The myths of Mozart: brat, genius… god? Plus Limelight’s annual classical Christmas gift guide.

Mozart is the cover star of Limelight‘s December issue, which hits newsstands this morning and can be purchased online here with free postage. We chart the rise and fall of Mozart’s mythic status and find out how he has been both lauded and dismissed over the past 250 years. 

More importantly though, it’s time to spoil yourself and your classical music-loving loved ones! And Limelight‘s annual Christmas gift guide has something to suit all tastes and budgets, from composer teabags to the year’s best boxed sets and a lavish musical journey.

Vladimir Ashkenazy and Australian tenor Stuart Skelton are our guides when we venture into the dark world of Tchaikovsky’s most daring opera The Queen of Spades. Young star violinist Nicola Benedetti on why she doesn’t think music practice should be fun for kids, and indepth insights into the great conductors’ craft: all this and more in the latest issue out now. Limelight has just won the Publishers Australia Excellence Award for Best Relaunch issue 2012, and we think December is one of our best editions yet!