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Issue: November, 2011

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To celebrate our 100th issue, we've chosen the 100 greatest classical music recordings to grace the pages of Limelight over the years. And one lucky reader's CD collection will get a serious boost when they win all 100. The chance to put this remarkable stash of classical music on your shelf is an exclusive offer available only in the magazine.



2012 Season Preview

Another thrilling year lies ahead...  Here is Limelight's guide to a spectacular 2012 season: the hot tickets, editors' picks and the one program that impressed us the most. 


My Favourite Covers

Limelight's editor has unearthed some real gems from the past 100 issues.


Interview: Anne-Sofie von Otter

Equally at home working with Elvis Costello and John Eliot Gardiner, singing Bach or ABBA, great Swedish mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter is bringing her eclectic swag of songs to Australia for the first time.

Sabine Meyer

Ahead of her national Musica Viva tour, the German clarinettist reveals how she's cracked the work/life balance.



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Travel: Mexico City
There's much more to Mexico City than tequila and burritos: the city's arts scene reflects its vibrant cultural heritage.

Over 85 classical, jazz, world and film reviews, including new recordings from maestros Dudamel and Ashkenazy, a new Ross Edwards Maninyas from Adelaide-born violinist Adele Anthony, Tori Amos's classical song cycle for Deutsche Grammophon, the latest from Barbra Streisand.

• Diary: Katherine Jenkins has fond memories of her recent Australian tour with Plácido Domingo.
• In the Spotlight: David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes are a dynamic duo set to thrill fans on their 2011 tour. Ensemble Liaison ends their season in style at the Melbourne Recital Centre, joined by Emma Matthews as special guest. Bramwell Tovey presents the best of George Gershwin with the Melbourne Symphony orchestra. Cédric Tiberghien heads back down under to play Mozart and Chopin.


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Articles in this issue


While other singers of this stature (50 gold records, no less) churn out the old hits and count the megabucks, Streisand is still releasing new material that stands strong on its own merits, such as this stunning disc.

Birthday (Natalie Eleftheriadis, Kestie Morassi, James Harkness)

Great play, bad film: fine performances stymied by screenplay.

BLOCH & BRUCH (Natalie Clein, BBC Scottish SO/Ilan Volkov)

Compelling Cello – Move over, Jacqueline du Pré: there’s a new kid on the Bloch.

BRAHMS: Works for Cello and Piano (Zuill Bailey; Awadagin Pratt)

Brahms's chamber music illuminated by two young Americans that could have been born to perform these works.

CHOPIN, LISZT, RAVEL: Piano works (Benjamin Grosvenor)

The young pianist's brilliant technique and interpretive maturity holds him up to the highest standards.

FANDANGO (guitar: Karin Schaupp; The Flinders Quartet)

Schaupp and the Flinders Quartet combine fiery eloquence with sparkling wit and reflective calm.

FLASH: Works for Percussion (Claire Edwardes)

Edwardes colours everything she plays with exuberance, intelligence and sensitivity and offers us here a great percussion primer.

John Cage: As it is (Alexei Lubimov, Natalia Pschenitschnikova)

Not what you might expect from this experimental legend.

MAHLER: Symphony No 4 (soprano: Emma Matthews; Sydney Symphony/Ashkenazy)

Lacking inspiration: the playing is a joy, the reading less so.

Musical Briefing: Perfect Pitch

What actually is “perfect pitch”? And if you don’t have it, can you acquire it?

NIELSEN, SIBELIUS, BRUCKNER: Symphonies (Gothenburg SO/Dudamel)

Spirited symphonies: Dudamel proves good things come in threes.

O GUIDING NIGHT: The Spanish Mystics (The Sixteen)

The Sixteen are alert to every expressive possibility while maintaining a warm, glowing sound throughout this marvellous disc of contemporary sacred music.

Rock Symphonies (David Garrett)

Calamitous crossover: Garrett’s musical experiment goes wrong.

ROSS EDWARDS, SIBELIUS: Violin Concertos (Adele Anthony; ASO/Volmer)

This spirited Australian violin concerto made No 45 in ABC's Classic 100 20th Century.

SCHUBERT: Schwanengesang (tenor: Mark Padmore; piano: Paul Lewis)

The final disc in Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis’s triptych of the great Schubert song cycles finds them as emotionally attuned to the music and to one another as in previous volumes.

Tori Amos: Night of Hunters

Amos goes classical: Night of Hunters is mostly successful.

VIVALDI: Prima Donna Arias (Nathalie Stutzmann; Orfeo 55)

Whether singing trouser roles or conducting, Stutzmann is a leading lady of distinction.
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