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 The ability of a composer to establish a characteristic voice or musical personality with the listener is a rare thing indeed. As all of the works on this recording attest, Toru Takemitsu was one such composer. While there are echoes of many great composers in his work – Debussy, Scriabin, Ravel, Berg and Messiaen, for example – Takemitsu’s compositions have a recognisable unifying sound, a unique aura.Here is the full range of Takemitsu’s special ability to create a strange yet beautiful world, of yearning, of submerged complexity, of perfectly weighted timbres, of magical spans and of clouded, sensuous sound.Track Listing:1 Dreamtime 11’372 Nostalghia 11’07Michael Dauth violin3 Vers, L’arc-en-ciel, Palma 14’44Norio Sato guitarJeffrey Crellin oboe d’amore4 Far Calls. Coming, Far! 11’39Michael Dauth violin5 A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden 11’00
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 Hymns of praise, hymns of thanksgiving, hymns old and new: all your favourite hymns in this 2CD collection, sung by some of Australia’s finest choirs. Includes Amazing Grace, The Lord’s My Shepherd, Be Thou My Vision, Come Down O Love Divine, All Things Bright and Beautiful, For All the Saints, Love Divine All Loves Excelling, O God Our Help in Ages Past, Morning HasBroken, Thine Be The Glory, Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross and many more.Track Listing:1. Praise, my soul, the King of heaven2. The Lord's my shepherd3. Holy Father, God of might4. All creatures of our God and King5. God that madest earth and heaven6. Jesus, lover of my soul7. Be thou my vision8. Abide with me9. Amazing Grace10. Holy holy holy11. Guide me, O thou great redeemer12. Love divine, all loves excelling13. All my hope on God is founded14. Be still, my soul15. How Can I Keep from Singing?16. An upper room17. Come down, O Love divine18. When I survey19. Glory be to Jesus20. I heard the voice of Jesus say21. Were You There?22. O sacred head sore wounded23. Lord of earth and all creation24. I bind unto myself today25. For all the saints26. Battle Hymn of the Republic27. I vow to thee, my country28. Thine be the glory29. All people that on earth do dwell30. King of Glory, king of peace31. Christ be my leader by night and by day32. The day you gave us, Lord, is ended33. All praise to thee, my God, this night34. Lead kindly light35. Morning Has Broken36. All things bright and beautiful37. O praise ye the Lord38. Let us talents and tongues employ39. Inspired by love and anger40. Eternal Father, strong to save41. O God, our help in ages past42. Thy hand, O Lord, has guided43. It Came upon the Midnight Clear44. Go, Tell It on the Mountain45. Now thank we all46. Of the Father's Heart Begotten47. Simple gifts48. O worship the King49. Sing to the Lord50. Praise to the Lord
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 An enchanting album for the entire family, nothing evokes the joy and magic of the Christmas season quite like the celestial voices of these extraordinary Austrian youngsters. Originally released in 1991, ‘Christmas In Vienna’ encapsulates the timelessness of the yuletide season, and the enduring legacy of the choir itself.Experience the beauty of twenty-four of the world’s youngest voices in one of the world's oldest musical traditions. For more than 500 years the Vienna Boys Choir (or Wiener Sängerknaben) has been an enduring symbol of Europe, having worked with composers such as Fux, Salieri, Haydn and Bruckner and conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Sir George Solti.The choir is one of the world’s most active musical ensembles and performs over 300 concerts a year. While providing the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel - which they have done since 1498! - the choir also tours internationally, performing each year in some of the world’s finest concert halls.Includes such traditional Christmas favourites as ‘O Tannenbaum’, ‘Heiligste Nacht’ and ‘Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht’ performed in the original German.Track Listing:1. Gegrüßt seist du, Maria2. Als Maria übers Gebirge ging (Magnificat)3. Maria durch ein Dornwald ging4. Hirtenterzett (Tuet eilends erwachen)5. Kommet ihr Hirten6. Gehts, Buama, stehts geschwind auf7. Süßer die Glocken nie klingen8. O Tannenbaum9. Still, still, still10. O du fröhliche, o du selige11. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht12. Es wird schon glei dumpa13. Ihr Kinderlein kommet14. Auf, auf ihr Hirten15. Es hat sich halt eröffnet16. O Jubel, o Freud17. Ein Kind ward geboren gar wanderschön18. Wiagangsangl (Hitsche hei, hutsche hei)19. Heißa, Buama20. Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen21. Heiligste Nacht
