Australian Art Music

January 2022: Duos & Duets

I’ve often considered chamber music as where some of the most exciting innovations in the Australian art music scene take place, and I’d like to some time this month to explore duos and duets in the repertoire… continue reading.

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From our latest issue

Features in our bumper holiday issue include the arts on offer in 2022, Deborah Cheetham’s interview with Chi-chi Nwanoku, Víkingur Ólafsson, Leonardo the musician and Christopher Wheeldon’s musical An American in Paris. Read now.

In 2015, Chi-chi Nwanoku established the Chineke! Foundation to provide career opportunities for Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe. Deborah Cheetham talks with Nwanoku about the similar challenges they have faced to change perceptions and increase diversity in classical music. Read the interview.

Saxophonist, composer, educator and jazz legend Sandy Evans explains how and why she moved from classical flute to soprano and tenor saxophone. Read the feature.

Featured Playlists

Curated by Limelight

An effervescent exercise in musical acrobatics from Sol Gab and Pat Kop. Read the review by Michael Quinn and the artist interview by Clive Paget.

With two Recordings of the Month, a trio of American rediscoveries, operatic delights galore and the latest from the Kanneh-Masons, it’s a red-letter month on disc. Read all Clive’s recommendations in his round-up of the best recent releases.

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

Young Blood

In 2022, Simone Young steps onto the podium as the new Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Harriet Cunningham talks with Young and the SSO’s CEO Emma Dunch about what it means for the Orchestra to have lured Young back to Sydney. Read the feature.

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.

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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