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RNZ: Upbeat
Radio New Zealand
What's going on in the world of music and the arts? We talk to musicians, composers, choreographers, dancers, actors, directors and artists.
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Wellington ensemble Druz’ya Quartet has won the NZCT Chamber Music Contest with their performance of Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 8. The players talk with Clarissa Dunn about the difficult work they chose and how their other talents add to their musical performances. Judge pianist Stephen de Pledge explains how the strong competition is a positive thing for chamber music in New Zealand.
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The Piano is hosting a special concert to raise funds for several young Christchurch musicians who are studying  overseas: pianist  Bradley Wood, and tenor Oliver Sewell, Lyric soprano Anna Hoetjes is joining the concert to support her friends and will sing several arias with Oliver Sewell as part of the fundraiser. Anna and Oliver discuss why overseas study is still a must for aspiring classical musicians, whether the scene in NZ is able to meet demand and their hopes for their respective careers.
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Two pianos are better than one! Audiences lap up the fun, and quite a few pianists and composers as well judging from the music that’s been written for piano duo. Putting that philosophy to the acid test is the Silver Garburg Piano Duo who are back playing with the CSO this weekend Poulenc’s vivacious Concerto for Two Pianos.
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Composer Gareth Farr is In The Wars. He’s writing the music for a new show written by acclaimed Paris-based kiwi Juliet O’Brien. The show is premiering at BATS theatre next week and tells different stories from conflict areas, from a mother trying to delay the birth of her baby in a warzone, to an Afghan bomb-sniffer dog who now requires a psychologist.
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Takács Quartet is known for its unique blend of drama, warmth and humour in its performances. The quartet is here for a flying visit playing Wellington and Auckland this weekend. Violist Geraldine Walther and violinist Edward Dusinberre discuss their unique combination, why they put a NZ composer on the programme and whether the quartet is “chamber music royalty”.
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The Proms is underway in the UK, with RNZ Concert broadcasting many concerts over the next six weeks. BBC Proms Director David Pickard talks to us during a rehearsal from the Royal Albert Hall about this year’s programming, why he included Welsh pop singer Tom Jones in the line-up, and the fallout the BBC has faced since conductor Daniel Barenboim’s speech on the need for European unity.
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Piano combined with birdsong produced through an app on the phones of the audience was the highlight of the Xenia Pestova’s concert in Wellington. Pianist Fiona McCabe reviews Xenia’s engaging performance of music from Scarlatti to Sierra, Lockwood to Bach, and the premiere of The Grey Ghost by Kiwi composer Miriama Young.
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Frederic Jahn danced with Rudolf Nureyev in his ground breaking production of Romeo and Juliet. The boy from Dunedin has had a career working with ballet royalty and brings that experience to the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He’s ballet master for Francesco Ventrigilia’s new production of Romeo & Juliet. Frederic explains how telling the Shakespearean story of love and loss has evolved since 1977 when he created Tybalt in Nureyev’s famous version, one that he still helps create worldwide.
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Sex and politics go hand in hand in Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro. Mozart played fast and loose with censorship rules in in writing an opera about the right of the lord of the manor to have sex with every new bride on his estate. Kate Lineham who plays the Countess in Eternity Opera’s new production talks with director Alex Galvin about how Mozart’s sublime music allowed him to get away with discussing the controversial European practice in one of his most popular operas.
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Using technology you necessarily wouldn’t associate with artistic or musical applications is what drives composer Clovis McEvoy. His creative thinking has seen Clovis awarded a Professional Development Award from APRA. He describes his methods of combining technology with artistic pursuits and the importance of spending time in Paris.
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