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Epic. Magnificent. Generous. Flowing. Majestic. Surprising. Overwhelming. And above all – Joyous.The two final symphonies of Johannes Brahms are undisputed masterpieces: passionate, intensely lyrical, a thrilling blend of grandeur and intimacy. In the hands of Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, these soaring yet deeply personal works spring to life, revealing new delights at every turn.For these performances, the ACO has expanded to include the unique colours of wind instruments from Brahms’ own world. The resulting sound, in the words of the Sydney Morning Herald review, was ‘a revelation: superbly blended horns and trumpets without the bright blare of a modern symphonic sound, an agile, liquid tone from flutes and clarinets and a gorgeous warmth in the lower wind and brass, all matched with a string sound with a bold but never harsh attack.’With a total size of around 50 players, these recordings show the ACO at its fullest strength, well beyond its usual compact forces, yet maintaining its trademark clarity and vitality. This is in line with the Brahms himself, who refused to allow the orchestra to be augmented beyond 48 players for the premiere of his Fourth Symphony.Here we encounter the full flowering of Brahms’ symphonic genius: a composer profoundly aware of the richness of his own musical heritage, yet determined to push the boundaries into new realms of expressive power. A musician utterly at home with the wild fire of gypsy music, yet finding inspiration for the finale of his Fourth Symphony in a chorale of J.S. Bach.A master of orchestral sonority, an artist with an unmatched understanding of musical architecture, and a poet whose musical language encompasses the breadth of human experience.‘Yet again, the ACO re-animated a glowing masterpiece that many of us thought held no more surprises.’ – Sydney Morning Herald‘One of the masterpieces of late-19th century music…the ACO’s rendition was intelligent and courageous.’ – The AustralianSince its establishment in November 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has become one of the world’s most daring and exciting ensembles, renowned globally for its inspired programming, unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality, showcased through an extensive and ongoing program of international touring and recordings for many of the world’s top labels.                            TRACKLISTINGJOHANNES BRAHMS 1833–1897Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90             [39’29]1  I.     Allegro con brio                                       13’492  II.    Andante                                                      9’553  III.   Poco allegretto                                           6’444  IV.   Allegro                                                        9’01 Recorded live in concert at Hamer Hall, Melbourne Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98            [39’31]5  I.     Allegro non troppo                                   12’516  II.    Andante moderato                                  11’127  III.   Allegro giocoso                                          5’558  IV.   Allegro energico e passionato                  9’33 Recorded live in concert at the Sydney Opera House Total Playing Time                                              79’00 Australian Chamber OrchestraRichard Tognetti Artistic Director and Lead Violin
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Listen to the first single from the album here.Two of Australia’s hottest young guitarists take us on a trip through time and around the world of classical guitar.“Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi are the rockstars of Nylon-Acoustic Classical music. Whilst their technicality as musicians are immediately apparent, so also is their love for music and performing.” On SoundsAndrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi are “two stunning young guitarists” (Sydney Arts Guide) who have been performing together since 2014, touring as a duo as well as with baritone José Carbó in The José Carbó Trio. They have been described as “breathtaking” (Canberra Critics Circle), and praised for their “dazzling guitar playing” (ArtsHub).Alchemy, their debut recording, takes us on a journey through history and around the world, through beloved works by Debussy, Rameau, Piazzolla, Albéniz, Falla and Granados. The album also features the acclaimed ‘Three Duets’ by the late Australian guitarist