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Issue: February 2013

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Young Joan Sutherland
Before Covent Garden, before she became a Dame... How did a girl from Woollahra grow up to become "the voice of the century"? From secretary to superstar: opera's greatest untold story.


Schubert's Last Year
The most miraculous year in the composer's brief life is discussed by his most illustrious interpreters, including Imogen Cooper.


The fascinating story behind Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral fantasy Scheherazade, a work fragrant with the exoticism of the Orient.


A Sleeping Beauty
Legendary Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi shares his insights into Tchaikovsky's most exquisite story ballet.


Bohuslav Martinů
Fifty years after his death, the Czech master's diverse music deserves an audience as wide as his range of influences.



A whopping 24 pages of classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including the landmark recording of Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks' Sappho; Alison Balsom's glorious Baroque disc Sound The Trumpet; Anthony Marwood and Aleksandar Madžar are new-age Romantics with Brahms sonatas; Simon Tedeschi proves he's got rhythm in Gershwin, and Solti's Ring Remastered – more kilos of music than even the complete Glenn Gould!

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.


Articles in this issue

18th-century Portuguese Love Songs

Sensuous melodies and rhythms in Baroque fado.

Alison Balsom: Sound the Trumpet

The trumpet crumpet proves she's the breakfast of champions.

Anthony Pateras: Collected works 2002–2012

A fascinating retrospective of Aussie iconoclast Anthony Pateras.

Bernarda Fink: Spanish Songs

Rich, idiomatic and colourful singing of Spanish repertoire.

Brahms/Berg: Violin Concertos

French finesse in Brahms and Berg – but where’s the warmth?

Brahms: Violin Sonatas (Marwood)

Luminous, limpid playing from sensitive new-age Romantics.

Contemporary Music: Why no one's listening

Ever wondered why many new music concerts are so poorly attended? Maybe it’s because the music has no fans.

Dvořák: Piano Quintet, String Quartet in F (American)

Daredevil Dvořák from a 20-year-old wunderkind and more subdued strings.

Fauré: Requiem (Tenebrae); Bach: Ciacona (Nikolitch)

D’s the key linking choral masterpieces by Fauré and Bach.

Gershwin & Me

Strike up the band: these performances have jazzy flair.

Glanville-Hicks: Sappho

One intrepid Australian woman champions the neglected opera of another.

James Rutherford: Most Grand to Die

British baritone wades into dark territory for his debut.

Lang Lang: The Chopin Album

Lang Lang faces stiff competition from age and beauty.

Laurie Anderson heads to Perth to defy the 'Art Police'

The grande dame of New York's avant garde has met her match composing for Kronos Quartet, but she has many strings to her bow.

Mahler: Symphony No 2 (MSO)

Melbourne does Mahler: an Australian Resurrection.

Nigel Westlake's Glass Soldier

Turning the tale of a WWI veteran into an orchestral score.

Robert Wilson's Theatrical Universe

On making silent operas and how Einstein on the Beach was supposed to be about Hitler.

Schubert: Complete Symphonies (Minkowski)

A live, period-instrument Schubert cycle that takes risks.

The Young Sutherland

How did a girl from Point Piper grow up to conquer the opera world and be dubbed the “voice of the century”?

Vivica Genaux: A Tribute to Faustina Bordoni

Alaskan coloratura queen thaws 18th-century prima donna.

Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (Solti Remastered)

Twilight of the records: they just don’t make ‘em like this anymore.
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