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This album presents the beauty and splendour of the British cathedral tradition, from the Renaissance to the present day. The Choir of Trinity College knows this music intimately, singing it every week in its own chapel at the University of Melbourne, and appearing to great acclaim at evensong in Westminster Abbey, York Minster and Salisbury, Winchester, Wells, Ely and St Paul’s Cathedrals in the UK, as well as singing for Daily Service on BBC Radio. With this album, they bring their unique talents to music by Tallis, Byrd, Philips, Stanford, Howells, Harris, Ireland, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Rutter and more. Track Listing: 1. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - O Clap Your Hands 2. BRITTEN - A Ceremony of Carols: VIII. In Freezing Winter Night 3. HOWELLS - Blessed are the dead 4. TALLIS - O nata lux de lumine 5. BYRD - Justorum animae 6. SHEPPARD - Libera nos 7. HARRIS - Faire is the Heaven 8. WALFORD DAVIES - God Be in My Head 9. WILBY - Vox Dei 10. PHILIPS - Tibi laus 11. HALSEY - O lux beata Trinitas 12. STANFORD - Coelos ascendit hodie 13. LEIGHTON - A Hymn to the Trinity 14. WOOD - Hail, Gladdening Light 15. IRELAND - Greater Love Hath No Man 16. RUTTER - Gaelic Blessing 17. RADCLIFFE - God be in my head 18. NAYLOR - Nunc dimittis 19. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - Mass in G minor: IV. Sanctus 20. WILLS - The Praises of the Trinity
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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, led by charismatic Artistic Director Paul Dyer, celebrates the music of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with excellence, flair and joy. Comprising leading specialists in informed performance practice from all over Australia, the Brandenburg performs using original edition scores and instruments of the period, breathing fresh life and vitality into baroque and classical masterpieces – as though the music has just sprung from the composer’s pen.Collected here are 3of the finest albums drawing from one of the Baroque periods most famous composers:Vivaldi. Included are the Brandenburg’s acclaimed performance’s of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and in the companion set, Handel’s Concerto Grossi, repackaged here in these stunning box sets - an essential for any enthusiast of both the rich history of Baroque and the legacy of one Australia’s finest orchestras.The Brandenburg's sixteen recordings with ABC Classics include five ARIA Award winners for Best Classical Album (1998, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2010).Track Listing:COMPLETE ALBUMS:Vivaldi - The Four Seasons 1997Vivaldi (Andreas Scholl) 2000Vivaldi - Il Flauto Dolce (Genevieve Lacey) 2001
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World-renowned, Australian-bred, Simon Tedeschi plays an exuberant all-Gershwin album featuring favourites such as, ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, ‘I Got Rhythm’, ‘Summertime’ and ‘I Loves You Porgy’.Simon Tedeschi is quite often described by respected critics and musical peers as "one of the finest artists in the world" making the young pianist's mark on music both undeniable and admirable. Renowned especially for championing non standard repertoire, Tedeschi enjoys a full international performing career.His unique take on Gershwin’s timeless repertoire is sure to put a smile on your face and a swing in your step!Simon will be undertaking an extensive tour of ‘Gershwin & Me’, in concert, nationally in 2013.Track Listing:1. Rialto RipplesPreludes:2. I .Allegro ben ritmato e deciso3. II. Andante con moto e poco rubato4. III. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso5. Someone to Watch Over Me (arr. Keith Jarrett)6. Love Walked In (arr. Percy Aldridge Grainger)7. The Man I Love (arr. Percy Aldridge Grainger)8. ’S Wonderful (arr. Gershwin)9. Oh, Lady Be Good! (arr. Gershwin)10. Strike Up the Band (arr. Gershwin)11. Nice Work If You Can Get It (arr. Dave Grusin)12. Summertime (arr. Simon Tedeschi)13. I Loves You Porgy14. Rhapsody In Blue
