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At the dawn of the Romantic era, Schumann’s rich musical imagination takes flight in enchanting works for solo piano.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.TRACKLISTINGROBERT SCHUMANN 1810–1856Scenes from Childhood  1–13 Kinderscenen, Op. 1514–16 Fantasie, Op. 1717–28 Papillons, Op. 229 Novellette in D major, Op. 21 No. 2 Stephanie McCallum piano
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Taking advantage of the new expressive possibilities opened up by improvements in the design of the clarinet, Mozart created a concerto of exquisite beauty – one of the last works he would ever write.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.TRACKLISTINGWOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791 1-5 Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 in G major), KV5256-8 Clarinet Concerto in A major, KV6229-10 Adagio and Fugue in C minor, KV54611-13 Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major, KV495
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A jobbing composer under pressure to produce a constant stream of music; an artist and visionary reaching the divine and speaking directly to the heart of the human experience: Bach’s sacred music is unrivalled in the history of art.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 Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring) from Cantata No. 1472 Christe eleison from Mass in B minor3 Erbarme dich from St Matthew Passion4 Zion hört die Wächter singen from Cantata No. 1405 Chorale: Befiehl du deine Wege from St Matthew Passion6 Ich habe genug from Cantata No. 827 Schafe können sicher weiden (Sheep May Safely Graze) from Cantata No. 2088 Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten from Cantata No. 789 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen from Cantata No. 15110 Motet: Lobet den Herrn11 Mache dich, mein Herze, rein from St Matthew Passion12 Mein gläubiges Herze from Cantata No. 6813 Vergnügte Ruh’ from Cantata No. 17014 Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt from Cantata No. 415 Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen from Cantata No. 8216 Magnificat anima mea Dominum from Magnificat
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Music from England’s Golden Age: sublime sacred music soaring above intrigues of church and state, and intimate lute songs full of love and longing.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 LAWES Royal Consort – Sett No. 2: Aire2 BYRD O lux beata Trinitas3 BYRD Justorum animae4 TALLIS O nata lux de lumine5 TAVERNER Dum transisset Sabbatum6 SHEPPARD Libera nos7 BYRD Haec dies8-10 C. GIBBONS Fantasia-Suite No. 211 PHILIPS Tibi laus12 WHITE Christe qui lux es et dies13 DOWLAND Lachrimae14 FERRABOSCO II Fly from the World15 DOWLAND Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe16 DOWLAND Come Again17 MORLEY Will You Buy a Fine Dog?18 DOWLAND Can She Excuse My Wrongs?19 LUPO Fantasie in D minor20 R. JOHNSON Have You Seen but a White Lily Grow?21 DOWLAND In Darkness Let Me Dwell22 ANONYMOUS Greensleeves
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Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu creates a strange yet beautiful world, of yearning, of submerged complexity, of perfectly weighted timbres, of magical spans, of clouded, sensuous sound.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.TRACKLISTINGTŌRU TAKEMITSU 1930–19961 Dreamtime2 Nostalghia3 Vers, L’Arc-en-ciel, Palma4 Far Calls. Coming, Far!5 A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal GardenMelbourne Symphony OrchestraHiroyuki Iwaki conductor
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After the death of Erik Satie, dozens of unsent love letters were found in his Paris apartment. Now composer Elena Kats-Chernin and pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska send those letters off, in 26 meditative and passionate piano miniatures inspired by Satie’s extraordinary life and music.The album is a musical memoir from one composer to another, from the Uzbekistan-born Australian to the French composer whose eccentricities are legendary and music timeless. “Satie’s life was a fascinating, fervoursome affair,” says pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska, “from the first strike of love and then lifelong estrangement with artist and muse Suzanne Valadon, to the unexpected celebrity and conflict of his last ten years. After he died, friends gaining access to his apartment, for the first time in almost three decades, found conditions both perplexing and romantically fastidious in their own way: two grand pianos one atop the other, one chair, one table, seven velvet suits and the love letters – many, many unsent love letters.”The album reflects on idiosyncrasies and anecdotes from Satie’s life, with music that ranges from seductive orientalism to hypnotic melodies reminiscent of the ground-breaking, transcendent beauty of Satie’s own piano pieces: ‘imaginary building’ reflects on his sketches of imaginary buildings (which he even advertised in the newspaper for rent and purchase); ‘very shiny’, one of his characteristically opaque performance directions; ‘postcard to a critic’, after Satie’s explosive response to a negative review (leading to a spell in gaol). The buoyant rhythms and rhapsodic harmonic style that have brought Kats-Chernin a reputation as one of the best-loved composers of her generation provide the perfect lens to reflect on a musical great of the previous century.This world-premiere recording was made in the presence of the composer, with Kats-Chernin’s own choice of pianist, the ARIA-Award-winning Tamara-Anna Cislowska, who has been described as “Australian piano gold” by BBC Music Magazine and praised for her “profoundly affecting” musicianship by Gramophone.
