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A celebration of the centenary of an Australian music institution.

Orchestral

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★★★★½ Finley warms up Sibelius: Rautavaara’s inspired orchestrations offer a rich tribute to the late-master’s late-master.
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★★★★☆ Clarinet virtuoso Ottensamer and his Berlin colleagues Mannheim up.
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★★★★☆ Liebeck closes the book on some lesser spotted Bruch.

Chamber

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★★★½☆ Bell and Isserlis get hitched for the love of Brahms, with the ASMF in tow.
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★★★★★ A bevy of breathtaking Bartók quartets from Israel's Fab Four.
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★★★★½ Who would have guessed an 80s mixtape could sound so good?

Instrumental

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★★☆☆☆ The pure essence of Philip Glass, or uninspired, formulaic note-spinning?
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★★★★★ Fourth helping of benchmark Brahms from a poetic Pom.
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★★★☆☆ Barenboim introduces the piano that he also helped to design.

Vocal & Choral

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★★★★½ Genre-bending programme from America's favourite soprano.
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★★★½☆ Alt-Mendelssohn brings a leaner take on the classic oratorio.
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★★★★★ The French star countertenor croons a quartet of cantatas.

Opera

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★★★½☆ An album that makes good on the bravura but not quite the dramatic insight.
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★★★★½ Petersen's swansong captures the rise and fall of a sex-kitten.
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★★★★½ Cecilia's understudy shows that she's 'Pretty' damned good.

Film

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Chandor’s Third outing proves this canny director’s unpredictability.
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This comedy of table manners is all too light on laughter.
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Short on new detail, there’s not much to blow a whistle about.