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Human Requiem music review (Adelaide Festival)

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Brahms composed his German Requiem between 1865 and 1868. His longest composition, with text not in the requiem’s traditional Latin but derived from the German Luther Bible, its conception is humanist rather than religious, the libretto – written by Brahms himself – a meditation not on Christian redemption but on mortality and suffering, consolation and

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Golden Plains XII music review

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Golden Plains remains one of the quirkiest fixtures on the Australian music festival calendar. Like its big sister festival Meredith, it combines great vibes with great tunes, while adding a dash of the bizarre and eccentric for good measure. However. its slightly shorter running time, smaller crowd size and Labour Day long weekend date, means Golden

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Rebetiko is the music of the poor, the broken, the disaffected, the exiled; and it’s thriving again

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Con Kalamaras is the director of the inaugural Melbourne Rebetiko Festival at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Saturday, March 10.  The afternoon and evening festival features Pliri Ntaxei (Greece) pictured above, Chrysoula K and Purpura (Greece), Zourouna,  Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble, Pascal Latra and the Philhellenes, Melbourne Bouzouki Orchestra with Dean Georgalas and the Manasis School of Greek and Dance Culture. We asked Kalamaras to explain Rebetiko – often

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Womadelaide’s Annette Tripodi has 365 days to hand pick 690 artists for the four day music fest

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As WOMADelaide prepares to open the gates of Adelaide’s Botanic Park from March 9-12, Murray Bramwell talks with Program Manager Annette Tripodi about the 2018 program. March is a brilliantly mad month in Adelaide. It is when the city is captured by the Festival and Writers’ Week, the ever-expanding Fringe, the Clipsal 500 Supercar race,

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The National music review (Sydney Opera House)

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American band, The National, returned to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt last night (February 21) after playing there on their last visit to Australia in 2014. They’re here supporting their 2017 album, Sleep Well Beast, which won them a Grammy for Best Alternative Album in January. Time will tell whether Sleep Well Beast resonates as well with

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Win tickets to Green Day’s American Idiot musical in Melbourne

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The Australian production of Green Day’s American Idiot, the rock musical, is currently playing in Perth before heading to Melbourne from February 23. Developed by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (lyrics) and Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Book and lyrics), American Idiot takes the musical in a new direction, capturing not just the sound of a generation, but also the

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AWO’s founder Alexander Briger on how many musicians it takes to wrangle a world-beating orchestra

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How many orchestra members does it take to change a light bulb? If anyone knows the answer to that question, it should be the conductor Alexander Briger AO. “The music – the artistic part — is easy.  It’s organising the dates to play that’s difficult,” says Briger, 48, juggling the phone from his French home

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Music from Cretans: George Xylouris and Jim White (via The Dirty Three, Fugazi and Nick Cave)

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George Xylouris and Jim White (pictured above) are one of the most exciting musical collaborations right now. Their new album Mother is not for the fragile. The alternative rock and Cretan music meld is blood and bones, earth and sea, literature and poetry, war and love; it is Crete. One needs to understand the Cretans

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