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Matt Withers guitar | Acacia Quartet ABC Classic is proud to announce the release of Imaginations, an album of Australian compositions for guitar and string quartet – including eight world premiere recordings – performed by Matt Withers and Acacia Quartet. Imaginations features the winning works of the 2018 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition – Wade Gregory’s Water Music, Rick Alexander’s Storming and Nava Ryan’s Solitude – coupled with new commissions and pre-existing favourites for the ensemble combination.Established works by Richard Charlton, Nick Wales and the late Phillip Houghton are featured alongside premiere recordings of Robert Davidson’s solo guitar work Forest, Gordon Kerry’s String Quartet No. 5 and Moya Henderson’s Kudikynah Cave.The competition called upon composers to submit an original composition inspired by the visual artwork of Queensland based artist, Sue Needham. As with Needham’s artwork, the works featured on Imaginations are rich in sonic colour and texture, conjuring visions of striking natural landscapes and seascapes.“Matt is an inspiration in his artistry and in his boundless enthusiasm for new Australian works, and he has exceptional collaborators in the brilliant Acacia Quartet”, says ABC Classic Label Manager Hugh Robertson. “Imaginationsis an album rich in colour and movement, and gives audiences their first opportunity to hear recordings of a number of exciting new pieces.”Matt Withers is an ambassador for Australian music, a well-established classical guitar pedagogue, performer and role model for musicians across the country. His career to date has seen him perform with highly esteemed artists of the likes of William Barton, Sally Whitwell, many national orchestras as well as maintaining strong commitments in the leading Australian chamber music group Guitar Trek alongside Timothy Kain.In just eight years of existence, Acacia Quartet have won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs. They have recorded six albums, with ‘Blue Silence’ earning a nomination for an APRA-AMCOS Art Music ‘Award for Excellence’. TRACKLISTING RICHARD CHARLTON Shorelines* 1   I. Dark Horizon 2   II. The Lonely Shore 3   III. Storm DanceWADE GREGORY Water Music* 4   I. Clouds 5   II. River 6   III. OceanMatt Withers & Acacia Quartet ROBERT DAVIDSON 7   Forest*Matt Withers MOYA HENDERSON 8   Kudikynah Cave*NICK WALES 9   Harbour LightAcacia Quartet NAVA RYAN 10    Solitude*ROBERT DAVIDSON 11    Landscape*PHILLIP HOUGHTON In Amber 12    I. Dance 13    II. Dream 14    III. InitiationMatt Withers & Acacia Quartet GORDON KERRY String Quartet No. 5* 15    I. Bright Summer 16    II. Seascape 17    III. Scherzo 18    IV. Fantasia on ‘Hyfrydol’Acacia Quartet RICK ALEXANDER 19    Storming*Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet   *World Premiere Recordings Matt Withers guitarAcacia QuartetLisa Stewart violin Myee Clohessy violin Stefan Duwe viola Anna Martin-Scrase cello
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Take off with The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as it returns to its iconic home on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle for The Sky’s the Limit!Taking inspiration from the centenary of the Royal Air Force and Scotland’s Year of Young People, the 2018 Tattoo celebrates unleashing the potential inside all of us.With over 1,200 performers, drawn from across the globe, the 100-minute spectacular takes the audience on an incredible journey following mankind’s obsession with flight.Our journey begins with the humble bumble bee and reflecting on our natural environment, with birds soaring through the skies, before taking off with hot air balloons and powered flight, heading upwards into the night’s sky and rocketing into outer space. Brought to life with stunning projections and new lighting technology, the Tattoo takes the audience on an incredible adventure, never before seen on the Esplanade.As always, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a truly global celebration, bringing together military and cultural performers from Oman, Malawi, Czech Republic, Belgium, United States of America, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
