Music from the Eton Choirbook (Choir of Christ Church Cathedral)

Angelic boys lend Eton Choirbook a touch of authenticity.

Live Review: Tenebrae et Lux – Gesualdo (Perth Festival)

Murder in the Dark: light, shadow, movement and music illuminate the Passion of Christ.

The Top 10 Alleluias in Classical Music

Never mind the Hallelujah chorus; there are plenty of sublime examples in classical music.

Magic beans supersize Renaissance music

I Fagiolini may be called “The Little Beans” in Italian, but they make a big, beautiful choral sound.

Hildegard of Bingen to be canonised

Pope Benedict XVI to admit the 12th-century mystic and composer as Doctor of the Church.

THE CHRISTMAS STORY (Theatre of Voices; Ars Nova Copenhagen/Hillier)

Choir guru Paul Hillier has created a Christmas album worth listening to all year round.

O GUIDING NIGHT: The Spanish Mystics (The Sixteen)

The Sixteen are alert to every expressive possibility while maintaining a warm, glowing sound throughout this marvellous disc of contemporary sacred music.

PALESTRINA: Masses; motets Vol 1 (The Sixteen/Christophers)

The Sixteen combine passion and precision in the first volume of their monumental Palestrina series.

HOWELLS: The Winchester Service (Winchester Cathedral Choir/Lumsden)

Sensitive and robust choral performances in the best English tradition take this music to exalted heights.

GOUNOD: Requiem, Messe Chorale (Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental de Lausanne/Corboz)

If, as an opera composer, Gounod has faded, on the evidence contained in this excellent CD his religious music warrants reappraisal.

BYRD, TALLIS, SHEPPARD: Stabat Mater (The Parsons Affayre)

The dreadful acoustic of this recording takes much of the polish off otherwise promising choral performances.

MAGNIFICAT: Organ of the Scots Church Melbourne (Douglas Lawrence)

Baroque and beyond: Lawrence revels in the heart-stopping magnificence of this Melbourne organ.

STRIGGIO: Mass; Ecce beatam lucem; TALLIS: Spem in alium (I Fagiolini)

Supersized Renaissance splendour: Striggio and Tallis take choral forces to the max in their 40-part motets.

PERGOLESI: Stabat Mater (Anna Netrebko; Marianna Pizzolato; Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Pappano)

Anna Netrebko's ardency and lustrous, expansive sound are hard to resist.

Hillsong Church brings in lawyers over G&S scandal

Stuart Maunder: “There is nothing worse than having to explain a joke.”

ALLEGRI: Miserere and The Music of Rome (Cardinall's Musick)

The Cardinall’s Musick take a more supple, refreshing approach to the oft-recorded Allegri Miserere.

On the road with Paul Dyer

Paul Dyer talks to Limelight about his upcoming debut with WASO and the art of performing Baroque repertoire with a modern orchestra.

New $24 million arts precinct for Old Kings School

Premier Kristina Keneally and Arts Minister Virginia Judge confirm a major arts facelift for Parramatta’s controversial development site.
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