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The passion of Flamenco blends with the elegance of courtly dances in the most popular guitar concerto of all time: Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.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.TRACKLISTINGConcierto de AranjuezI. Allegro con spiritoII. AdagioIII. Allegro gentile Fantasía para un gentilhombreI. Villano y ricercare (Adagietto – Andante moderato)II. Españoleta – Fanfare de la caballería de Nápoles (Adagio – Allegretto – Tempo de españoleta)III. Danza de las hachas (Allegro con brio)IV. Canario (Allegro ma non troppo) Concierto madrigalI. Fanfarre (Allegro marziale)II. Madrigal (Andante nostalgico)III. Entrada (Allegro vivace)IV. ‘Pastorcico, tú que vienes, Pastorcico tú que vas’ (Allegro vivace)V. Girardilla (Presto)VI. Pastoral (Allegretto)VII. Fandango (Molto ritmico)VIII. Arietta (Andante nostalgico)IX. Zapateado (Allegro vivace)X. Caccia a la española (Allegro vivace – Andante nostalgico)
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Under their Chief Conductor David Robertson, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra present a stunning live account of three seminal works: Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring.Stravinsky first achieved international fame with these works, which were commissioned for – and first performed by – Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes. Premiered during an extraordinary period stretching from 1910 to 1913, these ballets quite simply revolutionized music: whilst often reaching into the past for their musical and cultural material, they introduced totally new conceptions of rhythm, colour and scale. The audience famously rioted at the first performance of The Rite of Spring – and whilst we may not be so scandalized in the 21st century, the music feels no less ground-breaking.Recorded live at the Sydney Opera House, these performances showcase a glittering Sydney Symphony Orchestra under a conductor with a rare ability to bring to life the music of the 20th century. The critical and audience response to the concerts, which can now be enjoyed again through this album, was unanimous.IGOR STRAVINSKY 1882–1971 CD1 The Firebird CD2Petrushka 1-3 Tableau I: The Shrovetide Fair4 Tableau II: Petrushka’s Room5-7 Tableau III: The Moor’s Room8-14 Tableau IV: The Shrovetide Fair: Towards EveningThe Rite of Spring 15-22 Part 1 – The Adoration of the Earth23-28 Part 2 – The Sacrifice Sydney Symphony Orchestra David Robertson conductor
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"Seatbelts on and enjoy the ride!" - Richard Egarr, AAM Music DirectorIn their latest release on ABC Classics, leading baroque orchestra the Academy of Ancient Music presents the music of Venetian man of mystery Dario Castello.Working at the same time as Claudio Monteverdi, Dario Castello wrote innovative and ground-breaking sonatas that had a profound effect on generations of Italian composers. Very little is known about him today, but in the 17th century he was actually more widely published than Shakespeare.AAM Music Director Richard Egarr is a lifelong advocate of Castello, and on this recording directs the composer’s first book of sonatas from the harpsichord and organ. Taking the form of a small chamber group, the AAM finds itself at its most adventurous and expressive, performing twelve fiercely virtuosic sonatas for violin, cornetto and dulcian that are full of imagination and colour.This release follows the AAM’s critically-acclaimed series of JS Bach recordings. Their 2015 release of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion (AAM004) was praised by BBC Music Magazine for Richard Egarr’s “compellingly original vision”, and was awarded BBC Radio 3’s Disc of the Week. JS Bach’s Orchestral Suites (AAM003) was awarded five stars by Fine Music Magazine and was described as “a feast of meaningfully understated musicianship” in an Editor’s Choice review in Gramophone magazine.
