Has classical lost its power to protest? Or was Bernstein at the Berlin Wall, music’s last stand?

The October 2015 issue of Limelight is available at retailers across Australia and digitally through Zinio.

Music of Revolution!
From the Marseillaise accompanying the storming of the Bastille to suffragette anthems, music has changed the course of history. But can it today? Or was Bernstein at the Berlin Walll, classical music’s last stand?


Angela Gheorghiu
The Romanian Diva has ruled the stage for 25 years. Ahead of her Oz debut, she talks to us about a career that reads like an opera plot.


Bach on a Bike
The Bachs ruled German music for generations. Melissa Lesnie and her trusty bike take us on a 300km tour of JSB’s favourite hangouts.


When Grieg Met Grainger
In an excerpt from his book accompanying Gerard Willems’ new Grieg CD, Brendan Ward uncovers a very Norwegian ‘bromance’.


Private Tudor Passions
Recorded for the very first time, what do the secrets contained in the ‘musical diary’ of Anne Boleyn tell us about the woman herself?


Classical CD, DVD, book and live concert reviews, including Hough and Isserlis, the odd couple of chamber music, are a match made in heaven; Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s imaginative Schubert demands that we reassess the symphonies; Genevieve Lacey and James Crabb find the right words to match the music; Antony Gray presents apolished and very comprehensive survey of Poulenc for piano; the icy passions of Kaija Saariaho can be a case of musical swings and roundabouts; and when Jonas Kaufmann sings Puccini, it’s a vincerò, vincerò situation.

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.