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Inside the magazine

When worlds collide

The intersection of classical music with other genres such as rock and pop is a fast growing concern, with novel sounds emerging all the time. But what should we call such collaborations? Classical music? Serious music? And how did the division between highbrow and lowbrow music first come about? Ben Wilkie investigates.

Dead Wrong

In a new book, retired British surgeon Jonathan Noble investigates the myths and misdiagnoses that plague the great composers. He talks to Angus McPherson about the historians and critics who got it wrong, and why some “kindly quacks” deserve to be let off the hook.

West Side Story

With its tragic story involving distrust of recent migrants, West Side Story seems more relevant than ever, says Jo Litson, as Opera Australia prepares to stage not one but two productions. There’s also a new Broadway version and a Spielberg movie on the way.

Simon O’Neill

The Kiwi Heldentenor, one of the leading Wagnerians of his generation, tells Jo Litson about his new album of German lieder, his idol Fritz Wunderlich, his new opera role, and “commuting” from New Zealand.

The Sound of the Bauhaus

April 1 marks the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, arguably the most important school of art and design of the 20th century. Though not on its curriculum, Albert Ehrnrooth can’t help thinking that music influence the Bauhaus style, and vice versa.

TAB Gets a redesign

The Australian Ballet’s Melbourne centre has been transformed. Greta Stoutjesdijk and Leah Hudson-Smith from design practice HASSELL tell Jo Litson how they drew on the magic of ballet for much of the form-making.

Simone Lamsma

The Dutch violinist talks to Clive Paget about moving countries to study at the Menuhin School age 11, her remarkably wide repertoire and the challenges of performing Beethoven’s and Sibelius’s concertos.

Daniel Harding

Now in his 40s, the one-time ‘boy wonder’ talks to Clive Paget about building relationships, Abbado’s Mahler, the importance of giving Bruckner back his Austrian accent and the endless joy of Mozart.

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Reviews

Recording of the month

Baroli’s back with a new tribute to the Red Priest.

Editor’s Choice:
Orchestral

Currentzis maxes out Mahler though with mixed results.

Editor’s Choice:
Chamber

Florilegium Telemanns up with another charm offensive.

Editor’s Choice:
Instrumental

Gillham glows in Bach originals and transcriptions.

Editor’s Choice:
Vocal & Choral

A minor English composer gets a major new release.

Editor’s Choice: Opera

Ulisse completes this Monteverdian’s Monteverdi.

Regular Columns

What I’m Listening To Violinist and composer Patrick Savage
Five Questions conductor Harry Christophers
Guest Column The Sretensky Monastery Choir’s turbulent history
Guy Noble’s Soapbox On liberties taken in recent Hollywood biopics
Opera Column Lise Lindstrom on getting to grips with Salome
Did you hear about the piano maker who could bake his cake and eat it?
Backstage with violinist Benjamin Beilman
World Premiere Heather Shannon mixes classical and indie rock
Rising Star Violinist Dindin Wang
Composer of the Month French maverick Hector Berlioz
Musical Journey Post-Soviet Riga is enjoying an artistic resurgence
Panorama This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art and books
What’s On in March
Broadcast Guide The best of classical music and arts across ABC and independent stations this month
Digital & Cinema The best of classical music and arts in Australian cinemas, and what’s available online this month
Classical Caption & Quiz
My Music Actor and singer Lucy Durack