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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, led by charismatic Artistic Director Paul Dyer, celebrates the music of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with excellence, flair and joy. Comprising leading specialists in informed performance practice from all over Australia, the Brandenburg performs using original edition scores and instruments of the period, breathing fresh life and vitality into baroque and classical masterpieces – as though the music has just sprung from the composer’s pen.Collected here are 3 of the finest albums drawing from one of the Baroque periods most famous composers: Handel. Included are the Brandenburg’s acclaimed performance’s of Handel’s Concerto Grossi and in the companoin box set, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, repackaged here in these stunning box sets - an essential for any enthusiast of both the rich history of Baroque and the legacy of one Australia’s finest orchestras.The Brandenburg's sixteen recordings with ABC Classics include five ARIA Award winners for Best Classical Album (1998, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2010).Track Listing:Handel Arias (Graham Pushee) 1994Handel Arias (Yvonne Kenny) 1998Handel - Concerti Grossi (2CD) 2009
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Recorded live on the Castle Esplanade, this CD features music from The 2012 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.Featuring the full 90-minute 2012 show, including incredible performances by: the Massed Pipes and Drums, HM The King's Guards Band and Drill Team, The Band of the Australian Defence Force, Queen Victoria School, US Naval Forces Europe Band and the thrilling Massed Military Bands. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is the Army in Scotland's contribution to Edinburgh's International Festivals. Some of the charities who benefit from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo's annual activities include the Army Benevolent Fund, Seafarers UK, the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Edinburgh International Festival.Track Listing:1. Fanfare2. Massed Pipes & Drums3. Queen Victoria School & The Scots College Pipes & Drums4. Massed Military Bands5. The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland6. The Band of the Australian Defence Force7. The Scots College Pipes & Drums8. US Naval Forces Europe Band9. Top Secret Drum Corps10. HM the King’s Guard Band and Drill Team11. Massed Military Bands12. Massed Military Bands and Massed Pipes & Drums13. Finale14. March Out
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Internationally renowned Australian early music virtuosi Genevieve Lacey, Daniel Yeadon and Neal Peres Da Costa bring their expertise and insights to the music of the Baroque masters. Trios by Vivaldi, Handel and Telemann sparkle with life, by turns brilliant with filigree ornamentation, rich with the colours of the instruments this music was written for, sighing with pleasure and dancing with joy.Track Listing:VIVALDI Concerto for two violins in D minor, RV522 (arr. for recorder, organ, harpsichord and cello)HANDEL Sonata in A minor for recorder and continuo, HWV362HANDEL Air and Variations (‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’) from Harpsichord Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV430TELEMANN Trio in F major, TWV42:F3TELEMANN Fantasia in C major for solo recorder (after Fantasia for solo flute in A major, TWV40:2)HANDEL Aria: ‘Par che mi nasca in seno’ from Tamerlano, HWV18 (arr. for cello, recorder and organ)HANDEL Sonata in C major for recorder and continuo, HWV365TELEMANN Sonata for viola da gamba in D major, TWV40:1: I. AndanteTELEMANN Trio in B minor, TWV42:h4VIVALDI Concerto in D major for flute, violin and bassoon, RV91: II. Largo (arr. for recorder, organ, harpsichord and cello)