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ABC Classics is thrilled to announce that its Discovery DVD, featuring Richard Gill and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, is back in print and available again for the first time in many years.Since Richard’s death in October, ABC Classics has been inundated by phone calls and emails from members of the public, wanting to know how they can access this DVD. That enthusiasm speaks to Richard’s ability to connect with people across genres and across ages – there aren’t many other people who were as popular on the ABC’s music quiz show Spicks & Specksas they were in the Sydney Opera House, conducting contemporary Australian operas.This DVD demonstrates perfectly Richard’s ability to reveal new information about even the best-known pieces of music, and to do so in a way that was approachable and understandable whether you were just discovering classical music or had devoted your life to it.“A composer could have three heads,” Richard once said; “what matters is that they wrote great music.” And it was always the music that counted for Richard. In Discovery he pulls these four great works apart with the enthusiasm of a curious child, and allows us to experience the sense of wonder that comes from discovering how something rich and complex works. “When music is introduced to us in the best possible circumstances, our world has the potential to become richer in any sense. Music evokes, stimulates, implies, suggests – playing upon the mind, the heart and the soul. Music has the capacity to change lives forever.” – Richard GillRichard Gill AO was one of Australia’s greatest musicians. His death in October 2018 prompted an outpouring of love and enthusiasm across the nation, and a resolve to continue his passionate advocacy for music education in schools. Richard never stopped teaching, and whether you were a novice or a virtuoso there was always something to be learned from his passion and tremendous depth of knowledge.‘Discovery’ was a series of concerts presented by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, combining exhilarating performances by the SSO and Richard’s trademark accessible commentary. Based on the series' principles of education through musical experiences, watch as Richard deconstructs the music and plays examples with the orchestra, explaining musical challenges and demystifying the classical repertoire.You always knew you loved the music. Now you can discover just how imaginative, miraculous and profound it really is. TRACKLISTINGIncludes full performances of each movement.BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5: Movement I, Allegro con brioHAYDN Symphony No. 94 (Surprise): Movement II, AndanteMOZART Symphony No. 35 (Haffner): Movement I, Allegro con spiritoBEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7: Movement II, Allegretto
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ABC Classics presents a vibrant world of musical movement for piano four-hands.Invisible Dancesis the new album from acclaimed Australian pianists Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg, who perform as the Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo. Through scenes of fantasy and poetry, these musical tableaux highlight the sheer colour and brilliance of piano duets.This album is permeated by the spirit of dance felt but not seen: from Debussy’s archaic musings on minuet and ballet forms in his Petite Suite, through the obsessive moto perpetuos, French overture, and Austrian folk Ländler in Schubert’s ‘Fantasie’, into the dazzling world of Stravinsky’s dancing puppets and carnival acrobats.Two Australian pieces generate interesting resonances alongside their European counterparts. Roy Agnew’s Green Valley is a modest pastoral scene of exquisite beauty that echoes the outdoor scene of Debussy’s En bateau. Tim Dargaville’s Invisible Dance provides a counterpoint to the extroverted rhythmic display of Petrushka, a poignant postlude to an album animated by movement and motion.Liam Viney andAnna Grinberg enjoy an international performance profile involving festivals, major series, live radio broadcasts, orchestras and CD releases. Described as ‘barnstorming’ (The Australian) and ‘the most compelling case for the beauty and variety of two piano repertory this reviewer has ever heard’ (Los Angeles Times), the duo is committed to exploring classics of the two-piano and four-hand repertoire, but also contributes to the ongoing expansion of that literature through commissioning composers. They spent a decade in the United States before taking up their current position as Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Queensland, Australia.  TRACKLISTINGCLAUDE DEBUSSY 1862–1918Petite Suite1     I. En bateau2     II. Cortège3     III. Menuet4     IV. Ballet ROY AGNEW 1891–19445     Green Valley FRANZ SCHUBERT 1797–18286     Fantasie in F minor, D940 JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH 1685–1750arr. GYÖRGY KURTÁG born 19267     Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (God’s Time is the Best of All Times): Sonatina from Cantata BWV106 ‘Actus Tragicus’ IGOR STRAVINSKY 1882–1971Three Movements from Petrushka8     I. Russian Dance9     II. Petrushka’s Cell10   III. Shrovetide Fair TIM DARGAVILLE born 196211   Invisible Dance  Viney-Grinberg DuoLiam Viney pianoAnna Grinberg piano
