Chausson: String Quartets (Pike, Poster, Doric Quartet)

Über-romantic Chausson from a young English quartet.

Henri Dutilleux has died

Born January 22, 1916; died May 22, 2013.

Albert Lance has died

Legendary Aussie tenor passes away at 86 after a rich international career.

Rust and Bone (Schoenaerts, Cotillard)

This tale of love blooming from tragedy just doesn’t have legs.

Opera on Sydney Harbour panned by French critic

Classical magazine Diapason hurls barbs at Opera Australia’s “hideous monstrosity."

Renowned French organist Marie-Claire Alain has died

One of the last of her generation, and a pupil of Dupré and Duruflé, passes away at 86.

Amour: The Film Soundtrack (Alexandre Tharaud)

Dishy French pianist Alexandre Tharaud makes his acting debut in Amour.

Amour: (Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner 2013)

Two veteran leads shine in this haunting tale of twilight years, with surprising warmth from Haneke.

Sex, Love and Erotica in Classical Music

The Top 10 Pieces to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.

Pinchgut Opera: Castor et Pollux

Opening night of this sumptuous French feast for the ears (and eyes!) at the City Recital Hall.

Pinchgut Opera: Castor et Pollux in rehearsal

Up close and personal as Pinchgut Opera rehearses Rameau's French Baroque gem Castor et Pollux

Castor & Pollux: Star-crossed Bromance of the French Baroque

Pinchgut Opera explores Rameau’s bizarre operatic love triangle.

Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris & the Moulin Rouge exhibition

Emma Ayres launches ABC Classic's album of sensual French music for the National Gallery's blockbuster exhibition.

Stephen Hough: French Album

So frenchy, so chic – A dapper British gentleman proves he has the Gallic touch.

Project Rameau: ACO, Sydney Dance Company

Contemporary dance and minimal design collide with the rich, sensual sounds of the French Baroque.

Project Rameau: the ACO meets Sydney Dance Company

This long-awaited collaboration gives lively French Baroque dance music a contemporary twist.

Project Rameau: there'll be dancing at the French Revolution

Richard Tognetti and Rafael Bonachela's pas de deux sheds new light on the French Baroque.

ABC French Classic 100 revealed... Formidables!

Debussy, Saint-Saens, Ravel and Bizet dominate a Top 100 that's so Frenchy, so chic.

Last tango in Paris: Astor Piazzolla's French connection

Accordionist Richard Galliano says the father of modern tango was “a second father” to him.

Old Paris 1898–1924: Eugene Atget at the Art Gallery NSW

The charm and hidden life of vieux Paris at the turn of the last century, explored in photographs.

ABC Classic 100: The Music of France

Voting opens today! Your chance to pick your favourites by Debussy, Ravel and more.

When music makes time stand still: the ACO takes on Messiaen

Two intimate chamber works make a seriously big impact.

Live review: Cedric Tiberghien, Debussy Preludes

Melbourne Recital Centre, July 10
Lasting impressions of a great recital

Five Questions for Cedric Tiberghien

The French pianist has a very French attitude to playing Debussy and Ravel.

French pianist Brigitte Engerer has died

The French President pays tribute to the 59-year-old virtuoso, who has lost her battle with cancer.

DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune, Songs (Natalie Dessay, Philippe Cassard)

Worth waiting for: Dessay delights with early Debussy.

Five things you didn't know about Erik Satie

Adelaide Cabaret Festival pays tribute to the Velvet Gentleman: eccentric genius, bad pianist.

Bel Ami (Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott Thomas)

Brooding heartthrob Robert Pattinson underwhelms in lush De Maupassant adaptation.

RAVEL, MESSIAEN, DUTILLEUX: Poemes (Renee Fleming)

The francophile American soprano brings her vocal powers to three French song cycles, including a new work composed for her.

French Impressions: Ravel, Saint-Saens, Franck Violin Sonatas (Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk)

Americans in Paris: Joshua Bell and Jeremy Dank make a good impression.

Cafe de Flore (Vanessa Paradis, Jean-Marc Vallée)

French disconnection: loose threads make for a frustrating film.

Delicacy (Audrey Tautou)

Comme ci, comme ca: Lightweight rom-com gets a Gallic shrug.

DEBUSSY, SZYMANOWSKI: Piano Works (Rafal Blechacz)

Compare and contrast: Blechacz pairs Debussy with Szymanowski.

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.

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

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

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.

MESSIAEN: Quartet for the End of Time; Zemlinsky: Trio (Ensemble Liaison; Wilma Smith)

Ensemble Liaison master Messiaen's extreme virtuosity with flying colours.

BERLIOZ: Grande Messe des Morts (Gabrieli Consort and Players; Wrocław PO and Choir/McCreesh)

Big-time Berlioz: an audiophile Grande Messe for the ages.

The Artist wins Oscar for Best Film Score

Silent film finds its voice in the modern age. Plus, see the complete list of Academy Award winners.

Silent film's composer hailed an artist

Ludovic Bource's acclaimed score for The Artist draws as much from Brahms as from Hitchcock.

Pearl fishing in a pond in a park in Perth

Live Review: The Pearl Fishers
Opera in the Park
Supreme Court Gardens WA
Saturday, February 18

SAINT-SAENS: Elan – Ballet Music from Operas

Orchestra Victoria and Tourniaire make a persuasive case for ending the neglect of Saint-Saëns's lesser-known operatic gems.

Debussy; Ravel; Franck: Violin Sonatas (Jennifer Pike; piano: Martin Roscoe)

The youngest-ever winner of the BBC award at 12, Pike has matured into a confident and expressive musician.

The Women on the Sixth Floor (Fabrice Luchini; Carmen Maura; Philippe Le Guay)

Less really is more when it comes to well-crafted comedy.

VIVALDI: Prima Donna Arias (Nathalie Stutzmann; Orfeo 55)

Whether singing trouser roles or conducting, Stutzmann is a leading lady of distinction.

CHOPIN: Complete Waltzes (piano: Stephen Hough)

The British virtuoso breezes through these pieces with his characteristic charm.

SCHMITT: La Tragedie de Salome (Susan Bullock; Sao Paulo SO/Tortelier)

Big on atmosphere and beautifully played, these performances shed light on the music of Florent Schmitt, a contemporary of Ravel.

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.

Vivaldi refreshed... Just in time for spring

Paul Dyer explores The Four Seasons' French connection in a Baroque cover version.

The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet)

A charming animated hommage to Jacques Tati.
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