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Violinist Grace Clifford wowed judges with stunning concerto performance.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Chief picks up Fender Stratocaster for a minimalist jam.
Warners’ wiz kids subject La Divina to the freezing water treatment.
Glam-organist and stellar lieder exponent lend MRC a distinctive flavour next year.
Chief Conductor and orchestra support their colleagues in the Berlin Radio Choir.
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra announce season with what “promises to
 be a year of beautiful music making.”

Editor’s Choice

Fiscal struggles can't hold back the latest in music documentary director's successful saga.
Winners announced at Australian Art Music’s annual night of celebration.
Classical music promoter Albert Imperato engages Steven with his ‘20 Questions’ treatment.
Currently making her long overdue return to Australia, the English pianist talks Brahms, Schumann and touring.
After a century on record, why has the world’s most famous orchestra decided to strike out with its own label?
Paul Saintilan, Dean of Melbourne’s Collarts, reflects on what it was like to study with him.

Live Reviews

Cooper journeys through works of three 19th century master composers.
Two contrasting orchestrations aid aural promenade through Mussorgsky’s masterpiece.
Great voices and a concert setting helps make sense of plot.
Fisch leads a powerful synthesis; seemingly both familiar and new.
Beautiful program, with a unique emotional undercurrent throughout.
Tasmanian talents spring to life with impressive, seasonal repertoire.

CD/DVD Reviews

Symphony No 3, Symphony No 7
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits\
Karabits delivers in spades in volume one of a new series.
Prokofiev’s rarely performed Third Symphony (Mackerras performed it with the Sydney Symphony in 1977) is the symphonic equivalent of Almodóvar’s Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown. I enjoyed...
The Thief of Bagdad, The Jungle Book, Sahara, Ben Hur
BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba
Epic scores that could benefit from a bit more epic sound.
It wasn’t until the 1940s when émigré composers from Central Europe began working in the UK and Hollywood, that film music came of age. Top of the heap, alongside Korngold,...
Various Composers
Vaious works
Julius Katchen, Barry Tuckwell, London Symphony Orchestra, István Kertész
The golden era of a conductor who died in tragic circumstances.
The youthful conductor István Kertész had worked mainly in provincial Hungary when he made his first recording for Decca in 1961, but his reputation was rising rapidly. Everyone responded to...

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A penny for your thoughts, a price for on a smile?

Rhythm It Is!

by Richard Letts on July 31, 2014
Is this the best possible art I can make, right now?
University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music students report from Italy.