and composer Phillip Houghton – including ‘Alchemy’, the first piece that Andrew and Ariel performed as a duo and the piece after which this album is named.This is a gorgeous album, full of classic pieces beautifully performed, and announces major new stars in the already-glittering galaxy of Australia’s classical guitar community.Amongst the exciting emergence of a new generation of classical musicians, guitarist Andrew Blanch stands out. Armed with formidable talent, passion, and conviction, Andrew has carved out his own path to much acclaim. His independently released album ‘Spanish Guitar Music’ (2015) which Jim McCutcheon of Soundboard Magazine (USA) noted as “one of the best debut albums I’ve ever heard” marked the auspicious beginnings to a busy and multifaceted musical career today.As a soloist, Andrew has been awarded numerous prizes in international competitions including first prize in the Adelaide International Guitar Competition (2019) and the Melbourne International Guitar Competition (2015). His collaborations are extensive and he is commissioning new works for the guitar from celebrated Australian composers Daniel Rojas, Felicity Wilcox, Jessica Wells and Robert Davidson.Andrew, based in Sydney, Australia, is managed by Tier 1 Arts and plays a 2014 Greg Smallman and Sons guitar. Andrew graduated with First Class Honours from the Australian National University in 2013 where he studied with Timothy Kain and Minh Le Hoang.Ariel Nurhadi is a Sydney-based guitarist, active on the performing circuit having toured extensively through Australia and New Zealand. Ariel has performed with some of Australia’s leading musicians and singers and his love of collaborative projects continues with The Jose Carbo Trio, his guitar duo with Andrew Blanch and a forthcoming project called The Great Acceleration with Ensemble Offspring and Topology.Ariel is a graduate of Timothy Kain’s renowned guitar class at the ANU, which he completed with first-class honours. During his studies, he developed a keen interest in historical performance practice, with a focus on the interpretive style of Andrés Segovia.TRACKLISTING Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin (1724) (arr. Sergio & Eduardo Abreu)1. Le Rappel des Oiseaux2. Musette en Rondeau3. Rigaudons 1 & 24. Allemande5. Les CyclopesClaude Debussy6. Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque (arr. Ariel Nurhadi & Andrew Blanch)7. Cakewalk from Children's Corner (arr. Julian Bream & John Williams)8. Peter Madlem Monte Carlo9. Isaac Albéniz (arr. Miguel Llobet) Evocación from Iberia10. Manuel de Falla (arr. Emilio Pujol) Danza from La Vida Breve11. Enrique Granados (arr. Emilio Pujol) Intermezzo from Goyescas12. Radamés Gnattali: Suite Retratos13. iii. Anacleto de Medeiros (Schottisch)
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A disc of debuts for Melbourne’s new kids on the Baroque.“Sumptuous and refined…Genesis Baroque is a unique and polished — and importantly, welcome — voice in the vibrant Melbourne Baroque music scene.” CutCommonArcangelo Corelliis one of the great composers of the Baroque era, a trailblazer who forever changed the relationship between soloist and orchestra, and did much to establish the violin as the star of the orchestra. He is considered the ‘father’ of the concerto grosso – apiece for several soloists accompanied by an orchestra – and his seminal Opus 6 volume became the benchmark for his contemporaries, including Handel, Vivaldi and Geminiani.Here, one of Melbourne’s premier early music ensembles, Genesis Baroque,brings these extraordinary works to life with great energy and enthusiasm. Adding to the uniqueness of the occasion, not only is this the ensemble’s first studio recording, but it is also the first complete recording of these works by an Australian orchestra.In this recording, the ensemble is led by consummate expatriate violinist Sophie Gent, who returned to Australia for the first time in many years to perform with Lucinda Moonas co-directors and soloists. Both musicians are notable for their nuanced, elegant approach and creative flair, and will enchant listeners through the sublime colours and conversations of Corelli’s masterworks.Genesis Baroque was founded in 2017 by Baroque violinist and artistic director, Jennifer Kirsner, and are led by renowned Baroque violinist, Lucinda Moon. Based in Melbourne, the ensemble is comprised of some of Australia’s finest historically informed musicians and presents an exploration of the