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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
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Kamil Ellis narrator & singer • Ensemble Offspring“The perfect adventure to start your mini musicians on a lifetime of classical music.” – ArtsplorersDiscover how sound can tell stories and create atmosphere in Music for The Dreaming. With new compositions by Indigenous composer, Yuin woman Brenda Gifford, and performed by Ensemble Offspring, Music for The Dreaming is inspired by the seasons and the natural environment around Wreck Bay, NSW south coast.Through Aunty Brenda's music, and the stories and cultural teachings of Budawang Elder from the Yuin Nation Noel Butler, kids will learn about the ‘old ways’ of life and the changing seasons in Yuin Country.Little ones can learn the sounds and meanings of words in the Dhurga language and listen to music which evokes the seasons and landscape of Yuin Country. Children will develop sensory perception, musical literacy and awareness of instrument sounds, perfect for ages 2 – 5.Classic Kids: Music for The Dreaming is an ABC KIDS listen and ABC Classic FM co-production. It was produced in collaboration with composer and Yuin woman Brenda Gifford and Yuin Elder and Educator Noel Butler, and the Sydney Opera House Children’s Families and Creative Learning program.Classic Kids: Music for The Dreaming is the follow-up to Classic Kids: Sounds Like Australia, released in July 2018. TRACKLISTINGEPISODES1 Galaa (Summer)2 Dhagarwara (Winter)3 Gambambara (Spring)4 Dhawara (Moon)5 Gambambarawaraga (Seasons) MUSIC6 Galaa underscore7 Rompy Stompy Crab8 Galaa song9 Dhugawara A underscore10 Dhugawara B song11 Plover Bird12 Gambambara13 Ghadu (Sea) underscore14 Ghadu15 Bardju (Footprints)16 Gambambarawaraga Kamil Ellis narrator and singerEnsemble OffspringClaire Edwardes Director, vibraphone & percussionVéronique Serret violinZubin Kanga pianoLamorna Nightingale flute & alto fluteJason Noble clarinet & bass clarinet
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This collection is inspired by ABC Classic FM’s 2018 Getaway broadcast, which asked audiences to share the best place in Australia to wake up, and which spurred a flood of responses about the most meaningful, the most exhilarating and the most evocative places in their lives.Where’s your favourite place to wake up? Maybe you yearn for a beachside retreat, with the gulls wheeling and the salt air to greet you. Or the serenity of the bush, in that moment of tranquillity before the heat of the day. Perhaps it’s home, and you’re lucky enough to always wake to your ideal scene.Every morning, ABC Classic FM takes listeners to that favourite place, wherever they are. But it’s not just about escape. Use the music to get you into your day, as well as giving you a moment out of it.This album draws together some of the most sublime music ever written, from old favourites to new discoveries. Often inspired by the natural world, this music isn’t just for those early hours: reach for it whenever you need a dose of pure bliss.TRACKLISTINGCD1 1      EDWARDS Dawn Mantras 2      WESTLAKE Ocean Sunfish 3      GRIEG Morning Moodfrom Peer Gynt 4      SCULTHORPE Morning Songfrom Four Little Pieces for Piano Duet 5      BENJAMIN The Quiet Garden 6      BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’: First movement 7      RODRIGO Concierto madrigal:VI. Pastoral 8      TCHAIKOVSKY The Lark’s Song 9      TRAD. TORRES STRAIT Morning Tide from Island Songs 10    OSBORNE Late Harvest II 11    MUSSORGSKY Dawn on theMoscow River from Khovanshchina 12    DEBUSSY Piano Trio in G major:III. Andante espressivo 13    COOMAN Sunrisefrom Night Songs 14    EDWARDS Yanada 15    DEBUSSY Prelude to ‘The Afternoon of a Faun’   CD2 1      RAMEAU Naïs: Overture 2      HAYDN Nocturne No. 3: II. Andante 3      RAVEL Pavane of the Sleeping Beautyfrom Mother Goose 4      DOHNÁNYI Ruralia Hungarica:III. Allegro grazioso 5      VIVALDI The Four Seasons: Spring:III. Allegro 6      MAHLER Songs of a Wayfarer:I went out this morning across the field 7      JS BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4:I. Allegro 