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DELUXE 5CD BOX SETBach Cello Suites, Air on the G String, Brandenburg Concertos, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring; Beethoven Ode to Joy, Moonlight Sonata, Für Elise and Symphony No.5; Elgar Nimrod and Pomp and Circumstance March; Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King and Morning Mood; Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Clarinet Concerto and Requiem; Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty; Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Vivaldi Gloria and The Four Seasons…This list names less than a quarter of the pieces featured on this new collection!101 Classical brings together over a hundred classical favourites on five CDs, giving an indispensable overview of the extraordinary world of classical music. With over 60 composers featured, this album presents the rich majesty of the orchestra, the smooth delicacy of solo piano, rousing choruses, elegant dances and dazzling concertos.Stretching back over 500 years of classical masterpieces, 101 Classical is the collection that proves why this music has proved so popular for so long: quite simply, it’s irresistibly good!
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Recorded live at St Francis of Assisi Church, Paddington NSW in December 2016, this is a Christmas celebration like only the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir, under their charismatic artistic director Paul Dyer, can create.For over a decade, the Brandenburg’s annual Christmas concerts have been a staple festive celebration for thousands across Australia, and several have become best-selling albums. But this is the first time the joy can be witnessed on DVD, in this new CD / DVD release from ABC Classics.Noël! Noël! features brilliant New Zealand soprano Madison Nonoa, who sings the sumptuous Renaissance lament Con qué la lavaré, Silent Night and more. In a typically wide-ranging choice of music, beloved carols such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and O Little Town of Bethlehem sit alongside joyous instrumental celebrations, including Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets. And the Choir revel in contemporary gems including Ola Gjeilo’s The Spheres and a beautiful arrangement of Ben Folds’ love-song The Luckiest.Noël! Noël! touches on the religious but is firmly grounded in the spiritual. It’s a celebration of the festive that will fill your heart with cheer.For details about the Brandenburg’s 2017 Noël! Noël! season in Sydney, Melbourne & Wollongong www.brandenburg.com.au/concerts/2017/noël-noël/TRACKLISTING1. NICOLAI Wachet auf!2. ANONYMOUS Sonata à 93. GAUNTLETT Once, in Royal David’s City4. VIVALDI Concerto for Two Trumpets in C major, RV537: I. Allegro5. VAVILOV Ave Maria6. TRADITIONAL O Little Town of Bethlehem7. GJEILO The Spheres from Sunrise Mass8. TRADITIONAL Coventry Carol9. NARVÁEZ Con qué la lavaré10. TRADITIONAL God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen11. RITTLER Ciaccona à 7 in C major12. EŠENVALDS O Salutaris Hostia13. MENDELSSOHN Hark! the Herald Angels Sing14. FOLDS The Luckiest15. ADAM Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night)16. TRADITIONAL Amazing Grace17. GRUBER Stille Nacht18. ANONYMOUS O Come, All Ye Faithful---Paul Dyer artistic director, conductor and harpsichordAustralian Brandenburg OrchestraBrandenburg ChoirMadison Nonoa sopranoRecorded live at St Francis of Assisi Church, Paddington NSW on 13 December 2016
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The Australian Chamber Orchestra and ABC Classics present the first Australian-produced classical vinyl for two decades, featuring the world-premiere recording of Water by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.Water was written following Greenwood’s stint as the ACO’s Composer in Residence in 2012. Its inspiration is Philip Larkin’s poem of the same name, which alludes to a glass of water ‘where any-angled light would congregate endlessly’. Scored for strings, flutes, keyboard, piano and two Indian tanpura, it takes the form of a continuous 15-minute movement.Premiered as part of the ACO’s UK tour in 2014, Water was an instant success, hailed for its ear-opening musical colours. It is presented here in a live recording from the Sydney Opera House.The LP format inspired the pairing with Mozart’s ubiquitous Eine kleine Nachtmusik. ‘We have chosen an outrageous combination of works that you would never consider pairing, unless it were on an LP,’ says Richard Tognetti. ‘So consider this a curated, deliberate juxtaposition … The notion of surprise is paramount in offering these wildly contrasting works. But ‘a little night music’ is exactly what Jonny’s piece is. It’s something I would suggest you play once the sun sets, for its hypnotic drone-like structure presents something that really works best as daylight fades away…’The resurgence of vinyl has been well documented. Giving both a superb aural experience and a satisfying tactile engagement, it has been for many a welcome response to our increasingly digital-focused world. The large-format cover is also an artistic opportunity, and for this release Australian photographer, ACO artistic collaborator and music devotee Bill Henson generously provided one of his most evocative works.Side AJONNY GREENWOOD (b. 1971)Water [15’41]Side BWOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)Serenade No.13 in G Major, KV525 Eine kleine Nachtmusik [15’28]
