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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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Céleste Venard – born in Paris in 1824 – was a woman and an artist far ahead of her time.A courtesan, singer, actor, trail-blazing dancer, chariot-rider, best-selling novelist and playwright, she was also the muse of the composer Bizet, and the inspiration behind his most famous operatic character, Carmen. Her lovers included novelists, artists and composers- but when she married the Count de Chabrillan, a prominent member of the French aristocracy, Parisian society was scandalised. And when the pair turned up in far off Australia, where the count served as the first French consul, Melbourne society was scandalised in turn.This album accompanies a major new book by Roland Perry exploring Céleste’s life. The music celebrates her grace and courage, creativity and openness of spirit, and traces some of the key events and relationships of her unique and extraordinary life – from the opera that she inspired to the dances she loved.Album features an introduction to the life of Céleste Venard by Roland Perry.
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A magical musical journey to the land where all good dreams come true.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.PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY 1840–1893The Nutcracker1 Miniature Overture2 Decorating the Christmas Tree3 March4 Arrival of Drosselmeyer5 Departure of the Guests – The Magic Begins6 Battle against the Mouse King7 Journey through the Snow8 Waltz of the Snowflakes9 The Enchanted Palace10 Arrival and Festive Welcome11 Chocolate (Spanish Dance)12 Coffee (Arab Dance)13 Tea (Chinese Dance)14 Trepak (Russian Dance)15 Dance of the Mirlitons (Flutes)16 Mother Gigogne and the Clowns17 Waltz of the Flowers18 Pas de deux19 Tarantella of Prince Charming20 Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy21 Coda22 Final WaltzQueensland Symphony OrchestraWerner Andreas Albert conductor
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Larry Adler was a musical phenomenon – a harmonica virtuoso with a 70-year career, the highest-paid entertainer in America during the 1930s and 40s, and a collaborator with George Gershwin, Billie Holiday, Elton John and many more.Recorded live in 1997 (and released here on the 15th anniversary of his death), this live recording showcases some of Adler’s signature tunes, alongside delightful anecdotes from an astonishing life.Also featuring appearances ‘from beyond the grave’ by Adler’s friends Ingrid Bergman and George Gershwin.1 SummertimeGeorge Gershwin, from Porgy and Bess2 Interlude: Larry makes it at last!3 Our Love Is Here to StayCole Porter4 My Funny ValentineRichard Rodgers5 Interlude: Duke Ellington and Guy Lombardo6 Sophisticated LadyDuke Ellington7 Interlude: Billie Holiday8 Begin the BeguineCole Porter9 Interlude: Introduction to Bess, You Is My Woman Now10 Bess, You Is My Woman NowGeorge Gershwin, from Porgy and Bess11 Interlude: Hollywood and the Blacklist12 GenevieveLarry Adler
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We’d always suspected it – and over the past couple of years, Australians have confirmed it.During 2015, Christopher Lawrence – then presenting ABC Classic FM’s Morning show – began to ask his listeners what Mozart fixed for them. The reaction was instantaneous, and the answer came back loud and clear: everything from broken hearts to dripping taps. Lawrence took the idea with him to the Classic Drive show in 2016, and most recently Classic Breakfast's Phillip Sametz has also started to offer fix-it Mozart moments to listeners busy with the challenges of the weekday morning.Now, in an indispensable album from ABC Classics, a selection of Mozart’s music whose restorative power has been verified by you: the perfect antidote to all life’s woes from the ultimate handyman and heart-healer. We recommend that you keep it close by at all times.Proof from ABC Classic FM listeners that Mozart really does fix everything“Mozart – he's nothing short of a miracle worker. He has just fixed the flat tyre on our wheel barrow!”“He did it! Mozart just finished last Friday's cryptic crossword for me.”“Mozart turned down the volume of the loud person on my bus.”“Mozart fixes the springs in my legs.”“You should know that Mozart has just made my milk-laden corn flakes crunchy again.”“Mozart fixed Monday-itis! Now I’m going to work smiling!”
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Johann Sebastian Bach wrote magnificent music for everyone to enjoy, from princes in palaces to beginners just learning to play – including 20 children of his own! His life was full of music, and his music is full of life. This album is the perfect introduction to Bach’s music, all carefully selected to delight younger listeners and start a journey through the wonderful world of classical music.
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The violin might be one of the smallest instruments – but in the hands of a brilliant player it can sing beautiful tunes, make us dance joyfully, or soar above a whole orchestra. On this album we explore the wonderful world of the violin, with a series of highlights all carefully selected to delight younger listeners and start a journey through the wonderful world of classical music.
