March 22, 2014
features

Tone Deaf hosts Orchestral March Madness

Sixteen classics left in a head to head slug out for top piece of music. Your vote counts. This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Not a subscriber? For a limited time our monthly digital subscription is only $3. Subscribe now and you will save 50% and have full access to our paywalled content and digital magazines.

March 21, 2014
features

Why Terracini’s Butterfly deserves to spread its wings

Let’s hope that the news of Handa Opera’s demise has been greatly exaggerated. This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Not a subscriber? For a limited time our monthly digital subscription is only $3. Subscribe now and you will save 50% and have full access to our paywalled content and digital magazines.

March 21, 2014
features

Diego Matheuz: Some Venezuelan heat comes to Melbourne

Catching up with one of the hottest young conducting talents who’s making waves on Australian shores. This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Not a subscriber? For a limited time our monthly digital subscription is only $3. Subscribe now and you will save 50% and have full access to our paywalled content and digital magazines.

March 20, 2014
features

Backstage with Paolo Bordogna

Being born in the home of opera buffa has its advantages but, as the titular hero of The Turk in Italy found, a laugh’s a laugh in any language This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Not a subscriber? For a limited time our monthly digital subscription is only $3. Subscribe now and you will save 50% and have full access to our paywalled content and digital magazines.

March 20, 2014
features

Sitkovetsky Trio: The view from the Tweet Seats

Musica Viva’s twitterati tell all on the Sitkovetsky Trio’s Australian tour. This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Not a subscriber? For a limited time our monthly digital subscription is only $3. Subscribe now and you will save 50% and have full access to our paywalled content and digital magazines.

March 20, 2014
features

Australia’s Other Orchestras

The Canberra and Darwin Symphony Orchestras are on the rise, thanks to their dynamic young maestros. This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Not a subscriber? For a limited time our monthly digital subscription is only $3. Subscribe now and you will save 50% and have full access to our paywalled content and digital magazines.

March 20, 2014
features

Paul Wittgenstein: The Man with the Golden Arm

How did war-wounded pianist Paul Wittgenstein persuade Ravel, Britten and Prokofiev to write pieces for his left hand? This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Not a subscriber? For a limited time our monthly digital subscription is only $3. Subscribe now and you will save 50% and have full access to our paywalled content and digital magazines.

March 20, 2014
features

Cameron Carpenter goes ballistic at UK Immigration

Deported organist sounds off on Facebook after being held for seven hours before being sent back to Berlin. This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Not a subscriber? For a limited time our monthly digital subscription is only $3. Subscribe now and you will save 50% and have full access to our paywalled content and digital magazines.

March 19, 2014
CD and Other Review

Review: Dessner: Aheym (Kronos Quartet)

American indie rock band guitarist Bryce Dessner’s debut classical recording comes with excellent credentials. Dessner is a Yale graduate who studied classical guitar, flute and composition and who has worked with some of the best in the business including Reich, Glass and David Lang. While his style leans towards a minimalist aesthetic he’s open to and range of influences, from early music through to rock and pop. Aheym – “homeward” in Yiddish – immediately grabs the ear with its sharp, unanimous rhythms before opening out into hypnotic ostinati and a multitude of dazzling timbres and colours. Little Blue Something is more restrained, intimate, even melancholy. Tenebre takes its inspiration from the Holy Week office of tenebrae, for which Renaissance composers in particular wrote such dazzling music. Dessner achieves extraordinary sonic effects here, with ghostly passages recalling the sound of a glass harmonica. This is aural chiaroscuro at its most compelling, made even more so by a multi-tracked Kronos Quartet (times three) and vocalist Sufjan Stevens (times eight). Dessner himself appears as guitarist on Tour Eiffel, which was commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. This is exciting, visceral and at times deeply moving music, with a thorough awareness of the interplay…