spontaneity, excitement and contemporary richness of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble is fast developing a reputation as one of the country’s finest, with a particular capacity for emotive, vibrant performances that connect closely with their audiences.Sophie Gentwas born in Perth, Western Australia. After completing a Bachelor’s degree she pursued further studies at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague with Ryo Terakado, completing her Master’s degree with distinction in 2005. In 2002 she was awarded first prize in two chamber music competitions: the International Van Wassenaer Competition (The Netherlands) and the International Premio Bonporti Concours (Italy), with the ensemble Opera Quarta. Their first recording, of trio sonatas by Jean-Marie Leclair, was awarded a Diapason d’Or in July 2007. Sophie is active as a soloist and chamber musician, performing and recording frequently as concertmaster with the Ricercar Consort, Il Gardellino, Capriccio Stravagante, Les Muffatti, Ensemble Masques and also as a member of the period instrument string quartet Mito dell’Arco, based in Japan. She was appointed Professor of Baroque violin at the Amsterdam Conservatorium in 2011 and regularly coaches chamber music at the Early Music Department Conservatorium in Antwerp.With over 25 years performance and recording experience, Lucinda Moonis a highly respected and sought-after Baroque violinist. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts, Lucinda travelled to The Netherlands to study Baroque violin with Sigiswald Kuijken at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. On her return to Australia she was appointed as concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; a position she held from 1995 until 2008, and with whom she recorded extensively as concertmaster and soloist. Lucinda now performs and records in Australia with the Elysium Ensemble, Accademia Arcadia, Latitude 37 and Van Diemen’s Band. Lucinda joined Genesis Baroque as Musical Director and concertmaster at the group’s inception in 2017.TRACKLISTING ARCANGELO CORELLI 1653–1713Concerti Grossi Opus 6CD1     Tks 1–5         Concerto grosso No. 1 in D major            Tks 6–9         Concerto grosso No. 2 in F major            Tks 10–14      Concerto grosso No. 3 in C minor            Tks 15–18      Concerto grosso No. 4 in D major            Tks 19–23      Concerto grosso No. 5 in B-flat major            Tks 24–28      Concerto grosso No. 6 in F majorCD2     Tks 1–5         Concerto grosso No. 7 in D major            Tks 6–10       Concerto grosso No. 8 in G minor ‘Christmas Concerto’            Tks 11–16      Concerto grosso No. 9 in F major            Tks 17–22      Concerto grosso No. 10 in C major            Tks 23–28      Concerto grosso No. 11 B-flat major            Tks 29–33      Concerto grosso No. 12 in F majorSophie Gent & Lucinda Moon violinsGenesis Baroque
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‘The Sounds of Silence’, ‘Graceland’, ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘50 Ways To Leave Your Lover’ – Paul Simon has one of the richest and most-loved catalogue of songs of any songwriter who ever lived.On I Am Like the Rain, a quartet of Australia’s most exciting jazz performers have reimagined these iconic works, with gorgeous late-night arrangements that celebrate Simon’s artistry while revealing new aspects to these songs you’ve heard a hundred times before.Vocalist Allira Wilson is one of Australia’s most exciting talents, skilfully combining jazz harmony with a contemporary edge and soulful dynamic. Her exquisite voice and sensitive, nuanced phrasing draw out all the beauty, melancholy and humour in these songs, combining effortlessly with Harry Mitchell’spiano playing and arrangements.These songs are effortlessly brought into the jazz sound world thanks to Mitchell’s arrangements, and some superb playing by Ben Vanderwal (drums and percussion) and Karl Florisson (double bass). The album also features beautiful guitar playing by guests Carl Morgan and Harry Winton, all warmly enveloped in Vanderwal’s lush, sensitive production.At times upbeat and fun, at times dripping with wistfulness and regret, this is a gorgeous album that pays homage to one of the great songwriters.Allira Wilson is one of Australia’s most exciting young talents, whose musical approach has been described as ‘brave and raw as it is supple and intricate’. Endowed with a powerful voice, her innovative twists and youthful approach