Magazine Archive

July, 2012

July, 2012

  • American icon Philip Glass at 75
  • Daniel Barenboim on Beethoven and world peace
  • Sydney International Piano Competition: meet the victors and victims of the piano battlefield
  • The Australian maestro myth: why are our conductors overlooked at home?

June, 2012

  • No-holds-barred interview with Richard Tognetti
  • Melbourne and Sydney battle it out for the title of Australia's cultural capital
  • The new and improved Deborah Voigt
  • A journey into Holst's The Planets

May, 2012

Limelight finds out why millions of singers and listeners around the world are hooked on the music of American choral sensation Eric Whitacre. We also separate fact and fiction to discover why Mozart really wrote his powerful Requiem, learn the secrets of professional musicians coping with performance anxiety, and talk to Chinese pianist Yuja Wang about conquering the piano world in a very short skirt.

April, 2012

In her tell-all Limelight interview, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter reveals how she became the most powerful woman in classical music. Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell on their new albums of sumptuous French music; ABC Classic FM's Margaret Throsby chats with Murray Perahia in the pianist's London home. Plus, the centenary of Kathleen Ferrier's birth and the Top 15 Insults in Classical Music!

March, 2012

Limelight discovers how soprano Cheryl Barker and baritone Peter Coleman-Wright balance singing on the world's great stages with life as husband and wife – but it wasn't always perfect harmony... The great film composer Ennio Morricone explains why "it's like an insult" when he hears the words Spaghetti Western; we revisit Stravinsky's historic visit to Australia to conduct the Sydney Symphony in 1961.

February, 2012

Limelight delves deep into the life and career of Leonard Bernstein, whose colleagues, friends and family tell the inside story. We learn how a band of 12 intrepid young Romans rescued Vivaldi's Four Seasons from obscurity; star violinist Hilary Hahn and YouTube piano sensation Valentina Lisitsa take us behind the scenes as they record their new album... In a barn!

January, 2012

In our annual Awards Issue, Limelight celebrates the brilliant performers who brought the house down in 2011. Composer and radio presenter Julian Day takes aim at an ABC Classic 100 devoid of avant-garde works; we unravel the Masonic mystery at the heart of Mozart's The Magic Flute and find out what it means to be a King's Singer.

December, 2011

Limelight's December issue pays tribute to Dame Joan Sutherland one year after her death: her widower and greatest collaborator Richard Bonynge tells Joan's story from their first meeting to her last days. We delve into the history of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ahead of the Australian Ballet's performances. Plus, a Christmas gift guide for everyone from the opera virgin to the seasoned symphonist, and we drop in on Australia's remaining classical specialist shops to find out how they're braving the digital download storm.

November, 2011

Limelight's bumper 100th issue presents the 100 greatest classical CDs ever reviewed in the magazine, and the chance to win them all! We also unveil the not-to-be-missed classical music concerts of 2012 in our exclusive annual season preview. Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter shares her thoughts on ageing gracefully; another mezzo, Katherine Jenkins, tells us what it was like touring with Plácido Domingo.

October, 2011

In this piano-themed issue, the 10 greatest pianists of all time are chosen by today's leading piano virtuosos: Grigory Sokolov, Stephen Kovacevich, András Schiff, Paul Lewis, Pascal Rogé and others all cast their votes. Meet James Rhodes, Britain's piano bad boy making Beethoven sexy; Angela Hewitt shares her insights on playing Bach; and changes are afoot within the world's greatest orchestra, the Vienna Phil.

September, 2011

Opera legend Plácido Domingo shares the secrets of his success on his 70th birthday; our in-depth survey of musicians reveals the best (and worst) concert hall acoustics in Australia; Steve Reich confronts the tragedy of 9/11 in his latest composition; plus interviews with Paul Lewis, Joseph Calleja, Elena Kats-Chernin, Lyndon Terracini and more.

August, 2011

ABC Classic FM’s star interviewer Margaret Throsby reveals her top 10 musical guests – Yehudi Menuhin, Bryn Terfel, Lorin Maazel, Renée Fleming – and one prima donna who stormed out. Plus, the Australian World Orchestra, piano superstar Martha Argerich turns 70, and Vasily Petrenko sheds light on Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony.

July, 2011

Purchase your copy now - only $8.50 including postage FEATURES Interview: Tony Palmer talks Wagner Tony Palmer is music’s most prolific filmmaker. This month sees the release of his mammoth biopic on Wagner starring Richard Burton. Stuart Skelton Why is Australia&rsqu...

June, 2011

Purchase your copy now - only $8.50 including postage COVER STORY: Valery Gergiev on understanding Mahler Russian maestro Valery Gergiev has just recorded all ten Mahler symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra. We asked the conductor got his head around some of music’s most ...

May, 2011

In this month’s Limelight Margaret & David from The Movie Show provide us with the Top 10 Film Scores of all time. Plus we look at how musicians and orchestra's are celebrating violist Brett Dean's 50th birthday, Hans Zimmer reflects on what makes Ennio Morricone the greatest and we look at concert hall composers who were lured to score the big screen.

April, 2011

In this month’s Limelight we go behind the scenes at the Sydney Symphony with Chief Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. Plus we talk to violinist Pekka Kuusisto, in Australia for the Musica Viva Festival, Germany’s hot new soprano Mojca Erdmann and celebrate the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt.

March, 2011

In this months issue of Limelight, we ask whether any pianist can match the genius of Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations. Look back at history's most prolific and musical family, the Bach's. And talk to mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli on the eve of her maiden Australian tour.

February, 2011

In this months issue of Limelight, we talk to Anthony Warlow about his new role in Lucy Simon's musical, Doctor Zhivago. Our panel of Limelight reviewers, ABC Classic FM producers and industry experts choose the top ten recordings of the 21st century. We visit countertenor Andreas Scholl in Germany and discover how returning to his roots has enriched his personal life and his artistic endeavours.

January, 2011

What a year! The ACO has cemented its position as Australia's most popular orchestra; concertgoers have been dazzled by some top-notch touring musicians; a local band has brought the fun back to Baroque; and a 100% Australian opera has conquered the world... Limelight is proud to present the winners of the 2010 Awards, as voted the readers.
December, 2010

December, 2010

COVER STORY: DAME JOAN SUTHERLANDThis month, Limelight pays tribute to Dame Joan Sutherland. We explore how Sydney-born Joan rose to become the queen of bel canto and a global superstar. Including memories and personal stories from those who new her best, and James McCarthy’s 2006 interview – ...
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