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The latest release in the Australian Composer Series features orchestral works by Andrew Schultz: his Symphony No. 3 Century, as well as the works Peace and August Offensive.Centurywas commissioned for the celebrations surrounding the centenary of Australia’s national capital, Canberra, in March 2013, and premiered in front of an audience of 150,000 people. Chris Wallace of the Canberra Times wrote, “Century is excellent. It is epic. It is powerful and beautiful.” The work speaks to the fascinating history of our purpose built ‘bush capital’, and the struggle between idealism and practicality that was inherent in its construction. It sounds instantly Australian, celebrating the abundance of our natural environment while also warning of its intensity and brutality.Peace was written in 2013 for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and takes its name from one of JMW Turner’s best-known paintings, Peace – Burial at Sea (1842). This is not a peace of tranquillity, however – rather the uneasy peace that forms after a period of violence and conflict. August Offensive, by contrast, is a very fast, virtuosic and violent work which was premiered at the ANZAC Day dawn service at Gallipoli on 25 April 2013. Commissioned for the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs, it commemorates the horrendous battles in August 1915 which saw some of the most deadly fighting of the entire campaign.Born in Adelaide in 1960, Andrew Schultz grew up in regional New South Wales and Victoria before his family moved to Brisbane, where he completed his secondary schooling. His teachers and mentors included Colin Brumby, George Crumb, David Lumsdaine and Luciano Berio and he studied at the Universities of Queensland, Pennsylvania and King’s College London. Currently Professor of Music at UNSW in Sydney, his  TRACKLISTINGANDREW SCHULTZ born 1960Symphony No. 3 ‘Century’, Op. 911     I. Struggle2     II. Dream3     III. Create4     Peace, Op. 935     August Offensive, Op. 92 Tasmanian Symphony OrchestraHamish McKeich conductor  The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Australian Composer series is one of the most important recording projects in the history of Australian music, making available the orchestral works of a wide range of Australian composers,performed by one of the world’s finest small orchestras.
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One of Australia’s best known and most performed composers, Ross Edwards has created a distinctive sound world based on deep ecology and an awareness of the need to reconnect music with elemental forces and restore its traditional association with ritual.Throughout a long and storied career, Ross has written music that celebrates Australia – its cultural diversity, its natural environment, and its connection to the vast and diverse Pacific Rim region. Perhaps nowhere is this better demonstrated than in his chamber music, which allows for rich, detailed musical textures as well as an intense, focussed intimacy.Incantationscelebrates Ross’s 75th birthday in December 2018 by presenting a collection of his chamber music performed by some of Australia’s finest musicians, many of whom commissioned or premiered the pieces included here. It contains four previously unreleased recordings and a number of others making their CD debut, as well as highlights from the ABC Classics catalogue.It features a tremendous array of Australian musicians, including the Goldner String Quartet, Riley Lee, Claire Edwardes, Karin Schaupp, New Sydney Wind Quintet, Apollo Trio, Enigma Quartet, Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo, Jason Noble, Melissa Doecke, Mark Isaacs, The Seymour Group, Alexandre Oguey, Bernadette Harvey,  and the Australia Ensemble @UNSW. TRACKLISTINGCD11-5     Animisms*         Australia Ensemble @UNSW6-7     Sea Star Fantasy         