8      CPE BACH Trio Sonata in A major:I. Allegretto 9      BRITTEN Dawnfrom Four Sea Interludes from ‘Peter Grimes’ 10    EDWARDS A Flight of Sunbirds:IV. Poco lento 11    VIVALDI Flute Concerto ‘The Goldfinch’:II. Larghetto cantabile 12    GRIMSLEY Rebecca’s Dream 13    GREENBAUM The Rotation of the Earth 14    HANDEL Waft Her, Angels, through the Skies from Jephtha 15    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending Artists include: Simon Tedeschi • Roger WoodwardSlava & Leonard Grigoryan • Diana Doherty • Jane RutterGondwana Voices • Ensemble OffspringLondon Philharmonic OrchestraOrchestra of the Antipodes • Australian Brandenburg Orchestraand the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney, Tasmanian & West Australian Symphony Orchestras 
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David Greco and Erin Helyard present the first Australian recording of Schubert’s masterpiece on period instrumentsSchubert’s Winterreise is one of the greatest song cycles ever written. Completed shortly before his death at just 33, Schubert’s masterpiece follows a young man spurned by his beloved who then wanders through a frozen landscape in ever-increasing states of existential angst, terror, and paranoia.Erin Helyard and David Greco present a Winterreise that’s different from any you have heard before. This is how the work might have sounded to Schubert, a recording informed by scholarship around 19th-century performance techniques, and the different vocal traditions and pianos that existed then.But far from a dry, academic exercise, David and Erin strip away the stuffy, canonised aura of this famous work, presenting a Winterreise sung by a young man in the full fervour of love and an all-consuming passion. This is a performancethat captures every moment of Schubert’s terror and mortality, a vital and utterly engrossing performance that takes you inside a work you’ve listened to many times before – but never truly heard.TRACKLISTINGFRANZ SCHUBERT 1797–1828 Winterreise (Winter Journey), D9111 Gute Nacht (Good Night)2 Die Wetterfahne (The Weather Vane)3 Gefror’ne Tränen (Frozen Tears)4 Erstarrung (Frozen)5 Der Lindenbaum (The Linden Tree)6 Wasserflut (Deluge)7 Auf dem Flusse (On the Stream)8 Rückblick (Backward Glance)9 Irrlicht (Will o’ the Wisp)10 Rast (Rest)11 Frühlingstraum (A Dream about Spring)12 Einsamkeit (Loneliness)13 Die Post (The Post)14 Der greise Kopf (The Aged Head)15 Die Krähe (The Crow)16 Letzte Hoffnung (Last Hope)17 Im Dorfe (In the Village)18 Der stürmische Morgen (The Stormy Morning)19 Täuschung (Illusion)20 Der Wegweiser (The Signpost)21 Das Wirtshaus (The Inn)22 Mut! (Courage!)23 Die Nebensonnen (Mock Suns)24 Der Leiermann (The Organ-Grinder) David Greco baritoneErin Helyard piano 1817 Anton Graf piano (replica by Chris Maene, 2016)
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All of Slava and Leonard’s recordings as a duo, available together for the first time!Guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation, enthralling audiences with the energy of their performances and the breadth of their repertoire – embracing disparate genres such as classical, jazz and contemporary music from around the world.Slava and Leonard are blessed with an uncanny ability to perform so seamlessly as a duo that they play and ‘breathe’ as one. This sibling collaboration, which commenced in the family home when Leonard was four and Slava 13, has been developing ever since. Growing up and performing together does not guarantee a symbiotic relationship, but what does create the perfect storm is the mutual respect and admiration the brothers have for each other. Perhaps this is the intangible quality that creates their ability to connect with listeners.This box set brings together all eight of their albums recorded as a duo, from 2003’s Play to 2017’s Songs Without Words, and encompasses every element of the artistry of the these extraordinarily talented brothers. Between them, they have received three ARIA awards and an incredible 24 ARIA Award nominations, and have cemented their status as Australia’s favourite guitarists.TRACKLISTINGCD1RODRIGO