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The beguiling beauty of the visiting violinist we never got to see
★★★★
Live Music

The beguiling beauty of the visiting violinist we never got to see

This online stream sees German baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein spouting fire, in a lockdown performance without an audience.

  • by Tony Way

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‘A breathtaking masterstroke of gothic storytelling’: Chvrches’ new album
★★★★
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‘A breathtaking masterstroke of gothic storytelling’: Chvrches’ new album

This week, reviewers listen to new releases from Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches, Tropical F--- Storm, Evan Parker Quartet and GA-20.

  • by Samuel J Fell, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, John Shand and Annie Toller
Visual effects add sadness, terror and humour to a classical show
★★★★
Live music

Visual effects add sadness, terror and humour to a classical show

Vast ocean waves and kaleidoscopic clouds made a moving backdrop to The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s online performance.

  • by Tony Way
Melody is king on a night of heart and muscle
★★★★
Live Music

Melody is king on a night of heart and muscle

Since moving to Australia eight years ago, Italian saxophonist Mirko Guerrini has made a strong imprint on Melbourne’s jazz scene.

  • by Jessica Nicholas
I went to the world’s first virtual music concert and all I got was an unsexy robot suit and a headache

I went to the world’s first virtual music concert and all I got was an unsexy robot suit and a headache

I never work out how or why I’m hearing that cartoon cow dude “moo” at me repeatedly.

  • by Michael Dwyer
Catherine & Friends review: Songs, fun and innuendos galore

Catherine & Friends review: Songs, fun and innuendos galore

Catherine Alcorn and her friends gave us what they intended: a bucking-up dose of glitz and fun.

  • by John Shand
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Elysian Fields stream back to the future and on to the past

Elysian Fields stream back to the future and on to the past

The doom-laden music caught the prevailing mood, enjoyed via live-stream and with electrifying instrumental conversations.

  • by John Shand
Take a journey into outer space with this jazz quartet
★★★★
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Take a journey into outer space with this jazz quartet

Ephemera Quartet’s Blackholes and Modulations, Goldfynch’s Goldfynch, Joan Armatrading’s Consequences and Chet Faker’s Hotel Surrender.

  • by Jessie Cunniffe, Annabel Ross, John Shand and Bernard Zuel
On an other-wordly stage, a musical haven from what plagues us

On an other-wordly stage, a musical haven from what plagues us

Musica Viva’s Bower was conceived to create feelings of shelter and rejuvenation amid the rigours of the pandemic.

  • by Tony Way
Rachmaninov’s ‘other No. 2’ delivered with exuberant energy
★★★★
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Rachmaninov’s ‘other No. 2’ delivered with exuberant energy

The composer’s hyper-romantic second symphony was played with beauty and excellence by the MSO.

  • by Tony Way
After 18 months away, this string quartet takes a glorious bow
★★★★½
Live Music

After 18 months away, this string quartet takes a glorious bow

The Australian String Quartet delivered their first Melbourne concert in a year and a half, full of skill, passion and joy.

  • by Tony Way