Melissa Lesnie

Melissa has joined Limelight as Online Editor, following two years as Label Manager for a classical distribution company. Prior to that, you may have seen her behind the counter at Fish Fine Music.

Recent articles by Melissa Lesnie

Miloš: the new face of classical guitar

The Montenegrin musician who is conquering the world (and the charts) with an Aussie instrument.

Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Master Choral, Los Angeles Philharmonic/Dudamel)

Dudamel and Co illuminate a passionate choral cry for peace

Ivan Ilić on playing with the left-hand

Serbian-American pianist talks about left-handed repertoire and the influence of Paul Wittgenstein

Paul Wittgenstein: The Man with the Golden Arm

How did war-wounded pianist Paul Wittgenstein persuade Ravel, Britten and Prokofiev to write pieces for his left hand?

Falvetti: Nabucco (Cappella Mediterranea/Alarcón)

King Nebuchadnezzar gets a Neapolitan Baroque makeover

Visions of John Zorn at Adelaide Festival

Melissa Lesnie talks to Jane Sheldon about her experiences singing the music of a contemporary music legend.

Poulenc: Choral works (Petibon/Choeur et Orchestre de Paris/Järvi)

50-year aged wine needs little refinement

Spicy: Exotic music for Violin (Les Passions de l'Âme/Lüthi)

Some like it hot but this Baroque feast is mildly piquant at best

Tchaikovsky, Ellington: Nutcracker Suites (Harmonie Ensemble/Richman)

A 1960 crossover project that works a Christmassy treat

Baroque Cello Concertos (Sol Gabetta)

Red Priest and co tackled with flair, if not with fiery passion

Zarathustra: The universe according to Strauss

Thus Spake Zarathustra is Richard Strauss’ most recognisable work. But what ideas lurk behind the fanfare?

Becoming Pavarotti

Richard Bonynge and Mirella Freni on the making of the 20th century's biggest tenor.

The Secret Life of Handel

From surly Saxon porker to undercover spy, the mysterious life of Handel unravelled.

Steffani: Dances and Overtures (I Barrochisti)

Orchestral Steffani holds its own – even without Bartoli.

Nyman: All Imperfect Things (Sally Whitwell)

Whitwell’s new disc of Nyman is more than just Victorian gothic.

Farinelli: Rivals (Hansen)

David Hansen, countertenor King of the high Cs (not to mention the Ds).

Britten Songs (Bostridge)

Winter Words, Michelangelo Sonnets, Hölderlin Fragments, Songs from the Chinese.

Isserlis plays Dvořák...finally

The cellist waited 40 years to record the most beloved concerto. Limelight visited his London home to see what kept him.

Dvořák: Cello Concertos (Isserlis)

Forty years marinating gives Isserlis pride of place on the shelf.

Dobrinka Tabakova: String Paths (Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra)

New kid on the Eastern bloc pulls some serious strings.
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