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Complete performances of three timeless classics, presented by The Australian Ballet. The Australian Ballet’s Tchaikovsky Collection brings together three iconic ballets in acclaimed performances: Graeme Murphy’s celebrated production of Swan Lake; Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker, hailed as one of the world’s most enchanting productions; and The Sleeping Beauty from The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister.---Graeme Murphy’s Swan LakeFeaturing Madeleine Eastoe, Robert Curran and Danielle Rowe. Filmed 2008. It’s a familiar tale – a love triangle between a princess, her prince, and a woman with a prior claim on his heart. Murphy’s choreography is at once an homage to the grandeur of 19th-century classicism and an invigorating update that speaks compellingly to the audiences of today.David McAllister’s The Sleeping BeautyFeaturing Lana Jones, Kevin Jackson, Amber Scott and Lynette Wills. Filmed 2015. A majestic production of this timeless classic. With lavish sets and costumes by award-winning designer Gabriela Tylesova, this ballet spills over with fairies, princes, nymphs and storybook characters.Peter Wright’s The NutcrackerFeaturing Benedicte Bemet, Andrew Killian, Kevin Jackson and Madeleine Eastoe. Filmed 2014. Sugar plums and snowflakes, dreams and spells – Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most acclaimed productions. Sumptuously staged and set to Tchaikovsky’s renowned score, this ballet is a truly magical experience for the whole family.
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returned to the iconic Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in 2017 for its 68th season as it celebrated Splash of Tartan. ABC Classics is proud to announce the Australian release of the Splash of Tartan CD recorded live at Edinburgh.Welcoming a cast of more than 1,200 performers from all points of the compass, including over 250 pipers and drummers, five United Kingdom military bands drawn from across the three Services, as well as plenty of other surprises along the way – The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the greatest shows on earth!This year’s programme paid rich tribute to the UK’s maritime heritage and the Royal Navy in this special year, with HMS Queen Elizabeth now on sea trials and HMS Prince of Wales in build.Also encompassing Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the 2017 Tattoo reflected on Scotland’s links across the globe and showcased some of its finest musical traditions with outstanding performances from the Tattoo Dance Company and the Hjaltibonhoga – The Shetland Fiddlers.Joined by acts from France, the United States, India, and – for the first time ever – Japan, the 68th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, brought cast and audience from all over the world together to celebrate another extraordinary year. 
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A musical accompaniment to the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ exhibition Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age – Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum.The world of Rembrandt wasn’t just a golden age for art. Music resounded in the taverns, homes, courts and churches of the Dutch Republic, and the country’s rich trading networks introduced sounds and influences from across Europe. This collection provides a panoramic display of that music, championing old masters and uncovering neglected gems.On this album, we encouncter the major composers of the Dutch Republic where Rembrandt lived and worked: the blind carillonneur and recorder virtuoso Jacob van Eyck; the great organist Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, who shaped so much of Amsterdam’s culture; and the now virtually unknown Sybrandus van Noordt.But Europe during Rembrandt’s life was becoming a smaller place, with cultural developments crossing borders, and manuscripts, skills and influences carried from country to country by the burgeoning Dutch trade network – and so we also hear music from Spaniards, Italians and Bohemians.Together, these sounds make up a rich tapestry as diverse in style and subject as the astonishing art of the Dutch Golden Age.Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age is showing from 11 November 2017 to 18 February 2018 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au)TRACKLISTING1. KAPSBERGER Canarios2. VAN EYCK Divisions on ‘Daphne’3. SWEELINCK Hodie Christus natus est4. VAN EYCK Boffons5–7. BIBER Rosary Sonata No. 2 ‘Visitatio’8. VAN NOORDT Sonata in G minor, Op.1 No.49. JC BACH Ach, daß ich Wassers genug hätte10. DU MONT Allemanda Gravis à 411. SWEELINCK Fantasia chromatica in Dorian mode SwWV 25812. ANON. arr. SWEELINCK Hoe schoon lichtet de morghen ster13.-16. BUXTEHUDE Trio Sonata in D minor, Op. 1 No. 617. BERNHARD Was betrübst du dich18. SALAVERDE Canzon a due, canto e basso19. SCHÜTZ Selig sind die Toten20. SCHMELZER Sonata ‘Cucu’
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‘Jacob’s been a friend for decades. Almost as long as I’ve been playing the recorder, I’ve been playing Jacob’s music. Perhaps because I first met and loved him when I was little, his voice feels like my instrument’s mother tongue. Jacob’s simple melodies were so sweet for my young fingers. In adolescence, his music expressed things I couldn’t, yet meant with all my being. Jacob was there in my learning-my-craft years, his music urging me through the long, solitary practice tunnel. Nowadays I’m discovering expressive sides of him I didn’t recognise earlier ... He died centuries ago, but he’s shaped me.’Australian recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey returns to the music of Dutch composer Jacob van Eyck in a new album on ABC Classics.Born blind at the end of the sixteenth century, Van Eyck came to be hailed as ‘the Orpheus of Utrecht’ in his lifetime and is now regarded as one of the most significant musicians of his generation. As well as being an expert organist, he spearheaded technical and musical developments in bell-ringing, and was appointed as Director of the Carillons of Utrecht in 1628. He is best remembered, however, for his collection of works for solo soprano recorder ‘Der Fluyten Lust-hof’ (The Flute’s Pleasure Garden) – a collection of over 140 melodies and variations, with themes sourced from popular folk songs, psalms and memorable tunes of the time. Van Eyck was famously given a pay rise to wander through Janskerkhof public gardens in the evenings, to entertain passers-by on ‘his little flute’ (as the recorder was then called). Line Drawings compiles some of Genevieve Lacey’s favourite works from this collection.The album cover and booklet feature stunning drawings by Brook Andrew, inspired by Van Eyck’s music.