Bernadette Harvey piano8-11   String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’*         Goldner String Quartet12      Djanaba         Claire Edwardes marimba, Karin Schaupp guitar13-15  Incantations         New Sydney Wind Quintet16-18  Piano Trio         Apollo Trio CD21-5     The Laughing Moon         New Sydney Wind Quintet6        Voice of the Rain*         Riley Lee shakuhachi, Enigma Quartet7-9     Piano Sonata         Bernadette Harvey piano10      Water Spirit Song*         Alexandre Oguey cor anglais11-19  A Flight of Sunbirds         Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo20      Binyang         Jason Noble clarinet, Claire Edwardes claves21-23  Nura         Melissa Doecke flute, Mark Isaacs piano24-28  Laikan         The Seymour Group           *Previously unreleased recordings
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Celtic and Gaelic Sacred MelodiesCatherine Strutt piano with special guest Chris Duncan Scottish fiddleThere is a quality in the music of the Celtic and Gaelic people that touches something deep inside us. It could be the home-spun folk rhythms that speak of good times with close friends. It could be the sound of a people who have been defined by dispossession, a sense of yearning for a homeland that can never be theirs. Or perhaps it is purely musical, a tradition whose core notes resound with the sound of the human spirit.Catherine Struttexplores these themes on her new album No Wind at the Window. The tracks range from well-known pieces like ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Abide With Me’ and ‘Morning Has Broken’, to obscure tunes from a small Gaelic hymnbook from 1935, called simply An Laoidheadair (The Hymnal), given to Catherine by a friend as she embarked on this incredibly personal journey.“For as long I can remember,” says Catherine, “My mother has played the harmonium at the local Anglican church. It was there that I encountered the great tunes of the Welsh and English hymn writers, and from this first early exposure, the hymns tunes have been stored deep inside my memory, and never forgotten.”Catherine is considered to be one of the finest piano players of traditional Scottish dance music in the world today. She is well respected as an innovative and sensitive natural dance and concert musician and is a grapheme synaesthete, an individual who experiences numbers and letters in colour.Using this phenomenon as a tool, Catherine plays and records entirely by ear. Her intuitive sense of rhythm and colour are incomparable and she continues to be an inspiration, teacher and mentor to many of Australia’s Scottish-style pianists. TRACKLISTING1     All Through the Night (Ar hyd y nos)2     I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (Kingsfold)3     How Are Thy Servants Blest, O Lord (Kilmarnock)4     No Wind at the Window (Columcille)5     There Is Sweet Rejoicing on the Hill of Paradise (Bearnaraidh) /       Sion Sings with Sheer Sweetness (Sion)6     Oh, This is the Story That Will Gladden My Heart (So an sgeul)7     Lord, Hear My Praying (Lara)8     Country Carol (The Oxen)9     God Is Love, Let Heaven Adore Him (Abbot’s Leigh)10   Morning Has Broken (Bunessan)11   Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise (Llanfair)12   O Crucified Redeemer (Llangloffan)13   Christ Be My Leader by Night as by Day (Bonnie George Campbell)14   Abide with Me (Eventide)15   Sussex Carol16   Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Blaenwern)17   Precious Is Your Grace to Us (Tigh-an-Easa)18   God of Jeremiah (Kelvin Grove)19   Amazing Grace (New Britain)20   O for a Closer Walk with God (Caithness) Catherine Strutt piano with special guest Chris Duncan Scottish fiddle(Tracks 5, 11, 15, 17)
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The Grigoryan Brothers return with an album of J.S. Bach’s best-loved concertos, newly arranged for two guitars and orchestra.The two great forces in J.S. Bach’s life were music and family - somewhat inevitably, for a man who had twenty children. Bach first wrote the concertos on this disc as a young composer finding his place in the world, seeking to establish both his musical and personal identity. But they stayed with him throughout his life: he adapted them for different instruments, performed them with his sons, and used them to pass down his musical and life experiences.So it is entirely fitting that two brothers, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, have come together to play these works. The