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The roster features many of Australia’s top entertainers including The Audreys, Jeff Lang, Tim Rogers, Ben Salter, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Mojo Juju , The Snowdroppers, Chris Lilley, Born Lion, Lee Kernaghan, Sara Storer, The Wiggles, Justine Clarke, Giggle and Hoot, Play School, Bananas In Pyjamas and many more.

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Come, little children, I’ll take thee away, into my garden of shadows…From Shakespeare to Disney, we have always been fascinated with Witches. Their magic and mystique has been the inspiration for fairy tales, books, movies and music.This album brings together four of Australia’s most acclaimed leading ladies, united by their iconic portrayals of the most famous pair of witches in musical theatre, Glinda and Elphaba, from Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked. Helen Dallimore opened the original West End production as the good witch Glinda. Lucy Durack then portrayed Glinda in the original Australian production, opposite Amanda Harrison and then Jemma Rix as the green-skinned ‘wicked’ witch Elphaba.Inspired by a concert that premiered in July 2016 at the Sydney Opera House, Witches features these four great singers singing witchy songs from Wicked, Into the Woods, and The Witches of Eastwick as well as magical favourites from Frozen, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and more. The album also contains the world premiere recording of Matthew Lee Robinson’s ‘Princess’, written for Lucy Durack.Featuring world premiere arrangements by award-winning musical director Kellie Dickerson, Witches will cast a spell on you right from the first listen. Track Listing:1. Garden of Magic2. Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory3. Let It Go from Frozen4. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered5. I Put a Spell on You6. Make Him Mine from The Witches of Eastwick7. Love is an Open Door from Frozen8. Princess from Sing On Through Tomorrow9. Children Will Listen from Sondheim on Sondheim / Into the Woods10. With You from Ghost11. Last Midnight from Into the Woods12. Popular 13. For Good 14. Defying Gravity from Wicked 15. Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
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Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Australia’s favourite baritone, returns with his first solo album in four years. I’ll Walk Beside You features music of journeys, physical, emotional and spiritual: from one land to another, life to death, wakefulness to sleep, love to loss, and despair to hope. Songs from all over the world – from Australia, Scotland, Germany and America, as well as two Maori songs from Rhodes’ homeland – find a home alongside each other in gorgeous arrangements by the Southern Cross Soloists, one of Australia’s most formidable chamber music ensembles.‘Music transcends all cultures, and I think it’s great that we can enjoy music from every culture,’ says Rhodes. ‘I sing opera that’s written in Italy, or France, or Germany, and then we have people from other cultures singing our English language. It’s a wonderful thing that music brings a lot of people together.’Featuring favourites like ‘Shenandoah’, ‘Loch Lomond’, ‘Going Home’ and ‘She Was Beautiful’ (the Cavatina from The Deer Hunter), I’ll Walk Beside You is a heartfelt and beautiful album from one of Australia’s best-loved voices.Track Listing:1. TRAD Raglan Road2. MYERS She Was Beautiful (Cavatina, from The Deer Hunter)3. ANON Hoea rā4. TRAD Botany Bay5. MURRAY I'll Walk Beside You6. JAMES Comrades of Mine from Six Australian Bush Songs7. WOOD Roses of Picardy8. TCHAIKOVSKY None but the Lonely Heart9. TRAD Deep River10. TRAD Klezmer Dances [Instrumental]11. DVOŘÁK Goin' Home12. TRAD Eriskay Love Lilt13. ANON Still, Still, Still 14. LOWRY Shall We Gather by the River15. SCHUBERT Du bist die Ruh'16. TRAD Pō atarau17. TRAD Shenandoah18. TRAD Loch Lomond
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Before ‘La Stupenda’ came ‘The Voice’! Dame Nellie Melba was Australia’s first singing sensation, and one of the most famous Australians of her day; idolised in the theatre, mobbed on the street and known by name in even the most remote corners of the country. Soprano Lorina Gore and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra salute Dame Nellie Melba, Australia’s first singing sensation.Born in Richmond, Victoria, in 1861, Melba was the first Australian classical musician to receive major international recognition, following her operatic debut in Brussels in 1887. That first appearance (as Gilda in Rigoletto) was described by a famous German critic as "an instant triumph of the most emphatic kind”, and quickly led to debuts at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera and at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.One of the undoubted stars of the ‘Golden Age of Opera’ in the mid-to-late 19th century, Melba is also familiar to Australians through the dishes named after her – most famously the Peach Melba, but also Melba toast – and she also