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Issue: October, 2011

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The 10 Greatest Pianists

Who are the piano legends who have inspired the pianists of today? We asked more than 100 masters of the instrument to cast their vote...





James Rhodes: Sex, drugs and Rachmaninov

Is this hip, unconventional young British pianist the ambassador classical music has been waiting for?


Inside the Vienna Phil

Times really are a-changin' at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - now they even accept women! Maestro Christoph Eschenbach is certain the new line-up will wow Australia this month.


Interview: Angela Hewitt

The Canadian pianist shares her wisdom on playing Bach, a hectic schedule and connecting with her fans.

Piano Competitions: For & Against

Do piano competitions help young performers share their talent with the world? Or do contests destroy musical expression and creativity? A piano expert in each camp argues the case.


Brave New World

Preparing to conduct Dvorák's Ninth Symphony with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has been a real voyage of discovery for Mark Wigglesworth.





Travel: Santa Fe
Opera lovers: if the stunning oasis of Santa Fe, New Mexico isn't on your musical travel wishlist, it should be. Limelight opera critic Sarah Noble experiences the sights and sounds of the United States' breathtaking open-air opera festival in the middle of the desert.


Over 85 classical, jazz, world and film reviews, including Stephen Hough's sparkling Chopin Waltzes, the verdict on James Rhodes' Bullets & Lullabies piano double-album, soprano Greta Bradman's sensational crossover album Grace, and Woody Allen's francophile caper Midnight in Paris.

• In the Spotlight: Emma Matthews reprises her award-winning role in Richard Mills's The Love of the Nightingale for Opera Australia, Peter Sculthorpe celebrates the art of Fred Williams at the National Gallery of Australia, the Port Fairy Spring Festival and the Melbourne Festival get underway.
• Please welcome: Saxophonist Nicholas Russoniello, winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award.

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Articles in this issue

BERLIOZ: Beatrice and Bendict Overture; Harold in Italy (viola: David Aaron Carpenter; Helsinki PO/Ashkenazy)

David Aaron Carpenter is a very impressive soloist in this, his second release.

Bill Cunningham New York

A charming portrait: Bill Cunningham will win you over.

BRAHMS: Songs Vol 2 (soprano: Christine Schafer; piano: Graham Johnson)

This recital shows Schafer on top form, combining artistry with a crystal-clear voice.

CHOPIN: Complete Waltzes (piano: Stephen Hough)

The British virtuoso breezes through these pieces with his characteristic charm.

DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor (Natalie Dessay; Piotr Beczala; Mariinsky Orch and Chorus/Gergiev)

Scattered successes: This Lucia has its high and low points.

ECHOES OF NIGHTINGALES: Encores (soprano: Christine Brewer; piano: Roger Vignoles)

Soprano Christine Brewer pays tribute to ladies of song including Kirsten Flagstad in this intimate recital.

HANDEL: Ariodante (Joyce DiDonato; Il Complesso Barocco/Curtis)

Joyce DiDonato in superlative voice leads a crack cast of Handel specialists in Alan Curtis' palpable hit.

HOWELLS: The Winchester Service (Winchester Cathedral Choir/Lumsden)

Sensitive and robust choral performances in the best English tradition take this music to exalted heights.

Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams)

Allen’s on the money: Woody Allen proves he’s still got it.

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Pianomania: The Greatest Pianists of All Time, James Rhodes, Angela Hewitt, the Vienna Phil and more.

PALESTRINA: Masses; motets Vol 1 (The Sixteen/Christophers)

The Sixteen combine passion and precision in the first volume of their monumental Palestrina series.

R STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben; Four Last Songs (Dorothea Roschmann s; Rotterdam PO/Nezet-Seguin)

Not enough swagger from this athletic young conductor in the blazing grandeur of Heldenleben.

R STRAUSS: Poesie (soprano: Diana Damrau; Munich Phil/Thielemann)

Damrau and the Munich Philharmonic draw out the ecstasy, agony and operatic echoes of Strauss with idiomatic ease.

RAMEAU: Orchestral Suites for Louis XV (Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall)

Lord of la danse: Savall finds his French Baroque groove.

RESPIGHI: Violin Concerto (violin: Laura Marzadori; Chamber Orch of New York/Vittorio)

This new CD offers a rare and welcome look into the early compositions of Ottorino Respighi.

Sex, drugs & Rachmaninov: James Rhodes on top

This unconventional British virtuoso is shaking up the classical piano world.

Stephen Hough: waltzing with Chopin on his new CD

Chopin's waltzes may be mere soufflés, but they are very tasty ones, says the British pianist.

The Hunter (Willem Dafoe, Daniel Nettheim)

Out of ammo? A stunning slow burner of an Australian film. But is it too slow?
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