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‘Vibrant and seductive’ – The Guardian‘Magical’ – Berliner Morgenpost‘Kats-Chernin’s characteristic imaginative space might be likened to an old dance, heard in a surreal dream, interrupted by outbursts of outrageousness.’ – Sydney Morning HeraldABC Classics celebrates the 60th birthday of pre-eminent Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin with a 10CD boxset, bringing together iconic works with pieces recorded especially for this collection.Kats-Chernin is one of the most cosmopolitan composers working today, with a prolific catalogue of works for theatre, ballet, orchestra, chamber ensemble and piano. Her dramatically vivid, brilliantly scored and often propulsive music communicates a mixture of lightheartedness and lingering melancholy, combining strong rhythmic figures with elements of cabaret, tango, ragtime and klezmer.This 10CD collection celebrates more than two decades of iconic recordings, starting with Elena Kats-Chernin’s first album of the ABC Classics label, released in 1996.Tracks include:Wild Swans · Prelude and Cube · Butterflying · Unsent Love Letters · Blue Silence · Variation in a Serious Black Dress · Piano Concerto No. 2 · Mythic · Torque · Re-inventions · Clocks · Cadences, Deviations & Scarlatti · Russian RagPreviously unreleased and newly recorded works include:Displaced Dances · Zoom and Zip · Big Rhap · The Witching Hour · Heaven is Closed · Golden Kitsch · The Three Dancers · The Sunshine Journal · Fleeting Moments · DivaFeaturing the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, The Idea of North, Gondwana Voices, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Donna Coleman, Amelia Farrugia and many more.The set will be officially launced at Elena Kats-Chernin’s ‘Birthday Bash’, City Recital Hall, Sydney, 4 November 2017. www.cityrecitalhall.com 
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Slava Grigoryan’s acclaimed Bach journey continues with the second volume of the Cello Suites.Volume I – released in November 2016 – has entered recording history through its phenomenal success, receiving global critical acclaim and multiple awards (including the 2017 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album), and smashing the record for the longest spell at the top of the Classical Chart.Grigoryan again chooses the richly resonant baritone guitar for Volume II, whose lower pitch allows the Suites to be performed in their original keys. The Sixth Suite was, however, originally written for an instrument a fifth higher than the cello – the same degree higher as a classical guitar from the baritone. As such, Grigoryan performs the Sixth Suite on a standard classical guitar.The musical challenges of these three Suites are considerable. In the Fourth and Fifth, Bach’s musical writing is often dense and detailed, requiring astonishing dexterity, particularly when played on the guitar; there are also moments of deep emotion, most notably the incredible Sarabande of Suite No.5. In the Sixth, the music emerges into sheer joy, with cadenza-like moments which revel in exuberant virtuosity.To record Volume II, Grigoryan returned to the UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills. Reflecting on his experience of living with and recording this defining music, Grigoryan said:‘What can I say that hasn’t been said about the Cello Suites before? I’m constantly staggered by the universe of ideas in each movement of every Suite. The simplicity, the elegance, the structure and the spirit are simply breathtaking. It’s been such an honour to play this music. I know that, over time, there will be many changes as I continue to play them in live performances, but I also know that that’s kind of the point: there will never be a perfect version, just a long-term relationship with notes on a page that trigger feelings and emotions on a deeply profound level for the musician attempting to communicate through them.’PRAISE FOR BACH CELLO SUITES VOLUME IWinner – ARIA Award for Best Classical Album, 2017Winner – AIR Award for Best Independent Classical Album, 2017‘Grigoryan’s Bach has been well-worth the wait. Thank goodness the second instalment is being recorded this year’ ★★★★½ – Limelight Magazine‘An absorbing new angle on some of the greatest music-as-music our culture has.’★★★★ performance | ★★★★★ recording quality – BBC Music Magazine (UK)13 weeks at number one, ARIA Classical Chart – the record for an Australian albumTRACKLISTINGJOHANN SEBASTIAN BACHCello Suites · Volume II 1–6. Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major 7–12. Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor 13–18. Cello Suite No. 6 in D major Slava Grigoryan baritone and classical guitars
