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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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ABC Classics presents A Night at the Movies: a 4CD set of favourite movie themes and soundtracks, evoking the passion, romance and thrill of the silver screen.CD1 – Great Movie ThemesThe very best film composers in their most inspired music: John Williams (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman, Catch Me If You Can), Ennio Morricone (The Mission), James Horner (Braveheart), Michael Nyman (The Piano), Nigel Westlake (Babe), John Barry (Octopussy), Bernard Herrmann (Psycho), Mark Knopfler (Local Hero) and more.CDs 2 and 3 – Classical Music in the MoviesTimeless classical music has become inseparable from our memories of the great movies, from 21st-century blockbusters such as Ocean’s Eleven (Clair de lune), 50 Shades of Grey (Spem in alium) and About Time (Spiegel im Spiegel), to the golden age of cinema: Picnic at Hanging Rock (Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto), A Room with a View (O mio babbino caro) and Brief Encounter (Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto).CD4 – Movies on the PianoFamous movie themes in lyrical arrangements for solo piano, including Cinema Paradiso, The Godfather, The Man from Snowy River, Schindler’s List and Doctor Zhivago.
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The Classic 100 is a highly anticipated annual musical phenomenon on ABC Classic FM. Each year Australians are asked to vote for their favourite pieces within a given theme, and in 2017 they were eager to champion their top classical music of ‘love’.The Classic 100: Love was broadcast on ABC Classic FM over one weekend extravaganza in June 2017, revealing a brilliant selection of favourites alongside some great surprises. Listeners were treated to the drama of opera and the grace of the ballet, the tenderness of a love song and the soundtracks from our favorite romantic movies, and the countdown culminated with the announcement of Australia’s favourite music of love: ‘Au fond du temple saint’ from The Pearl Fishers, which received the most votes by a mile.This 2CD set compiles the top ten works, and unmissable highlights from the remaining 100 of the world’s favourite music of passion and heartbreak. From the Pearl Fishers Duet – the unanimous crowd favourite –  to Barber’s evocative Adagio for Strings, and from the stillness of  Dvořák’s Song to the Moon to the rousing Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, there’s something for everyone to love and enjoy!
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Erin Helyard – acclaimed internationally as a leading light in the new generation of baroque music specialists – presents his debut solo album, surveying the keyboard works of George Frideric Handel.Acclaimed as “Australia’s most engaging soloist” by Limelight Magazine, Helyard is a virtuosic and expressive performer as well as a dedicated scholar of historically informed performance practice. This album was recorded shortly before Helyard was awarded the 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Music Direction, for Handel’s opera Saul, the latest in a long line of accolades for his work.Whilst Handel is celebrated mostly for his oratorios and operas (such as Saul), in his lifetime he was also known as a brilliant harpsichordist. His music for the instrument – surprisingly little of which survives –  is full of virtuosity, dynamism, and supreme lyrical colour.The Great Suites, as they have become known, were first published in 1720 when Handel was 35. Written over the preceding few years, they are remarkable for their eclectic and wide-ranging idioms: French-style overtures, Italian sonatas and arias, and the dance elements of the Franco-German keyboard suite. As Helyard puts it, “the suites give us the impression of a performer and composer who was highly sophisticated, well-travelled, open-minded, and cosmopolitan.