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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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Pergolesi’s Stabat mater is a transcendently beautiful and deeply personal musical meditation on suffering and redemption, written by the 26-year-old composer as he himself lay dying.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.TRACKLISTINGGIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI1-12 Stabat mater (The mother stood weeping) ANTONIO VIVALDI13 Laudamus te (We praise thee) from Gloria14 Virgam virtutis tuae (The rod of thy strength) from Dixit Dominus GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL15 Quel fior che all’alba ride (The flower that smiles at dawn)16 No, di voi non vo’ fidarmi (No, I will not trust you) CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI17 Chiome d’oro (Golden tresses) from Seventh Book of Madrigals18 Pur ti miro (I gaze upon you) from The Coronation of Poppea Sara Macliver soprano• Sally-Anne Russell mezzo-sopranoOrchestra of the AntipodesAntony Walkerconductor
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Chopin gave his soul to the piano, creating for it music of unearthly beauty, and teaching it to sing. Into the Nocturnes, he poured the greatest brightness of his genius.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.TRACKLISTINGCHOPIN’S FIRST NOCTURNES COMPOSED IN 1830–1832 1 Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 22 Nocturne in C-sharp minor [Lento con gran espressione], Op. posth. KK IVa/163 Nocturne in B major, Op. 32 No. 14 Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 15 Nocturne in F-sharp major, Op. 15 No. 26 Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1         6’137 Nocturne in G minor, Op. 37 No. 18 Nocturne in G minor, Op. 15 No. 39 Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1, Op. posth.10 Nocturne in F-sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 211 Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27 No. Ewa Kupiec piano
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Magical fairies, brave princes and dancing toys: the great ballets are tales of charm and beauty, told through some of the most enchanting music ever written. From the romance of Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty to the spell-binding beauty of Swan Lake and the festive joy of The Nutcracker, this album is the perfect introduction to the glories of ballet, all carefully selected to delight younger listeners and start a journey through the wonderful world of classical music.
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From the piping piccolo to the big bass drum, the instruments of the orchestra bring a kaleidoscope of colours and textures to any music. This album is the perfect introduction to the rich sound world of the symphony orchestra, with pieces featuring the trumpet, tuba, celesta, xylophone, violin, guitar, flute, harp and more, all carefully selected to delight younger listeners and start a journey through the wonderful world of classical music.
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From the traditional mariachi of Mexico to the music halls of Broadway, and from the folk music of Latin America to the jazz clubs of New York – this album celebrates a colourful array of music from the world of two iconic artists.A musical companion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ exhibition Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, which runs from 25 June to 9 October 2016. Visit http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au for more information.Performers include Chavela Vargas, Plácido Domingo, Mariachi Los Gavilanes, The Mell-O-Tones, Don Burrows, James Morrison, Simon Tedeschi, Sarah McKenzie and many more.
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The Classic 100 – ABC Classic FM’s annual survey of listener favourites – returns with a celebration of the musical instrument with which we are all born: the human voice.Composers have created some of the most beautiful classical music for singers – whether it's the drama of the opera stage or the delights of operetta, the sublime beauty of great choral music or the intimate intensity of classical song.Singing is as old as human society. We lift our voices to celebrate and remember, to pour out our deepest emotions and to make our spirits soar, to tell one another stories and to make ourselves laugh. Long before music was written down, we sang to one another to pass on legends and traditions, and to express love and praise.In the Middle Ages, song was a vital part of religious and secular life. From the Renaissance, vocal music evolved from simple chants to more complex music, often with instrumental accompaniment. Over time, music written for the voice has become central to the classical tradition.Listen to the countdown live on ABC Classic FM between Friday 10 and Monday 13 June 2016.
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Vienna is the home of the waltz, and in the 1800s it seemed the whole city was dancing to the music of Johann Strauss, father and son. Vienna’s ballrooms could hold a quarter of the city’s population! Most famous of all is the Blue Danube Waltz, a joyous celebration of the pleasure of the dance.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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Rachmaninoff was one of the greatest pianists the world has ever known, and the music he wrote for the instrument is passionate, sensual and thrilling. His Second Piano Concerto was life-changing, marking the moment when the composer returned from years of severe depression – confounding his critics, and establishing him as an international celebrity.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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Rachmaninoff was one of the greatest pianists the world has ever known, and the music he wrote for the instrument is passionate, sensual and thrilling. His Second Piano Concerto was life-changing, marking the moment when the composer returned from years of severe depression – confounding his critics, and establishing him as an international celebrity.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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‘I roamed through farms and villages listening to the songs of the country folk – old men and women, shepherds and shepherdesses in the fields, farm-labourers and harvesters at their work.’ – Joseph CanteloubeThis 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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Thomas Tallis defied the authorities and the limits of music itself to create the 40-part motet Spem in alium. It’s one of twelve Renaissance masterpieces presented on this album: from Palestrina and Josquin des Prez to Allegri’s Miserere – music so precious it was kept under lock and key.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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Beethoven is an unlikely musical hero. His friends found him difficult to get on with; and worst of all for a composer – he went deaf! But unlike Beethoven himself, his music is full of joy – not to mention the beautiful tunes, and spectacular moments showcasing the full force of the orchestra. This album is the perfect introduction to the world of Beethoven’s music.