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The Best of the Week

New Zealand Listener - - CONTENTS - By FIONA RAE

Fiona Rae

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

95bfm.com.

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.

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