features on the Australian $100 banknote. Lorina Gore is a Helpmann Award nominated soprano and has been a principal artist with Opera Australia since 2008. Her most recent credits include Pip in the State Opera of South Australia production of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Roxana in Szymanowski’s King Roger for Opera Australia, and her critically acclaimed performance as Ophelia in Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the 2018 Adelaide Festival. A Toast to Melba sees Lorina reunite with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Marko Letonja, their Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, following the success of their collaboration on a disc of Johann Strauss: Waltzes and Arias, released on ABC Classics in 2016.Track Listing:1. GOUNOD Je veux vivre from Roméo et Juliette2. VERDI Caro nome from Rigoletto3. GOUNOD Ballet Music 14. GOUNOD Ballet Music 2 from Faust5. GOUNOD Ah je ris de me voir si belle (Jewel Song) from Faust6. MASSENET Obéissons quand leur voix appelle  from Manon7. GOUNOD Heureux petit berger from Mireille8. GOUNOD Ballet Music 3 9. GOUNOD Ballet Music 4 from Faust10. BIZET Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre from The Pearl Fishers11. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Song of the Indian Guest from Sadko12. THOMAS Je suis Titania from Mignon13. GOUNOD Ballet Music 514. GOUNOD Ballet Music 615. GOUNOD Ballet Music 7 from Faust16. DUPARC Chanson triste17. MASSENET Sevillana from Don César de Bazan
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For over 20 years, the ‘Swoon’ segment on ABC Classic FM’s Breakfast show has been a beloved oasis of calm and beauty, a chance to shut out the noise and busyness of everyday life, and drink in the loveliness of pure music. The first CD compilation cemented Swoon’s place in the hearts of the Australian public all those years ago, and it has remained the nation’s most popular classical brand ever since.This double album presents some of Australia’s finest cellists playing over two hours of cello music to make you swoon, from the Baroque elegance of Bach’s cello suites and sweeping Classical concertos by Haydn, Dvořák and Elgar to modern minimalist masterpieces by Arvo Pärt and Ludovico Einaudi.  Featuring soloists including Sally Maer, Li-Wei Qin, Catherine Jones and Umberto Clerici, and ensembles including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble and the Tasmanian, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.Track Listing:CD 1:1. PUCCINI O mio babbino caro2. FIORENZA Cello Concerto in F major: III. Largo3. TOURNIER Promenade à l’automne4. ZIPOLI Adagio5. BACH Cello Suite No. 2: IV. Sarabande6. DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto in B minor: 7. II. Adagio ma non troppo8. TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme: Variation No. 3 9. TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme: Variation No. 6 10. CASALS Song of the Birds11. HORNER A Gift of a Thistle from Braveheart12. TRADITIONAL O Waly Waly13. HAYDN Cello Concerto in C major: II. Adagio14. VIVALDI Concerto for Violin and Cello in G major: II. Andante15. BOISMORTIER Sonata for Cello and Cello Continuo in D minor: I. Andante 16. TRADITIONAL Unst Bridal MarchCD 2:1. HANDEL Lascia ch’io pianga2. BIZET Pearl Fishers Duet3. BACH Cello Suite No. 1: I. Prelude4. ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor: 5. I. Adagio – Moderato6. PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel7. DVOŘÁK Lasst mich allein8. TRADITIONAL Wild Mountain Thyme9. ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor: III. Adagio10. EINAUDI I giorni11. TRADITIONAL Danny Boy12. VIVALDI Cello Concerto in A minor: II. Largo13. FIORENZA Cello Concerto in D major: III. Largo14. BOISMORTIER Sonata for Cello and Cello Continuo in D minor: III. Sarabanda15. FARRELLY Isle of Innisfree16. BACH Sinfonia (Arioso) from Cantata BWV156
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Discover two centuries of brilliant and bold American classical music – music with the majesty to define a nation, the brilliance to change the way we see the world, and the energy to embrace the variety and vastness of the land from which it springs.This collection showcases the most popular masterworks and hidden treasures from a broad, rich and exciting musical heritage. Released to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein, this box set accompanies ABC Classic FM’s focus on American music over the 2018 Easter weekend. Disc 1:                                                       1 COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man2-9 COPLAND Eight Songs of Emily Dickinson10 COPLAND Rodeo: Corral Nocturne 11 TRAD arr. COPLAND Simple Gifts 12 TRAD arr. COPLAND I Bought Me a Cat13 TRAD arr. COPLAND Long Time Ago 14 TRAD arr. COPLAND At the River 15 TRAD arr. COPLAND Ching-A-Ring Chaw16 COPLAND The Cat and the Mouse 17-24 COPLAND Appalachian Spring  Disc 2:                                                      1 BARBER Adagio for Strings 2-4 BARBER Violin Concerto 5 BARBER Hermit Songs: St Ita’s Vision6 BARBER Sure on this Shining