GUITAR CONCERTOS1-3 RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez4-7 RODRIGO Fantasía para un gentilhombre8-17 RODRIGO Concierto madrigal CD2BAROQUE GUITAR CONCERTOS1-3 VIVALDI Concerto in G major for two guitars, RV5324-6 VIVALDI Concerto in A major, RV827-9 VIVALDI Concerto in D major, RV9310-12 HANDEL Concerto in B-flat major for two guitars, HWV29413-17 WEISS Concerto in D minor18-20 FASCH Concerto in D minor CD3IMPRESSIONS1-4 DEBUSSY Suite bergamasque5-8 FALLA Four Spanish Pieces9 MOMPOU Prélude No. 510-23 MOMPOU Variations on a theme of Chopin24 MOMPOU Cançons i danses: No. 725 DEBUSSY Rêverie CD4PLAY1-3 PIAZZOLLA Tango Suite4 E. GRIGORYAN Kolobok5-8 GNATTALI Retratos9 YORK Evening Dance10 E. GRIGORYAN Day Dreams CD5DISTANCE1 BELLINATI Jongo2 L. GRIGORYAN Distance3 TOWNER From a Dream4 LOVELADY Nartuby River5 MUTHSPIEL Everything Happens to That Dog6 WESTLAKE Shards of Jaisalmer7 E. GRIGORYAN Tian Shan8 ALSOP Mandalay to Melbourne9 RIGNEY Prayer Flags in Bright Wind CD6THIS TIME1 L. GRIGORYAN This Time2 TOWNER Duende3 RIGNEY Two Swings in the Heart Shaped Garden4 HOWARD Longplay5-10 WESTLAKE Mosstrooper Peak11 TOWNER Sarabande12 LOVELADY Incantation No. 213 L. GRIGORYAN After Dark14 HOUGHTON Wave Radiance CD7THE SEASONS1-12 TCHAIKOVSKY The Seasons CD8SONGS WITHOUT WORDS1 BACH Arioso, from Cantata BWV1562 DVOŘAK Songs My Mother Taught Me3 FAURÉ Après un rêve4 TCHAIKOVSKY None but the Lonely Heart5 ELGAR Chanson de matin6 TCHAIKOVSKY Chanson triste7-13 FALLA Seven Spanish Folk Songs14 RACHMANINOFF Vocalise15 ELGAR Chanson de nuit16 TCHAIKOVSKY Song Without Words17 PONCE Estrellita (Little Star)
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Celebrating the 100th birthday of the 20th century’s greatest musician.Leonard Bernstein is one of the towering figures of twentieth-century music. A brilliant and versatile composer, a revolutionary and thought-provoking conductor, and a personable and insightful educator, ‘Lenny’ broke down barriers between genres and brought classical music to the world – and the world to classical music.Released to coincide with his centenary on 25 August 2018, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Northey celebrate the life of this towering talent with an album showcasing his work for Broadway, film and concert stage.Featuring symphonic dances from his ground-breaking musical West Side Story and his score to the legendary Marlon Brando film On The Waterfront, as well as the sizzling overture to his opera Candide and dance episodes from On The Town, this release presents a musical portrait of one of the most important and best-loved musicians of our time.  TRACKLISTINGLEONARD BERNSTEIN 1918–19901. Candide: OvertureOn The Town: Three Dance Episodes2. The Great Lover Displays Himself3. Lonely Town: Pas de deux4. Times Square: 19445. On the Waterfront: SuiteWest Side Story: Symphonic Dances6. Prelude7. Somewhere8. Scherzo9. Mambo10. Cha-Cha11. Cool, Fugue12. Rumble13. Finale West Australian Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Northey conductor Recorded live in the Perth Concert Hall
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Modern music for the modern man.ABC Classics presents Bespoke Classics: New Classics for Cool Dads. Featuring the very best new music and a handful of the old, this hand-picked collection of classics is the perfect Father’s Day gift for the modern man – in all his variation and complexity.There’s no ‘right’ way to be a dad in 2018, just like there is no ‘right’ music to listen to. This compilation blurs the lines between genres and traditions, never burdened by the weight of the past and instead forging a new path. Neo-classical, post-classical, chilled classics, contemporary music – call it what you want, it’s undeniably cool and modern.Featuring new school masters such as Einaudi, Glass, Michael Nyman, Arvo Part and Yann Tiersen, plus old school favourites by Debussy, Bach, Schubert, this is the perfect compilation for the fathers in your life.This isn’t your dad’s classical music – it’s yours. TRACKLISTINGCD11 EINAUDI I giorni2 PELĒCIS Concertino bianco: II. Con venerazione3 KATS-CHERNIN