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Ilya Gringolts © Tomasz Trzebiatowski
Sydney

Magnetic bravura: Unshowy Gringolts dazzles Sydney audience

By , 05 October 2018
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Timo-Veikko Valve © Jack Saltmiras
Sydney

Transformers: big works in disguise from the Australian Chamber Orchestra

By , 15 September 2018
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Members of the ACO © Gary Heery
Sydney

Variations on brilliance: the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney

By , 11 August 2018
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Emma Pearson (Athalia) and Freddie Shaw (Joas) © Robert Catto
Sydney

Pinchgut Opera's Athalia in Sydney: fabulous performance marred by directiorial problems

By , 21 June 2018
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Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
Sydney

Death stingest no more: the Australian Chamber Orchestra with Alina Ibragimova

By , 21 March 2018
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Richard Tognetti © Paul Henderson
Sydney

Sweet string sounds from the ACO in Sydney

By , 13 February 2018
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Jake Arditti (Nero) © Brett Boardman
Sydney

L'incoronazione di Poppea: cynical production, glorious music from Pinchgut Opera

By , 30 November 2017
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Aleksandar Madžar and Nicolas Altstaedt © Keith Saunders
Sydney

A splendid night of 20th-century cello music with Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar

By , 11 September 2017
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Richard Tognetti and the ACO © Simon van Boxtel
Sydney

Old friends in high places: the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Mountain project

By , 12 August 2017
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Richard Tognetti © Paul Henderson
Sydney

Intimate Schumann, delightful Mozart: ACO collaborates with Kristian Bezuidenhout

By , 04 July 2017
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Pacifica Quartet © Saverio Truglia
Sydney

A quartet made for Shostakovich: The Pacifica Quartet in Sydney

By , 24 June 2017
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Lauren Zolezzi © Patrick Boland
Sydney

Disconnected dégustation: Pinchgut Opera's Anacréon and Pigmalion

By , 15 June 2017
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Nobuyuki Tsujii © Yuji Hori
Sydney

Feeling rather than seeing: Nobuyuki Tsujii’s Sydney recital

By , 22 May 2017
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Timo-Veikko Valve © Gary Heery
Sydney

E pluribus unum: the ACO’s Soloists concert in Sydney

By , 16 May 2017
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Nicholas Spanos © Steven Godbee
Sydney

Ripping the heart from Handel's Messiah in Sydney

By , 04 March 2017
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© Prudence Upton
Sydney

Sweetness and light: Rautavaara tribute concert showcases one side of his art in Sydney

By , 11 January 2017
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Valda Wilson (Theodora) © Robert Catto | Pinchgut Opera
Sydney

Theodora: a musical, if not dramatic, triumph in Sydney

By , 30 November 2016
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Trio Dali © Felix Broede
Sydney

Trio Dali in Sydney: splendid execution but short on emotional depth

By , 14 November 2016
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Julia Lezhneva © Uli Weber | Decca
Sydney

Going for Baroque with Julia Lezhneva in Sydney

By , 08 October 2016
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Israel Camerata and Avner Biron © Galit Deutsch
Sydney

Polished, if not inspiring: the Israel Camerata on tour in Australia

By , 18 September 2016
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Polina Leschenko © Marco Borggreve
Sydney

“White light containing all colours”: Tognetti and Leschenko in recital

By , 12 September 2016
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Elisabeth Leonskaja © Julia Wesely
Sydney

Grande dame of the piano: Elisabeth Leonskaja performs Mozart with the ACO

By , 31 August 2016
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Rachelle Durkin (Armida) © Brett Boardman
Sydney

Haydn's Armida in Sydney: Confusion has such lovely music!