Night 7 BARBER Dover Beach 8 BARBER Knoxville: Summer of 19159 BARBER Agnus Dei  Disc 3:                                                       1-3 IVES Three Places in New England 4 IVES Down East 5 IVES Serenity 6 IVES The Unanswered Question 7 CRUMB Sonata for Solo Cello: Toccata8 CARTER A Fantasy about Purcell’s ‘Fantasia upon One Note’9 CARTER Scrivo in vento 10 CORIGLIANO Violin Sonata: Andantino11 VARÈSE Amériques  Disc 4:                                                     1 BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture 2 BERNSTEIN Candide: Glitter and Be Gay3 BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Somewhere4-6 GERSHWIN Three Preludes 7 GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue 8 GERSHWIN An American in Paris9 GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Jazzbo Brown Blues10 GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Summertime11 BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Tonight Disc 5:                                                      1-4 CAGE Amores 5 CAGE In a Landscape 6 CAGE 4’33”: First movement 7 REICH Clapping Music 8-10 REICH Different Trains 11 YOUNG Composition 1960 #7 12 CAGE c Ȼomposed Improvisation 13 ADAMS Short Ride in a Fast Machine  Disc 6:                                                       1 GLASS Opening 2 GLASS Metamorphosis No. 4 3 GLASS Mad Rush 4 GLASS Wichita Vortex Sutra 5-10 GLASS Etudes for Solo Piano: Selections Disc 7:                                                      1 SOUSA The Washington Post 2 ANDERSON The Typewriter 3 ANDERSON The Waltzing Cat 4 SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever 5 ANDERSON Sleigh Ride 6 ANDERSON Chicken Reel 7 SOUSA Liberty Bell March 8 NANCARROW Study for Player Piano No. 69-14 WILDER Effie the Elephant 15 MACDOWELL Forest Idylls: Daydreams16 HOVHANESS Mystic Flute17 MENOTTI Toccata on a Theme from ‘The Old Maid and the Thief’18 GOTTSCHALK Souvenir de Porto Rico19 MORTON Frog-i-More Rag 20 BOLCOM Graceful Ghost 21 JOPLIN Maple Leaf Rag 22 MORTON Fingerbreaker 23 JOPLIN The Entertainer  Disc 8:                                                       1 WILLIAMS Star Wars: Main Theme 2 WILLIAMS E.T.: Theme 3-5 WILLIAMS Escapades 6 HERRMANN Psycho: The Murder 7-10 PISTON Clarinet Concerto 11 LAURIDSEN O magnum mysterium 12 WHITACRE Lux aurumque 13 GROFÉ Grand Canyon Suite: Sunrise14 WILLIAMS Superman: March 15 WILLIAMS Raiders of the Lost Ark: March
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Wayfaring brings together Italian-Australian cellist Umberto Clerici with German-Australian guitarist Karin Schaupp, for a musical journey through a rich tapestry of cultures, ages and emotions.Clerici and Schaupp discovered an immediate musical connection when they first played together at Musica Viva’s annual festival several years ago. ‘It was a magical connection, as if we just knew each other musically, even though we hadn’t met before,’ says Schaupp. ‘It’s something very rare. We played a few pieces and decided we simply had to do this again. Last year we gave some recitals and built a program. Then we decided to make this album, and built a whole new program.’They settled on the linking idea of ‘songs that trace a path from birth to death, with everything in between’: a ‘wayfaring’ through life. Spending long hours in libraries combing through repertoire, they gradually whittled down their options: the final list expresses joy, grief and every emotion between. The repertoire stretches from the early baroque (Monteverdi and Caccini) to the present day, with contemporary works by two Australian composers: Elena Kats-Chernin’s Eliza Aria and A Flower’s Purpose by Katie Noonan, the singer-songwriter with whom Schaupp has toured and recorded. They also cover music by Dvořák, Rodrigo (a stunning song adapted by the composer himself from his beloved Concierto de Aranjuez), Rachmaninoff, Schubert and more. Track Listing:1. DVOŘAK Lasst mich allein (Let Me Be Alone) 2. BRAHMS Es steht ein Lind (There Stands a Lime Tree) 3. TRADITIONAL Wayfaring Stranger 4. RACHMANINOFF Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Do Not Sing, My Beauty) 5. RUTTER Shadows6. CACCINI Amarilli 7. MONTEVERDI Lasciatemi morire (Let Me Die) 8. NOONAN A Flower’s Purpose 9. FALLA Jota 10. CASALS Song of the Birds 11. SCHUBERT Lob der Tränen (In Praise of Tears) 12. RAVEL Kaddisch 13. FALLA Polo 14. KATS-CHERNIN Eliza Aria 15. SCHUBERT Frühlingstraum (Spring Dream) 16. RODRIGO Aranjuez, ma pensée (Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio) 17. TRADITIONAL Wild Mountain Thyme 18. RUTTER Close Thine Eyes 
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So how is it that they came to be auditioning for the Greatest Orchestra in the World? Well, you’re about to find out!Narrator (and composer) Paul Rissmann and the Young Adelaide Voices join the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to present Jason Chapman’s delightful tale of music-loving animals on a quest for international stardom. And for those who prefer to imagine their own story, this album also includes the complete Stan and Mabel music without narration.
