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The Verlaines formed in Dunedin in 1981 and made their mark with sophisticated songwriting and unique torrents of harmony influenced by classical music. They got together again for a special performance at the 2016 NZ Festival. Audio
1:57 pm today
It's 100 years since the death of the revered French composer who created a new sound world in classical music. Influenced by poets, painters, nature and eastern sonorities, his music's been described as 'an impressionist marvel, it trembles like a mass of shimmering pointillist particles'.
William Dart goes on a digression about the many versions of Burt Bacharach's song 'Walk On By', before looking at the musician Kramer and his new album of Brill Building covers. Video, Audio
20 Mar 2018
From the archives: here you can enjoy all of the sonnets of Shakespeare, read by New Zealanders.
A weekly forum for contemporary music
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Rick Young presents afternoon music to get you from A to B
George Kay looks at Bowie’s career and music.
Thursday 22 March
This week’s schedule
Clarissa Dunn takes you to the best seat in the house
Behzod Abduraimov (piano), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra/Giordano Bellincampi
LIGETI: Concert Românesc;
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No 1 in C minor Op 35;
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 3 in E flat, Eroica
(recorded in Auckland Town Hall by RNZ)
HAYDN: Symphony No 88 in G - Berlin Phil/Simon Rattle (EMI 3 94237)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Francesca da Rimini - Bavarian Radio SO/Mariss Jansons (BR MEDIA 900 105)
SCHUBERT: Impromptu in Gb D899/3 - Alfred Brendel (pno) (Decca 478 2116)
BODY: Melodies for Orchestra - Donald Armstrong (vln), Yury Gezentsvey (vln), New Zealand SO/Kenneth Young (RATTLE RAT D009)
DEBUSSY arr Lenski: Bilitis - Catherine Bowie (fl), Sharon Joy Vogan (pno) (RNZ)