Starring 30 hot young classical properties, ‘Our man in the Palace’, a great ballet and Australia’s musical philanthropists.

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Our critics pick the most outstanding pianists, instrumentalists, singers and conductors taking classical music into the future  and explain how they’re going to do it.


Emanuel Ax

The American pianist talks about growing up in transit, the great maestros, and what he’d like to do with bad-mannered audiences.

Malcolm Williamson

Just how did a boy from Sydney get to become ‘Our Man in the Palace’ and just how and why did it all go wrong?

Appalachian Spring

An in-depth investigation of Aaron Copland’s iconic ballet which brought a breath of the American prairies to the choreographic stage.

Meet the Philanthropists

The arts would dwindle and starve without them, so who are Australia’s biggest donors and what makes them dig into their pockets?

Composer of the Month: Arnold Bax

A love of all things Irish may have influenced Arnold Bax but there is a great deal beyond the Emerald Isle to discover in his music.

Musical Journey: Cologne

When the carnival is over, Albert Ehrnrooth discovers that cologne is more than just a fancy perfume


Classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including a definitive guide to Malcolm Williamson’s piano concerti by Piers Lane; Daniel Barenboim and his German orchestra excel with some very English Elgar; a woodwind super group tackle French works plus a slew from the 20th century; and Belvoir’s Government Inspector is inspected while Jordi Savall sounds the shofar.

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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