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A celebration of the centenary of an Australian music institution.

Orchestral

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★★★★½ Australia's period favourites breath new life into some Romantic classics.
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★★★★½ Licorice stick brings to life vivid dreams of cognac and klezmer.
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★★★★½ Max Richter proves he certainly isn't afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Chamber

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★★★½☆ A pair of Bohemian rhapsodies with a soupçon too much of French elegance
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★★★★☆ With Capuçon, there's always room for a new interpretation.
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★★★☆☆ Sometimes digging up the past can be a jolly good thing.

Instrumental

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★★★½☆ Anderszewski is exquisite in one, over-romanticised in the other.
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★★★★★ Consistency and authority mark Pollini's recordings over 43 years.
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★★★★☆ Debut guitar recital offers an intimate space for dreaming.

Vocal & Choral

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★★★★★ A great new Daphnis… Period: François-Xavier Roth brings on some 20th-century HIP ideas to reveal the real Ravel.
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★★★★☆ Elise McCann shines both vocally and as a storyteller in songs inspired by Roald Dahl.
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★★★½☆ Rare foray into Victorian songs brings out Sullivan's sentimental side.

Opera

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★★★★☆ A delicious debut from Decca's hottest new soprano signing.
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★★★★☆ Dame Ethel's greatest hit receives its operatic due at last.
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★★★★☆ Pinchgut triumphs in hilarious tale of mistaken identities.

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.