The Sunday Feature

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2:00 pm on Sunday (02 Aug 2015)

The Record Shelf

In the first of two programmes, Jim Svejda talks with Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin (KUSC)

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Don Quixote

The fanciful adventures of Cervantes' deluded knight Don Quixote and his hapless squire Sancho Panza have inspired painters, filmmakers, composers and philosophers ever since the Spanish Golden Age. Presented by Elric Hooper and Des Wilson.

From Appointment on 21 Jun 2015

The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky

A 1947 Chicago exhibition of William Hogarth's sequence of paintings depicting "A Rake's Progress" inspired Stravinsky to compose an opera. With a clever English libretto by WH Auden & Chester Kallman, the work premiered at La Fenice in Venice in 1951. The opera is regularly revived and is now a 20th century classic. Elric Hooper & Des Wilson present an introduction to The Rake's Progress

From Appointment on 07 Jun 2015

Honor McKellar

Tim Dodd talks to the New Zealand mezzo, now in retirement in Dunedin after a career that included the early days of Donald Munro's New Zealand Opera Company, Glyndebourne and the John Alldis Choir in London in the 1960s, and the voice lectureship at the University of Otago.

From The Sunday Feature on 31 May 2015

The Sunday Feature: Jack Body

Composer Jack Body in conversation with Kenneth Young about current and recent works including Songs & Dances of Desire.

From The Sunday Feature on 24 May 2015

Terence Dennis

As a pianist, Terence Dennis is widely regarded as New Zealand's finest accompanist for singers. This is attested to by the fact that artists of the highest standing like Kiri Te Kanawa and Bryn Terfel have chosen him to tour New Zealand and overseas with them. He talks to Tim Dodd about his career.

From Appointment on 17 May 2015

Oh! What a Lovely War

Elric Hooper and Des Wilson tell the story of Joan Littlewood's 1963 satirical stage show on the First World War (RNZ)

From Appointment on 10 May 2015

Roger Lloyd

Since coming to New Zealand in 1993, Roger Lloyd has managed some of this country's finest musical institutions, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, the New Zealand String Quartet and the Adam Chamber Music Festival. This conversation with David Morriss takes us from his early clarinet-playing days, and years with the Ulster Orchestra, through to his current role as Chief Executive of Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand. (RNZ)

From Appointment on 03 May 2015

War Records

Des Wilson looks at the British gramophone industry's contribution to the war effort 100 years ago (RNZ).

From Appointment on 19 Apr 2015

Music Outdoors

There are great concert halls, grand opera houses, glorious cathedrals... but some music is just meant to be heard in the open air.

From The Sunday Feature on 12 Apr 2015

Richard Farrell - Cosmopolitan Pianist

Peter Mechen and guests consider Richard Farrell's performances of Grieg and Rachmaninov.

From The Sunday Feature on 05 Apr 2015

Richard Farrell - At Home with Brahms

New Zealand pianist Richard Farrell (1926-1958) relished the challenge of the enigmatic music of Brahms.

From The Sunday Feature on 29 Mar 2015

Richard Farrell - Elegant Romantic

New Zealand pianist Richard Farrell is remembered for his elegant style and romantic musicality.

From The Sunday Feature on 22 Mar 2015

Richard Farrell - New Zealand pianist

New Zealand pianist Richard Farrell was enjoying a successful international career until he was killed in a car accident at the age of 31. Peter Mechen and guests look back at Farrell's achievements

From The Sunday Feature on 15 Mar 2015

Renata Scotto - A legend looks back, Part 2

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 Appointment on 12 Mar 2015

Renata Scotto - A legend looks back, Part 1

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 Appointment on 11 Mar 2015

Brilliant Brass, Series 3, Programme 5

David Bremner looks into the history and current activities of the National Band of New Zealand.

From Brilliant Brass on 08 Mar 2015

Brilliant Brass, Series 3, Programme 4

David Bremner features British ensemble Superbrass, cornet soloist Richard Marshall and NZ composer John Psathas (RNZ).

