The piano works of Claude Debussy rank amongst the best-loved and most expressive music ever written.From the atmospheric Suite bergamasque, including the exquisite Clair de lune, to the delightful Children’s Corner Suite and the exuberant L’isle joyeuse, this 2-CD set from piano master Roger Woodward was highly acclaimed when first released, and is made available again here.
Since its premiere in Paris in 1841, Giselle has captured the imagination and torn at the heart with its Romantic tale of love, tragedy, vengeful ghosts, yearning and madness. Adolphe Adam’s exquisite music perfectly captures the ballet’s dramatic blend of real-life passions and unearthly glamour.
In The Fairy Queen, two artistic geniuses met. The scenario is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; the music is by Henry Purcell, the greatest English composer of his day. The result is one of the first great operas, a dazzling display of music and emotion that has lost none of its power since its premiere in 1692.
Brit-Award-winning, Grammy- and ARIA- nominated saxophonist Amy Dickson presents her new ABC Classics album Island Songs, featuring world-premiere recordings of concertos by three of Australia’s most renowned composers: Brett Dean, Ross Edwards and Peter Sculthorpe.
The cello has a voice like no other instrument: rich, smooth and golden, sensual and passionate.This double album features some of Australia’s finest cellists playing the great cello tunes, from the classical elegance of Bach and Haydn to the romantic indulgence of Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Saint-Saëns. Treat yourself! TRACKLISTINGCD11 SAINT-SAËNS The Swan