By , 22 June 2016
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Lang Lang © Xun Chi
Sydney

Tchaikovsky’s melancholy, Chopin’s passion, Lang Lang’s brilliance

By , 08 June 2016
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Enso String Quartet © Juergen Frank
Sydney

Consummate musicianship and intriguing programming from Enso Quartet

By , 30 May 2016
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Richard Tognetti © Paul Henderson
Sydney

The canon’s roar: violence and violins in ACO Sydney programme

By , 14 May 2016
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Richard Tognetti © Gary Heery
Sydney

Bartók meets Hitchcock: the music of horror and the night in Sydney

By , 05 April 2016
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Emma Matthews © Jeff Busby
Sydney

Borrowed plumes: a new pastiche Baroque opera in Sydney

By , 22 February 2016
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Garrick Ohlsson © Mark McBeth
Sydney

Seeing music, hearing paintings? Garrick Ohlsson’s Sydney recital

By , 15 February 2016
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Jos van Immerseel © Alex Vanhee
Sydney

Splendid playing but uninspired performances: Anima Eterna's Beethoven at the Sydney Festival

By , 23 January 2016
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Jos van Immerseel © Alex Vanhee
Sydney

Disciplined expressiveness: Anima Eterna Brugge plays Beethoven 8 & 7 in Sydney

By , 22 January 2016
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Wiard Witholt and Elise Caluwaerts © Jamie Williams
Sydney

Dispassionate Passion: Dusapin at Sydney Chamber Opera

By , 14 January 2016
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Sydney

Sublimely ridiculous: Grétry’s L’Amant jaloux another hit for Pinchgut Opera

By , 06 December 2015
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© Eggner Trio
Sydney

Crisp and delicate: the Eggner Trio featuring music by two female composers

By , 09 November 2015
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Sydney Symphony Orchestra © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Mozart and the Brits in Sydney

By , 05 November 2015
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The Modigliani Quartet's usual line-up © Sylvie Lancrenon
Sydney

Replacement player no bar to Modigliani Quartet success in Sydney

By , 12 October 2015
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Richard Tognetti © Gary Heery
Sydney

Jubilant Jupiter, triumphant Tognetti – 25 years with the Australian Chamber Orchestra

By , 03 October 2015
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Paul Lewis © Jack Liebeck
Sydney

Expression and intelligence on display in Paul Lewis' Sydney recital

By , 31 August 2015
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Richard Tognetti © Gary Heery
Sydney

Delicious Mozart, problematic Brahms from an expanded ACO in Sydney

By , 18 August 2015
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Hadleigh Adams (Bajazet) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Bajazet: Pinchgut Opera concocts a striking Vivaldi pasticcio

By , 04 July 2015
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Richard Egarr © Marco Borggreve
Sydney

Visiting keyboardist Richard Egarr leads ACO in early music programme

By , 23 June 2015
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Steven Isserlis
Sydney

Time regained, repertoire rediscovered: Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih in Sydney recital

By , 15 June 2015
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Stefan Jackiw © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Sydney

Scintillating string playing from the ACO and soloists in Mostly Mendelssohn programme

By , 19 May 2015
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Christina Leonard and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra © Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Sydney

Vivaldi rewired: Max Richter’s recomposition of The Four Seasons in Sydney

By , 08 May 2015
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Goldner String Quartet © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Metamorphoses of a 20 year-old string quartet: the Goldner Quartet in Sydney

By , 04 May 2015
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Louis Lortie © Elias
Sydney

“Chopin is here, in the shadows”: Louis Lortie’s solo recital in Sydney

By , 13 April 2015
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Caitlin Hulcup (Iphigénie) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Compelling and uncomplicated Iphegénie en Tauride storms into Sydney

By , 03 December 2014
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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet © Paul Mitchell
Sydney

From Les Adieux to Miroirs: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s musical portrait

By , 17 November 2014
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The Song Company © Peter Hislop
Sydney

The Mass in B minor in Sydney: God touching Adam’s finger - almost...

By , 19 October 2014
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Torleif Thedéen © Tony Sandin
Sydney

A most valuable friend: Torleif Thedéen guests for the Selby & Friends concert series

By , 16 September 2014
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