From Brilliant Brass on 01 Mar 2015

Brilliant Brass, Series 3, Programme 3

David Bremner features trombonist Zoltán Kiss, brass music from New Orleans, and composer Anton Bruckner (RNZ).

From Brilliant Brass on 22 Feb 2015

Brilliant Brass, Series 3, Programme 2

David Bremner features trumpeter Alison Balsom, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and composer Gareth Farr (RNZ).

From Brilliant Brass on 15 Feb 2015

Brilliant Brass, Series 3, Programme 1

David Bremner features Louis Armstrong, Summit Brass and composer Eric Ball (RNZ)

From Brilliant Brass on 08 Feb 2015

Brilliant Brass, Series 2, Programme 5

David Bremner features trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, South Island composers John and Anthony Ritchie, and the Chicago Symphony brass section.

From The Sunday Feature on 01 Feb 2015

Brilliant Brass, Series 2, Programme 4

David Bremner features trombonist Joe Alessi, Christchurch band Woolston Brass, and composer Paul Hindemith (RNZ).

From The Sunday Feature on 25 Jan 2015

Brilliant Brass, Series 2, Programme 3

David Bremner features the Berlin Philharmonic Horn Quartet, inimitable jazzman Miles Davis, and New Zealand composer Dean Goffin (RNZ).

From The Sunday Feature on 18 Jan 2015

Brilliant Brass, Series 2, Programme 2

David Bremner features American quintet Empire Brass, euphonium ambassador David Childs, and the antiphonal composers of 16th century Venice (RNZ).

From The Sunday Feature on 11 Jan 2015

Brilliant Brass, Series 2, Programme 1

David Bremner profiles trumpet supremo Sergei Nakariakov, trombone quartet Bones Apart, and band composer Peter Graham (RNZ).

From The Sunday Feature on 04 Jan 2015

Twang!!

Lionel Bart shot an arrow into the air with his 1965 musical Twang!! The show was based on the story of Robin Hood and has gone down in history as one of the greatest flops ever. Elric Hooper and Des Wilson tell the tale.

From The Sunday Feature on 28 Dec 2014

Brian Kay's Secular Christmas

Brian Kay, conductor, broadcaster and ex-King's Singer, presents a selection of some of his favourite non-sacred music for the festive season.

From The Sunday Feature on 21 Dec 2014

John Amis Composer Portraits - Michael Tippett

Few British composers have responded as deeply to world events as Michael Tippett. His oratorio A Child of our Time, was an impassioned protest against the persecution and tyranny he saw happening throughout the world in 1939, at the onset of World War II. John Amis looks particularly at Tippett's music from 1939 up until the time he made this programme in 1981 (RNZ).

From Appointment on 14 Dec 2014

John Amis Composer Portraits - Benjamin Britten

In this personal portrait of Benjamin Britten, recorded in 1981, John Amis reflects on how different Britten's output might have been had he never met his lifelong partner, tenor Peter Pears, for whom he wrote many of his major works (RNZ).

From Appointment on 07 Dec 2014

John Amis Composer Portraits - William Walton

John Amis knew William Walton well and had interviewed him several times before this portrait, recorded in 1981. As a young man Walton was accepted into the home of the illustrious Sitwell family, leading to his famous collaboration with Edith Sitwell in Façade (RNZ).

From Appointment on 30 Nov 2014

John Amis Composer Portraits - Igor Stravinsky

Just over a hundred years ago Igor Stravinsky attended the premieres of his controversial ballets The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring when they were performed to Paris audiences. And a little over 50 years ago he came to New Zealand and conducted our National Orchestra in two memorable performances, including music from The Firebird. Stravinsky is the focus of this portrait by John Amis recorded in 1981 (RNZ).

From Appointment on 23 Nov 2014

John Amis Composer Portraits - Percy Grainger

John Amis looks at the colourful and sometimes eccentric Percy Grainger, a world famous pianist, teacher and writer, who today is known mainly for his folk song arrangements. Recorded in 1981 (RNZ).

From Appointment on 16 Nov 2014

Roger Flury

Just before returning to the UK after 40 years in New Zealand, Roger Flury (music librarian, historian and broadcaster) spoke with Des Wilson (RNZ).

