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A celebration of the centenary of an Australian music institution.

Orchestral

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★★★★★ Clean-cut German violinist makes a devil-may-care pact with a band of HIP Italian rebels.
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★★★★☆ Four of Nørgård’s finest reveal the breadth of his singular mind.
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★★★★½ Ticciati's star-crossed lovers will have you all a-swoon.

Chamber

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★★★½☆ Polite Polish pairing proves a pleasant find for chamber music connoisseurs.
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★★★★★ An impassioned rendering of the first and last Quartets.
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★★★★½ A rich, yet calorie-free feast of Italian Baroque chamber music.

Instrumental

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★★★½☆ Hewitt’s Goldbergs Mark II is perhaps one for the old romantics.
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★★★☆☆ Excellent playing but hard going as a full-on programme.

Vocal & Choral

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★★★★☆ Out of the ordinary programme gets to the very heart of Christmas.
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★★★☆☆ Super-sized Messiah: no fries, but plenty of spicy extras.
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★★★★½ A sumptuous bumper package of Shakespeare’s finest songs.

Opera

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★★★★☆ Lehár's bittersweet late triumph becomes a hit for Munich Radio.
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★★★★★ Meyerbeer's suave French opera extracts impress and delight.
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★★★★½ Glyndebourne's acclaimed Saul lives up to the hype and then some.

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.