OCTOBER 2021

October’s playlist digs into the unique repertoire of the guitar, with a couple of guest appearance by the mandolin or bass guitar. We have releases from 1996 all the way to this year, cataloguing and showcasing Australia’s contribution to the instrument’s vast range of music from solos to concerti…. continue reading

The bumper October 2021 issue contains features exploring the Alice Springs World Chamber Orchestra, arts and the digital world, Max Richter’s new album, Circa’s classical collaborations, Henry Purcell’s early years as a composer, and Australian dramatic soprano Marjorie Lawrence. Read now.

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. Read Clive Paget’s story.

In this month’s 5 Questions For…, avant-garde pianist Belle Chen tells us about her new show, Destinations, playing at Adelaide’s OzAsia festival in October. Read the interview.

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The long run-up to the 300th anniversary of Haydn’s birth in 2032 gathers pace with Les Heures du Jour (The Hours of the Day), a sparkling tenth instalment in a projected complete survey of his 107 symphonies by Il Giardino Armonico, Basel Chamber Orchestra and Giovanni Antonini. Read the review by Michael Quinn.

With half the country in lockdown, this month’s focus is on music to soothe the spirit, from Mozart, Fauré and Pärt, to Jordi Savall’s Victorian Odyssey. And a bumper issue of the magazine means double the number of recorded reviews from which Clive Paget’s can highlight in his roundup of the best recent releases.

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. Listen to the playlist inspired by this feature

On the 500th anniversary of his death, we pay tribute to Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez.

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.

In January 2019, Simone Young talked to Limelight about her artistic principles, the luxury of choice and taking on America in the seasons to come.

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

From eccentrics to recluses, these musicians positively thrived on social distancing.

Considered by many to be the greatest composer of all time, Limelight looks at the life, times and music of the trail-blazing Ludwig van Beethoven.

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