The Best of the Week
SATURDAY OCTOBER 6
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.30pm). It was a balmy summer’s evening at Silo Park for this Auckland Arts Festival extravaganza featuring Neil Finn, the Auckland Philharmonia, a bevy of superb vocalists (Julia Deans, Reb Fountain, Sandy Mill, SJD, Victoria Kelly and James Milne), and a passel of additional Finns (Sharon, Liam, Elroy and Harper). It was the premiere performance of Out of Silence, the album recorded by Finn and co at Roundhead Studios, sending it out to the world via live internet streams. They perform the entire album and a few favourites such as Private Universe and Don’t Dream It’s Over.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 7
Opera on Sunday (RNZ Concert, 6.00pm). Gushing reviews for this Royal Opera House production of Verdi’s Macbeth: “a magnificent performance, in every way,” said the Spectator; Željko Lučić and Anna Netrebko give “interpretations of considerable power and insight”, said the Guardian. They are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, of course, with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo “an elegant Banquo” and Yusif Eyvazov making an impression as Macduff, despite his lack of lines.
MONDAY OCTOBER 8
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.30pm). Spanish superstar Jordi Savall and his world- renowned ensemble
Hespèrion XXI captivated a NZ Festival audience early this year with a performance that stretched between the Spanish Old World and the South American New World. They were joined by the Mexican Tembembe Ensamble Continuo, and the array of instruments includes the tiny mosquito guitar and another so large it is called a lion.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 11
Music Alive (RNZ Concert, 7.30pm). Double-bass player Hiroshi Ikematsu returns to New Zealand for a series of concerts with Australian pianist Piers Lane and members of the New Zealand String Quartet: live from the Michael Fowler Centre, they perform Schubert’s Trout Quintet and a new work by Ross Harris, Orowaru. Our excellent interview with Ikematsu is on page 47.