The sounds of the Bard; Karajan 25 years on; Indigenous uprising goes choral; Mussorgsky’s musical gallery.

Cover Feature

In his 450th birthday year, we take a comprehensive look at what the great English playwright has given to the world of classical music, and the composers he has inspirded.


Carry On Karajan

Was Herbert von Karajan the greatest conductor of the 20th century? James Jolly examines the legacy of a Maestro.


How does Paul Stanhope intend to turn the life of Jandamarra, the man behind the last organised Indigenous uprising, into music?

Art Imitating Art

A look at the music, but also at the forgotten paintings that inspired Mussorgsky’s classic pianistic promenade, Pictures At An Exhibition.

Composer of the Month: Alban Berg

Once a devoted disciple of Schoenberg, Berg went on to tread his own path, eventually proving a formidable challenge to his former teacher, as Malcolm Hayes explains.

Musical Journey: Barcelona

Mercury and Caballé serenaded it, but Kim Traill discovered a modernista paradise bigger than your average pop ballad.


Classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including Richard Bonynge helps soprano Elena Zanthoudakis take us to bel canto heaven; Davd Zinman completes his Mahler cycle with some vocal help from Susan Graham; Faust, Melnikov and Queyras take a distinctly period look at Beethoven’s Archduke; Xavier Sabata is the psychotic despot in a bright new recording of Handel’s Tamerlano; and Ronald Brautigam’ s rage over Beethoven’s lost penny channels the composer himself.

The Limelight Classical Chart

Exclusive to Limelight, this chart ranks the top 20 best-selling classical CDs and DVDs according to monthly sales figures drawn from Australia’s leading classical specialist stores. Unlike other charts, Limelight’s specially assembled list admits only pure classical releases – it’s not diluted with crossover.

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