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For many, King Lear is Shakespeare's greatest play. Over the years it has been chopped about to suit the times, served as a vehicle for a host of legendary actors and even become an opera or two. As Geoffrey Rush prepares to take the title role, a quartet of acting and singing Lears talk about the challenges of portraying the Bard's complex, tortured monarch.
Four days in the Swiss alps courtesy of the Verbier Festival? Who wouldn't jump at an opportunity for wall-to-wall concerts, celebrity musicians and some hiking in the alipine air?
Seven Deadly Sins
Artists have long been involved in a love-hate relationship with the seven deadly sins. We look at the myriad composers who have indulged in a musical sin or two before wallowing in Weill's motherload of cardinal wickedness.
2016 Season Preview
Turn the magazine over for our comprehensive and essential guide to the very best from Australia's leading arts companies.
Classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including Sir James MacMillan and Ralph Vaughan Williams prove interesting bedfellows; The Australian Brandenburgers celebrate their first quarter century in classic style; the Doric Wuartet and friends expertly render Brett Dean's haunting sound world; Warner Classics say a 70th birthday remastered "Mazel Tov" to Itzhak Perlman; Gerard Willems captures the smell of the fjords in a traversal of Grieg's piano music; Alamire offers a fascinating peek into the musical world of Henry VIII's second wife; and Soprano Greta Bradman fields a stunning opening innings for Decca Classics.
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.