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A celebration of the centenary of an Australian music institution.

Orchestral

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★★★★★ Aussie pianist Jayson Gillham takes on two fairly fearsome musical beasts and wins.
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★★★★☆ Walton’s Hindemith tribute gets an outing, Marwood’s concerto is a plus.
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★★★★☆ Singapore slings Eastern sheen over invitations to the dance.

Chamber

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★ ★ ★ ★☆ Stalwart environmental crusader gets a musical tribute.
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★ ★ ★ ★☆ Gringolts nails Stravinsky’s sometimes knotty violin output.
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★★★★★ Aussie goes Dutch in order to undertake a Grand Tour.

Instrumental

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★★★½☆ Prime pianistic portrait of classical music’s favourite and freest spirit.
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★★★★½ Breathtaking Russian hand-breakers from a young pianist.
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★★★★☆ Some fearless pianism brings Sterndale Bennett to life.

Vocal & Choral

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★★★★½ Secular Suzuki technique: More sparkling Bach as Masaaki Suzuki’s latest journey approaches its conclusion.
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★★★½☆ New look at Weimar-era songs created on the brink of a cataclysm.
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★★★★☆ No ugly sister, Monteverdi’s 1641 Vespers rivals that of 1610.

Opera

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★★★★☆ Pre-verismo passion from a goddess, though not from the underworld.
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★★★★☆ One show worth listening to again and again and again...
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★★★★☆ Female composers find a powerful voice in Ruby Hughes.

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.