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Classic 100: Composer

Classic 100: Composer

8CD box set

Who is your favourite composer?

In 2019, the Classic 100 asked the ultimate musical question: who is the composer you can’t live without?

There were those for whom this was an impossible task. One listener compared the process to choosing ‘a favourite child’; another, ‘which limb I couldn't live without’. But Australia did choose – in record numbers. Over 120,000 votes were cast, and every one had a story behind it. We heard the reasons why certain composers are an indelible part of your life: because of memories associated, or the feelings their music evokes, or often a reason beyond words.

Beethoven was perhaps an unsurprising winner. For many, he is so important because he reflects the full palette of our own lives. ‘He understands,’ said one voter, deftly capturing his ineffable genius in two words. And while your votes put the top four – rounded out with JS Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky – in a league of their own, other composers in the top 100 were often just a handful of votes apart.

This boxset brings together music by all 100 of the top composers – more than 10 hours of music across 8 CDs. Celebrate your favourites, and explore some new ones!



1     BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio

2     JS BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro

3     MOZART Symphony No. 40: I. Molto allegro

4     TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

5     HANDEL Zadok the Priest

6     VIVALDI The Four Seasons: Spring: I. Allegro

7     CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

8     SCHUBERT Trout Quintet: IV. Theme and Variations

9     RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2: I. Moderato

10   ELGAR Enigma Variations: Nimrod

11   VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending – excerpt


12   MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto No. 2: III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace

13   DVOŘÁK New World Symphony: II. Largo

14   BRAHMS Symphony No. 4: I. Allegro non troppo

15   WILLIAMS Raiders of the Lost Ark: Main Title

16   KATS-CHERNIN Wild Swans:Eliza Aria

17   SIBELIUS Finlandia

18   SCULTHORPE Left Bank Waltz

19   PUCCINI La bohème:O soave fanciulla

20   MAHLER Symphony No. 5: IV. Adagietto

21   VERDI Nabucco:Va’, pensiero

22   DEBUSSY Clair de lune


23   SAINT-SAËNS Organ Symphony: IIb. Maestoso - Allegro

24   SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8: II. Allegretto

25   HAYDN Trumpet Concerto: III. Allegro

26   PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel

27   GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

28   RAVEL Boléro

29   GRIEG Piano Concerto: I. Allegro molto moderato


30   EDWARDS Maninyas: III. Second Maninya

31   WESTLAKE Antarctica: Penguin Ballet

32   PROKOFIEV Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet

33   HILDEGARD OF BINGEN O tu suavissima virga

34   BIZET The Pearl Fishers: Duet

35   WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries

36   GLASS Violin Concerto No. 1: First movement

37   SATIE Gymnopédie No. 1

38   BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture

39   FAURÉ Pavane

40   MORRICONE The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe

41   R STRAUSS Four Last Songs: Frühling

42   HOLST The Planets: Mars, the Bringer of War

43   COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man

44   MONTEVERDI Orfeo: Prologue – excerpt



45   PURCELL Dido and Aeneas: Dido’s Lament

46   STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring – excerpt

47   SCHUMANN Träumerei

48   TELEMANN Tafelmusik: Conclusion

49   BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1: III. Finale

50   BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes: I. Dawn

51     BORODIN Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

52     TALLIS Spem in alium

53     LISZT Liebestraum No. 3

54     RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spirito

55     ROSSINI The Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum

56     RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade: I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship


57     BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique: March to the Scaffold

58     GRAINGER Handel in the Strand

59     ZIMMER Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

60     CPE BACH Trio Sonata in A major: I. Allegretto

61     BARBER Adagio for Strings

62     C SCHUMANN Romance No. 1

63     KHACHATURIAN Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

64     PIAZZOLLA Libertango

65     EINAUDI I giorni

66     J STRAUSS II Blue Danube Waltz

67     JENKINS Benedictus

68     RUTTER For the Beauty of the Earth

69     BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7: III. Scherzo

70     BOCCHERINI Minuet


71     SMETANA Vltava (The Moldau) – excerpt

72     SULLIVAN The Gondoliers: Overture

73     ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor: II. Adagio

74     MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade and Gnomus

75     J STRAUSS I Radetzky March

76     BYRD Ave verum corpus

77     BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra: II. Giuoco delle coppie

78     PACHELBEL Canon

79     CORELLI Christmas Concerto: Pastorale

80     RICHTER Vivaldi Recomposed: Spring 1

81     SHORE The Fellowship of the Rings: The Fellowship

82     PALESTRINA O beata et benedicta

83     FANNY MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio: II. Andante espressivo

84     RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances: Bergamasca

85     BARRY Out of Africa: Theme

86     ALLEGRI Miserere – excerpt


87     BARTON Kalkadungu Yurdu

88     PAGANINI Violin Concerto No. 1: II. Adagio espressivo

89     MASSENET Thais: Meditation

90     GLANVILLE-HICKS Etruscan Concerto: III. Scherzo

91     NYMAN: The Piano: The Heart Asks Pleasure First

92     KORNGOLD Die tote Stadt: Glück, das mir verblieb

93     KOEHNE Tivoli Dances: I. Santa Ana Freeway

94     RAMEAU Les Indes galantes: Overture

95     GÓRECKI Symphony of Sorrowful Songs: II. Lento e largo

96     WHITWELL She Walks in Beauty

97     D SCARLATTI Piano Sonata in G major, Kk454

98     VINE Piano Concerto No. 1: 2nd movement

99     ORFF Carmina burana: O Fortuna

100         POULENC Mélancolie

       “250 years ago, Ludwig van Beethoven, the Grand Mogul from Bonn (as Haydn cheekily referred to him) was born. The German composer, whose own extraordinary story famously includes suffering from profound deafness from his late 20s, would become regarded as the great musical liberator, forging the course of the Romantic movement and beyond.” Richard TognettiIn 2020 the Australian Chamber Orchestra will celebrate two monumental anniversaries: 30 years of fearless leadership with ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and 250 years since the birth of the great Ludwig van Beethoven.To celebrate both milestones, ABC Classic is releasing a collection of the ACO’s legendary Beethoven recordings – including never-before released recordings of two of his greatest works: Symphonies 5 and 6.These recordings represent some of the orchestra’s finest performances, including two #1 albums and three ARIA Award-nominees, and feature collaborations with some of Australia’s finest artists – soprano Nicole Car, and pianistsTamara Anna Cislowska andErin Helyard.Beethoven has endured for centuries as one of the most popular and beloved composers around the world, with his music found everywhere from concert halls, to film soundtracks, to disco-era chart-toppers. He was a true musical revolutionary and is credited with paving the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras. His music has always been a mainstay of the ACO’s core repertoire, but this marks the first time that they have recorded these two monumental symphonies.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 was splendid in its all-Beethoven concert… [achieving] revealing clarity that gleamed like the colours of an old master newly restored.” – Sydney Morning Herald“[Beethoven’s] Fifth is always a crowdpleaser, and the ACO made it exceptionally so. This was the stuff of dreams.” – LimelightTRACKLISTING  CD1Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 *1   I.   Allegro con brio2   II.  Andante con moto3   III.Allegro –4   IV.AllegroSymphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’ *5   I.   Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside6   II.  Scene by the brook7   III.Merry gathering of country folk –8   IV.Thunder, Storm –9   V.  Shepherd’s song. Cheerful and thankful feelings after the stormCD2String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (arr. for string orchestra by Richard Tognetti)1   I.   Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro2   II.  Presto3   III.Poco scherzoso4   IV.Alla Danza tedesca5   V.  Cavatina6   VI.Grosse Fuge7   Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 50      Satu Vänskä– violin8   Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’: II. Adagio un poco mosso     Tamara-Anna Cislowska– piano9   Ah! perfido ... Per pietà, non dirmi addio, Op. 65     Nicole Car – sopranoCD3Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 30, No. 3 1   I.   Allegro assai2   II.  Tempo di Minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso3   III.Allegro vivaceSonata for Violin and Piano in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’ 4   Ia.Adagio sostenuto –5   Ib.Presto6   II.  Andante con Variazioni7   III.Presto     Richard Tognetti – violin     Erin Helyard– fortepiano8   Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: I. Allegro ma non troppo     Richard Tognetti– violin* Never previously released
The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)