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With its roots firmly in the Celtic tradition, As Night Falls features immortal tunes like Wild Mountain Thyme, The Unquiet Grave and Poor Wayfaring Stranger, alongside contemporary classics such as Annie Lennox’s Into the West and a particularly compelling version of Peter Gabriel’s Mercy Street. The album features the stunning folk singer Sarah Calderwood along with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Greene performing the traditional songs The Maid of the River, I Am Stretched On Your Grave, and The Blue Cockade, the latter featuring Mike Scott from the ex-Waterboys. Also featured is internationally acclaimed accordion player Alan Kelly, Berlin-based Australian guitarist Bob Spencer, former Savage Garden bass player Lee Novak, and virtuoso Australian percussionist David Jones.   Track Listing: 1 Step It Out Mary 2 Mercy Street 3 Maid of the River 4 The Blue Cockade 5 Poor Wayfaring Stranger 6 The Unquiet Grave 7 Galileo 8 The Demon Lover 9 Into the West 10 Wild Mountain Thyme 11 Ae Fond Kiss  
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After performing Bach on Broadway with David Bowie, the Australian cellist takes on the musical Everest that is Bach’s Cello Suites.   Track Listing:   JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH 1685-1750 CD1 1-6 Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV1007 7-12 Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008 13-18 Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV1009 CD2 1-6 Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV1010 7-12 Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011 13-18 Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV1012 ISBN / Catalogue Number: 4764625
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Fiona Joy Hawkins - Christmas Joy will allow you to experience Christmas as you never have. An Intoxicating mix of Gaelic, Didgeridoo, Paraguayan Harp, Soprano Sax, String Orchestra and a world of Rhythm that will free your spirit as it calms your senses.   "Fiona Joy Hawkins breathes life into a traditional repertoire deeply in need of a new perspective and new energy. The recording offers an inventive and joyful approach to the music which has been taken for granted for decades. Both in her unique slant on traditional music and in her wonderful original compositions, Christmas Joy is an utterly brilliant creation and a recording of stellar beauty for the season." Will Ackerman - Founder Windham Hill Records.   Track Listing: 1. Walking in the Air 2. Still Still Still (While Shepherds Watch) 3. Silent Night (Down the Aisle) 4. Jingle Bells 5. Gliding on a Sleigh 6. Christmas Wedding 7. O Come O Come Emmanuel. 8. Flight of the Snowbird 9. The Holly and the Ivy 10. Christmas Joy 11. Away in a Manger   ISBN / Catalogue Number: 2783409
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A collection of favourites from one of Australia’s most distinguished sopranos, Yvonne Kenny. Both internationally and in Australia Yvonne Kenny has built an enviable reputation as a dazzling interpreter of works by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Britten, and more recently for her interpretations of the Richard Strauss heroines. She appears regularly on the concert platform including the Edinburgh and Aix-En-Provence Festivals, BBC Promenade concerts, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and London’s Wigmore, Festival and Royal Albert Halls. Australian performances have included concerts with the Australian Brandenberg Orchestra, national tours for Musica Viva and the Australian Chamber Orchestra as well as guest appearances with all the symphony orchestras and with Opera Australia in a broad range of repertoire. International appearances include the Vienna State Opera, La Scala in Milan, Salzburg Festival, Berlin State Opera, Opéra de Paris, English National Opera, Zurich Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Kenny has a discography of over 60 international titles, including her Gold disc Simple Gifts on the ABC Classics label. Track Listing: 1 DVOŘÁK Song to the Moon from Rusalka 2 HANDEL Lascia ch’io