The Best of the Week

New Zealand Listener - - CONTENTS - Fiona Rae


Af­ter­noon Con­cert (RNZ ­Con­cert, 3.00pm). It’s pos­si­bly too early in the af­ter­noon for Bach by Candlelight from this year’s Adam Cham­ber Mu­sic Festival in Nel­son, but nev­er­the­less there’s An­drew Good­win’s ­glo­ri­ous vo­cals, marimba player Ian ­Rosen­baum ­presents a new take on Cello Suite No 5, Monique Lapin per­forms Vi­olin Con­certo in A mi­nor and the evening ends with the ef­fer­ves­cent ­Bran­den­burg Con­certo No 6.


Af­ter­noon Con­cert (RNZ Con­cert, 3.00pm). Cham­ber mu­sic is alive and well in New Zealand, if the hun­dreds of en­sem­bles com­pet­ing in the NZCT Cham­ber Mu­sic Con­test are any­thing to go by. The youth mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion, which is open to sec­ondary school mu­si­cians, is more than 50 years old and “the stan­dard has in­creased ex­po­nen­tially over the years”, says ad­ju­di­ca­tor Brigid O’Meeghan. This broad­cast fea­tures the six fi­nal­ists: Buda and the Pests; Raysken Trio; Amadeus; Mahuta

Trio; Tri­oAs­tor; and Druz’ya Quar­tet, plus a demon­stra­tion per­for­mance by the Vir­tu­oso Strings Quin­tet.


The Gar­den­ers of Kabul (RNZ National, 7.06pm). Meet the green thumbs of ­Afghanistan’s cap­i­tal: in this BBC doc­u­men­tary, Ali Hamedani meets gar­den­ers who are ­nur­tur­ing roses, gera­ni­ums and grapevines in tiny back­yards and front-yard plots. He also vis­its the 16th-cen­tury ­Gardens of Babur, de­stroyed in the 1990s, which are once again a fea­ture of the city.


Mu­sic Alive (RNZ Con­cert, 6.30pm). Korean pi­anist Joyce Yang makes her NZSO de­but in tonight’s live con­cert from Welling­ton’s Michael Fowler Cen­tre, and she’s tak­ing on Rach­mani­nov’s no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult Piano Con­certo No 3. It’s so tricky that the pi­anist to whom it was ded­i­cated, Josef Hof­mann, never ­per­formed it pub­licly. It’s an evening of Rach­mani­nov un­der Edo de Waart, be­gin­ning with the yearn­ing mas­ter­piece Vo­calise and end­ing with Sym­phonic Dances. There are sev­eral piano per­for­mances this week: Xing Wang plays Mozart’s Piano Con­certo No 20 on Saturday ( Mu­sic Alive, 7.00pm) and things get crazy on Mon­day’s Piano­ma­nia with Freddy Kempf (noon).

Joyce Yang, Mu­sic Alive, Fri­day.

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