Joshua Bell
With a full time concert and recording career, not to mention a string of TV appearances like Mozart in the Jungle, the violin virtuoso has still found time to take up the leadership of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Ahead of their Australian tour, we profile a young gun turned experienced hand.

Theme & Variations
Few read Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister nowadays, yet its songs remain among the most popular ever set. Malcolm Martineau is an expert guide through 100 years in the life of Mignon.

The Marchesi Effect
To Australians, Nellie Melba may be the most famous pupil of Madame Mathilde Marchesi, but in the 19th century she was everyone’s go-to for vocal lessons. So what was her secret?

Kate the Great
Currently playing Shakespeare’s Richard III, she’s also written a new play about the notorious ‘mad monk’ Rasputin. We ask a hectic Kate Mulvany how she remembers what day it is.

Wagner in Love
Richard Wagner could never be described as backward in coming forward, especially in matters of the heart. Peter Bassett examines the musical fruits of his various amours.

Easter Oratorio
When people think of Easter and Bach, it’s the Passions that spring to mind. But the composer also wrote an Easter Oratorio. Madeleine Easton and Sir John Eliot Gardiner help tell the tale.

Conductor Jaap van Zweden
The Concertgebouw’s youngest concertmaster now heads both the New York and the Hong Kong PHilharmonic. Angus McPherson talks to a busy maestro about the challenges of youth and Wagner.

What I’m Listening To Guitarist Slava Grigoryan Five Questions For Composer Max Richter Around The World Sir David McVicar’s Pelléas thrills Glasgow Guest Column King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin at 150 Guy Noble’s Soapbox Let’s not torture the audiences of tomorrow Opera Column Richard Mills enjoys a Bellini or two Did You Hear About Scriabin’s ridiculously grand designs Backstage With Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani World Premiere Joseph Tawadros pushes his oud to the limit Rising Star Cellist Caleb Wong Composer of the Month Beethoven and his operatic ambitions Musical Journey There’s more to Zürich than gnomes and fondue Reviews The latest CD reviews plus the Limelight chart Panorama This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art, literature and film What’s On The must-see musical events around Australia this month Broadcast Guide ABC Classic FM & Australia’s independent radio stations My Music Actor John Waters

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