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Issue: November 2012

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Cover Story: Mission Bartoli
What the devil is Cecilia Bartoli doing in a monk's cassock? The mezzo tells Limelight all about her latest project: a mission to swing the spotlight onto a little-known Italian composer named Agostino Steffani.


Season Preview
What do Australia's arts companies have in store for 2013? Turn to page 38 for our indispensable guide to the best music, theatre and dance over the coming year. Who will win our Best Season 2013?


John Cage in Manhattan
Composer John Cage was far more inspired by the sounds of his beloved New York streets than by Mozart et al. How did his love for noise spark a revolution in music?  


Composer of the Month: Gesualdo 
Carlo Gesualdo has a bad rep as a husband, but for now let's focus on his amazing music.


Interview: Klaus Heymann
The Naxos founder built an empire on cheap CDs. This year the label celebrates its 25th anniversary, but is his model still sustainable in the download age?



Musical Journey: Glyndebourne
We pack our picnic basket to discover what's so special about this opera house in the Sussex countryside.


A whopping 32 pages of classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including superb new piano discs from Stephen Hough and Nelson Freire, revelatory Tchaikovsky from Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra, Paul McCreesh's epic vision of Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Emma Matthews in Opera Australia's La Traviata on DVD.

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: Australian conductor Jennifer Condon on recording Peggy Glanville-Hicks' lost opera
• Guest Column: British violinist Anthony Marwood
• Musical Briefing: Is the age of classical concertgoers increasing?


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


Articles in this issue

Australian Portrait (Hindson, Smetanin, Broadstock, Boyd)

A virtuosic collection of new Aussie works for sax and piano.

Brasileiro: Villa-Lobos, Guarnieri, Mignone, Santoro et al (Nelson Freire)

Nelson Freire bares his Brazilian soul in a labour of love.

Crossover queens, opera imposters: "keep off our turf!"

Let this be a warning to pop singers who want to dabble in opera, but haven’t done the hard yards.

DACs Duke It Out

While it may not be the obvious star of your hi-fi set-up, a decent digital-to-analogue converter can transform the sound of your digital music collection.

Dvořák: Silent Woods (Christian Poltéra, Kathryn Stott)

Czech cello evergreens – Take a woodland journey through Dvorák’s verdant imagination.

Grant Foster: The Pearl of Dubai Suite

From Oz (via Russia) with love – Composer Grant Foster doesn’t shy away from a bit of Russian romance.

Killing Them Softly (Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins)

Sharp contemporary gangster tale, with added Pitt power.

Making Music Together

On the transformative power of music, whether played by professionals or underprivileged children.

Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie (Steven Osborne, Cynthia Millar, Bergen PO/Juanjo Mena)

Osborne goes all out in a powerful recording of Messiaen’s masterpiece.

Musical Briefing: Ageing Audiences

For years now, the word on the street has been that the increasing age of concertgoers means classical music is doomed. But what do the statistics tell us?

Nouveau Monde: Baroque Arias & Songs (Patricia Petibon, La Cetra/Marcon)

Adventurous French soprano invites us on an exotic Baroque journey.

Opera Australia: La Traviata on the Harbour (DVD)

A magnificent live production done justice on DVD.

SCHUBERT: Winterreise (Florian Boesch, Malcolm Martineau)

Twin souls out in the cold – Boesch and Martineau embark on a long day’s journey into night.

Speaker of the House

The final links in the chain in your home hi-fi set-up are the speakers. Read on to find out which of these shiny pieces of kit will do your system justice.

STEFANI: Mission (Cecilia Bartoli, Barrochist/Fasolis)

Get thee behind me, Steffani! Cecilia Bartoli lights up this rare Baroque sacred music.

Stephen Hough: French Album

So frenchy, so chic – A dapper British gentleman proves he has the Gallic touch.

Wuthering Heights (Kaya Scodelario, James Howson)

A raw documentary feel adds believability to this story.
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