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Facing off with Richard Tognetti
So what does the Australian Chamber Orchestra's charismatic leader really think about orchestras, politics and your taste in music? A no-holds-barred interview.
Melbourne VS Sydney: which is Australia's arts capital?
Old rivalries flare up as the country's two cultural heavyweights battle for the prestigious title. Limelight compares Melbourne and Sydney in seven arts categories to see, once and for all, which city comes out on top.
The second coming of Deborah Voigt
Her career contains more drama than a verismo opera... After battling alcoholism, depression and obesity, the soprano has made a triumphant return to the stage – and has her sights set on Australia. Limelight meets the new and improved Voigt.
The Planets: A Space Odyssey
Holst's blockbuster is a perennial concert favourite, yet its astrological message remains obscure. Limelight looks to the skies...
The sequined world of Cameron Carpenter
He may have been dubbed the "Liberace of the organ", but there's a very serious musician behind the glitzy façade.
Composer of the Month
The charmingly eccentric Erik Satie.
Musical instruments on a plane
It's a controversial issue for many professional musicians. In-flight instrument restrictions are the bane of the touring artist, many of whom have fought back in creative ways.
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Musical Journey: Lucerne
A dazzling music festival and lakeside location make Lucerne a hard town not to like.
A whopping 32 pages of classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including the latest Eric Whitacre choral bestseller, Nicola Benedetti's Italian voyage, the Brodsky Quartet at 40 and the end of John Eliot Gardiner's Brahms series (CD); Juan Diego Flórez in priestly garb at the Met and Angela Gheorghiu in full diva mode at Covent Garden (DVD).
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 – it's not diluted with crossover.
• Backstage: Synergy artistic director Timothy Constable worked with his hero Steve Reich during the American composer's residency and sell-out performance at the Sydney Opera House. He shares the experience and Reich's words of wisdom.
• Opera Column: Pinchgut Opera co-artistic director Erin Heylard on Regietheater: why he'd take director-drien travesty over bland traditionalism any day.
• Guest Column: Simon Tedeschi pans his critics.
The only magazine to feature highlights and recommendations for ABC Classic FM, Radio National and ABC TV.