parallels are even more poignant considering their father, Edward, created the arrangements on this disc, and that early rehearsals of this material involved their parents (Edward on violin, Irina on viola) and Slava’s wife Sharon (on cello). The intimacy and eternity of Bach’s music could hardly be better illustrated.This album follows on from the brilliant success of Slava’s two recent albums of Bach cello suites arranged for solo guitar: albums that broke records for the longest time spent atop the ARIA Classical charts, and which both won the ARIA for Best Classical Album (2017 + 2018). It also continues the family tradition of their most recent album as a duo, 2017’s Songs Without Words, which featured beloved classical works arranged for guitar duo by their father Edward.Slava and Leonard are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation, and between them have been awarded four ARIA awards and received an incredible further 24 nominations, confirming their status as Australia’s favourite guitarists. TRACKLISTINGJS BACH 1685–1750Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043 (Arrangement for two guitars in A minor)I. VivaceII. Largo ma non tantoIII. Allegro Concerto for Keyboard in D minor, BWV1052 (Arrangement for two guitars in D minor)I. AllegroII. AdagioIII. Allegro Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV1060R (Arrangement for two guitars in G minor)I. AllegroII. AdagioIII. Allegro Arioso (Sinfonia: Adagio)        (from Cantata BWV156) All tracks arranged for two guitars and orchestra by Edward Grigoryan Slava Grigoryan guitarLeonard Grigoryan guitarAdelaide Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Northey conductor
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Australian piano virtuoso Jayson Gillham presents his fourth album on ABC Classics, devoted to the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Featuring 11 of Bach’s compositions transcribed and arranged, from Rachmaninoff’s arrangement of the Violin Partita in E major into a pianistic showpiece, to Myra Hess’s sublime ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’, Jayson Gillham’s latest release is a love letter to Bach from a who’s who of the great pianists and pianist-composers – Rachmaninoff, Percy Grainger, Hess, Busoni, Siloti and Petri.“The thing about Bach,” says Jayson, “is that it works so well on whatever instrument combination you put it on. It’s something to do with the way Bach thinks, and the way he writes the music – the content is more important than the timbre of the instrument that it’s played on. And so it’s really effective on all instruments – particularly the piano.”Born 333 years ago in Germany, Bach remains arguably the most important musician in the Western musical tradition. Nowhere does his outsized brilliance shine through more brightly than in his keyboard works, and the influence that they have had on centuries of composers and musicians. This celebrated repertoire allows the full extent of Jayson’s artistry to shine through, revealing the profound depth of his musicality, and a mind constantly interrogating his performance, his instrument, and the music.Born and brought up in rural Queensland, Jayson Gillham travelled for hours to piano lessons in Brisbane, before shooting to fame in a number of prestigious international competitions. He is now recognised as one of the finest pianists of his generation, performing across the globe with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, venues and festivals. ABC Classics signed Jayson for a three-album deal, and his debut record, an all-solo offering surveying music by Bach, Schubert and Chopin, reached No. 1 in the ARIA Charts on release.  Soon afterwards the great pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, conducting the Sydney Symphony, chose to make his first-ever recording of a Beethoven concerto with Jayson Gillham at the keyboard. Jayson’s Medtner and Rachmaninoff album, recorded in 2017 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Benjamin Northey, received unanimous praise and was Recording of the Month in Limelight magazine. TRACKLISTINGJOHANN SEBASTIAN BACHFugue in E major, BWV878        from The Well-Tempered Clavier, arr. Percy Grainger       Suite from Violin Partita in E major, BWV1006       arr. Sergei RachmaninoffI. PreludeII. GavotteIII. Gigue       Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV904I. FantasiaII. FugueSheep May Safely Graze        from Cantata BWV208, arr. Egon Petri       