“The Chaconne which opens the disc is an example of a genre beloved of both music-masters and amateurs. The repetitive form allowed both technical and expressive skills to be showed off: Helyard plays from a 1730s score with handwritten ornamentation that demonstrates how musicians at the time would have risen to the challenge. The album closes with a set of variations on Handel’s opera arias by William Babell, a violinist and harpsichordist in George I’s private band. “Inventive, difficult, showy, and glittering, they are entirely reflective of the grandeur of opera under Handel at its most splendid.“Helyard also performs the outstanding virtuosic arrangement by Babell of Handel’s aria “Vo far guerra" from Rinaldo, available as a digital exclusive – one of the most flashy harpsichord solo works from the period, on a par with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.Helyard plays a harpsichord made by Jacob and Abraham Kirckman in London in 1773, one of very few instruments from the time that have survived unaltered from their original state. This harpsichord is particularly remarkable for its ‘machine stop’, allowing the player to produce diminuendo and crescendo effects without lifting his hands from the keys. GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL 1685–17591-4 Harpsichord Suite No. 2 in F major, HWV4275-9 Harpsichord Suite No. 4 in E minor, HWV42910-13 Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV43014-17 Harpsichord Suite No. 6 in F-sharp minor, HWV43118 Chaconne in G major, HWV435WILLIAM BABELL c.1690–172319-25 The Most Celebrated Lessons: Suit[e] No. 1 [Rinaldo]Erin Helyard harpsichord
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In October 2016, the award-winning comedian and writer John Clarke – a regular on Australian television and a household name thanks to his satirical interview series Clarke and Dawe and the mockumentary TV series The Games – made his debut appearance as guest presenter on ABC Classic FM’s Saturday Morning program.Clarke relished the opportunity to turn his comic genius and brilliant wit to music he adored: orchestral favourites by Vaughan Williams and Dvořák, piano classics by Liszt, Satie and Beethoven, and iconic opera moments such as ‘O mio babbino caro’, the Habanera from Carmen, the Flower Duet from Lakmé, and the Pearl Fishers Duet. Audiences loved the show and were eagerly asking for the next instalment.Sadly, there were to be no more, as John Clarke passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2017. When the first show was re-aired on Classic FM as a tribute, the audience response was again extraordinary, and the ABC was inundated with requests for a CD release of the program. Thanks to this public outpouring, and to the enthusiasm of John’s own family, the full program is presented here as a tribute to this brilliant, beloved Australian icon: three hours of glorious music and classic Clarke commentary.CD1LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2BIZET Carmen: HabaneraSATIE Gymnopédie No. 1GLUCK What is Life?VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark AscendingBEETHOVEN Moonlight Sonata: First movementBIZET The Pearl Fishers: DuetSCHUBERT Hungarian Melody CD2HILL Trumpet ConcertoPUCCINI O mio babbino caroBACH Goldberg Variations: AriaVERDI Va’, pensieroDVOŘÁK New World Symphony CD3SCHUBERT Ave MariaWAGNER Siegfried IdyllDELIBES Lakmé: Flower DuetBRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 5WIDOR ToccataPlus John Clarke’s original commentary interspersed throughout each CD.
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The Proms represents the very best of classical music: favourite tunes and roof-raising choruses, brilliant virtuosity and the sheer joy of music-making, enjoyed live in concert by thousands, and by millions more the world over.The Last Night has become a cultural icon, and this 2CD collection presents over two hours of the music that defines it, and much more.English favourites including The Lark Ascending, Crown Imperial, The Enigma Variations (Nimrod), The Dam Busters and On Hearing the First Cuckoo in SpringAll-time classical masterpieces such as Zadok the Priest, Jupiter (The Planets), Boléro, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and the 1812 OvertureSing-along choruses: You’ll Never Walk Alone, Land of Hope and Glory and JerusalemAnd those staples of the Last Night: Rule, Britannia!, God Save the Queen and Auld Lang Syne.
