News

Is sex appeal the key to a classical comeback?

Will a video clip of Asian hotties twerking re-imagine classical music for a contemporary audience?

Mariss Jansons to exit Concertgebouw

Chief conductor of one the world's finest orchestras will lay down the baton after ten glorious years.

Campaign targets how music is taught in schools

Richard Tognetti, Peter Sculthorpe and Richard Gill head petition to ensure every child receives a musical education.

Concert review: Music to warm the heart (Streeton Trio)

Elegance and eloquence, but the Streeton Trio sometimes dish up a curate's egg.

Concert review: Jordi Savall's Jerusalem Project (Sydney)

Standing ovation greets 3000 years of musical history and a moving plea for peace.

Myra Hess' blitz spirit

The concerts that helped win the Battle of Britain are the basis of Patricia Routledge and Piers Lane's hit show.
 
Features

The 10 Greatest Pieces of Music for Easter

Ten of the most inspiring works for Eastertide. Or what would Jesus have had on shuffle for Holy Week?

Miloš: the new face of classical guitar

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

Jordi Savall: Sounding the Ram's Horn

How did viol guru Jordi Savall find himself attempting to reproduce the 3,000-year old musical history of Jerusalem?

The 10 Greatest Losses to Classical Music

They died (relatively) young and stayed (relatively) pretty. So who were classical music's biggest losers?

Beyond the manuscript: the secret life of composers

"Composers Doing Normal Shit" on Tumblr has caused an Internet frenzy, highlighting the normality (and craziness) of musical lives.

Yuja Wang: Managing the piano, conductors and the laundry

The 27-year-old Chinese piano star talks about her influences, standing in for Argerich and doing her own laundry.
Live Event Reviews

Concert review: Little Match Girl Passion (Song Company)

Powerful passions run deep in Roland Peelman’s Eastertide offerings.
 

Musical review: Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann, Global Creatures)

It may only take two to tango, but it takes more than that to make a great musical.
 

Concert review: Haydn & Italian Cello (ACO, Tognetti, Sollima)

Italian cellist plays, dances and sings while taking us (and his instrument) on a whistle-stop tour.
CD, DVD, Film & Audio Visual Reviews
Review of the Week

CPE Bach: Württenmberg Sonatas (Esfahani)

Harpsichord master takes us on a remarkable keyboard adventure
 

Shostakovich: Symphonies No. 1 & 15 (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra/Wigglesworth)

Shostakovich's symphonic alpha and omega from BIS
 

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3; Symphony No. 5 (Matsuev, Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev)

Russian bears do excitement at the expense of the character
 

Dvořák, Smetana, Suk: Piano Trios (Sitkovetsky Trio)

An Australian bound, gifted Brit threesome shows its Czech mettle
 

Bach: St. John Passion (Academy of Ancient Music/Egarr)

An enlightened resurrection of Bach's original St. John Passion
 

Wagner: Arias (Rutherford, Bergen Philharmonic/Litton)

Young Brit joins new generation of eminent Wagnerians
Blogs
Music matters more than many think

Music matters more than many think

Australian schools are foundering for want of music budgets. What's to be done?
 
It's All About The Audience

It's All About The Audience

A good house can turn a damp picnic into a musical BBQ, but a really good one can trigger a raging bushfire
 
To Musical Infinity and Beyond

To Musical Infinity and Beyond

Or how enlightened sponsorship in regional Queensland can transport a bus driver to a distant world
 
The Empress of Pleasure

The Empress of Pleasure

How Mrs Cornelys started the 'Swinging 1760s' and the 18th century London Underground
 
Bach beats Big Brother... Anytime

Bach beats Big Brother... Anytime

What the world needs now is a second Enlightenment, not more inane reality TV or empty political soundbites.
 
Perth Festival 2014 looks like a hit in the making

Perth Festival 2014 looks like a hit in the making

Getting bearings, keeping cool and talking classical music chalk and cheese.
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