Music reviews

Beethoven: The Piano Concertos by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Happy 250th Birthday Beethoven! The classical music world is going mad for all new Beethoven recordings and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is jumping on that bandwagon. Teaming up with fellow Austra…

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Vasks: Works for Piano Trio by Trio Palladio

We listen to, we look for, and we learn about classical music all the time. And yet, somehow, sometimes we miss a gem. This is what discovering Peteris Vasks has been for me. Considered one of the mo…

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14 Histoires de guitares by David Jacques

You know someone is a music nerd when they discuss the fact that they collect guitars from a period spanning four hundred years and have more than ten guitars in their collection. David Jacques is de…

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You Be the Lightning by Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife

Tracy McNeil, a Canadian expat now well and truly ensconced in Melbourne, is back with her fifth album, You Be the Lightning. After releasing her previous four albums independently, she has signed on …

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Lines Written During a Sleepless Night by Louise Alder & Joseph Middleton

Three years since her debut recital disc Through Life and Love, British soprano Louise Alder is back, and her voice is more ravishing than ever. Lines Written During a Sleepless Night is an homage to…

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Piae Cantiones by Utopia Chamber Choir & Andrew Lawrence-King

Alia Vox Diversa is a subsidiary of Jordi Savall’s label Alia Vox, and showcases performances by Savall’s colleagues and contemporaries rather than by Savall himself. Recently, the Utopia Chamber Cho…

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Stuart Greenbaum by John Stanton, Ron Baglind & Luke Howard

What would you do in your final hour? If you had but one hour left, how would you express yourself? Through words, music, art? Stuart Greenbaum posits this question with his latest album, a musing on…

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The Gospel According to Water by Joe Henry

In late 2018 American singer-songwriter Joe Henry was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer that had metastasized into his bones and was told he had around six months to live. Almost exactly one yea…

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Les Sons et les Parfums byJanina Fialkowska

‘Sounds and Perfume’ is the perfect name for this enchanting piano album. Originally from Baudelaire’s poem, Debussy borrowed the full title ‘Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir’ for …

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Aquarelles: Debussy & Hahn by Siobhan Stagg & Noga Quartet

Admired for her beautiful lyric voice and impressive vocal range, Debussy dedicated his song cycle Ariettes oubliées (‘forgotten songs’) to Scottish soprano Mary Garden, for whom he also composed the…

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