pianga (Let me weep) from Rinaldo 3 DVOŘÁK Songs My Mother Taught Me 4 R. STRAUSS Morgen! (Tomorrow) 5 SIECZYNSKI Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume (Vienna, city of my dreams) 6 PUCCINI O mio babbino caro (Daddy dearest) from Gianni Schicchi 7 RODGERS Something Wonderful from The King and I 8 R. STRAUSS Frühling (Spring) from Four Last Songs 9 LEHÁR Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß (My lips kiss with such fire) 10 Attr. STÖLZEL Bist du bei mir (With you at my side) 11 CANTELOUBE Baïléro from Songs of the Auvergne 12 LEHÁR Love Unspoken (The Merry Widow Waltz) 13 HANDEL Rejoice Greatly from Messiah 14 FAURÉ Clair de lune (Moonlight) 15 HEUBERGER Im Chambre séparée (A private room) from The Opera Ball 16 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Silent Noon 17 KERN Make Believe from Show Boat 18 HANDEL Tornami a vagheggiar (Come back and gaze on me with longing) from Alcina 19 LEHÁR Vilia from The Merry Widow 20 TRAD. arr. COPLAND Simple Gifts ISBN / Catalogue Number: 4764620  
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Melt with pleasure at the glorious voice of Teddy Tahu Rhodes. Track Listing: 1 HANDEL Why Do the Nations So Furiously Rage Together? from Messiah 2 Attr. STÖLZEL Bist du bei mir (With you at my side) 3 JS BACH Mache dich, mein Herze, rein (Purify yourself, O my heart) from St Matthew Passion 4 Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod (I look forward to my death) from Cantata BWV82 ‘Ich habe genug’ (It is enough) 5 MOZART Non più andrai (No more gallivanting for you) from The Marriage of Figaro 6 MOZART Madamina, il catalogo e questo (Little lady, this is the catalogue) from Don Giovanni 7 MOZART Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (I’m the birdcatcher) from The Magic Flute 8 SCHUBERT An die Musik (To music) 9 SCHUBERT orch. Max Reger Erlkönig (The Erl-King) 10 GOUNOD Avant de quitter ces lieux (Before I leave these parts) from Faust 11 BIZET Au fond tu temple saint (In the depths of the holy temple) from The Pearl Fishers (David Hobson tenor) 12 WAGNER O du, mein holder Abendstern (Song of the Evening Star) from Tannhäuser 13 BRAHMS / GLANERT Denn es gehet dem Menschen (For that which befalleth the sons of men) from Four Preludes and Serious Songs 14 QUILTER Come Away, Death from Three Shakespearean Songs 15 BRITTEN / TRAD. O Waly, Waly 16 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Vagabond from Songs of Travel 17 RODGERS You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel (David Hobson tenor) 18 HOWIE Hine e Hine 19 TOMOANA Pokarekare Ana (So ruffled are the waters) ISBN / Catalogue Number: 4764619  
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Razor Blades, Little Pills and Big Pianos explores the emotive landscape that we call ‘life’. This debut recording is somewhat of a biographical expression of James Rhodes’ complex and unorthodox journey. It was Bach, Beethoven and Chopin; not Faith Hope and Charity, that offered him comfort.   Track Listing:   French Suite No. 5 in G, BWV 816 | J.S. Bach 1. I Allemande 2. II Courante 3. III Sarabande 4. IV Gavotte 5. V Bouree 6. VI Loure 7. VII Gigue   Sonata in E minor, Op. 90 | L. V. Beethoven 8. Mvt I, Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck 9. Mvt II, Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen 10. Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 | F. Chopin 11. Chaconne in D minor | J.S. Bach / F. Busoni 12. Etincelles, Op. 35, No. 6 | M. Moszkowski 13. Prelude in B minor | J.S. Bach / A. Siloti   ISBN / Catalogue Number: 4764596  
