In an eclectic issue, Richard Tognetti’s ACO turns out to be just one of her many musical passions.

Margaret Meets The ACO
In 2015, photographer Anthony Browell followed the ACO for a magical year during which he was given unprecedented access to the ensemble’s public and private affairs. Enjoy a preview of the illustrated new book, complete with quotes from original accompanying interviews conducted by this month’s guest editor Margaret Throsby.

Improvisation Regained
When it comes to the art of improvisation, has classical music’s loss been jazz’s gain? Or maybe we’ve been looking in all the wrong places.

Orchestras Sans Borders
From the ruins of earthquakes to war zones and inner-city wastelands, we investigate music-making under the most difficult circumstances.

The Tingle Factor
Why do some works of art give us goosebumps? An investigation into musical chills with help from a flurry of snowflakes and the hand of God.

Words And Music
From Schubert and Goethe to the Gershwins, we put the most intense relationships between writers and composers under the microscope.

Avi Avital
The Israeli virtuoso who turned his back on grunge talks to Clive Paget about his oddball musical upbringing, a love affair with the mandolin and playing where the Nazis determined the Final Solution.

Pumeza Matshikiza
Growing up in apartheid South Africa, the lyric soprano dreamt of a career on the opera stage. She talks to Jo Litson about how she’s now gracing the best houses in Europe and singing with Josh Groban.

News Sydney Opera House closures announced; Young Performer Awards saved; The perils of text neck. What I’m Listening To Bass Jud Arthur. Five Questions For Cellist Alban Gerhardt. Around The World Trifonov conquers Edinburgh. Guest Column Freddy Kempf on taking risks carefully. Guy Noble’s Soapbox The growing pains of Frankenstein’s opera. Opera Column Remembering Brian Stacey. Did You Hear About Satie’s marathon Vexations? Backstage With Slava Grigoryan on Bach. World Premiere Gordon Kerry’s So Dream They Sails. Rising Star Nicholas Tolputt. Composer of the Month CPE Bach: Brightest of the sons of JSB. Musical Journey There’s more to Lisbon than a nice custard tart. Reviews The latest CD reviews plus the Limelight chart. Panorama This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in theatre, 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. Digital and Cinema The best classical music online and in cinemas this month. My Music Actor and singer David Campbell.

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Wondering what to listen to this month? Well wonder no more – Limelight’s got your back (and ears) with this specially curated Spotify playlist: a selection of twelve tracks reviewed in this issue.