Limelight Magazine

Limelight is the first source for arts and entertainment information.

Independent, groundbreaking and engaging, Limelight delivers in-depth insight into the arts scene, both locally and overseas.

For features, the latest news and reviews as well as state by state events listings, Limelight is your one-stop cultural guide.
Issue: July, 2012

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Cover Story: Philip Glass
How the American composer and minimalist icon has revolutionised music, bit by bit by bit by bit... 


Beethoven without Borders: Daniel Barenboim
In 1999, conductor and peacemaker Daniel Barenboim had a mad idea: to unite Israel and the Arab states in one youth orchestra. This month, his revolutionary West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performs all Beethoven's symphonies at the Proms.

The Australian Maestro Myth
While  Australian orchestras welcome big-name international maestros, home-grown conductors struggle to get work. Why Australia's conductors overlooked by their own?


Inside the Sydney Piano Competition
Why, in its 35 years of existence, has Australia's most prestigious music contest failed to produce a big-name piano star?

Ravel's Bolero
Despised by many, loved by even more, Ravel's most famous work stands out as one of music's boldest experiments.

80 years of ABC Classical
In 1932, the ABC laid the foundation for classical music culture in Australia. And now Auntie's love affair with music is entering an exciting new phase.



Composer of the Month: How to stop fidgeting and enjoy Bruckner



Musical Journey: Stockholm
It's not all about ABBA and Ikea... The Swedish capital has much to delight the musically inclined tourist.

A whopping 32 pages of classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including classical guitarist Milos' swoon-inducing new album Latino; Songs of Love and Longing with Magdalena Kozená and the BPO conducted by Simon Rattle; Natalie Dessay's tour-de-force La Traviata and more.

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: Composer Gordon Kerry chronicles the aftermath of the scandalous premiere of his opera Midnight Son, based on a notorious Melbourne murder.
• Opera Column: Stuart Skelton wonders whether the Golden Age of the voice is coming to an end as barihunks and high-fashion divas take over.
• Guest Column: Chris Latham on the classical music crisis in Canberra as the ANU's School of Music is stripped of its teachers.


The only magazine to feature highlights and recommendations for ABC Classic FM, Radio National and ABC TV.


Articles in this issue

Are Australian orchestras ignoring homegrown conductors?

Delving into the "maestro myth": why are our best conductors overlooked?

Beethoven without borders: Daniel Barenboim

In 1999, Barenboim had a mad idea – to unite Israel and the Arab states in one youth orchestra.

Micro Systems

Hi-fi technology has moved fast, and now versatile micro-systems have the latest streaming abilities too.

Not Suitable For Children (Ryan Kwanten, Ryan Corr, Sarah Snook)

Charmingly skewed Aussie rom-com looks to be a hit.

Playing the numbers: Sydney International Piano Competition

Will the Sydney International Piano Competition ever conquer its inability to back a superstar pianist?

SIPCA winners: Where Are They Now?

The past five winners of the Sydney International Piano Competition.
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