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Our August 2022 issue explores investing in music education, reevaluating Australian culture through a regional lens, two stage adaptations of Jekyll and Hyde and whether postmodernism has put paid to beauty.

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg discuss the concert spectacular Do You Hear the People Sing?, which charts their 50-year collaboration.

Australian author Ilario Colli explores the idea that in the contemporary, postmodern aesthetic, beauty is, to all intents and purposes, dead. But it is there waiting to be resurrected and, he argues, should be returned to its rightful place at the centre of our creative and artistic lives.

Australian Art Music

A monthly playlist of classical, jazz, experimental and electronic music focused on contemporary Australian composers, musicians and sound artists.

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Fun and frolics as Andrew Litton explores a Soviet composer’s lighter side.

Shostakovich’s jazzy side leads the field, with ear-ravishing Ravel, Carl Vine’s piano sonatas and Matthias Goerne’s collaboration with Daniil Trifonov in hot pursuit.

The Sydney Opera House has been the stage for countless memorable performances since it opened in 1973. Here are some of the very best.

The Goldner String Quartet has been at the forefront of Australian chamber music for 27 years, and counting. Here are some of their best recordings.

Numerous composers have written music inspired by the vast, icy landscape of Antarctica, among them Ralph Vaughan Williams, Peter Maxwell Davies and Australia’s Nigel Westlake. Now, Mary Finsterer has written an opera called Antarctica.

Leading Australian pianist Stephanie McCallum explains why she fell for the pianos from the workshop of French instrument maker Sébastien Érard.

Rather than sanction Russian music, why don’t we focus on Ukrainian music – and learn more about it, asks Guy Noble.

Lucifer, Beelzebub, Baal, Mephistopheles – whatever name he goes by, the Devil is a source of endless fascination in Western culture, and certainly in opera. Here is a selection of classical pieces inspired by hell and damnation.

Adapting works for alternate forces has been vital throughout history – and the practice has an equally important present. Hear a selection of famous pieces re-worked for different-sized ensembles – it’s quite an experience!

Why has classical music been so slow to incorporate electric instruments? Listen to our playlist of some of the best classical works to incorporate electric instruments.

Deborah Cheetham talks with Chi-chi Nwanoku about the similar challenges they have faced to change perceptions and increase diversity in classical music.

From spaghetti westerns to new Australian drama series, nearly every moment we experience on film and television is accompanied by music. Five composers talk about the pleasures and perils of writing for the screen.

Harriet Cunningham talks with Simone Young and about what it means for the SSO to have lured her back to Sydney.

In our August 2021 issue, Shamistha de Soysa looks at how plenty of new music is premiered, but after the first performance many pieces are never heard again.

Meet 30 new classical superstars making their mark. Read the feature.

Meet 30 new classical superstars making their mark. Read the feature.

Henry Purcell came of age at a time of religious and social turmoil, when writing for the monarch got a composer noticed but could be perilous.

Meet 30 new classical superstars making their mark.

There is more to opera than La traviata and Turandot. In fact, some works of genius have escaped the attention of mainstream listeners. Sarah Noble lists opera’s hidden treasures.

Australia’s finest musical minds tell us what they think about these 10 composers.

Know the tune, but can’t think who composed it? Meet ten members of classical music’s one-hit club.

The first published works of Beethoven, Mozart and Mahler: mere trifles or immortal masterpieces? Hear where it all began…

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