From The Sunday Feature on 09 Nov 2014

Larry Pruden (1925-1982)

Peter Mechen looks at the life and work of Taranaki-born composer Larry Pruden, talks to those who knew him, and learns about the collected edition of Pruden's works being published by Promethean Editions (RNZ).

From Appointment on 02 Nov 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).

From Appointment on 26 Oct 2014

The Low Down - Bass Riffs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Wells canvasses organist superstar Cameron Carpenter.

From Appointment on 05 Mar 2014

Charlotte's Web - Piera McArthur

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

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

Risë Stevens (1913-2013)

The glamorous American mezzo-soprano lived almost 100 years. Roger Flury & Des Wilson review her career on the opera stage and in the movies.

From The Sunday Feature on 29 Dec 2013

High Class Middlebrow - Part 3: Gavin Sutherland

Brian Kay talks to conductor, composer and arranger Gavin Sutherland who has numerous light music recordings to his credit.

From The Sunday Feature on 22 Dec 2013

High Class Middlebrow - Part 2: Ronald Corp

Brian Kay talks to conductor and composer Ronald Corp, whose recordings of light music for Hyperion in the 1990s became immensely popular and helped to re-ignite interest in the field of light music.

From The Sunday Feature on 15 Dec 2013

High Class Middlebrow - Part 1: John Wilson

Brian Kay talks to conductor, composer, arranger John Wilson, whose musical genius is behind many successful projects in light music and film music.

From The Sunday Feature on 08 Dec 2013

Tobias Ringborg

Visiting Swedish conductor talks with Christine Argyle.

From The Sunday Feature on 01 Dec 2013

Candide: Too Much Genius

A look at Leonard Bernstein's 20th century musical presented by Elric Hooper & Des Wilson.

From The Sunday Feature on 24 Nov 2013

Carmen: I am here, I am me

Jack Body's composition 'Songs & Dances of Desire' entwines the life of Bizet's opera character with the story of one of NZ's notable characters, Carmen Rupe. NB - listener discretion is advised due to strong language and adult themes (RNZ)

From The Sunday Feature on 17 Nov 2013

Don Carlos

Versions of Don Carlos, presented by Michael Vinten.

From The Sunday Feature on 13 Oct 2013

Eckehard Stier

Tim Dodd talks to the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's Music Director and Chief Conductor, a man of prodigious energy who also holds positions at Görlitz Opera and the Neue Lausitz Philharmonic Orchestra.

From The Sunday Feature on 06 Oct 2013

Wagner, the Sea and the Dutchman

Heath Lees explores the role of the sea in Wagner's opera The Flying Dutchman.

From The Sunday Feature on 29 Sep 2013

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Peter Shaw profiles the 20th Century's greatest lieder singer.

From The Sunday Feature on 15 Sep 2013

Welsh tenor Dennis O'Neill

The distinguished Welsh tenor and educator talks with Christine Argyle.

From The Sunday Feature on 08 Sep 2013

Soprano Taryn Fiebig

Helpmann Award-winning Australian soprano Taryn Fiebig talks with Christine Argyle.

From The Sunday Feature on 01 Sep 2013

Fanelli (1860-1917)

When it comes to discussing the origins of Impressionism in French music, the work of composer Ernest Fanelli is surrounded by controversy. Presented by Roger Wilson.

From The Sunday Feature on 25 Aug 2013

Light Music: Into the Future

Brian Kay presents a selection of his favourite pieces of Light Music. In this programme, rather than celebrating the glories of the past, he looks at living composers taking the genre into the future.

From The Sunday Feature on 11 Aug 2013

Light Music: Signature Tunes

Brian Kay presents a selection of his favourite pieces of Light Music. In this programme his theme is "Signature Tunes".

From The Sunday Feature on 04 Aug 2013

Light Music: Going Places

Brian Kay presents a selection of his favourite pieces of Light Music. In this programme his theme is "Going Places".

From The Sunday Feature on 28 Jul 2013

Beethoven Quartets (Part 3) - The Road to Parnassus

Beethoven Quartets 3: The Road to Parnassus. Peter Walls explores the character of Beethoven's great cycle of String Quartets.