not only revitalize the music, but create a distinctive and fresh sound. She has performed regularly with her own projects as well as Jamie Oehlers’ Blowfish, Mace Francis Orchestra, Alice Humphries’ Ecila ensemble and the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO). Allira also is a member of Gian Slater’s vocal ensemble Invenio. Allira received an Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album for her debut record Rise and Fall.Harry Mitchell has been playing piano since the age of eight, and playing jazz since the age of 13. Since then, he has performed with many artists across Australia and overseas, including Vincent Gardner, Kate Ceberano, George Garzone, Vince Jones, Troy Roberts, Jerome Jennings, Veronica Swift, Charlie Watts, Katy Steele and many more. He has played on numerous recordings including the Hank Marvin record Without A Word, the recent Jamie Oehlers album Night Music, and the Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian band CD Spark.  In 2017 he was awarded Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year at the Australian Jazz Bell Awards, as well as being awarded Jazz Song of the Year at the2016-17 and 2017-18 West Australian Music (WAM) Awards, and Best Pianist at the 2017-18 and 2018-19 WAMs. Harry has released three albums with his standards band TrioTrio and four albums of his original quartet/quintet music.Ben Vanderwal is one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in Australia. From an early age he encountered the legendary drummer/teacher Frank Gibson Jr, who helped unravelled the mysteries of that strange, fascinating music – in Perth, of all places. Originally from there, Ben has also spent time in New York and Melbourne and performed around the world including tours of the UK, France, Ireland, India, USA, China, Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Japan, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Thailand. He has played with John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Howard Levy, Madeleine Peyroux, James Morrison, Chris Potter, George Garzone, Kate Ceberano, Mark Murphy, Ernie Watts, Lionel Rose, David Campbell, Rhonda Burchmore, Nigel Kennedy, Don Burrows, Deborah Byrne and Normie Rowe. Ben has performed on over thirty recordings with a wide variety of artists.Karl Florisson is one of Perth’s most in-demand bassists. He has appeared on countless recordings, and been nominated for multiple West Australian Music (WAM) Awards for best bassist. He has performed with the likes of George Garzone, John Scofield and Vince Jones, and regularly plays around Perth with artists including the Russell Holmes Trio, Libby Hammer, Harry Mitchell Trio and Jamie Oehlers’ Blowfish.TRACKLISTING1.  Kathy’s Song             3’362.  Mrs Robinson           3’493.  Baby Driver              2’554.  Bleecker Street         3’525.  Graceland                4’246.   Still Crazy After All These Years              4’117.   Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard   4’338.   The Sounds of Silence                           4’589.   Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover             5’1210. Scarborough Fair / Canticle                   5’11 Allira Wilson vocals• Harry Mitchell pianoBen Vanderwal drums and percussionKarl Florisson double bass
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David Greco and Erin Helyard continue their acclaimed explorationof Schubert’s great song cycles.Following their 2018 recording of the great song cycle Winterreise, David Greco and Erin Helyard continue their exploration of Schubert’s songs with their new recording of Die schöne Müllerin. Composed in 1823, it is one of the earliest extended song cycles, and one of Schubert's most important works.This iconic work follows a young miller, his unrequited love for the miller’s beautiful daughter, and the brook that seems to speak to him and reflect his growing sadness back at him. At turns joyful and spring-like, at others somber and morose, it is a complex and beautiful set of songs that has been recorded countless times by many of the greatest performers of the twentieth century.But by using a piano from Schubert’s era, and studying singers and pianists of the past, Greco and Helyard present a very different Müllerin; an interpretation that retains all the beauty of the work we know and love, but also reveals new colour, expression and personality as Schubert might have intended it.This is a superb recording by two of Australia’s finest