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A CD that demonstrates some of Rhodes’ favourite pieces – for the simple reason that he absolutely loves them. “I have never been forced to slave for hours over a piece of music that doesn’t make my skin tingle with pleasure or raise my heartbeat to almost Viagra-induced levels”. Also included: a bonus album featuring interviews with James Rhodes.   Track Listing:   CD 1 Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major, BWV 564 J.S.Bach / F.Busoni 1. Prelude 2. Intermezzo (Adagio) 3. Fugue   Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Opus 109 L.V.Beethoven 4. Vivace ma non troppo: Adagio espressivo 5. Prestissimo 6. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung   Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830 J.S.Bach 7. Toccata 8. Allemanda 9. Corrente 10. Air 11. Sarabande 12. Tempo di Gavotta 13. Gigue 14. Adagio, from Concerto No.3 in D minor, BWV 974 J.S.Bach / A.Marcello: Adagio   BONUS CD 1. Prelude No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28 F.Chopin 2. Etude No. 12 in C minor, Op. 25 F.Chopin 3-7. Interviews with James Rhodes   Video - Live at the Roundhouse, London J.S.Bach / A.Marcello: Adagio   ISBN / Catalogue Number: 4764593   
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A voyage of discovery, through all the colours and moods of traditional classical harmony. The 48 Preludes and Fugues that make up Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier not only the great composer’s absolute mastery of the keyboard, but also his inexhaustible musical imagination. With this dazzling yet nuanced interpretation from Albert Landa, one of Australia's most highly respected pianists, Bach's genius is revealed anew in all its freshness and beauty.   The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I CD1 Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV846 Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV847 Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp major, BWV848 Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor, BWV849 Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D major, BWV850 Prelude & Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV851 Prelude & Fugue No. 7 in E-flat major, BWV852 Prelude & Fugue No. 8 in D-sharp minor, BWV853 Prelude & Fugue No. 9 in E major, BWV854 Prelude & Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV855 Prelude & Fugue No. 11 in F major, BWV856 Prelude & Fugue No. 12 in F minor, BWV857 CD2 Prelude & Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp major, BWV858 Prelude & Fugue No. 14 in F-sharp minor, BWV859 Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV860 Prelude & Fugue No. 16 in G minor, BWV861 Prelude & Fugue No. 17 in A-flat major, BWV862 Prelude & Fugue No. 18 in G-sharp minor, BWV863 Prelude & Fugue No. 19 in A major, BWV864 Prelude & Fugue No. 20 in A minor, BWV865 Prelude & Fugue No. 21 in B-flat major, BWV666 Prelude & Fugue No. 22 in B-flat minor, BWV867 Prelude & Fugue No. 23 in B major, BWV868 Prelude & Fugue No. 24 in B minor, BWV869 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II CD3 Prelude & Fugue No. 1 in C major, BWV870 Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV871 Prelude & Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp major, BWV872 Prelude & Fugue No. 4 in C-sharp minor, BWV873 Prelude & Fugue No. 5 in D major, BWV874 Prelude & Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV875 Prelude & Fugue No. 7 in E-flat major, BWV876 Prelude & Fugue No. 8 in E-flat / D-sharp minor, BWV877 Prelude & Fugue No. 9 in E major, BWV878 Prelude & Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV879 Prelude & Fugue No. 11 in F major, BWV880 Prelude & Fugue No. 12 in F minor, BWV881 CD4 Prelude & Fugue No. 13 in F-sharp major, BWV882 Prelude & Fugue No. 14 in F-sharp minor, BWV883 Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV884 Prelude & Fugue No. 16 in G minor, BWV885 Prelude & Fugue No. 17 in A-flat major, BWV886 Prelude & Fugue No. 18 in G-sharp minor, BWV887 Prelude & Fugue No. 19 in A major, BWV888 Prelude & Fugue No. 20 in A minor, BWV889 Prelude & Fugue No. 21 in B-flat major, BWV890 Prelude & Fugue No. 22 in B-flat minor, BWV891 Prelude & Fugue No. 23 in B major, BWV892 Prelude & Fugue No. 24 in B minor, BWV893   Albert Landa piano 