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Witches, vampires, ghosts, hellfire and damnation: the creatures of the night have always been a rich source of deliciously scary music! The devil may not have all the good tunes, but he has plenty of them, and the great composers, from Mozart and Chopin to Verdi and Tchaikovksy, know how to conjure up every detail of the sinister pleasures in these musical enchantments. This new recording of demonic delights summons from the depths of the orchestra a wild celebration of all things ghoulish – perfect for a Halloween celebration, any time!Track Listing:FERRARI Halloween NightGRIEG March of the TrollsPUCCINI The Witches’ SabbathHUMPERDINCK Witch’s Aria from Hansel and GretelMOZART The Statue Drags the Libertine to Hell from Don GiovanniBOCCHERINI The House of the Devil: Third movementMARSCHNER The Vampire Returns to Life from The VampireCHOPIN Funeral MarchGOUNOD Funeral March of a MarionetteHERRMANN The Murder from PsychoWEBER The Casting of the Magic Bullets from Der FreischützSULLIVAN The Ghosts’ High Noon from RuddigoreTCHAIKOVSKY Baba Yaga (The Witch)GOUNOD Phryne’s Dance from FaustVERDI Ulrica’s Invocation from A Masked BallBACH / GOUNOD Ave Maria
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 The cello has a voice like no other instrument: rich, smooth and golden, sensual and passionate. The great cellist Pablo Casals once described it as ‘like a beautiful woman who has grown not older, but younger with time, more slender, more supple, more graceful.’ This double album features some of Australia’s finest cellists playing the great cello tunes, from the classical elegance of Bach and Haydn to the romantic indulgence of Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Saint-Saëns. Treat yourself!Track Listing:CD11 SAINT-SAËNS The Swan2 TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme: Variation 6 (Andante)3 HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 1: II. Adagio4 VILLA-LOBOS Cantilena from Bachianas brasileiras No. 55 PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel6 HANDEL Lascia ch’io pianga (Let me weep) from Rinaldo7 ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor: I. Adagio – Moderato8 TOURNIER Promenade à l’automne9 BACH Cello Suite No. 2: I. Prelude10 TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH Unst Bridal March12 BOISMORTIER Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 50 No. 4: I. Andante12 HANDEL Aria: ‘Par che mi nasca in seno’ (excerpt)13 ANONYMOUS I Will Give My Love an Apple14 BACH Sinfonia (Arioso) from Cantata BWV156CD21 BACH Cello Suite No. 1: I. Prelude2 VIVALDI Winter (Largo) from The Four Seasons3 TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme: IV. Variation 3 (Andante sostenuto)4 PARADIS Sicilienne5 ZIPOLI Adagio6 SONDHEIM Goodbye for Now7 BACH Cello Suite No. 3: IV. Sarabande8 TCHAIKOVSKY Pezzo capriccioso9 SAINT-SAËNS Cello Sonata No. 1: II. Andante tranquillo sostenuto10 VIVALDI Concerto in G major for violin and cello: II. Andante11 BOISMORTIER Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 50 No. 4: III. Sarabande12 BACH Cello Suite No. 5, BWV1011: II. Allemande13 DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto in B minor: II. Adagio ma non troppo
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 Australia’s leading a cappella vocal quartet and ARIA-award winners, The Idea of North, are wowing audiences again – this time with a stunning Christmas album, “This Christmas”. A CD that has been years in the making, "This Christmas" brings The Idea of North’s magical touch to an uplifting collection of Christmas favourites, from ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ to ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’. All the cool groove, sophisticated harmonies and good old-fashioned fun you’ve come to expect from these superbly talented musicians, with some special guest appearances from a friend or two, including jazz legend James Morrison on trombone.Track Listing:1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 2.582. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 2.573. Candlelight Carol 3.314. Mary’s Boy Child (feat. James Morrison) 2.395. This Christmas 3.376. Angel 4.417. The Silver Stars Are In The Sky 2.448. Christmas Medley 3.26Once In Royal David’s CityGod Rest Ye Merry GentlemenHark The Herald Angels Sing9. A Child Is Born 3.1810. Poverty 2.4911. Mary’s Boy Child (band mix) 3.1712. I’ll Be Home For Christmas