artists, a thrilling and captivating rendition of a great work that reveals new beauty around each bend of the river…TRACKLISTINGFRANZ SCHUBERT 1797–1828Die schöne Müllerin, D795 1. I. Das Wandern (Rambling)2. II.Wohin? (Where To?)3. III. Halt! (Stop!)4. IV. Danksagung an den Bach (Thanksgiving to the Brook)5. V.Am Feierabend (After Work)6. VI. Der Neugierige (The Inquisitive One)7. VII. Ungeduld (Impatience)8. VIII. Morgengruss (Morning Greeting)9. IX. Des Müllers Blumen (The Miller’s Flowers)10. X.Tränenregen (Shower of Tears)11. XI.Mein! (Mine!)12. XII.Pause (Pause) 13.Impromptu in G-flat major, D899 No. 3 14.XIII.Mit dem grünen Lautenbande (With the Lute’s Green Ribbon)15.XIV.Der Jäger (The Hunter)16.XV. Eifersucht und Stolz (Jealousy and Pride)17.XVI.Die liebe Farbe (The Beloved Colour)18.XVII. Die böse Farbe (The Hateful Colour)19.XVIII.Trockne Blumen (Withered Flowers)20.XIX.Der Müller und der Bach (The Miller and the Brook)21.XX. Des Baches Wiegenlied (The Brook’s Lullaby) David Greco baritoneErin Helyard piano
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Listen to the first single from the album here.Be transported back in time to the salons of 19th-century Paris by one of Australia’s finest historically inspired ensembles.Acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Ironwood revive the sounds of the French Romantic through works by Louise Farrenc and Camille Saint-Saëns. These wonderful piano quintets provide contrasting glimpses of the rapidly changing tastes of mid-19th-century Paris, from the Schubertian Classicism in Farrenc’s piece to Saint-Saëns’ incredible work that seems to move from the Baroque to Blondie (yes, really!) via cabaret and the shimmering sounds of early Hollywood.Ironwood’s novel interpretation of these works reflects the ensemble’s research into historical performance practices, informed by very early acoustic, electrical and piano roll recordings – including some by Saint-Saëns himself – and by contemporaneous written texts by French and Belgian musicians. Through this research, coupled with the sounds of gut-strung stringed instruments and an original Érard concert grand piano from 1869, this recording re-imagines the expressive sound world that these composers envisaged for their sumptuous music.Louise Farrenc is a remarkable figure, a composer, pianist and teacher who was incredibly influential in her own lifetime – especially unusual for a woman in the early 1800s. In 1842 she became the first female professor to be appointed at the Paris Conservatoire, where she taught piano for thirty years and was successful in fighting for pay equal to her male colleagues. A star during her lifetime, her music was largely forgotten during the 20th century, but the resurgence in interest in female composers in recent years has seen herworks restored to prominence. This is the first recording of her work released on ABC Classic, and possibly the first-ever Australian recording.Camille Saint-Saëns is far better-known today, with works such as Carnival of the Animals and his Third (‘Organ’) Symphony frequently recorded and performed. Though these works have assured his place in the mainstream of classical music, during his lifetime he was a progressive and ground-breaking composer, foreshadowing elements of composers in the French group known as Les Six and even Stravinsky.Ironwood is a renowned Australian period-instrument ensemble admired for its historically informed exploration of repertoire from the late Renaissance to the late Romantic eras, as well as its support of newly commissioned works. Established in 2006, the ensemble draws on a wealth of experience and expertise, bringing together specialist leaders in the field. Ironwood has presented at the major festivals and concert series around Australia and has toured Europe and America. With several innovative recordings on the ABC Classic and Vexations840 labels, Ironwood is regularly broadcast nationally on ABC Classic and around the world. Ironwood has partnered with Musica Viva and has collaborated with The Song Company, Ensemble Offspring and a broad spectrum of Australian composers, exploring both old and new music in wide-ranging contexts.  TRACKLISTING LOUISE FARRENC 1804–1875Quintet for piano and strings No. 1 in A minor, Op. 30[31’10]1 I. Allegro 12’502 II. Adagio non troppo 6’173 III. Scherzo (Presto) 3’544 IV. Finale (Allegro) 8’17 CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS 1835–1921Quintet for piano and strings in A minor, Op. 14 [32’25]5 I. Allegro moderato e maestoso 11’216 II. Andante sostenuto 6’247 III. Presto 5’398 IV. Allegro assai, ma tranquillo 8’58