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Discover the sparkling musical treasures of old-time Naples, as the new Australian baroque orchestra Van Diemen’s Band presents its debut album – connecting the pristine wilderness and Antarctic gateway of present-day Tasmania with one of eighteenth-century Europe’s greatest sea ports.Recorded in the beautiful acoustics of Government House in Hobart, this album unveils a rich and much-neglected artistic culture, where music flourished in churches, courts and academies. At the centre of the album stands Nicola Fiorenza, a composer and violinist with a famously eccentric and hot-blooded temperament, who played for many years in the Orchestra of the Neapolitan Royal Chapel. His Cello Concertos, four of which are presented here, are by turns urgently virtuosic, stunningly rhapsodic, and almost completely unrepresented in recordings – until now.Musicians from leading early-music orchestras throughout the world gathered in Hobart for these sessions, reflecting the sea-faring cosmopolitanism of Hobart and Naples. Julia Fredersdorff, returned to Australia after many years performing and studying in Europe, is the orchestra’s Artistic Director. The Lake Como-based soloist, Catherine Jones, is one of the most in-demand baroque cellists on the international stage. And the orchestra itself is hand-picked from the most promising players of the new generation as well as the cream of the established crop.Alongside music by Fiorenza, the album features works by other Neapolitan luminaries: a Sinfonia by Alessandro Scarlatti (another by his son, Domenico, is available as a digital bonus), and a Concerto Grosso by Francesco Geminiani, all of which show the irresistible influence of the art form that was popular in Naples at the time – opera.TRACKLISTINGNICOLA FIORENZA (1700–1764)1–4. Cello Concerto in F majorALESSANDRO SCARLATTI (1660–1725)5–8. Sinfonia to ‘Clori, Dorino e Amore’NICOLA FIORENZA9–12. Cello Concerto in B-flat majorFRANCESCO GEMINIANI (1687–1762)13–15. Concerto grosso in E minor, Op. 3 No. 3NICOLA FIORENZA16–19. Cello Concerto in D major (with violetta)20–23. Trio Sonata in B minor24–27. Cello Concerto in D majorCatherine Jones celloVan Diemen’s BandRecorded in Government House, Hobart, 9–13 March 2017
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Classical music opens up a whole new world of imagination and delight. From the majesty of the orchestra to the delicacy of the piano, music helps us to sing, dance and dream. This album is the perfect introduction to the timeless tunes of the great composers, all carefully selected to delight younger listeners and start a journey through the wonderful world of classical music.MP3 READY: The convenience of fewer discs – 10 hours and 160 tracks on just 2 discs! Load them onto your iPod. Play them on your PC. Or enjoy them on your home or car CD player, provided it’s MP3 friendly.Over 10 hours of music and 160 tracks on two MP3 CDs, including the very best of:OrchestraBalletViolinPianoMozartBachBeethovenLullaby
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Gorgeous tunes and orchestral thrills for the young and young at heart: with a twinkle in her eye, the warm, whimsical and occasionally wicked Miriam Margolyes leads us through an orchestral story-telling extravaganza: matching instruments to their animal counterparts in Prokofiev's timeless classic, Peter and the Wolf; exploring witty vignettes and a dazzling fugue in Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra; and magical tales of love and fantasy in Borodin’s Polovstian Dances from Prince Igor.Margolyes is joined by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter in a captivating program filmed live in concert at the 2017 Adelaide Festival – a sell-out performance season that was a crowd-pleaser for young and old. ★★★★☆ “Miriam Margolyes and the ASO are a dream team,their respect and love for orchestral music is infectious.”– Limelight Magazine“Miriam Margolyes was the perfect choice as narrator...She was, as always, utterly captivating.”– Adelaide Now“A fresh and thrilling experience.”– Stage Whispers