Tuesday Suit4 WESTLAKE Hinchinbrook Riffs5 VASKS Cantabile6 KINGS OF LEON Revelry7 CHAN Forever #18 GLASS Metamorphosis No. 39 ABBOTT Re-Echo10 DEBUSSY Clair de lune11 BARBER Adagio for Strings (Original string quartet version)12 KATS-CHERNIN Eliza Aria13 BACH Cello Suite No. 1: I. Prelude CD2 1 NYMAN The Piano: Here to There2 KATS-CHERNIN Unsent Love Letters3 VINE Knips in Brixton4 BADALAMENTI Twin Peaks: Falling5 GÓRECKI Three Pieces in Olden Style: No. 16 WILLIAMS Escapades: I. Closing In7 BOULANGER Nocturne8 SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat major9 SOLLIMA Alone10 PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel11 PELĒCIS All in the Past12 TIERSEN The Argument from Amélie13 FALCONIERI Ciaccona14 BACH Prelude in C major from The Well-Tempered Clavier15 GLASS Opening16 HINDSON Technologic 135: III. Cantabile17 ORTIZ Recercada segunda  Artists include:Slava Grigoryan guitar • Amy Dickson saxophoneGenevieve Lacey recorder • James Crabb accordionSally Maer and Umberto Clerici cello • Claire Edwardes percussionSally Whitwell, Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Roger Woodward pianoGoldner String Quartet • Nat Bartsch TrioMelbourne and Tasmanian Symphony OrchestrasAustralian Brandenburg Orchestra
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“Together, we are better. That simple understanding sits at the heart of the Hush project.”Developed by medical pioneer Dr Catherine Crock AM to reduce the stress and anxiety felt by young patients and their families in hospitals, the Hush music collection transforms that difficult environment with carefully curated music from some of Australia’s foremost musicians and talents, and is now played in hospitals and homes across the globe.ABC Classics is proud to announce the release of Volume 18 in the Hush series, Collective Wisdom, performed by the musicians of ACO Collective, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s mentoring and regional touring ensemble.For this project, Hush sent twelve Australian composers to do residencies and workshops in adolescent health units in Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth: established composers Stuart Greenbaum, Matthew Hindson, Maria Grenfell, Paul Stanhope, Elena Kats-Chernin and James Ledger fostering these rewarding experiences with six emerging composers, Caerwen Martin, Katia Beaugeais, Thomas Misson, Natalie Nicolas, Rachel Bruerville and Olivia Bettina Davies. The composers and the teenagers played music together, talked, shared experiences and explored how music might help people during hard times.Based on what they saw, heard and learnt during those collaborative sessions, the twelve composers then wrote the pieces that appear on this disc. The music is honest and heartfelt, acknowledging the fears and anxieties of the hospital experience yet full of hope, joy and optimism. As composers Caerwen Martin and Stuart Greenbaum point out, ‘Music can remind patients that they are more than their illness…and what they might be when they are better.’This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. The project has also been supported by the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund. TRACKLISTING RACHEL BRUERVILLE Dancing on TiptoesSTUART GREENBAUM The Rotation of the EarthNATALIE NICOLAS We Won’t Let You DownMARIA GRENFELL Knitting UnicornsMATTHEW HINDSON Nothing Is ForeverTHOMAS MISSON Glow (Abridged)PAUL STANHOPE Dancing on CloudsKATIA BEAUGEAIS Like Snowdrops You Will ShineJAMES LEDGER DaydreamCAERWEN MARTIN Stars Come Out in a Midnight SkyELENA KATS-CHERNIN Moon Feather MagicOLIVIA BETTINA DAVIES Crystalline Performed byACO CollectiveLeader: Helena Rathbone  ACO Collective is the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s critically acclaimed regional touring and education ensemble. Directed by brilliant Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, ACO Collective combines Australia’s most talented emerging string players with the professional musicians of the ACO to create a high-energy 17-piece string orchestra that tours music and education activities to regional locations all over Australia.