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Australia has voted Ludwig van Beethoven’s epic Ninth Symphony featuring the “Ode to Joy” as their number one in the Classic 100: Beethoven.ABC Classic’s annual Classic 100 countdown was set amidst the global backdrop of coronavirus lockdowns, with the Ninth Symphony a fitting choice for top spot as people have sought to connect through music across the world.This 8CD set contains music from all 100 of the best-loved works by Australia’s favourite composer, Ludwig van Beethoven: the easy grace and charm of his youth, his groundbreaking symphonies and string quartets, the anguish and triumph of his struggles with deafness, and the visionary genius of his final years.It includes a brand new recording of the famous ‘Für Elise’ by Tamara-Anna Cislowska, ABC Classic presenter and internationally-celebrated pianist. She joins a Who’s Who of Australian performers, including Jayson Gillham, Nicole Car, Gerard Willems, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Anna Goldsworthy, the Goldner String Quartet, the Seraphim Trio and more.In 2019, Beethoven was revealed as Australia’s favourite composer, topping the Classic 100: Composer countdown. And so in 2020, to celebrate his 250th birthday, we dedicated the Classic 100 to Beethoven.Beethoven epitomises the hope and humanity at the core of music’s purpose, from the inspiring story of the deaf man who became the greatest composer of all time, to the moments when Beethoven has provided a soundtrack to the great events of history, to the comfort and joy of his music in our everyday lives.Classic 100: Beethoven by the numbersFavourite Forms 26 Sonatas 13 String Quartets 10 Concertos 9 Symphonies 4 Overtures • Trios 3 Romances • Sets of variations 2 Fantasias • Fugues • Sets of incidental music Masses • Quintets • Rondos 1 Adagio • Allegro and minuet • Bagatelle Ballet score • Battle piece • Concert aria Set of dances • Octet • Opera • Oratorio Septet • Serenade • Sextet • Sonatina Song • Song cycle Dark horses The highest-placed works making their Classic 100 debuts: · Egmont Overture (#13) · Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 (#24) · Coriolan Overture (#30) Earliest piece: Fugue in D major for organ (1782 – aged 12) Latest piece: String Quartet Op.130: Finale (1826 – aged 56) 22 Solo pieces (1 musician) 41 Chamber works (2–7 musicians) 37 Orchestral works 51 pieces featured a piano Beethoven in previous Classic 100 countdowns 48 unique works across 13 countdowns The Choral Symphony has featured 7 times; the Emperor Concerto 6 times Five #1s: · Classic 100 Piano (2004): Moonlight Sonata · Classic 100 Concerto (2007): Emperor Concerto · Classic 100 Ten Years On (2010): Choral Symphony · Classic 100 Voice (2016): Choral Symphony Classic 100 Composer (2019): BeethovenCan’t get enough Beethoven? ABC Classic have also made a playlist featuring all the movements of all the works in the Top 100 – every single note from Australia’s favourite Beethoven pieces! Head here to listen.Classic 100 Beethoven – Track ListCD11 Symphony No. 9 ‘Choral’: IV. Finale (Ode to Joy)2 Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’: II. Adagio un poco mosso3 Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’: I. Pleasant, cheerful sensations awakened on arrival in the countryside4 Symphony No. 7: II. Allegretto5 Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio6 Piano Sonata No. 14 ‘Moonlight’: I. Adagio sostenuto7 Violin Concerto in D major: III. Rondo8 Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’: III. Scherzo CD29 Piano Sonata No. 8 ‘Pathétique’: II. Adagio cantabile10 Piano Concerto No. 4: II. Andante con moto11 Triple Concerto: III. Rondo alla Polacca12 Piano Sonata No. 23 ‘Appassionata’: I. Allegro assai13 Egmont Overture14 Für Elise15 Missa Solemnis: I. Kyrie16 Piano Sonata No. 21 ‘Waldstein’: I. Allegro con brio17 Piano Concerto No. 3: III. Rondo18 Choral Fantasy: Excerpt CD319 Piano Trio No. 7 ‘Archduke’: II. Scherzo20 Fidelio: Prisoners’ Chorus21 Violin Sonata No. 5 ‘Spring’: IV. Rondo22 Violin Sonata No. 9 ‘Kreutzer’: III. Finale23 Symphony No. 8: I. Allegro vivace e con brio24 Violin Romance No. 225 String Quartet No. 15: III. Heiliger Dankgesang: Excerpt26 Symphony No. 4: III. Allegro vivace27 Piano Concerto No. 1: III. Rondo28 String Quartet No. 13: V. Cavatina29 Mass in C major: I. KyrieCD430 