AD Miller, author of the Moscow-based thriller Snowdrops; and Geoff Dyer, whose work ranges across jazz, photography, film, art, war and travel.


Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 8.00pm). Music Alive comes over all Caledonian tonight, with Debussy’s Scottish March, Mendelssohn’s The Scottish and Scottish composer James MacMillan’s percussion concerto Veni! Veni! Emmanuel. Australian percussionist Claire Edwards is the soloist on the latter and Orchestra Wellington and the Wellington East Girls’ Cantala Treble Choir are accompanied by members of the City of Wellington Pipe Band. Wey hey!


Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 8.00pm). The Auckland Philharmonia presents a trumpet-based concert live from the Auckland Town Hall. The APO’s principal trumpeter, Brent Grapes, is soloist on Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto, a work influenced by the gypsy folk melodies of Armenia and Russia that he says is “almost like Tchaikovsky”.

Concert music


Boccherini: Symphony in C G515, London Mozart Players/Matthias Bamert; Paganini:
Violin Concerto No 1 in D Op 6, Hilary Hahn (vln), Swedish Radio SO/Eiji Oue; Glazunov: Saxophone Quartet in B flat, Habanera Saxophone Quartet; Gouvy: Symphony No 1 in E flat Op 9, German Radio Phil/Jacques Mercier


Mozart: Sonata in D for two pianos K448, Yaara Tal, Andreas Groethuysen (pno duo); Casella: Suite in C Op 13, Rome SO/Francesco La Vecchia; Vivaldi: Stabat
RV621, Sara Mingardo (contralto), Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini (dir); Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat Op 73, Emperor, Pierre-Laurent Aimard (pno), CO of Europe/Nikolaus Harnoncourt; Villa-Lobos: Five Preludes, Nos 1 in E minor; 2 in E; 3 in A minor; 4 in E minor; 5 in D, Frank Bungarten (gtr); Nielsen: Symphony No 3 Op 27, Sinfonia espansiva, Erin Morley (sop), Joshua Hopkins (bar), New York Phil/Alan Gilbert


Grieg: Holberg Suite, Moscow Soloists/Yuri Bashmet; Mozart: Flute Concerto No 1 in G K313, Wolfgang Ritter (fl), North German Radio SO/Günter Wand; Schubert: Fantasy in C D760, Wanderer, Georgy Tchaidze (pno); Dvorák: Requiem Op 89, Lisa Milne (sop), Karen Cargill (mezzo), Peter Auty (ten), Peter Rose (bass), London Philharmonic Choir & Orch/Neeme Järvi; Wolf-Ferrari: Venetian Suite Op 18, Munich Radio Orch/Ulf Schirmer


Salieri: Name Day Symphony, London Mozart Players/Matthias Bamert; Farr: Piano Trio, Ahi, NZTrio; Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, Lyon National Orch/ Leonard Slatkin


Telemann: Overture-Suite in B flat TWV55/B11, La Bourse, Jeanne Lamon (vln/dir), Tafelmusik; Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Elin Manahan Thomas (sop), Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Florilegium; Debussy: String Quartet in G minor Op 10, Quatuor Ebène; Stanford: Cello Concerto in D minor, Gemma Rosefield (cello), BBC Scottish SO/Andrew Manze; Kapustin: Concert Etudes Op 40, Catherine Gordeladze (pno); Suk: Prague Op 26, BBC SO/Jirí Belohlávek

FRIDAY MARCH 1 9.00am:

Mahler: Symphony No 8 in E flat, Symphony of a Thousand, Viktoria Yastrebova, Ailish Tynan, Liudmila Dudinova (sops), Lilli Paasikivi, Zlata Bulycheva (mezzos), Sergey Semishkur (ten), Alexey Markov (bar), Evgeny Nikitin (bass), Eltham College Choir, Washington Choral Arts Society, London Symphony Chorus & Orch/Valery Gergiev; Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Concert Suite, CBSO/Andris Nelsons; Stenhammar: String Quartet No 5 in C Op 29, Oslo String Quartet; Balakirev: Islamey, Idil Biret (pno); Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending, Nigel Kennedy (vln), CBSO/Simon Rattle; Respighi: Ancient Airs & Dances Suite No 3, I Musici

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