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Thursday April 5, 2012

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  EDITOR'S NOTE

Iconic homegrown composer Peter Sculthorpe has been honoured with the 2012 Art Music Award for distinguished services to Australian music. The 83-year-old was loath to hear himself described as the "father of Australian classical music", but was keen to tell us what he reckons he has in common with George Clooney.

Find out which other Australian music luminaries picked up awards from APRA and the Australian Music Centre, and view Limelight's photo gallery from this week's ceremony hosted by trumpeter James Morrison at the Sydney Opera House.

Limelight continues our series of 10 Desert Island Discs, this time with a swag of goodies from star accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen, fresh from his recent Australian tour. Find out which albums inspire one of the world's most adventurous classical musicians.

Now, some of you may have noticed Limelight getting up to some mischief on April Fool's day with our breaking news about cellist Yo-Yo Ma. We know the joke's on us that it's still up on our site past 12pm on April 1, but we couldn't resist sharing the story, which has gone viral. After the long weekend we'll be back to our normal, serious selves... Promise!

In the meantime, for something a little darker, try Sydney Chamber Opera's controversial new production of Philip Glass's haunting In the Penal Colony, which has its Australian premiere this week to mark the the cult composer's 75th birthday. Not to be missed.

Have a safe and relaxing break, with plenty of good music. Visit the Limelight website tomorrow to check out our exclusive Easter listening guide.

Francis Merson
Editor


 
 
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  EVENTS

Apr
07

In the Penal Colony by Philip Glass: Sydney Chamber Opera

Apr 7 - 14, 2012

With the Australian premiere of In the Penal Colony, Sydney Chamber Opera presents the first Philip Glass opera ever to be performed in Sydney.

 
Apr
12

MSO - Video Games Unplugged: Symphony of Legends

Apr 12, 2012

In Video Games Unplugged: Symphony of Legends the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will play the music from some of the greatest games ever made in a ...

 
Apr
14

Musica Viva: St Lawrence String Quartet and Diana Doherty

Apr 14, 2012

As one of the best oboists in the world, Diana Doherty does more than merely play her instrument; she makes it dance.


Classic FM Highlights

Keys to Music

Saturday Apr 07 9:00AM

 

Music Makers

Saturday Apr 07 12:00PM

View the ABC Classic FM Listings here

  ARTICLES

Peter Sculthorpe honoured in Art Music Awards

Peter Sculthorpe honoured in Art Music Awards

The legendary homegrown composer tells Limelight what he has in common with George Clooney.

 
Sydney Chamber Opera through a Glass darkly

Sydney Chamber Opera through a Glass darkly

In the Penal Colony is a minimalist chamber opera taking on big, brave themes.

 
My 10 Desert Island Discs: Kimmo Pohjonen

My 10 Desert Island Discs: Kimmo Pohjonen

What classical and experimental records are extreme enough for Finland's extreme accordionist?

 
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to release hip-hop album

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to release hip-hop album

New disc Yo Yo Ma Biatches recorded on specially made solid gold cello.

  REVIEWS

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

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

Oud vibrations: Joseph Tawadros teams up with the ACO.

 
Paul McCartney: Kisses on the Bottom

Paul McCartney: Kisses on the Bottom

McCartney takes on the American songbook.

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

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.

 
A Dangerous Method (Fassbender, Mortensen)

A Dangerous Method (Fassbender, Mortensen)

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

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