Coriolan Overture31 String Quartet No. 14: I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo32 Piano Sonata No. 17 ‘The Tempest’: III. Allegretto33 Piano Sonata No. 15 ‘Pastoral’: IV. Rondo34 Piano Concerto No. 2: III. Rondo35 Piano Sonata No. 29 ‘Hammerklavier’: I. Allegro36 Symphony No.1: III. Menuetto37 Rondo a capriccio ‘Rage over a Lost Penny’38 Violin Romance No. 139 Wellington’s Victory: II. Victory Symphony40 Piano Sonata No. 32: I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato CD541 Leonore Overture No. 342 Große Fuge43 Violin Concerto in C major (Fragment)44 Symphony No. 2: III. Scherzo45 Cello Sonata No. 3: II. Scherzo46 String Quartet No. 16: II. Vivace47 The Ruins of Athens: Turkish March48 String Quartet No. 7 ‘Rasumovsky No. 1’: IV. Thème russe49 Septet: III. Tempo di Menuetto50 Piano Trio No. 5 ‘Ghost’: I. Allegro vivace e con brio51 Cello Sonata No. 2: I. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo52 Piano Sonata No. 31: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo53 String Quartet No. 9 ‘Rasumovsky No. 3’: IV. Allegro molto CD654 The Creatures of Prometheus Overture55 Piano Sonata No. 26 ‘Les Adieux’: I. Das Lebewohl56 Diabelli Variations: Excerpts57 Piano Sonata No. 30: I. Vivace, ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo58 String Quartet No. 8 ‘Razumovsky No. 2’: IV. Finale59 Oboe Concerto (Fragment: Largo)60 Octet: IV. Finale61 String Quartet No. 12: I. Maestoso – Allegro62 Rondo for Piano and Orchestra63 Horn Sonata: III. Rondo64 Mandolin Sonatina in C major65 Fantasia in G minor66 Mandolin Adagio67 String Quartet No. 10 ‘Harp’: IV. Allegretto con variazioni CD768 Leonore Overture No. 269 Leonore Overture No. 170 An die ferne Geliebte: VI. Nimm die hin denn, diese Lieder71 Piano Sonata No. 12: III. Funeral March72 Cello Sonata No. 1: III. Allegro vivace73 Christ on the Mount of Olives: Wir haben ihn gesehen74 Romance Cantabile (Fragment)75 String Quartet No. 2: IV. Allegro molto quasi presto76 Adelaide77 Wind Quintet: III. Minuetto78 Piano Sonata No. 1: III. Menuetto79 String Quartet No. 11 ‘Serioso’: IV. Larghetto espressivo – Allegretto agitato80 Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola: V. Allegro scherzando e vivace81 Andante and Variations for Mandolin82 Organ Fugue CD883 Trio for Two Oboes and Cor Anglais: III. Menuetto84 German Dances, WoO 8: No. 1 in C major85 Andante favori86 Cello Sonata No. 4: I. Andante87 Quintet for Piano and Winds: III. Rondo88 String Quartet No. 4: III. Menuetto89 Sonata for Piano Four Hands: I. Allegro molto90 Cello Sonata No. 5: III. Allegro fugato91 Piano Sonata No. 18 ‘The Hunt’: III. Menuetto92 Piano Sonata No. 5: III. Finale93 Piano Trio No. 4 ‘Gassenhauer’: II. Adagio94 String Quartet No. 6: III. Scherzo95 Piano Concerto No. 0: III. Rondo allegretto96 Piano Sonata No. 13: II. Allegro molto e vivace97 Flute Duo: I. Allegro98 See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes: Variation No. 1299 Wind Sextet: III. Menuetto quasi allegretto100 Ah! perfido
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‘This is your one chance. You have your secret dreams. Follow them! Make them come true!’Using words and music, The Peasant Prince tells the inspiring story of Li Cunxin, better known as ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’: his childhood and his journey to become one of the world’s greatest ballet dancers.With music by composer Katy Abbott setting the scene, Li tells his life’s story in eight episodes over half an hour - from his humble beginnings in rural China to his triumphs as principal ballet dancer of the Houston Ballet. It is a story that will inspire the young and the young-at-heart, with reflections on a family living in hardship, inspiring teachers, and the joy of finding that one thing that you love most in the world.Based on Li’s best-selling memoir Mao’s Last Dancer and children’s book The Peasant Prince, this is a heart-warming tale for anyone who ever dared to dream.The Peasant Prince is being released in three different versions. A CD, which contains two versions of the work – one narrated in English and one narrated in Chinese. And the English and Chinese versions are being released individually on digital and streaming platforms.TRACKLISTINGEnglish version/Mandarin version1 Introduction 9 序章 (Introduction)2 Kite Themes –Hopes and Wishes 10 风筝——希望与心愿 (Kite Themes – Hopes and Wishes)3 Frog in the Well 11 井里的蛙 (Frog in the Well)4 Home and School 12 家里,学校 (Home and School)5 Leaving Home, Arriving Beijing 13 离家到北京 (Leaving Home, Arriving Beijing)6 By the Light of a Single Candle 14 烛光之中 (By the Light of a Single Candle)7 USA 15 美国 (USA)8 Dance of My Life 16 一生最重要的舞蹈 (Dance of My Life)