From The Sunday Feature on 14 Jul 2013

Beethoven Quartets (Part 2) - Testament

Beethoven's Quartets 2: Testament. Peter Walls explores the character of Beethoven's great cycle of String Quartets.

From The Sunday Feature on 07 Jul 2013

Beethoven Quartets (Part 1) - Mozart's Spirit, Haydn's Hands

Beethoven's Quartets 1: Mozart's spirit, Haydn's hands. Peter Walls explores the character of Beethoven's great cycle of String Quartets.

From The Sunday Feature on 30 Jun 2013

How Will Opera Survive? (Part 4)

Panel discussion, chaired by John Drummond, on prospects for opera as viewed in and from New Zealand - with Aidan Lang, Margaret Medlyn and Garth Wilshere

From How Will Opera Survive? on 23 Jun 2013

How Will Opera Survive? (Part 3)

Challenges and opportunities.

From How Will Opera Survive? on 16 Jun 2013

How Will Opera Survive? (Part 2)

The future for opera performers.

From How Will Opera Survive? on 09 Jun 2013

How Will Opera Survive? (Part 1)

The future for opera companies.

From How Will Opera Survive? on 02 Jun 2013

The Rite of Spring - 100 year shock wave

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is still provocative and disturbing a century after its premiere caused one of the most sensational scandals in artistic history. In this anniversary documentary, the ballet's 100 year shock-wave is traced from its initial explosion on May 29th 1913 right up to the present time. First-hand recollections of the famous first night from Dame Marie Rambert, who was one of the dancers, and Igor Stravinsky, who was in the audience, lead through to comments on the work's enduring power from performers of today - dancer Dame Monica Mason, dancer Deborah Bull, choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, and conductors Valery Gergiev, the late Sir Colin Davis, and Bernard Keeffe - as well as dance re-constructionist Millicent Hodson and musicologist and historian Geoffrey Norris. Narrated and produced by Jon Tolansky.

From The Sunday Feature on 26 May 2013

Sir Colin Davis

Interview with the late Sir Colin Davis by Jon Tolansky, recorded in 2006.

From The Sunday Feature on 19 May 2013

Adolphe Sax

Presented by Thomas Goss (RNZ).

From The Sunday Feature on 28 Apr 2013

Remembering Britten, Part 2

Presented by Jon Tolansky (RNZ/WFMT).

From The Sunday Feature on 21 Apr 2013

Remembering Britten, Part 1

Presented by Jon Tolansky (RNZ/WFMT).

From The Sunday Feature on 14 Apr 2013

Hohepa - The making of an opera

Presented by Amelia Nurse.

From The Sunday Feature on 03 Feb 2013

The Sunday Feature for 23 December 2012 - Kathleen Ferrier

Roger Flury and Des Wilson mark the British contralto's centenary.

From The Sunday Feature on 23 Dec 2012

The Sunday Feature for 9 December 2012 - Messiah with Brian Kay

Brian Kay looks at the background to Handel's masterpiece and plays excerpts from a wide variety of recordings of different styles.

From The Sunday Feature on 09 Dec 2012

The Sunday Feature for 18 November - David Zinman

The international conductor talks with David Morriss

From The Sunday Feature on 18 Nov 2012

The Sunday Feature for 11 November - I Musici

David Morriss talks with the group's leader Antonio Anselmi.

From The Sunday Feature on 11 Nov 2012

The Sunday Feature 21 October 2012 - Sir Georg Solti

A centenary tribute, presented by Jon Tolansky.

From The Sunday Feature on 21 Oct 2012

The Voice Box (Part 2)

Clarissa Dunn looks at some of the most intriguing vocal virtuosi from opera singers to yodellers to beat boxers: those artists who’ve taken the vocal instrument to physical and imaginative extremes.

From Appointment on 11 Oct 2012

The Sunday Feature for 7 October 2012

Brian Kay explores the various ways composers have approached writing music for the text of the Gloria.

From The Sunday Feature on 07 Oct 2012

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