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Mr Lu (whose full name is pronounced ‘Lyu See-Ching’) burst onto the international music stage when he became the first Asian violinist to win first prize at the prestigious Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy, in 1987. Prior to this, at the age of 11, he was selected by legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England. Whilst based in Beijing, Mr Lu now performs across the globe with the world’s finest orchestras.On this album, Mr Lu performs two of the finest and most treasured concertos in the western repertory: Max Bruch’s career-defining Violin Concerto No.1, composed in 1866; and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, written just three years before the composer died tragically young at the age of 38. When the ABC asked Australia to nominate their favourite concertos in 2007, these works entered at number 4 and 12 respectively, a reflection of their extraordinary enduring appeal.East meets West on this album, with the inclusion of a concerto by China’s foremost composer, Tan Dun. Best known for his scores for the movies Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, Tan Dun has become one of the most widely celebrated Chinese cultural figures of our generation. His concerto Out of Peking Opera starts with a direct quotation from the ‘jing hu’ fiddling of Peking Opera, which unfolds into a glittering reflection of China in the modern world.Recorded in the studio with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and their Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey, this album presents a joyful showcase of music-making from one of the world’s great virtuosos, and a true collaboration between two remarkable musical cultures. Track ListingThe Beauty of the ViolinFelix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)1–3. Violin Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 64 Max Bruch (1838–1920)4–6. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 Tan Dun (born 1957)7. Out of Peking OperaLu Siqing violinMelbourne Symphony OrchestraBenjamin Northey conductor 
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Pianist Sally Whitwell returns to the music of minimalist master Philip Glass in her latest album on ABC Classics, presenting a monumental and immersive journey for solo piano.In 2011, Whitwell won the ARIA Award for Best Classical Album for her collection of Glass’ music Mad Rush. Since then, her relationship with the composer has deepened, centring around the Etudes – his largest and most significant work for solo piano. After hearing Mad Rush, in 2013 Glass asked Whitwell to give the world-premiere of the Etudes, alongside the composer, at the Perth International Arts Festival; he subsequently invited her to perform them again in New York and Los Angeles. This album is a result of that close collaboration.The Etudes – 20 in all, collected together into two Books – were written over the course of two decades between 1991 and 2012, and chart the musical development of one of the most significant composers of our generation. ‘In the beginning of the series, we hear something much closer to the angry young man, rebelling against the academic musical establishment by writing and performing his signature repetitive structures that pull you into an unique meditative space (if you let them). By the end of the series we hear a much more peaceful, pragmatic human. Gone is the angry young man, and in its place a kind of lyricism that aches with the wisdom of life experience,’ Whitwell suggests.The music is deeply personal for Whitwell, too, who memorised every note of the ninety-minute set. She recalls the first time playing to Glass, the two of them alone in the room: ‘He listened politely, then gave me a one-man round of applause at the end. “Your playing has real poetry in it,” he said. I remember thinking at that moment “I can now die happy”’.The album was recorded by Tonmeister Virginia Read, who won the ARIA Award for Best Engineer for her previous collaboration with Sally Whitwell.Track Listing:PHILIP GLASS (born 1937)Etudes for Solo PianoCD 1:  Book 1 Etudes Nos. 1–10CD 2: Book 2 Etudes Nos. 11–20Sally Whitwell piano 
