The Sunday Feature

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2:00 pm on Sunday (26 Oct 2014)

Conversations with Harry

Cultural entrepreneur Harry Seresin was an identity in Wellington from his arrival in 1939, safe from Nazi persecution, through several decades of energy and passion for life and the arts. In 1992 he talked with Dinah Priestley about his family background, his businesses, the establishment of Downstage theatre, The Settlement and his coffee gallery at Parsons Bookshop (RNZ)

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  • The Low Down - Bass Riffs ( 48′ 4″ )

    In this episode of The Low Down, jazz bassist Nick Tipping gets into the groove, featuring great bass riffs. Tap your toes to Slice of Heaven with Dave Dobbyn & Herbs, Paul Simon's Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, and Bill Withers' Lovely Day.

    From The Sunday Feature on 19 Oct 2014

  • The Low Down - Monsters of the Deep ( 50′ )

    In this episode of The Low Down, jazz bassist Nick Tipping shines a light on the monsters of the deep and their spectacular bass playing. You'll hear virtuosic playing from Edgar Meyer, Jaco Pastorius' Portait of Tracy, and Berimbass with Renaud Garcia-Fons.

    From The Sunday Feature on 12 Oct 2014

  • The Low Down - Bass Pedals ( 49′ 49″ )

    In this episode of The Low Down, jazz bassist Nick Tipping lays a firm foundation with tunes built over the static bass. The bass pedal includes Naima from John Coltrane, Spring is Here from Charlie Haden, and Ravel's Piece en Forme de Habanera. (Part three of five.)

    From The Sunday Feature on 05 Oct 2014

  • The Low Down - Bass Players ( 46′ 13″ )

    In the third episode of The Low Down, jazz bassist Nick Tipping plumbs the depths for great bass players, including Ray Brown with the Oscar Peterson Trio, Edgar Meyer performing Bach, and some 'elevated love' from the Esbjorn Svensson Trio. (Part two of five)

    From The Sunday Feature on 28 Sep 2014

  • The Low Down - Bass Lines ( 51′ 39″ )

    Jazz bassist Nick Tipping cranks up the bass with memorable bass lines. You'll hear the Pat Metheny's So May it Secretly Begin, Netherworld Dancing Toys' For Today, and music from Handel's 2nd Concerto for Two Wind Choirs. (Part one of five).

    From The Sunday Feature on 21 Sep 2014

  • Composers on Camera - Composer as Hero ( 57′ 39″ )

    Thomas Goss compares the cinematic narrative of the epic hero-composer to our own assumptions and impulses in appreciating concert music.

    From The Sunday Feature on 31 Aug 2014

  • Composers on Camera - Composer as Lover ( 57′ 26″ )

    Thomas Goss explores how the subject of romance is elevated to philosophical and artistic heights when merged with the identity of a great composer.

    From The Sunday Feature on 24 Aug 2014

  • Composers on Camera - Composer as Madman ( 57′ 29″ )

    Thomas Goss discusses composer-film specialist Ken Russell & his penchant for over-the-top portrayals, and reviews other films in which hysteria trumps drama.

    From The Sunday Feature on 17 Aug 2014

  • Composers on Camera - The Beethoven Meme ( 57′ 55″ )

    Thomas Goss offers a comparison of three recent movies about the greatest classical composer, and suggests how their different views add up to one Messianic testament.

    From The Sunday Feature on 10 Aug 2014

  • Composers on Camera - How Amadeus Changed Everything ( 57′ 9″ )

    Thomas Goss takes a long view of cinematic composers, and how one film lifted their narratives from the mundane to the epic.

    From The Sunday Feature on 03 Aug 2014

  • Lola Johnson ( 58′ 23″ )

    Fifty-five years after recording the country's first classical piano LP Lola Johnson talks with Peter Mechen.

    From The Sunday Feature on 27 Jul 2014

  • The Influence of Saïd ( 55′ 30″ )

    East, West: Cultural Counterpoints - Programme 5: With illustrations from the past and the present, in literature, music and other cultural artefacts, we see how Said's vision has changed the way we think about the interrelationship between West and East.

    From The Ideas of Edward Saïd on 29 Jun 2014

  • Saïd on Music and Silence ( 46′ )

    East, West: Cultural Counterpoints - Programme 4: In a 1997 essay Edward Said explored the development of Western Classical Music from Beethoven through Wagner to Schoenberg and beyond. John Drummond explores Said's stimulating and controversial ideas.

    From The Ideas of Edward Saïd on 22 Jun 2014

  • Saïd on Aïda ( 54′ 35″ )

    East, West: Cultural Counterpoints - Programme 3: Edward Said (1935-2003) was a Palestinian-American scholar and public intellectual. John discusses Saïd’s views on Verdi’s Aïda.

