The ACO’s Richard Tognetti’s in the Limelight hot-seat for a special December issue.

Cover Feature: Richard Tognetti on Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Guest editor Richard Tognetti has his doubts about Christmas, but that won’t stop him from revelling in the genius of Bach’s  Christmas Oratorio – a work that has often played second fiddle to Handel’s  Messiah in Anglo-Saxon countries.

Attempting to understand the  Christmas Oratorio’s sacred religiosity from his personal perspective as an atheist, Tognetti contrasts how the work has evolved in terms of interpretation and audience appreciation since its composition in 1734 up until the modern day.

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42,000 Years of Music

Where did music come from – and where is it going? And how will we know when we get there? Richard Tognetti gives his very personal take on music history.

Classical Mythbusters

Classical music abounds with juicy anecdotes – but how many of them are actually true? Richard Tognetti and the  Limelight team separate fact from fiction.

ACO + Isserlis

A photo journey behind the scenes as cellist Steven Isserlis rehearses the Dvořák Cello Concerto with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Christmas Gift Guide

Scratching your head about what to buy for the music lover in your life? Look no further than our guide to classical Christmas gifts.

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