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Issue: December, 2011

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Dame Joan: The True Story

A year after the legendary soprano's death, widower Richard Bonynge reflects on his first meeting with Joan, that incredible voice, her acting skills, her performance highs and lows, and her final days. Plus: the unknown recordings, her "nightmare" performance, and who could be "the next Sutherland"?





Christmas Gift Guide

CDs, DVDs, books and gadgets to suit all classical tastes: from a one-hour electric guitar solo to accordion arrangements of Schubert!

R.I.P. Record Shops?

We visit the classical specialist shops still braving the storm of digital downloads and online shopping.

Romeo & Juliet: Prokofiev's Soviet Love Story

Written in the darkest days of Stalin's rule, Romeo and Juliet is 20th-century ballet's most performed work, but it was anything but an overnight success. And was it really going to have a happy ending?


The Australian Conundrum

Does staying in Australia mean kissing goodbye to an international career for our homegrown musicians?

One-hit Wonders

Know the tune, but can't think who composed it? Welcome to the world of classical one-hit wonders...

Interview: Osmo Vänskä

Forget the great orchestras... From Lahti to Minnesota, Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä can turn any ensemble into a world-beater. And he's conducting the Sydney Symphony in November.




Travel: Trondheim
Musical traditions run back to the age of the Vikings in this picture-postcard Norwegian city.

Over 85 classical, jazz, world and film reviews, including never-before-released Glenn Gould, Joan Sutherland reissues, a stunning new Christmas choral album, Yo-Yo Ma's rodeo and more.

• Diary: Angela Gheorghiu on paying tribute to Maria Callas on a new CD, and the sacrifices a diva must make for her art.
• On the road: Sumi Jo
• In the Spotlight: 2CELLOS The duo of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser became an Internet sensation when their version of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal notched over 5 million hits on YouTube early this year. Now they're the support act for Elton John. Plus, a heavenly Messiah from Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and ABC's Classic 100 countdown live with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. 


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Articles in this issue

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonatas Nos 3, 21 "Waldstein", Andante favori, Rondo a capriccio (Alice Sara Ott)

Beethoven beautified: a new talent’s fresh take on the Waldstein.

CHOPIN: Fantaisie in F Minor; Ballades; Mazurkas; Nocturnes (piano: Yevgeny Sudbin)

Sudbin's pianism is assured and constantly exciting – Chopin with muscle.

Dame Joan Sutherland: the true story

Richard Bonynge gives his personal account of the struggles and triumphs of his late wife, La Stupenda.

Debussy; Ravel; Franck: Violin Sonatas (Jennifer Pike; piano: Martin Roscoe)

The youngest-ever winner of the BBC award at 12, Pike has matured into a confident and expressive musician.

HOMAGE TO MARIA CALLAS: Angela Gheorghiu; Royal Philharmonic Orch/Armiliato

Tribute to La Divina: Gheorghiu treads the path of Callas.

Keys to Music: Monteverdi’s Vespers

In this 1610 choral tour-de-force, Monteverdi unveiled a free-wheeling new style which shocked his peers.

Melancholia (Kirsten Dunst; Charlotte Gainsbourg; Alexander Skarsgard; Lars von Trier)

Masterful melancholia: Lars von Trier's film is the ace in the pack.

QUINTOPIA (New Sydney Wind Quintet)

On this kaleidoscopic disc of music for wind quintet, the members of NSWQ each reveal something of their own musical personalities.

SAINT-SAENS: Elan – Ballet Music from Operas

Orchestra Victoria and Tourniaire make a persuasive case for ending the neglect of Saint-Saëns's lesser-known operatic gems.

The 2011 Limelight classical gift guide

Selections to delight a die-hard classical music lover and broaden the horizons of a novice.

THE CHRISTMAS STORY (Theatre of Voices; Ars Nova Copenhagen/Hillier)

Choir guru Paul Hillier has created a Christmas album worth listening to all year round.

The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodovar; Antonio Banderas)

Farcical but fascinating: Pedro Almodóvar pulls it off once again.

WAGNER: Meistersinger – an orchestral tribute (Royal Scottish National Orch/Jarvi)

I would recommend this CD only to the pathologically curious or Wagner completists.
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