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The Australian Chamber Orchestra announces a new series of digital releases - ACO ORIGINALS – featuring four world premiere recordings of works commissioned by the orchestra in recent years.The Australian Chamber Orchestra are known throughout the world for their thrilling and exciting performances of traditional classical repertoire, taking a fresh approach to the old masters like Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. At the same time the orchestra have been fearless champions of new music and living composers, commissioning new works that push the boundaries of how an orchestra can and should sound.Four of these commissions from recent years are now receiving their world premiere releases in the ACO ORIGINALS series, with new music to be released fortnightly beginning Friday, May 29.The four works chosen – by Samuel Adams, Missy Mazzoli, Olli Mustonen and Brett Dean – showcase the orchestra at their very best and celebrate the sound and personality that the orchestra has developed over the decades since their establishment.Samuel Adams strived to write something deeply expressive for the musicians to play. “What strikes me about the ACO is the personality of the ensemble,” he says. “They have a wonderful profile when they come on stage. So much of this piece is about exploring interpersonal dynamics. I would be happy if an audience member leaves the concert feeling like they understand something, that they didn’t previously, of the personality of the ensemble.”Missy Mazzoli’s piece, Dark with Excessive Bright, was commissioned by Principal Bass Maxime Bibeau in celebration of his 20th year with the orchestra. “I was inspired in no small part by Maxime’s double bass, a massive instrument built in 1580 that was stored in an Italian monastery for hundreds of years and even patched with pages from the Good Friday liturgy’, says Mazzoli. ‘I imagined this instrument as a historian, an object that collected the music of the passing centuries in the twists of its neck and the fibres of its wood, finally emerging into the light at age 400 and singing it all into the world.’Olli Mustonen’s Sonata for Cello and Chamber Orchestra was originally composed for cello and piano and dedicated to the great Heinrich Schiff, with this version or chamber orchestra receiving its world premiere in September 2015. Mustonen believes that music should be a spiritual quest, a search for something beyond oneself. ‘Even a good concert can leave you untouched,’ he comments. ‘To become memorable, I feel it should strive for an experience of transformation, the feeling that you have been taken to another world.’Brett Dean’s Electric Preludes takes inspiration from sources as diverse as the paintings of Australian artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, a rusty, squeaky swing in an abandoned playground and the paintings of Dean’s wife, Heather Betts, with whom he has shared a llong and rich personal and creative partnership. “But the most striking image that fired my fantasy throughout the entire compositional process,” says Dean, “Was that of Richard standing with the ACO, his exotic electric fiddle under his chin, taking mere breaths of sound and embryonic motivic shapes and transforming them, with the help of this impressive piece of electronics and sound designer Bob Scott at the mixing desk, filling the hall and enticing the orchestra’s manifold responses.”Recorded live in concert during their premiere seasons, this series of four recordings captures the electrifying energy of this remarkable orchestra. In 2020, as the orchestra celebrates 30 years of fearless leadership with ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, it is fitting that these visionary works are available to listeners worldwide.Since its establishment in November 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has become one of the world’s most daring and exciting ensembles, renowned globally for its inspired programming, unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality, showcased through an extensive and ongoing program of international touring and recordings for many of the world’s top labels.“The Australian Chamber Orchestra is uniformly high-octane, arresting and never ordinary.” The Australian