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 to Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Access our paywalled content and archive of magazines, regular news and features for the limited offer of $3 per month. Subscribe now

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…

March 17, 2014
features

Australian Festival of Chamber Music 2014

Australia’s premier winter chamber music festival celebrates 24th anniversary with innovative program. This article is available to Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Access our paywalled content and archive of magazines, regular news and features for the limited offer of $3 per month. Subscribe now

March 17, 2014
features

Munich may call for Gergiev’s head over Ukraine crisis

Incoming Chief Conductor of the Munich Phil comes under attack for his support of Putin on Crimea. This article is available to Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Access our paywalled content and archive of magazines, regular news and features for the limited offer of $3 per month. Subscribe now

March 16, 2014
features

Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech gets choral makeover

Rob Davidson’s setting of “that speech” might just go viral thanks to Gordon Hamilton and Australian Voices. This article is available to Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Access our paywalled content and archive of magazines, regular news and features for the limited offer of $3 per month. Subscribe now

March 16, 2014
features

Samuel Sakker’s ‘Operation Covent Garden’

Young tenor wins place at the Royal Opera but first needs to raise some dough: enter Matthews, Carbó and Humble. This article is available to Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Access our paywalled content and archive of magazines, regular news and features for the limited offer of $3 per month. Subscribe now

March 15, 2014
features

Elena Xanthoudakis: Rising star of the bel canto

As she opens in Opera Queensland’s Rigoletto, the soprano talks about her new CD and the times ahead. This article is available to Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Access our paywalled content and archive of magazines, regular news and features for the limited offer of $3 per month. Subscribe now