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Almost a decade after the phenomenal success of the first Dads Love Classics collection, ABC Classics presents the much-anticipated sequel: over 5 hours of stirring music on 4CDs. Bold favourites by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Elgar, Beethoven, Mahler, Mozart and more rub shoulders with fresh discoveries, creating an indispensable and completely new compendium of the great classical tunes. From grand symphonies to virtuosic concertos, this is a turbo-charged ride through the classical music no Dad can resist. Released for Father’s Day in 2017, this collection is inspired in particular by listeners to ABC Radio Brisbane and their Mornings presenter Steve Austin, whose enthusiasm for the first Dads Love Classics album brought classical music to the cars, sheds and homes of Queensland, and made it a best-selling album ten years after its first release.Tracks include:COPLAND Fanfare for the Common ManFALLA Ritual Fire DanceMUSSORGSKY Night on Bald MountainR. STRAUSS Also sprach ZarathustraDUKAS The Sorcerer’s ApprenticeKHACHATURIAN Sabre DanceELGAR Pomp & Circumstance March No. 3KOEHNE Santa Ana FreewayBERNSTEIN Candide OvertureGERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue and movements from:HANDEL Music for the Royal FireworksBRAHMS Symphony No. 1BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9BOCCHERINI The House of the DevilRACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2TCHAIKOVSKY Violin ConcertoMAHLER Symphony No. 2MOZART Jupiter SymphonyMENDELSSOHN Italian SymphonyBACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
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Opera Australia and ABC Classics present a new collection of six classic productions of the best-loved Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.Deliciously funny plots, poking at the underside of just about every respectable institution of society, from parliament to the judiciary to the police to the Royal Navy – and, above all, exposing the absurdities of the British class system, and the pretensions of those who flock to embrace the latest fashions. Sullivan’s glorious music is the perfect match to Gilbert’s wickedly irreverent librettos: enchanting, joyful, witty and unforgettably tuneful.Filmed live at the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre, Melbourne, these performances feature stellar casts including Anthony Warlow, Heather Begg, David Hobson, Dennis Olsen, Peter Cousens and Taryn Fiebig. Deluxe 5 DVD box set, featuring complete performances of: The Gondoliers | HMS Pinafore | Trial By Jury | The Mikado | The Pirates of Penzance | PatienceAlso available: The Ultimate Gilbert & Sullivan Anthology (CD)A madcap romp through Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-loved songs and choruses
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The memorable songs from Gilbert & Sullivan’s iconic operettas are not just funny: they are deliciously, wickedly funny, poking at the underside of just about every respectable institution of society, from parliament to the judiciary to the police to the Royal Navy, and above all, exposing the absurdities of the British class system and the pretensions of those who flock to embrace the latest fashions. Sullivan’s music is as sublime as any opera, but more than that, it is utterly enchanting: joyful, witty, sparkling and irrepressibly tuneful. The songs are more than memorable, they instantly make themselves part of our lives.The Ultimate Gilbert & Sullivan Anthology compiles the best-loved of these songs, with favourites from The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, Trial by Jury and many more!Also available: The Gilbert & Sullivan Collection [5 DVD Box Set]Six sparkling productions of the best-loved Gilbert & Sullivan operettas
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The music soundtrack to the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s critically acclaimed collaboration with director Jennifer Peedom. Three years ago, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Artistic Director Richard Tognetti approached BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom (Sherpa) with a vision for an expressive interweaving of music and film. The result of this collaboration is Mountain: a cinematic and musical odyssey that explores the troubled and triumphant history of our timeless fascination with mountains. Premiered in concert in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as part of Sydney’s Vivid LIVE 2017, Mountain draws the listener in to a world in which majesty and terror collide, thousands of metres above and beyond the familiar, comfortable landscape of the everyday. Richard Tognetti worked closely with Peedom to curate a stunning soundscape that mirrors the serenity, magnitude and terror of the landscapes featured in the film. Works by Chopin, Vivaldi, and Beethoven are featured, as well as original music by Tognetti himself. “The original music I wrote for Mountain was composed in real collaboration with Jennifer [Peedom],” Tognetti said. “She would tell me what she was trying to express and what the scene in the movie meant, and then I would try and come up with the musical equivalent. Some of the compositions are filmic and some of them are more like dreamscapes.” Critical Acclaim for Mountain★★★★½ “The ACO scales the heights.” – Limelight Magazine★★★★ “a sublime rush of adrenaline and orchestral beauty…” – The Guardian
