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Inside the magazine
Falling in love again
In 1988, embarrassed at constantly being compared to Marlene Dietrich, Ute Lemper wrote to the legendary actor. She tells Jo Litson about the extraordinary three-hour phone call that followed, which, 30 years later, has led to the German-born cabaret star’s latest show.
Praising the dead
A musical history of composers’ fascination with the Requiem, five of the best to die for, and a preview of the first Requiem to be written in an Indigenous language.
A Fresh Lick of Paint
Rossini’s rarely staged Il Viaggio a Reims was written for a coronation. Director Damiano Michieletto explains why he just had to set it in an art gallery.
Pictures Mark II
Piano duo ZOFO on how commissioning 15 new pieces based on artworks from around the world helped create a contemporary take on Mussorgsky’s musical gallery.
Jewels in the Crown
Ahead of their trip to Australia, Deborah Jones talks to stars of the Bolshoi about Balanchine and how the company has embraced the “lost son” of Russian ballet.
Book Shelf to Ice Shelf
Musicologist Carolyn Philpott explains how composers over the years have used music to represent landscape, and how music might advocate for fragile regions.
Composer of the Month
One of the finest violinists of his or any generation, Eugène Ysaÿe was also a composer of considerably greater talent than he himself was inclined to believe, says Julian Haycock.
With its fairy-tale setting of mountains, hillocks, waterfalls and rushing streams, Rosendal might just be paradise on earth.
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Recording of the month
Meditations on modernity showcase virtuosity and technical brilliance.
Editor’s Choice: Orchestral
A master’s timeless music by a true musical adventurer.
Not-so-little women emerge from the shadows.
Editor’s Choice: Instrumental
Glittering Giltburg, but is virtuosity always its own reward?
Vocal & Choral
Andrew Davis champions Berlioz’s singular child in Melbourne.
Premiere recording pays tribute to a master.
What I’m Listening To flautist Melissa Farrow
Five Questions trumpeter Paul Goodchild
Guest Column Kristian Winther on running the Bach marathon
Guy Noble’s Soapbox Why orchestra’s need to ban the boy’s club
Opera Column Queen of her Century, Pauline Viardot
Did you hear about Bruckner’s boozy beer bout in Bayreuth?
Backstage with pianist and conductor Howard Shelley
World Premiere Kate Moore’s new string quartet
Rising Star mezzo-soprano Bronwyn Douglass
Panorama This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art and books
What’s On in May
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 singer and actor Lucy Maunder