The Best of the Week
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5
Back on the Goodfoot (95bFM, 2.00pm). Quite the best Sunday afternoon accompaniment to just about anything, although we recommend gardening in particular (cooking if wet).
Tina Turntables or Matthew Crawley play a mix of soul, funk, blues and rocksteady that can swing from Otis Redding to Cream and back again via Grace Jones. Listen in Auckland, or stream on
Opera on Sunday (RNZ Concert, 6.00pm). Mozart’s beloved
The Magic Flute was staged as a production-within-a-production at the Chicago Lyric Opera. Australian director Neil Armfield threw in children, dogs, a twostorey house and costumes referencing Disney characters. German soprano Christiane Karg is Pamina and American tenor Matthew Polenzani is Tamino. American soprano Kathryn Lewek “dispatched her two murderously difficult arias with absolute technical security”, said the Chicago Tribune.
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.30pm). Dutch violinist Isabelle van Keulen joins the APO in this live broadcast from Auckland: she performs Mendelssohn’s popular and innovative Violin Concerto, which emerged from the composer’s professional relationship with violinist Ferdinand David during his tenure as conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. The evening begins with Overture No 3 from Beethoven’s opera Leonore and ends with Schumann’s Symphony No 2. There is more virtuoso violin tomorrow night, when van Keulen’s countrywoman Janine Jansen performs Jean Sibelius’s dark and brilliant Violin Concerto in D minor. Live from Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre, Edo de Waart takes the NZSO through Brahms’s warm and joyful Symphony No 3, and Wagner’s birthday present for his beloved wife Cosima, the symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll ( Music Alive, 6.30pm).
German soprano Christiane Karg, Opera on Sunday.