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Narrated by Luke Carroll | Music performed by Ensemble Offspring“The perfect adventure to start your mini musicians on a lifetime of classical music.” – ArtsplorersNarrated by Play School's Luke Carroll, Classic Kids introduces pre-schoolers to classical music through a musical tale of the Australian landscape.When Kirra Quokka finds a lost concert ticket, she sets off on a big musical adventure. With the help of her friends Carlos the Crow, Harper the Humpback Whale, Niipu the Numbat, Elena Emu and Padma Possum, Kirra travels the length of the country from her home on sleepy Rottnest Island all the way to the bright lights of the Sydney Opera House!In each of the six episodes of the story, the Australian environment, landscape and weather are evoked through music and storytelling. Children learn all about the clarinet, cello, flute, piccolo and percussion, and how different instruments work together to create magical soundscapes.Featuring new music by Australian composers Ross Edwards, Nigel Westlake, Iain Grandage, Martin Wesley-Smith and Jessica Wells, performed by Ensemble Offspring, Classic Kids: Sounds Like Australia is both an effective educational resource that encourages learning through play, and a delightful and engaging story the whole family will love.Classic Kids is an ABC KIDS listen and ABC Classic FM co-production. It was produced in collaboration with the Sydney Opera House Children, Families and Creative Learning program. TRACKLISTINGEPISODES1 Kirra Quokka finds a concert ticket 7’142 Harper the Humpback and Kirra float over the ocean 8’413 Niipu Numbat and Kirra ride a train across the desert 8’594 Elena Emu and Kirra Quokka climb up the Blue Mountains 5’295 Padma Possum and Kirra Quokka arrive in the city 6’136 Kirra's big musical concert surprise! 8’02 MUSIC7 ROSS EDWARDS Crow Dance 2’478 NIGEL WESTLAKE Ocean Sunfish 3’259 IAIN GRANDAGE Corrugation 3’3110-12 JESSICA WELLS Blue Mountain Suite 2’4013-14 MARTIN WESLEY-SMITH White Knight and Beaver – excerpts 2’2615 JESSICA WELLS Finale Medley 2’1716 Kirra Quokka Theme 0’1217 Carlos Crow Theme 0’0918 Harper Humpback Theme 0’1619 Niipu Numbat Theme 0’1220 Elena Emu Theme 0’1121 Padma Possum Theme 0’1322 Locomotive Theme 0’59 Luke Carroll narratorEnsemble OffspringClaire Edwardes Director, marimba, percussionVéronique Serret violin, electric violinFreya Schack-Arnott celloLamorna Nightingale flute, piccolo Jason Noble clarinet, bass clarinet
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The rarely recorded ballet masterpiece comes to life under the baton of the great Barry Wordsworth.Swanilda and Franz are engaged to be married, but Franz can’t get his mind off the mysterious and beautiful girl Coppélia who sits on the balcony of the house of the suspicious Doctor Coppelius. Franz breaks into the house only to find all is not what it seems, and Swanilda must save the man she loves from the diabolical doctor.Léo Delibes’s Coppélia might not have the profile of Tchaikovsky’s great ballet scores, but it is every bit as important. It was Delibes who brought the symphony orchestra to the ballet, composing new, rich and memorable music for dance rather than the messy mash-up of popular tunes it had been until then.Rarely recorded in its entirety, Coppélia is a charming and beautiful ballet featuring irresistible and iconic melodies. This sparkling work comes to life in this recording by Orchestra Victoria under the baton of Barry Wordsworth, Principal Guest Conductor and former Music Director of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, and one of the world’s most celebrated ballet conductors.This 2CD set contains the complete score of Coppélia, as well as alternate versions of the main numbers, designed to cater to dancers of different skill levels and physicality – perfect for ballet schools and anyone else who loves to dance along! TRACKLISTINGLÉO DELIBES (1836–1891)Coppélia(Complete ballet score) CD1: Acts One and TwoCD2: Act Three Plus alternate versions of five of the best-known movements, played at different speeds to accommodate the physicality and technique of individual dancers:Act Two: Scène and BoléroAct Three Divertissement: La Discorde et la Guerre, Danse de fête and Galop final Orchestra VictoriaBarry Wordsworth conductor Barry WordsworthBarry Wordsworth is Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, having been the company's Music Director from 1990 to 1995 and from 2007 to 2015. He is also Conductor Laureate of the BBC Concert Orchestra and Brighton Philharmonic, and Music Director Laureate of Birmingham Royal Ballet.He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Sydney Symphony and New Zealand Symphony.For over 40 years Barry Wordsworth has enjoyed a close association with The Royal Ballet in London. He has toured extensively with the company including, most recently, performances at the Aldeburgh Festival with the Britten Sinfonia and in Taipei with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra Victoria Established in 1969, Orchestra Victoria is a specialised ballet and opera orchestra. As the proud performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera, it is one of Australia’s most versatile and respected orchestras. In addition to its busy schedule in the pit, the orchestra performs throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria and is very active in music education. Orchestra Victoria’s breadth of repertoire makes it unique among Australia’s professional orchestras.