    From The Ideas of Edward Saïd on 15 Jun 2014

  • Edward Saïd’s Orientalism ( 51′ 19″ )

    East, West: Cultural Counterpoints - Programme 2: Edward Saïd (1935-2003) was a Palestinian-American scholar and public intellectual. Dr Vijay Devadas look at one of his most influential books Orientalism (RNZ).

    From The Ideas of Edward Saïd on 08 Jun 2014

  • The Ideas of Edward Saïd ( 49′ 53″ )

    East, West: Cultural Counterpoints - Programme 1: Edward Said (1935-2003) was a Palestinian-American scholar and public intellectual. Professor John Drummond and Dr Vijay Devadas look at the life and works of one of the leading thinkers of the second half of the 20th century.

    From The Ideas of Edward Saïd on 01 Jun 2014

  • The Flying Dutchman ( 53′ 56″ )

    Aidan Lang looks at Wagner's third completed opera and the first of his so-called "Romantic" operas along with Tannhäuser and Lohengrin.

    From The Sunday Feature on 25 May 2014

  • Stravinsky and the Machine - Think Nothing ( 44′ 28″ )

    New Zealand musicologist and author of Experiencing Stravinsky: A Listener’s Companion (2013), Robin Maconie, charts the fruitful relationship between Stravinsky’s music and advents of technology. Part 1 of 2.

    From The Sunday Feature on 18 May 2014

  • Emerging Artists at NZ Opera ( 49′ 3″ )

    Clarissa Dunn finds out how NZ Opera's intern programme helps young New Zealand singers to forge a career in the international profession of opera singing.

    From The Sunday Feature on 04 May 2014

  • Jian Liu ( 48′ 10″ )

    Head of Piano at the New Zealand School of Music since 2011, Dr Jian Liu has an established international performing and teaching career. Jian Liu talks with Kenneth Young about his life in music.

    From The Sunday Feature on 27 Apr 2014

  • The Planets ( 51′ 38″ )

    Gustav Holst's 'The Planets' is a triumph of orchestration, but many of its features and innovations are taken for granted. Thomas Goss takes us on a tour of the unique architecture and fascinating conception of this 20th-century masterpiece.

    From The Sunday Feature on 20 Apr 2014

  • Moondog: The Viking of 6th Avenue ( 57′ 34″ )

    Ryan Smith explores the world of Moondog, the American street musician who became an iconic figure in New York City.

    From The Sunday Feature on 09 Apr 2014

  • Tchaikovsky and Brahms ( 53′ 10″ )

    The rivalry between Tchaikovsky and Brahms was legendary, and it went beyond mere distaste for one another's musical direction. Thomas Goss explores the uneasy friendship and resulting musical ferment in the lives of the two giants. (RNZ)

    From The Sunday Feature on 06 Apr 2014

  • The organ of Napier Cathedral ( 44′ 13″ )

    The organ in Napier Cathedral has been restored and enlarged to become New Zealand's most advanced cathedral organ. Kerry Stevens follows the restoration which honours the organ builders who have contributed to the instrument over many decades.

    From The Sunday Feature on 30 Mar 2014

  • Nicky Spence ( 44′ 14″ )

    Scottish tenor Nicky Spence's varied career spans contemporary opera, traditional opera, crossover, recital work, recording and more. He's in the country to sing in NZ Opera's production of Don Giovanni in Christchurch and here Nicky Spence talks with Christine Argyle.

    From The Sunday Feature on 23 Mar 2014

  • Appointment for 5 March 2014 ( 53′ 17″ )

    John Wells canvasses organist superstar Cameron Carpenter.

    From Appointment on 05 Mar 2014

  • Renata Scotto - A legend looks back, Part 2 ( 53′ 10″ )

    Legendary Italian soprano looks back on her life, from her earliest memories as a young girl falling in love with opera, through her thriving career singing some of her most famously acclaimed roles, up to her present day triumphs directing opera productions and teaching young singers in her greatly sought-after master-classes (RNZ/WFMT).

    From The Sunday Feature on 02 Mar 2014

  • Renata Scotto - A legend looks back, Part 1 ( 54′ 29″ )

    Legendary Italian soprano looks back on her life, from her earliest memories as a young girl falling in love with opera, through her thriving career singing some of her most famously acclaimed roles, up to her present day triumphs directing opera productions and teaching young singers in her greatly sought-after master-classes (RNZ/WFMT).

    From The Sunday Feature on 23 Feb 2014

  • Charlotte's Web - Piera McArthur ( 59′ 29″ )

    Charlotte Wilson talks to Piera McArthur, painter, music-lover, and subject of a lifetime's retrospective at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, about the place of music in her life.

    From Summer Sonic on 31 Dec 2013

  • Charlotte's Web - Marti Friedlander ( 59′ 57″ )

    Arriving in New Zealand in 1958, Marti Friedlander immediately turned to photography to explore the new country and society around her, and has captured many of this country's most important images: artists and politicians, children and kuia, protests and landscapes. Charlotte Wilson asks her about the place of music in her life.

    From The Sunday Feature on 30 Dec 2013