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It’s time to move onto first-name terms with the music you love! Fill your lungs with the clean country air of the Pastoral Symphony; frolic in clear mountain streams with the Trout Quintet. Drink in the calm of the Moonlight, unwind to the sounds of a gently falling Raindrop, taste the nostalgia of the New World; scale the heights of Olympus with the Jupiter, wrap yourself in the Emperor’s rich robes – and get ready to enjoy the Surprise of your life!   Track Listing:   2CDs of highlights from:   BEETHOVEN Pastoral Symphony CHOPIN Raindrop Prelude SCHUBERT Unfinished Symphony TCHAIKOVSKY Pathétique Symphony HAYDN Clock Symphony BACH Air on the G string MOZART Jupiter Symphony HAYDN Surprise Symphony DVORAK New World Symphony BEETHOVEN Eroica Symphony HAYDN Farewell Symphony GORECKI Symphony of Sorrowful Songs BEETHOVEN Moonlight Sonata MENDELSSOHN Scottish Symphony SCHUBERT Trout Quintet BEETHOVEN Emperor Concerto MAHLER Resurrection Symphony   ISBN / Catalogue Number: 4805666  
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Introducing a new series on the ABC Classics label! ‘The Great Symphonies’ begins with Dvorak’s sublime New World Symphony in a magnificent new recording by Tadaaki Otaka and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.   Track Listing: I. Adagio — Allegro molto II. Largo III. Scherzo: Molto vivace IV. Allegro con fuoco   ISBN / Catalogue Number: 4764598  
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Every line, every note of Bach is a miracle: perfect in its intimate detail, perfect in the grandeur of its vision. His Brandenburg Concertos are masterpieces of orchestral colour, and this landmark recording by the Orchestra of the Antipodes on period instruments brings out all the warmth and beauty of the real Baroque sound. Track Listing:   Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)   CD 1 Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F, BWV 1046 1 I. (Allegro) 2 II. Adagio 3 III. Allegro 4 IV. Menuett - Trio - Polonaise - Menuett - Trio   Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048 5 I. (Allegro) 6 II. Adagio 7 III. Allegro   Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 8 I. Allegro 9 II. Affetuoso 10 III. Allegro   Sinfonias 11 BWV 29 – Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir 12 BWV 156 – Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe 13 BWV 75 14 BWV 42 – Am Abend aber desselbingen Sabbats   CD 2 Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B flat, BWV 1051 1 I. (Allegro) 2 II. Adagio ma non tanto 3 III. Allegro   Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049 4 I. Allegro 5 II. Andante 6 III. Presto   Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 7 I. (Allegro) 8 II. Andante 9 III. Allegro assai   Sinfonias 10 BWV 174 – Ich liebe den Hochsten von ganzem Gemute 11 BWV 21 – Ich hatte viel Bekummernis 12 BWV 106 – Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit 13 BWV 182 – Himmelskonig, sei willkommen   ISBN / Catalogue Number: 4761923   
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Toward the end of his life Mozart composed a miracle even by his own lofty standards – three immortal symphonies that emerged within the period of just a few weeks in the summer of 1788. Virtually unknown and probably unperformed during Mozart’s lifetime, the Symphonies Nos 39-41 remain at the pinnacle of orchestral music, filled with equal measures of joie-de-vivre and profound insight. The G minor Symphony No 40 with its familiar, turbulent opening theme often tops polls as Mozart’s most popular orchestral work, while the sheer emotional scale of the ’Jupiter’ Symphony No 41 more than lives up to its imposing nickname. The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has always specialised in the performance of Mozart’s music, and under conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing these Mozart masterpieces continue to astonish with their invention and beauty. Track Listing: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) 1-4. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, KV 543 I. Adagio - Allegro II. Andante con moto III. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio IV. Finale: Allegro 5-8. Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550 I. Molto allegro II. Andante III. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio IV. Allegro assai 9-12. Symphony No. 41 in C major, KV 551 'Jupiter' I. Allegro vivace II. Andante cantibile III. Menuetto: Allegretto - Trio IV. Molto allegro