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An Alpine Symphony is a work of monumental proportions. Depicting the ascent of an Alpine mountainside, from scenes of pastoral beauty to an enormous storm, it calls for over 120 players and lasts over 50 minutes. It was famously the first-ever work to be pressed onto a compact disc, in a recording by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic.In reviews of the live concert performances from which this recording is taken, The Australian wrote that ‘the Strauss rose with organic fury under Davis’s baton, Night’s opening rumblings kept as jittery, primordial whispers and so heightening the triumphant burst of Sunrise. The 22 movements trace the journey of an alpine ascent and descent, with dramatic changes of scenery and climate along the way, various perils for the expedition team, and the humility-inducing grandeur of the view from the summit. Alert to each imagery shift and adroitly balancing the vast orchestral forces before him, Davis kept intensity bubbling away, even as textures shifted unpredictably from massed splendour to simple sonorities.’A narrative of a very different kind is found in Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, this time the misadventures of a German peasant: disrupting a market, chasing girls, mocking professors – and, ultimately, being hanged for his misdemeanours. This work finds the MSO’s musicians at their most virtuosic, with many of the players called on to depict the vivid characters we encounter in the story.The MSO’s Strauss series was launched in 2014 with a major European tour including the BBC Proms and Concertgebouw, and has so far included Four Last Songs with Erin Wall, Ein Heldenleben, Four Symphonic Interludes, Also Sprach Zarathustra and Don Juan. The recordings have won significant acclaim from the international press, with BBC Music Magazine describing Also Sprach as ‘a benchmark recording’.1. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks), Op. 282–23. Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), Op. 64Melbourne Symphony OrchestraDale Barltrop concertmasterSir Andrew Davis conductorRecorded live in Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
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It was common practice in the 19th century for composer to publish their music in versions for multiple instruments, increasing their audience and appeal. Taking inspiration from this, Benedict and Tedeschi present a range of works ideally suited to the rich tone of the viola – the ‘melancholy dreamer’, as Berlioz described it.The album opens with Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, written for a now-obsolete six-string instrument. The sunny virtuosity of the music (increased by playing it on an instrument of four rather than six strings) is tempered by Schubert’s trademark aching melancholy.At the heart of the album sits a suite of movements from Schubert’s Winterreise. In Benedict’s own words, “this concert suite tells a condensed version of the song cycle’s story, expressing all the desperation, false hope and final resignation as its protagonist journeys away from his doomed love affair.”Two works by Robert Schumann, originally for violin and piano, close out the album: an ardent and wistful Intermezzo, and the characterful late Sonata Op.105.In his 20s, Roger Benedict was appointed the principal viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, before leaving to devote more time to solo performance and teaching. He relocated to Australia in 2003, and is the principal viola of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Simon Tedeschi has been hailed as ‘true greatness’ (Sydney Morning Herald). He tours and performs globally at prestigious recital venues and with leading orchestras; for ABC Classics he has made acclaimed recordings of music by Gershwin, Mussorgsky, Richard Strauss and more.The artwork for the album cover and booklet is by Loribelle Spirovski, a Sydney-based Archibald finalist.  Track ListingFRANZ SCHUBERT 1797–18181–3. Sonata in A minor, D821 ‘Arpeggione’ for viola and pianoEight Songs from ‘Winterreise’Arranged for viola and piano by Roger Benedict4. Gute Nacht (Good Night)5. Erstarrung (Numbness)6. Auf dem Flusse (On the Stream)7. Irrlicht (Will-o’-the-Wisp)8. Frühlingstraum (A Dream of Springtime)9. Stürmischer Morgen (Stormy Morning)10. Täuschung (Deception)11. Der Wegweiser (The Signpost) ROBERT SCHUMANN 1810–185612. Intermezzo [from the F.A.E. Sonata] for violin and piano, WoO22Arranged for viola and piano by Roger Benedict 13–15. Sonata for piano and violin in A minor, Op. 105Arranged for viola and piano by Roger Benedict Roger Benedict violaSimon Tedeschi piano
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From the creator of Swoon comes an enthralling introduction to the great love music of the classical composers. Experience music from 10 composers, from the passionate arias of Puccini and Mozart to the intimacy of Satie’s Gymnopedies and Chopin’s Nocturnes, and the extraordinary orchestral colours of Schumann, Debussy and Brahms. This is music at its most eloquent, written to seduce, to capture the ineffable highs and – perhaps most often – to overcome the excruciating blows of love. As Lawrence himself puts it, ‘the sounds of these composers are a poignant counterpoint to the tales of their stuttering dreams. Therein lie the real truths of these lives – and ours. For when it comes to putting a little love into your day, classical music does the best job of all.’This 2-CD set accompanies the major new book Symphony of Seduction by ABC Classic FM’s Christopher Lawrence.