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Best of British: Your Essential Guide to a Glorious Musical Tradition
The Land Without Music. The German critic Oskar Schmitz voiced a commonly-held view of Britain when he published a treatise with this title in 1904. After all, the British Isles had not produced a major composer since Purcell, who died in 1695, and the only music of any worth to be heard there was written, and usually performed, by foreign musicians. Schmitz had an agenda: he was out to demonstrate the superiority of German music.
As if to prove him wrong, a revival of British music soon bore fruit, propelling the country into international eminence in the 20th century. But the history of music in the British Isles is much richer than Schmitz was prepared to admit: many of the earliest developments in European music began there. Our June issue searches for the truth behind the myths as it takes you on a musical history tour of the United Kingdom.
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Her Majesty Requests
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Wild Colonial Band
There's a new orchestral force in London, and it's made up of Australians in exile. We meet Kelly Lovelady, the intrepid young female conductor behind Ruthless Jabiru.
Long Live the Proms
Limelight puts its collective hands together for the BBC Proms, the grand old classical music party that has shaped the music of a nation.
Composer of the Month: Orlando Gibbons
The finest keyboard player of the Tudor age, Gibbons was also the creator of wonderfully idiosyncratic music.
Musical Journey: Warsaw
It may be Chopin country but there's plenty more to lure music lovers to the Polish capital.
A whopping 24 pages of classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including a colourful treat for Grainger fans from Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony; Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic on tour with Rachmaninov and Mahler; The Simón Bolivar String Quartet plays Ginastera, Dvořák and Shostakovich; Vladimir Ashkenazy’s fifty years on Decca celebration box; The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford lend a touch of authenticity to music from the Eton Choirbook and Piotr Beczała helps himself from a sweet trolley of Viennese delights in his tribute to Richard Tauber.
The Limelight Classical Chart
Exclusive to Limelight, this chart ranks the top 20 best-selling classical CDs and DVDs according to monthly sales figures drawn from Australia's leading classical specialist stores. Unlike other charts, Limelight's specially assembled list admits only pure classical releases – it's not diluted with crossover.
The only magazine to feature highlights and recommendations for ABC Classic FM, Radio National and ABC TV.