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Issue: September, 2012

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Cover Story: Gustavo Dudamel
The hottest young maestro on the planet reveals the music that inspires him. The Venezuelan conductor's life story may read like a rags-to-riches Hollywood screenplay, but this leading man is still Gustavo from the block.


Hamer Hall Reborn
After a $135.8 million rebuild, Melbourne's once-dodgy Hamer Hall may just be the country's finest concert venue. Limelight finds out how it measures up.

Cracking Elgar's Enigma
Elgar's Enigma Variations was the work that rocketed the composer to fame, yet the tantalising "enigma" behind the work remains unsolved. 



Jon Rose: The musical iconoclast
For 35 years, Jon Rose has worked, largely without recognition, on some of Australian music's most outlandish experiments.


Musical identity crisis: How NOT to be an Australian composer
Is it odd to insist on calling our composers "Australian", wonders Andrew Ford, when no one knows what Australian music should sound like?

Interview: Slava & Leonard Grygoryan
In reimagining Tchaikovsky's The Seasons for guitar duo, the brothers got a little help from dad.

Composer of the MonthDmitri Shostakovich

How much can we know about Shostakovich's politics and personal life from his music?



Musical Journey: Munich
You'd expect great beer and sausages. But we were blown away by a city abuzz with music and culture. 


A whopping 32 pages of classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including Dudamel's stunning Eroica; Angela Hewitt's Schumann concerto; the 150th anniversary of Debussy's birth celebrated on disc; Martha Argerich and friends, and more.

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.

 Backstage: Sydney International Piano Competition winner Avan Yu on a grueling few weeks onstage and in the practice rooms.
• Guest Column: Simon Tedeschi on what's wrong with André Rieu!
Musical Briefing: Child prodigies: do they deserve credit for their Mozartian gifts, or are they just coasting on lucky genes?


The only magazine to feature highlights and recommendations for ABC Classic FM, Radio National and ABC TV.


Articles in this issue

Beasts of the Southern Wild

You’re going to be hearing a lot about this deserved Sundance Grand Jury prizewinner – if you haven’t done so already.

Bully (Lee Hirsch)

Lee Hirsch exposes bullying as a global endemic in a confronting new documentary.


A splendid new disc from the great Dutch cellist.

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel (Alice Coote, Lydia Teuscher, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, LPO/Ticciati)

Ticciati struts his stuff – Glyndebourne’s incoming music director excites.

It takes two to Tchaikovsky: the Grigoryan Brothers

In reimagining The Seasons for guitar duo, brothers Leonard and Slava Grigoryan got a little help from dad.

Konstantin Shamray in Recital (TCHAIKOVSKY, SCRIABIN, PROKOFIEV)

Shamray sets the pace – Fine debut from the previous SIPCA winner.


The German word Vergangenheitsbewältigung, meaning “coming-to-terms-with-the-past”, reverberates throughout Shortland’s beautifully assured film.

Monsieur Lazhar

A harrowing loss of innocence gives way to a deeply humane portrait of pedagogy.

MOUTON: Tu Es Petrus (The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice)

Music fit for Kings (and Popes) – Polyphonic gems from a shining light of the Renaissance.

Musical Briefing: Talent and Genetics

Hardly a month goes by without the discovery of a new musical prodigy of Mozartian gifts. Do they deserve credit for their talent – or are they just coasting on lucky genes?

Next-Gen Blu-Ray

The latest Blu-ray players are packed with an ever-expanding array of features, but as our group test shows, performance is still king.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Walzer Revolution (Concentus Musicus Wien)

Harnoncourt’s “revolution” continues to enthrall.

SCHUBERT: Piano Trios in B major

Chamber playing at its finest in this Schiff family affair.

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Seasons arr guitar duo (Leonard & Slava Grigoryan)

Delicious seasonal fare: beauty and introspection in a new arrangement of a classic.

The Poet Sings: Australian Art Songs (Lisa Harper-Brown, Phil Wickham)

A snapshot of 20th-century Australian art song.
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