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Recording of the Year
The critics have spoken and the results are in. Here are the runners and riders, plus the big winner of the Limelight 2015 Recordings of the Year. And this time around thousands of you voted online to choose two favourite musicians to be the recipients of our inaugural Limelight Artist of the Year Awards.
From Bach to Brahms, from Stockhausen to Sallinen, we asked each of our critics to tell us their favourite recordings from 2015.
Mozart's relationship to the Weber sisters was complex. One was his muse, another became his wife and a third was his Queen of the Night.
Adams on Adams
The world's most popular composer, John Adams talks to Limelight about new works, the loneliness of composing and the future of music.
Music Under Fire
The inspiring story of how Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony rescued the morale of a people and went on to conquer the world.
The Ultimate Xmas Playlist
What music will your favourite musicians and artists be reaching for as they unwrap the presents or stuff the turkey on Xmas morning?
The Reason for the Rhyme
Where did they come from and what do they mean? Andrew Ford explores the mystery and enduring power of the humble nursery rhyme.
Music and the Movies
Why is music so important to film? With more of our orchestras playing live scores, we look at the compositional history behind the movies.
Classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including an ebullient and involving Bostonian account of Haydn's Creation a mere 200 years on; Sir Simon Rattle's sumptuous Berlin Sibelius cycle has gear changes that may not be for all; the Takács go all Bohemian with Smetana and Janáček, but no one is slumming it here; a Pole and a Russian get the special Chinese treatment as Lang Lang goes Parisian; Conspirare makes extraordinary music out of Pablo Neruda's ordinary poetic object; and Jonathan Cohen adds the sparkle as Matthew Rose channels Mozart's very first Figaro.
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.