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Issue: March, 2012

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The Cover: "Our Life in Opera" – At Home with Peter and Cheryl 

Limelight discovers how soprano Cheryl Barker and baritone Peter Coleman-Wright balance singing on the world's great stages with life as husband and wife. 


Stravinsky in Sydney

The 1961 visit to Australia of composer Igor Stravinsky left a deep impression on the country's music lovers.


Interview: No Spaghetti for Morricone

Italian composer Ennio Morricone has created music for more than 500 films, most famously for those involving cowboys. Only don't call them Spaghetti Westerns...


Tawadros & the ACO

Behind the scenes with oud master Joseph Tawadros as he records his Concerto of the Greater Sea and other compositions with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Meet the New Australian String Quartet

With two first-rate new musicians in the line-up, the Australian String Quartet has been reborn in 2012. Limelight drops in to see how they're shaping up.

Top 10 Millennium Halls

The best concert halls combine crystal-clear acoustics with truly breathtaking architecture. We explore ten of the world's best new venues of recent years.

Berlioz and Me

ABC Classic FM's Christopher Lawrence on  how the Symphonie Fantastique ignited his passion for music.



Musical Journeys: Venice
Vivaldi, Monteverdi and Wagner are among the musical luminaries to have made their home in La Serenissima over the centuries.

Over 85 classical, jazz, world and film reviews, including Andreas Scholl's highly anticipated new Bach solo cantatas album, Stephen Hough's blockbuster piano concertos, and Vladimir Ashkenazy in duet with his son Vovka.

• Diary: ABC Classic FM presenter Margaret Throsby tours the great halls of Europe with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
• On the road: Accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen
• In the Spotlight: Melbourne Recital Centre marks Easter with Stephen Layton taking up the baton for the St John Passion. Sensational young Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov makes his Australian debut. The Song Company serves up erotic madrigals, and the stunning voices of The Hilliard Ensemble join the Australian Chamber Orchestra for a program of sublime music from chant to contemporary works.


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Articles in this issue

A Dangerous Method (Fassbender, Mortensen)

Analyse this: do the elements add up in Cronenberg's psychological drama?

A Separation (Leila Hatami, Asghar Farhadi)

Universal themes: the pain of divorce transcends boundaries.

BACH: Cantatas, BWV82 "Ich habe genung" (Andreas Scholl)

The countertenor's characteristic poise and subtlety marred by dragging tempi and little dramatic variation.

BRIAN: Gothic Symphony (Massed choirs, soloists, BBC NO Wales and Concert Orch/Brabbins)

Attempting to do this work justice in a normal review is a bit like trying to inscribe The Bible on the head of a pin.

CHOPIN: Etudes Opp 10, 25 (Maurizio Pollini)

At Pollini’s insistence this recording was never released. Fifty years later it makes its debut, newly remastered.

Concerto of the Greater Sea (Tawadros; Tognetti; Australian Chamber Orchestra)

Oud vibrations: Joseph Tawadros teams up with the ACO.

Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave)

Shakespeare reloaded: Coriolanus is transported to modern times.

DEBUSSY, SZYMANOWSKI: Piano Works (Rafal Blechacz)

Compare and contrast: Blechacz pairs Debussy with Szymanowski.

DEBUSSY: Fantaisie for piano and orchestra; Rhapsodies (Thibaudet, Orchestre de Lyon/Markl)

Thibaudet proves as stylish as ever in Debussy's Fantaisie for the composer's 150th birthday.

GRIEG, LISZT: Piano Concertos (Stephen Hough, Bergen PO/Litton)

Hough shows how: there’s life in the old warhorses yet.

MOZART: Piano Concertos Nos 19, 23 (Helene Grimaud)

Grimaud has provided a thoughtful program for this, her first ever Mozart recording.

MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante for Winds; Concerto for Flute and Harp (Orchestra Mozart/Abbado)

Abbado's perfect tempos draw out Mozart's joie de vivre in these two concertante works.

No spaghetti for Ennio Morricone

Why the Italian icon of film music hears the term Spaghetti Western as an "insult".

Paul McCartney: Kisses on the Bottom

McCartney takes on the American songbook.

RACHMANINOV: Romances (Dmitri Hvorostovsky)

Hvorostovsky's muscular baritone is broodingly at ease in these songs of bitterness, regret and ill-fated love.

RUSSIAN FANTASY (Vladimir & Vovka Ashkenazy)

It’s a family affair: Ashkenazy and son are a fine duo.

SERAPH (trumpet: Alison Balsom; BBC Scottish SO/Renes)

Balsom's angelic trumpet gets a workout in bold modern repertoire.

The Best of Salvatore Licitra

Sadly missed: a fitting tribute to a tenor taken too soon.

The Flute King – Music for Frederick the Great (Emmanuel Pahud)

Music fit for a king: Pahud celebrates Frederick the Great.
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