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Passion, daring and heroism: the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra break new ground with their latest album, exploring the music of three of the Romantic era’s greatest composers on period instruments. Directed by Japanese-American violin star Shunske Sato, the Brandenburg present the baroque-inspired music of Edvard Grieg, a symphony written by the 12-year old prodigious composer Felix Mendelssohn, and a scintillating performance of Nicolo Paganini’s Violin Concerto No.4 (with Sato as the soloist).Paganini was the most famous violin virtuoso who ever lived, an incomparable showman who was rumoured to be in league with the devil: how else could he achieve such super-human feats on the violin? He premiered his fourth Violin Concerto at the age of 50, when he was plagued by a multitude of ailments including advanced venereal disease – but the jaw-dropping pyrotechnics, as well as the sheer tenderness of the slow movement, require astonishing musicianship to pull off.The astonishing playing of Shunske Sato combined with the period instruments of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra create a vivid and colourful soundworld. Grieg’s well-loved Holberg Suite is cast in a fresh light; and the Paganini will be welcome internationally as a rare recording on the instruments that the composer would have known.This album was recorded live in Sydney’s City Recital Hall in September 2016, in concerts that received unanimous critical acclaim. The Daily Telegraph reported that ‘Sato carried the whole three movements off with amazing elan, power and accuracy, often with a dash of humour, prompting a standing ovation’, whilst The Australian praised his ‘spectacular display of thrilling highwire musical acrobatics’.EDVARD GRIEG 1843–1907 From Holberg’s Time – Suite in the Olden Style I. Prelude (Allegro vivace)II. Sarabande (Andante)III. Gavotte (Allegretto / Musette)IV. Air (Andante religioso)V. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio) FELIX MENDELSSOHN 1809–1847 String Symphony No. 3 in E minor I. Allegro di moltoII. AndanteIII. Allegro NICCOLÒ PAGANINI 1782–1840 Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minorI. Allegro maestosoII. Adagio flebile con sentimentoIII. Rondo galante (Andantino gaio) Shunske Sato violin and guest director Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Paul Dyer AO artistic director Recorded live in City Recital Hall, Sydney
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In 2016, ABC Classic FM’s annual listener survey asked Australians to nominate their favourite works featuring the human voice. Listeners were quick to respond, eager to share their musical treasures. At number one was Beethoven’s triumphant Choral Symphony, featuring the ‘Ode to Joy’, closely followed by Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers, with its famous duet ‘Au fond du temple saint’, and in third place Handel’s beloved oratorio Messiah.This 2CD set represents the highlights from The Classic 100: Voice, including the complete top ten as well as selections from throughout the countdown. From the divine choral works of Bach to the passionate operas of Mozart, Verdi and Puccini, and from the majestic grandeur of Handel’s Zadok the Priest to the pure serenity of Tallis’ Spem in Alium, this is the ultimate celebration of the musical instrument with which we are all born: the human voice.
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Recorded at a packed Sydney Opera House, this album represents a significant musical milestone: the first recording of a Beethoven Piano Concerto under the baton of legendary pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, featuring the brilliant young Australian pianist Jayson Gillham.The performance, given in October 2016, marked Gillham’s debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and came as part of a national tour that launched his debut album Bach | Schubert | Chopin. That album reached number one in the Australian Classical Charts, while his performance at the Sydney Opera House received unanimous critical acclaim.Gillham grew up in rural Queensland, and is now well established as one of the finest pianists of the new generation. Already renowned for the eloquence of his playing, his performance of Beethoven’s magisterial Piano Concerto No.4 engages with the full resonance and beauty of the music whilst offering fresh poetry and nuance. As conductor, Ashkenazy brings all the insight and coherence he has gained through multiple recordings and performances of the work as one of the most respected pianists of our time.The recording is presented here as an album available exclusively for digital download and streaming.Praise for the concert performance:“Jayson Gillham’s Beethoven is a delight” The Australian“There was a natural poetry evident from Gillham’s opening motive onwards…” Limelight Magazine“Smooth, clear and polished…” – Sydney Morning Herald