“Good Listening” is a monthly music program presented by Cyrus Meher-Homji and showcases new classical and jazz recordings, exciting behind-the-scenes vision, and features interviews with artists from Australia and around the world.
Good Listening

15 May 2018 - 1:27 PM  UPDATED 15 May 2018 - 1:32 PM


Albert Einstein once said that whereas Beethoven created music, Mozart’s was “so pure that it seemed to have been ever-present in the universe, waiting to be discovered by the master”. Daniel Hope, that chamaeleon among violinists – ever-changing, ever-adapting, ever-inventive – uses Mozart as the central focus for his new album “Journey to Mozart”. You get not only Mozart favourites, but also music by composers who inspired him, and in turn, composers whom he inspired. Well, that’s everyone, isn’t it? Who can fail to be inspired by Mozart…

Daniel Hope’s new album is available HERE.



Only 25, the Austrian-born Iranian cellist Kian Soltani already is one of the most beguiling cellists of his generation. A protégé of Anne-Sophie Mutter and Daniel Barenboim, he has released his debut album for Deutsche Grammophon. It consists of original compositions by Schubert and Schumann, as well as transcriptions of their songs, as well as music by Iranian composer Reza Vali, and Kian Soltani’s own composition Persian Fire Dance.

Kian Soltani’s new album is available HERE.



The average age of the child prodigy seems to be becoming ever younger. But how about being a celebrity and making your first solo piano record for a major label when you’re 94? That’s some innings. The pianist is Menahem Pressler, best-known as a member of the Beaux Arts Trio. More than 70 years ago he took out first prize in the Debussy Competition in San Francisco, and as 2017 marks a hundred years since Debussy’s passing, Pressler calls his solo debut album “Clair de Lune”. Let’s eavesdrop into the world of this nonagenarian luminary.

Menahem Pressler’s new album is available HERE.



Rami is the violinist who has travelled against all odds from Syria to safety. In 2015 Rami was studying at music school in Syria. As the war developed, he knew he had to leave. When just 21 years old, Rami travelled from Syria through Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Hungary and Austria, on foot and by boat. On occasions, he had to swim and run for his life, but with his violin wrapped in cling film, Rami managed to keep it safe throughout his traumatic journey. He finally found refuge in Germany, where he was taken in by a caring musical family. 

Rami’s new album is available HERE.



Patrizio Buanne was born in Vienna of Italian parents, who, we are told, opened the Austrian capital’s first pizzeria. He had a passion for languages from an early age and speaks seven languages fluently. I suppose you could describe him as a 21st-century crooner, and thirteen years ago he released his first album entitled The Italian. Now it’s time for his newest, Italianissimo

Patrizio Buanne’s new album is available HERE.