Capriccio on the Departure        of his Beloved Brother, BWV992I. Arioso: AdagioII. [Andante]III. AdagiosissimoIV. [Andante con moto]V. Aria del Postiglione: Allegro pocoVI. Fuga all’imitatione della postaSicilianofrom Flute Sonata No. 2        in E-flat major, BWV1031, arr. Wilhelm KempffJesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring        from Cantata BWV147,arr. Myra HessNun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein, BWV734a        arr. Ferruccio BusoniChaconne from Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004        arr. Ferruccio BusoniOrgan Prelude in E minor, BWV555       arr. Alexander Siloti PERCY GRAINGER 1882–1961Blithe Bells: A free ramble on JS Bach’s        ‘Sheep May Safely Graze’ 
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Flinders Quartet • Benjamin Martin pianoFour Australian works played by one of Australia’s best chamber groups.Flinders Quartetis one of Australia’s best-loved and most highly respected chamber music ensembles, acclaimed for dynamic and stirring performances of a full spectrum of repertoire. The quartet also have an ongoing mission to further the Australian tradition of chamber music by commissioning and premiering new works by Australian composers: all four pieces on this disc were commissioned or premiered by the quartet in service of this goal.Elena Kats-Chernin’sThe Offering is the composer’s first piece for piano quintet. A kaleidoscopic work, it draws on elements and forms from different musical eras; witness the Baroque elegance of the first movement, the ragtime rhythms of the third. Richard Mills’ quartet Glimpses from My Book of Dada is full of idiosyncratic observations of life and people, from neighbours dancing in the rain to the behaviour of wombats, from composer and educator Dulcie Holland’s aversion to fifths to a surreal dream of Graham Koehne’s mother, it is a piece vivid in imagination and vivid in its descriptions.Peter Sculthorpe’seighteenth and final string quartet is in many ways his most poignant, an evocative depiction of the Australian landscape that he loved so well and its suffering under a changing climate. Widely regarded as one of the greatest modern chamber works, it is by turns dramatic, heroic and filled with longing. Like the Sculthorpe, Tom Henry’sScenes From a Poet's Life pushes the possibilities of the string quartet form, though this is much more personal in scope, as the poet of the title struggles to attain the paradise tantalisingly glimpsed in the process of writing.TRACKLISTINGELENA KATS-CHERNIN The OfferingI.     Allegro con spiritoII.    AndanteIII.   Vivace scherzoIV.   TranquilloV.    Allegro energetico RICHARD MILLS String Quartet No. 4: Glimpses from My Book of Dada I.     The Circumspect IbisII.    The Rise of the Airheads in Public LifeIII.   Rêve circulaire du wombatIV.   Rare Umbrella Dance of Molly HouriganV.    Scheming and Latté DrinkingVI.   The Octopus QuadrilleVII.  Dulcie Holland Says NoVIII.Anti Tango from Berlin as               Premonition of Invasion by               Russian HerbalistsIX.   Prayer for Nonna Thora PETER SCULTHORPE String Quartet No. 18 I.     PreludeII.    A Land SingingIII.   A Dying LandIV.   A Lost LandV.    Postlude TOM HENRY20.   Scenes from a Poet’s Life Flinders QuartetShane Chen violinNicholas Waters violinHelen Ireland violaZoe Knighton cello withBenjamin Martin piano [tks 1-5]
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Soliloquy: An act of speaking your thoughts aloud, oblivious to any listenersFor acclaimed Australian recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, Telemann’s twelve fantasias for solo flute have long had an intensely personal connection. As a teenager she was obsessed with a famous recording by the legendary Frans Brüggen, and performed the first fantasia of the set at her cousin’s funeral – the only thing she could think of to ease all that family pain.Genevieve never learned the other eleven; the first was too tightly wound with grief for her to imagine a relationship with any of the others. But years later when she was ready to return to this beloved music, inspiration struck, and she decided to devote herself to learning one fantasia a month throughout 2017.Over the course of that year, these fantasias became like a personal diary for Genevieve. An acutely personal and isolated process became a soliloquy – a series of moments out of time, out of earshot, diving ever deeper into sound, into memory, dream, and wonder.Georg Philipp Telemann(1681–1767) was