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Inside the magazine

The Greatest Voices

Over 100 of today’s finest Australian and international singers have cast their votes to determine the most influential voices across the ages. Now, 30 singers tell us what makes our top 30 truly great.

Women at the Ballet

Artistic Directors of ballet companies are usually male, as they all are in Australia. But here, the Executive Directors are all female. Dilshani Weerasinghe and Jessica Machin tell Jill Brown about their relationship with their artistic counterparts, and the future directions they want to shape.

In Pursuit of Fugue

The fugue has long obsessed composers and musicians, who have found in it pinnacles of intellectual and spiritual expression. Canberra International Music Festival Artistic Director Roland Peelman unravels the mysteries of the complex form, with which Johann Sebastian Bach praised God and King.

Sir Bryn Terfel

The celebrated bass-baritone talks to Jo Litson about his forthcoming Australian concerts, his first cruise, his new opera roles, and why he won’t be bringing his Welsh Rugby Union jumper on his trip Down Under

The Musical Tramp

He found fame with his iconic screen persona, but not everyone knows Charlie Chaplin was a gifted violinist who composed the scores for every one of his films. Clive Paget talks to Philippe Quint, who has arranged a dozen of his greatest hits, about The Little Tramp’s musical connections.

Andreas Ottensamer

The superstar German clarinettist talks to Clive Paget about the instruments that lay under and on top of the piano, career choices and the challenges and pleasures to be found in Mozart, Weber and Yuja Wang.

Composer of the Month

Johann Sebastian Bach’s duty to write music for the Easter period,
as Kate Bolton-Porciatti discovers, led to some of his most inspired and dramatically inventive masterpieces.

Travel: Lake Como

A mecca for writers, painters, sculptor and musicians, the lake has been the creative inspiration for generations of European composers and performers. Music educator Royna McNamara explores the musical life of Lake Como, both in legend and in history.

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Reviews

Recording of the month

JoAnn Falletta sets light to a dazzling Roman candle, and what’s more at a bargain price.

Editor’s Choice:
Orchestral

Sony’s Previn birthday box becomes a fitting memorial.

Editor’s Choice:
Chamber

Isserlis and Mustonen’s passions run the Soviet gamut.

Editor’s Choice:
Instrumental

Tiberghien revels in Liszt’s pianistic holiday snaps.

Editor’s Choice:
Vocal & Choral

A German duo embraces Wolf’s sunny South.

Editor’s Choice: Opera

Nothing shady about Xerxes in a hot new Handel recording.

Regular Columns

What I’m Listening To violinist Leila Josefowicz
Five Questions composer Jakub Jankowski
Guest Column Hugh Robertson on women composers
Guy Noble’s Soapbox Remembering the remarkable Geoffrey Parsons
Opera Column Natalie Murray Beale on John Adams’ Flowering Tree
Did you hear about the mysterious letters that Chopin never wrote?
Backstage with organist and conductor Joseph Nolan
World Premiere Paul Dean on writing for his own instrument
Greta Bradman How music makes your brain go off like a rocket
Panorama This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art and books
What’s On in April
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 Fashion designer Carla Zampatti