Inside the brilliant but often misunderstood Jacqueline du Pré; plus pianists Willems, Hough and Hewitt and our Aussie Festivals Guide.

Cover Feature: Jacqueline du Pré – Inside the Triumph and Tragedy

The Trouble with Jackie takes an indepth look at the brilliant but complex genius whose shyness and vulnerability often left her misunderstood. Helen Wallace talks to three of the people who knew her best: film-maker Christopher Nupen, du Pré's friend and biographer Elizabeth Wilson, and fellow cellist Moray Welsh. That she can still inspire a new generation of players is reason enough to revisit her legacy but Wallace gets to the bottom of her awkward relationship with her siblings and the effect on her personality of a meteoric rise to fame and the devasting medical diagnosis that came so soon afterwards.


Gerard Willems: The Beethoven Obsession

In an extract from his new book, Brendan Ward describes how Willems went from penniless immigrant to master of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas.

The Second Coming…

After their stunning 2011 debut, the Australian World Orchestra are back! And they're bringing a very special guest (yes, it's Zubin Mehta)

Australian Festival Guide

One to keep by the bedside. The European Festivals get their fair share of overseas visitors, but for world-class events, Australian culture vultures need look no further than their own backyards. Here's the pick of the crop.

Touch Screen Sonata

Pianist Stephen Hough views Liszt's epic Sonata as the Romantic piano's coming of age. Philip Clark explores how Hough's new iPad app might well turn out to be its future.

Angela Hewitt

Described by many as the leading Bach interpreter of her generation, Angela Hewitt is about to tackle The Art of Fugue for the first time. We find out why she's waited so long.

Composer of the Month: Jacques Offenbach

No-one captured the spirit of 19th-century Paris better than Offenbach whose mastery went far beyond his famous operettas.

The Verdi Trail

Opera pilgrim Albert Ehrenrooth discovers the land that Verdi knew and loved, and returned to till in his old age.


A whopping 32 pages of classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including Herbert von Karajan: the complete 1970s orchestral recordings; Steven Isserlis records the Dvořák concerto at long last; The Jerusalem Quartet repaint an old warhorse; Daniel Rojas takes us on a journey from Tango to Django; René Jacobs rewards us with a work that little matters if it's by Pergolesi or not and Anna Netrebko's Verdi album takes her voice in a whole new direction.

The Limelight Classical Chart

Exclusive to Limelight, this chart ranks the top 20 best-selling classical CDs and DVDs according to monthly sales figures drawn from Australia's leading classical specialist stores. Unlike other charts, Limelight's specially assembled list admits only pure classical releases – it's not diluted with crossover.

ABC Highlights

The only magazine to feature highlights and recommendations for ABC Classic FM, Radio National and ABC TV.