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo marched into Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium for the first time ever in February 2016. Over 1200 military and civilian performers from around the globe made their way to Melbourne for a breathtaking performance that defines spectacular.Acts from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia performed in front of an extraordinary, life-size replica of the Edinburgh Castle façade. At the heart of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo was the stirring sight and sound of the magnificent Massed Pipes and Drums of Scotland’s famous regiments.This production, themed ‘Fanfare for the Future’, has been staged against the story of a last rifle shot being fired on the Gallipoli Peninsula, as Allied and ANZAC forces were withdrawn from Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay. Throughout the show, the storyline is rich in our collective history, a sense of common values and a shared purpose to contribute to a better world.The grand finale drew together the entire cast of more than 1200 for that international song of love and friendship, Auld Lang Syne. The Lone Piper, standing high on the castle ramparts, brought the event to a poignant conclusion, leaving memories that will be treasured forever.The Melbourne 2016 event is only the fourth time that the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has left Edinburgh. The DVD of the Melbourne production was released on ABC Classics in April 2016, instantly skyrocketing to platinum sales levels. This special deluxe edition presents the platinum-release DVD and live soundtrack CD together in one unique gift pack.
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Leading early music expert Winsome Evans presents the final chapter in her ground-breaking project to transcribe and record Bach’s solo instrumental works for the harpsichord, with the Six Cello Suites and Partita for Solo Flute.Evans’ project, some 30 years in the making, is based on evidence that Bach himself played his solo instrumental works on the keyboard – including the statement of a former student that Bach often played the solo violin and cello works ‘on the clavier, adding as much in the nature of harmony as he found necessary’. The harmonies added by Evans to the solo works are inspired by methods from Bach’s own time.Quite apart from the historical justification, Evans was also motivated by a purely musical desire: ‘It was such a temptation to expand the repertoire of Bach, and make more of his music available for keyboard players.’The first volume of transcriptions to be released – the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin – have been described as ‘a musical masterpiece’ by German critical magazine Klassik.About Winsome EvansWinsome Evans is one of Australia’s foremost early music academics and musicians, and has made numerous acclaimed recordings with her pioneering group the Renaissance Players. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, received a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1980, and in 1986 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to music.
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The Australian Voices, known globally for vibrant performances that reflect on contemporary themes, present their tenth album: Reverie.Reverie is a collection of twelve works that bring together themes both banal and transcendent, juxtaposing music that is by turns deeply lyrical and ecstatically ludicrous. A highlight of the album is a setting by the group’s conductor, Gordon Hamilton, of the Elegy – In memoriam Rupert Brooke, written by Australian soldier Frederick Septimus Kelly on the battlefields of Gallipoli and set here to words by Kelly’s close friend Rupert Brooke.Total Political Correctness fast-forwards to politics of the 21st century, presenting Donald Trump’s statements on women set to music by Robert Davidson – which sits alongside Not Now, Not Ever!, a setting of then Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Misogny Speech – a parliamentary condemnation of sexism.The absurd becomes even more literal than Trump himself in Isabella Gerometta’s Words That Turn Into Other Words – a list of words and phrases linked by sound alone. But pure sound is also pure beauty, and in the album’s title track, the choir take on the tradition of konnakol – a South Indian art of singing single syllables.Jazz trumpeter James Morrison is the first of two guest artists, in his own composition Underwater Basket Weaving; percussionist Claire Edwardes features in Graham Lack’s titular A Reverie of Bone.Reverie is a deeply engrossing journey through a kaleidoscope of contemporary culture, politics and sensibility; it’s also a celebration of the humour, nuance and sheer beauty of the human voice.About The Australian VoicesFounded in 1993, The Australian Voices is dedicated to championing new Australian vocal music. The ensemble tours internationally every year, and is also known to millions across the globe through its programme of new works intended specifically for performance on YouTube. The group’s self-titled debut album was received extensive critical praise, and Edition Peters has released a songbook featuring some of the group’s best-loved repertoire. Gordon Hamilton – a leading light in the new generation of composers and conductors – was appointed Artistic Director in 2009. Find out more and watch the choir in action at www.theaustralianvoices.com. 
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Mozart wrote three of his finest piano concertos, nos 23, 24 and 25, in a single year. Beauty, passion and grace combine as the piano engages in an intimate dialogue with the orchestra.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.
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Schoenberg stretched the bounds of Romantic harmony to their limit to express the ecstasy of Pelleas and Melisande and their tragic tale of forbidden love.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. 
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A tortured Romantic genius – destined to die young – celebrates the beauty of nature and the majesty of a medieval cathedral.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.