acclaimed in his day as the best composer in Germany – greater even than his contemporary, JS Bach. An absolute master of all the established musical forms of his day, both sacred and secular, Telemann was also a trailblazer with a seemingly inexhaustible imagination. His Fantasias for solo flute proved for the first time that this was an instrument able to weave from its single line of melody a vast harmonic tapestry, full of colour and emotion. Genevieve's performances reveal equally gorgeous and surprising colours on the recorder. TRACKLISTINGGEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN (1681–1757) Fantasias for solo flute, TWV 40:2–13Fantasia No 1 in A majorFantasia No 2 in A minorFantasia No 3 in B minorFantasia No 4 in B-flat majorFantasia No 5 in C majorFantasia No 6 in D minorFantasia No 7 in D majorFantasia No 8 in E minorFantasia No 9 in E majorFantasia No 10 in F-sharp minorFantasia No 11 in G majorFantasia No 12 in G minor  Genevieve Laceyrecorder
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Richard Tognetti • Satu Vänskä • Australian Chamber Orchestra"A wonderful Tatyana, among the best ever” – The Guardian (London)“Her luminous soprano proves ideal for Bizet’s soaring lines”– The Guardian (London)“As Marguerite, soprano Nicole Car was outstanding. Strong across her range, she displayed pealing clarity, excellent dynamic control and a strong sense of line.”– The Australian“You’d be hard pressed anywhere to hear more consistently satisfying singing” – Dallas Morning News“The young singer of the moment”– Limelight Magazine“A voice dripped in rich honey”– Herald SunStunning young Australian soprano Nicole Car is one of the brightest stars in international opera. In September 2018 she will make her debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera opposite Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano, and November sees her debut at Bayerische Staatsoper. This follows hard on the heels of a Helpmann Award-winning performance as Violetta in Opera Australia’s production of Verdi’s La traviata earlier in the year. Nicole’s star status was confirmed by the huge success of her debut solo album, The Kiss, which reached #1 on the charts and was nominated for Best Classical Album at the 2016 ARIA Awards.In April 2018, Nicole joined the ACO, one of Australia’s most daring and exciting ensembles, for a series of unique live performances featuring arias sung by some of music’s most iconic female characters – including Mozart’s Dido and Verdi’s Desdemona. The album also showcases the artistry of the orchestra, featuring Mozart’s Symphony No.27 as well as a gorgeous performance of Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra No.2 from Satu Vänskä, the ACO’s Principal Violin.Heroines is a brilliant recording of these extraordinary concerts, capturing one of the world’s most beautiful voices blending perfectly with one of the world’s great orchestras.“Here we present Nicole Car, a singer at the top of her game, to portray these heroines: courageous Queen Dido, wrathful Deidamia, the doomed Desdemona. These are characters who face the very depths of human expression – joy and hope, grief and despair – with resilience and strength. Do not underestimate these women; they are resolute in their conviction, and their voices demand to be heard.”– Richard Tognetti TRACKLISTING         HANDEL Overture and Dances from Alcina         Ouverture:1       I.   [Grave] –2             Allegro3        II.  Musette: Un peu lentement4        III.Menuet: Allegro         Dances:5        Gavotte6        Sarabande: Adagio7        Menuet8        Gavotte9        Tamburino10      MOZART Symphony No. 27 in G major: I. Allegro11     MOZART Basta, vincesti ... Ah non lasciarmi, no 12      BEETHOVEN Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2          in F major 13     BEETHOVEN Ah! perfido ... Per pietà, non dirmi addio 14     VERDI Ave Maria, plena di grazia from Otello15     PUCCINI Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) 16      VERDI Act III Prelude from La traviata17      MOZART Misera, dove son! ... Ah! non son io che parlo          MOZART Symphony No. 27 in G major: 18     II.  Andantino grazioso19     III.Presto20     MOZART Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia 21     BEETHOVEN Ma tu tremi, o mio tesoro? Nicole Car soprano (Tracks 11, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21)Satu Vänskä violin (Track 12)Australian Chamber Orchestra Richard Tognetti Artistic Director & Lead Violin