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A celebration of the centenary of an Australian music institution.

Orchestral

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★★★★½ Nelsons leaves an impressive calling card with Bruckner’s Third.
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★★★½☆ Sudbin’s final Beethoven furlong, run in Helsinki.
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★★★½☆ Howard Shelley delivers a rare recording of Czerny’s Concertos.

Chamber

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★★★★☆ A delightful disc full of well-known works and hidden treasures.
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★★★★½ Bold works for guitar and string quartet repay repeated listening.
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★★★★½ Attractive music for brass ensemble that deserves a wide audience.

Instrumental

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★★★★☆ Kats-Chernin and Cislowska re-team in dreamy homage to Satie.
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★★★★☆ Polish over profundity in Melvyn Tan’s ‘Czerny’ of a lifetime.
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★★★★☆ From Ian Holtham, it’s Bach, Jim, but not in the order we know it.

Vocal & Choral

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★★★★½ Meyerbeer revisited: Diana Damrau’s hommage lifts a B-reserve composer into the A-league.
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★★★★½ Schumann revisited by an old Lieder master and his new piano partner.
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★★★★½ Glistening 21st-century revival of ancient religious choral form.

Opera

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★★★★☆ Turned 90 this year, John Joubert's speculative Brontë opera lands at last.
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★★★★☆ Violin-less opera is the epitome of Ossian’s gloomy Romanticism.
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★★★★☆ If only Puccini had lived, but meanwhile try Berio’s ending.

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.