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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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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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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
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Mozart’s operas represent a roll-call of favourite characters and timeless music, blending the comic with the serious, and the historical with the contemporary.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.TRACKLISTINGDon Giovanni1 Catalogue Aria: Madamina, il catalogo è questo2 Batti, batti, o bel Masetto3 Duet: Là ci darem la mano4 Serenade: Deh, vieni alla finestra The Abduction from the Seraglio5 O, wie will ich triumphieren The Marriage of Figaro6 Voi, che sapete7 Non più andrai8 Porgi amor9 Dove sono i bei momenti10 Se vuol ballare, signor Contino11 Letter Duet: Sull’aria Idomeneo12 Fuor del mar La clemenza di Tito13 Trio: Se al volto mai ti senti Zaide14 Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben Così fan tutte15 Come scoglio16 Trio: Soave sia il vento The Magic Flute17 Birdcatcher’s Song: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja18 Queen of the Night Aria: Der Hölle Rache19 Ach, ich fühl’s20 Duet: Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena!
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Unfinished, but uplifting: Schubert’s Eighth Symphony is a visionary achievement that moves harmony into new realms of beauty.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 Symphony No. 8, D759 ‘Unfinished’ 3 Die Zauberharfe (The Magic Harp), D644: Overture 4-6 Rosamunde, D797: Incidental music – selections Tasmanian Symphony OrchestraSebastian Lang-Lessing conductor
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Prokofiev’s life was defined by exile and persecution, but through it all the fire of musical creativity burned bright. Begun in Russia, completed in France and premiered in Chicago, his Third Piano Concerto pioneers a new virtuosity while presenting memorable and strikingly individual tunes.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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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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Elise McCann – the delightful, award-winning Miss Honey from the smash-hit musical Matilda – brings alive her life-long love of the stories of Roald Dahl with an entrancing new album: Dahlesque.One of the world’s most popular authors, Roald Dahl has captured the imagination of millions of children and adults with his tales of fun and fear. Dahl’s characters speak immediately to generations, and the blockbuster films and musicals that they have inspired have become instant hits.In this irreverent and gloriumptious offering, Elise McCann draws on these beloved adaptations to present the fantastical imagination and wickedly unforgettable characters of this master of storytelling. There are songs by Tim Minchin from Matilda (Naughty, The Smell of Rebellion and My House); hits from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from Leslie Bricusse’s Academy-Award-nominated score; and songs from Marc Shaiman’s 2013 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which ran for an astonishing 1293 days in the West End.All of these songs are brought to life by the Helpmann-winning actress and vocalist Elise McCann, accompanied by a nine-piece band. The physical edition contains two bonus tracks, Little Red Riding Hood & The Wolf and Three Little Pigs from Revolting Rhymes, set to music by acclaimed Musical Director and composer Stephen Amos.
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Two of Australia’s finest storytellers, actor John Bell and pianist Simon Tedeschi, break new ground with this new recording of the great melodrama Enoch Arden – a deeply moving tale of love, loss, redemption and shipwreck, told through spoken word and solo piano.Enoch Arden depicts, in Tedeschi’s own words, "extremities of emotional pathos in which an everyman is thrust into a maelstrom of betrayal, longing, regret and often, madness.” It is the story of three childhood friends, Enoch Arden, Philip Ray and Annie Lee. Enoch and Annie marry and start a family, but after Enoch is shipwrecked on an island for ten years, Annie agrees to marry Philip – believing Enoch to be dead. When Enoch returns, he learns of Annie and Philip’s relationship, and of their child together, and chooses to live in seclusion, heartbroken for his own fate but blissful in their happiness.The poem Enoch Arden was published in 1864 while Alfred, Lord Tennyson was Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate; Strauss wrote a piano score to accompany its recitation in 1897. Its most famous recording was a limited-edition release by Glenn Gould with Claude Rains in 1962. This new recording presents a rare insight into the pathos of Enoch Arden’s story, an exploration of humanity just as relevant in 2017 as when it was first written.This album and subsequent national tour marks Tedeschi and Bell's first collaboration. "I wanted to do Enoch,” says John Bell, “because I love working with musicians; I love being up close and watching their technique and feeling the visceral presence of the instruments. I've admired Simon for a long time; he's a bit of an entertainer and showman as well as being a great pianist."On this album, Enoch Arden is paired with the stunningly evocative Songs of Dawn (Gesänge der Frühe) for solo piano by Robert Schumann. Written in 1853, towards the end of the composer’s tragic life, the five songs are, Tedeschi notes, "devotional one minute, white-hot the next, and then heartbreakingly lyrical, ending with a hymn-like movement that, to me, is as palpable a winding-down of the human spirit as Beethoven’s last Piano Sonata."