“I am very happy to come back,” pianist Nelson Freire tells me over the phone from his home in Brazil. Long revered as a connoisseur’s pianist, Freire returns to Australia in March for concerts with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. This will be the fourth time Freire has toured Down Under, with his most recent appearance in 2014.

“At 71, Freire seems to be in something of a golden age,” Limelight’s then Editor Clive Pagetwrote when...

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