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As well as drawing inspiration from the folk tunes of the past, Percy Grainger was a true original, an innovator of extreme proportions – and Australia’s first international pop star.This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website; www.1000YearsofClassicalMusic.com.TRACKLISTING1 Mock Morris2 The Immovable ‘Do’ (The Ciphering ‘C’)3 Molly on the Shore (Irish Reel)4 Country Gardens5 Scotch Strathspey and Reel6 I’m Seventeen Come Sunday7 Colonial Song8 Handel in the Strand (Clog Dance)9 The Nightingale and The Two Sisters10 The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart11 Brigg Fair12 Early One Morning13 Shallow Brown14 Irish Tune from County Derry15 Dreamery16 Blithe Bells (Free Ramble on ‘Sheep May Safely Graze’ by JS Bach)17 Shepherd’s Hey (Morris 
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Young Australian pianist Jayson Gillham presents his third album on ABC Classics, featuring the music of two Russian friends and piano virtuosi: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 – one of the most eternally popular pieces of classical music – and the rarely performed Piano Concerto No.1 by Nikolai Medtner, written just 15 years later. For these recordings, Gillham is joined in the studio by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and their Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey. Nikolai Medtner (1880–1951) was a close friend of Rachmaninoff (they even dedicated various pieces to one another) but history has treated their music very differently. The great Australian pianist Geoffrey Tozer, who died in 2009, was a rare champion of Medtner’s music, and it was when Gillham was invited to feature in a documentary on Tozer’s life that he discovered Medtner’s work. Dedicated to his mother, Medtner’s Piano Concerto No.1 was written during the First World War. The intense drama of the music – brought out in vivid technicolour in these recordings – is irresistible, but so too is the consolatory power of music. We discover the healing balm of music again in Angel, Medtner’s work for solo piano: a meditation, as Gillham puts it, on “the rediscovery of a divine song, half-remembered, half-forgotten, of a beauty that cannot be matched on earth”. Gillham first performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the MSO in Melbourne’s outdoor Sidney Myer Music Bowl: that concert was greeted with rapture by both the critics and a cheering audience of thousands. Renewing their association in the studio just weeks later, Gillham and the Orchestra unveil fresh richness in this beloved music. The concerto is paired with the contemporaneous Prelude Op.23 No.4, which shares the same “blissful contentment”. NIKOLAI MEDTNER 1880–1951Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 331. Allegro –2. Tranquillo, meditamente –3. Coda (Allegro molto)4. Eight Stimmungsbilder (Mood Pictures), Op. 1: No. 1 Prologue ‘The Angel’SERGEI RACHMANINOFF 1873–1943Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 185. I. Moderato6. II. Adagio sostenuto7. III. Allegro scherzando8. Prelude in D major, Op. 23 No. 4 Jayson Gillham pianoMelbourne Symphony OrchestraBenjamin Northey conductorRecorded in the Iwaki Auditorium of the ABC’s Southbank Centre, 10-13 April 2017
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The power of poetry inspires a musical revolution: from the opera stage to the music rooms of the aristocracy, composers from Monteverdi to Vivaldi find new ways to bring emotion alive with music.This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website; www.1000YearsofClassicalMusic.com.TRACKLISTING1-2 MONTEVERDI L’Orfeo: Toccata & Prologue3 MONTEVERDI Vespers: Nigra sum4 FRESCOBALDI Toccata per spinettina e violino5 CACCINI Amarilli, mia bella6 KAPSPERGER Toccata7 A. MARCELLO Oboe Concerto in D minor: Adagio8 CORELLI Christmas Concerto: Pastorale9 DALL’ABACO Violin Concerto in E major, Op. 6 No. 11: Aria10 ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor: Adagio11 A. SCARLATTI Toccata da Cimbalo12 D. SCARLATTI Sonata K18513 VIVALDI Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo14 LOCATELLI Christmas Concerto: Pastorale15 TARTINI Violin Sonata ‘The Devil’s Trill’: Andante – Allegro16 GEMINIANI Concerto grosso in D major: Allegro17 VIVALDI Concerto for Two Mandolins:  Andante18 BRESCIANELLO Chaconne in A major