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New Zealand Listener - - CONTENTS - By FIONA RAE

Fiona Rae


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.


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.


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.


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.

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