Pianomania: The Greatest Pianists of All Time, James Rhodes, Angela Hewitt, the Vienna Phil and more.
Pianophiles are spoilt in the October issue of Limelight, in which we present the 10 Greatest Pianists of All Time as chosen by today’s leading virtuosos. Grigory Sokolov, Stephen Kovacevich, Paul Lewis, Pascal Rogé and Alfred Brendel all voted for their heros: the towering piano giants of yesteryear. Who made the Top 10?
In a candid interview ahead of her Melbourne performances, Angela Hewitt shares her insights into playing Bach on the piano and explains why there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her fans. Her label mate Stephen Hough writes about the elegance of the Chopin waltzes on his new album, bowler hats and soufflés!
Limelight looks ahead to the future generation of potential piano greats – in particular one bad-boy making Beethoven sexy. James Rhodes may be the hip young maverick classical music has been waiting for, but will his playing stand the test of time?
Beyond the piano, Limelight takes an insider’s look at the Vienna Philharmonic on the eve of its Australian tour. The world’s greatest orchestra is also the world’s most staunchly traditionalist, and the admission of women into its ranks in recent years is at last shaking things up within this venerated musical boys’ club.
Meanwhile, maestro Mark Wigglesworth reflects on the profound experience of preparing to conduct Dvorák’s New World Symphony for the first time, with the Sydney Symphony in October.