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January/February 2017


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Issue: January/February 2017

Recording of the Year
The critics have spoken. We unveil the five category winners, plus the 2016 Limelight Recording of the Year. And following a poll and thousands of votes online, you, the public, have helped choose two Limelight Artists of the Year.

Barrie Kosky
Ahead of Adelaide Festival’s Saul, we talk to Australia’s one-time theatrical bad boy who is now the toast of European opera houses.

Unsung Hero
A reassessment of the music of F. S. Kelly, the Australian composer killed at the Somme whose posthumous reputation is on the up and up.

Daniil Trifonov
The rise and rise of the young Russian virtuoso and Deutsche Grammophon recording star who makes his Australian debut in March.

In the Mind's Ear
From harps built for outer space to an orchestra of automatons, we raise an eyebrow at some of the strangest instruments that never got made.

Radical Richard
A look at Thomas Ostermeier’s theatrically compelling Berlin Schaubühne Richard III ahead of its trip to the Adelaide Festival in March.

Einojuhani Rautavaara
A profile of the late Finnish composer whose music started with Stravinsky and serialism but came to embrace the worlds of birds and angels.

Speaking of the Bard
How do the likes of Hordern, Gielgud and Ashcroft in the 1950s and ‘60s compare with the way we deliver Shakespeare today?

Ermonela Jaho
A Traviata for today, the soprano has been compared to Callas. But growing up in Albania, that was the least of her worries. She talks to Clive Paget about Violetta, false-marketing and why Zazà made her cry.

Tim Finn
As his first ever musical gears up for a national tour, the much-loved singer-songwriter Tim Finn talks to Jo Litson about how it came into being and the different challenges of writing for the stage.

News Margaret Throsby moves to Saturdays in Classic FM shake-up; Aussies get Grammy nods. What I'm Listening To Conductor Benjamin Northey. Five Questions For Violinist and director Pekka Kuusisto. Around The World Beaux Arts Trio unexpectedly reunites in Berlin. Guest Column Julian Day’s organ experiments. Guy Noble's Soapbox On the demise of music education in SA. Opera Column Ian Bostridge on staging WinterreiseDid You Hear About Herr Mahler’s bout with Prof. Freud. Backstage With Tenor Saimir Pirgu. World Premiere Lewis Carroll inspires Holly Harrison. Rising Star Soprano Zoe Drummond. Composer of the Month Zemlinsky, far from just a late-Romantic also-ran. Musical Journey Getting a ‘Handel’ on the Göttingen Festival. Reviews The latest CD reviews plus the Limelight Chart. Panorama This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art and film. What's On The must-see musical events around Australia in Jan/Feb. Broadcast Guide ABC Classic FM & Australia's independent radio stations. My Music Actor Tony Llewellyn-Jones.


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Subscribe to Limelight in January or February and you'll be in the running to win a an A-Reserve double pass to see Academy of St Martin in the Fields, led by virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell on April 26, 2017 in the Concert Hall, QPAC. This prize, worth $607, also includes overnight accommodation in a Studio City room at Mantra South Bank in Brisbane. The first 25 new subscribers will also receive a copy of The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses, the second volume of stunning film adaptions of Shakespeare’s history plays from Universal Pictures.

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Wondering what to listen to this month? Well wonder no more – Limelight's got your back (and ears) with this specially curated Spotify playlist: a selection of twelve tracks reviewed in this issue.

Articles in this magazine


In the mind's ear: the craziest imaginary musical instruments

in Tim Munro - - April 13, 2017
Musical instruments come and go – including some strange ones – but what about the instruments that never were?

Revive (Elīna Garanča)

in Alexandra Coghlan - - March 3, 2017

Joan Sutherland (Great Australian Voices)

in Steve Moffatt - - March 3, 2017

Popcorn (The 7 Sopranos)

in Stephanie Eslake - - March 3, 2017

Mozart: Zaide (Classical Opera/Ian Page)

in Will Yeoman - - February 23, 2017

From Melba to Sutherland (Various Artists)

in Clive Paget - - February 23, 2017