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Leading early music expert Winsome Evans presents the final chapter in her ground-breaking project to transcribe and record Bach’s solo instrumental works for the harpsichord, with the Six Cello Suites and Partita for Solo Flute.Evans’ project, some 30 years in the making, is based on evidence that Bach himself played his solo instrumental works on the keyboard – including the statement of a former student that Bach often played the solo violin and cello works ‘on the clavier, adding as much in the nature of harmony as he found necessary’. The harmonies added by Evans to the solo works are inspired by methods from Bach’s own time.Quite apart from the historical justification, Evans was also motivated by a purely musical desire: ‘It was such a temptation to expand the repertoire of Bach, and make more of his music available for keyboard players.’The first volume of transcriptions to be released – the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin – have been described as ‘a musical masterpiece’ by German critical magazine Klassik.About Winsome EvansWinsome Evans is one of Australia’s foremost early music academics and musicians, and has made numerous acclaimed recordings with her pioneering group the Renaissance Players. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, received a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1980, and in 1986 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to music.
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The Australian Voices, known globally for vibrant performances that reflect on contemporary themes, present their tenth album: Reverie.Reverie is a collection of twelve works that bring together themes both banal and transcendent, juxtaposing music that is by turns deeply lyrical and ecstatically ludicrous. A highlight of the album is a setting by the group’s conductor, Gordon Hamilton, of the Elegy – In memoriam Rupert Brooke, written by Australian soldier Frederick Septimus Kelly on the battlefields of Gallipoli and set here to words by Kelly’s close friend Rupert Brooke.Total Political Correctness fast-forwards to politics of the 21st century, presenting Donald Trump’s statements on women set to music by Robert Davidson – which sits alongside Not Now, Not Ever!, a setting of then Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Misogny Speech – a parliamentary condemnation of sexism.The absurd becomes even more literal than Trump himself in Isabella Gerometta’s Words That Turn Into Other Words – a list of words and phrases linked by sound alone. But pure sound is also pure beauty, and in the album’s title track, the choir take on the tradition of konnakol – a South Indian art of singing single syllables.Jazz trumpeter James Morrison is the first of two guest artists, in his own composition Underwater Basket Weaving; percussionist Claire Edwardes features in Graham Lack’s titular A Reverie of Bone.Reverie is a deeply engrossing journey through a kaleidoscope of contemporary culture, politics and sensibility; it’s also a celebration of the humour, nuance and sheer beauty of the human voice.About The Australian VoicesFounded in 1993, The Australian Voices is dedicated to championing new Australian vocal music. The ensemble tours internationally every year, and is also known to millions across the globe through its programme of new works intended specifically for performance on YouTube. The group’s self-titled debut album was received extensive critical praise, and Edition Peters has released a songbook featuring some of the group’s best-loved repertoire. Gordon Hamilton – a leading light in the new generation of composers and conductors – was appointed Artistic Director in 2009. Find out more and watch the choir in action at www.theaustralianvoices.com. 
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Mozart wrote three of his finest piano concertos, nos 23, 24 and 25, in a single year. Beauty, passion and grace combine as the piano engages in an intimate dialogue with the orchestra.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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Schoenberg stretched the bounds of Romantic harmony to their limit to express the ecstasy of Pelleas and Melisande and their tragic tale of forbidden love.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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A tortured Romantic genius – destined to die young – celebrates the beauty of nature and the majesty of a medieval cathedral.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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Turanga (time) and lila (love) come together in this epic symphony by a modern master – complete with the mysterious sounds of the Ondes Martenot, one of the earliest electronic instruments of the 20th century.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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‘In dreams and fancies, and castles in the air, I’m a millionaire in spirit.’ – La bohèmePuccini reinvented grand opera on an intimate, human scale, painting the lives of everyday men and women through music of exquisite and timeless beauty, with arias that speak directly to the heart.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.TRACKLISTINGLa bohème1 O soave fanciulla2 Che gelida manina3 Sì, mi chiamano Mimì4 Donde lieta uscì Tosca5 Recondita armonia6 E lucevan le stelle7 Ah, quegli occhi! Le Villi (The Willis)8 Se come voi piccina La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)9 Ch’ella mi creda libero e lontano 10 Crisantemi La rondine (The Swallow)11 Chi il bel sogno di Doretta Turandot12 Nessun dorma Madama Butterfly13 Un bel dì14 Viene la sera Antoinette Halloran – sopranoRosario La Spina – tenorQueensland Symphony OrchestraStephen Mould – conductor
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‘A musical kaleidoscope of America – of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our blues,our metropolitan madness’ – George Gershwin RHAPSODY IN BLUE – COMPOSED IN 1924 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.TRACKLISTINGLEONARD BERNSTEINCandide1 Overture2 Glitter and Be Gay LEONARD BERNSTEINWest Side Story3 Somewhere GEORGE GERSHWIN 1898–19374-6 Three Preludes  GEORGE GERSHWIN7 Rhapsody in Blue GEORGE GERSHWIN8 An American in Paris GEORGE GERSHWINPorgy and Bess9 Jazzbo Brown Blues10 Summertime LEONARD BERNSTEINWest Side Story11 Tonight
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A musical journey to the emerald hills of Ireland, the cosy firesides of the Scotland Highlands and the lush valleys of Wales – and across the centuries from the ancient times to the present day.TRACKLISTINGCD 1 – IrelandAnnalisa KerriganWith a voice as pure as a mountain stream, Annalisa Kerrigan sings the immortal melodies of Ireland: Carrickfergus, The Cliffs of Dooneen, Galway Bay, Fhir an Bhata, The Last Rose of Summer and more. CD 2 – Endless DaysDavid HobsonAustralia’s favourite tenor presents the timeless songs of the isles, from Scotland’s Wild Mountain Thyme and My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose to the calm beauty of Welsh lullaby Suo Gân. CD 3 – Fyvie’s EmbraceChris Duncan fiddleThe golden age of the Scottish fiddle: exuberant reels, hornpipes and jigs, with the wistful and tender melodies of Bovaglie’s Plaid and The Cradle Song. CD 4 – Land  of My Fathers – The Welsh Music Heritage The very best from the valleys and mountains steeped in song. From intimate melodies to the glorious sound of the massed voices of the great Welsh choirs.
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“One thing you get with Mozart, and no other composer comes close, is dancing on your own joy.”– Richard Tognetti.The Australian Chamber Orchestra, directed from the violin by Richard Tognetti, presents a triumphant account of Mozart’s three final symphonies.This live recording captures the energy and vivacity of the performances given as part of the ACO’s 40th anniversary celebrations in 2015 – concerts that were described as ‘magnificent’ by The Sydney Morning Herald and ‘miraculous’ by the Daily Telegraph. The same program was previously performed by the ACO 26 years ago, when Richard Tognetti – newly appointed as Artistic Director – performed these three symphonies under the visionary baton of early music legend Frans Brüggen.Since its establishment in November 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has become renowned globally for its inspired programming, unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality, showcased through an extensive and ongoing program of international touring and recordings for many of the world’s top labels.Composed over the course of just six weeks, these inspirational works represent the pinnacle of artistic achievement: from the sunny lyricism of the 39th, to the tragic cast of the 40th, to the inspired invention of the 41st – the ‘Jupiter’ – they form a mighty epitaph to the work of Mozart’s musical genius.TRACKLISTINGWOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791 CD 1Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, KV543 [29’03]1. I. Adagio – Allegro 10’022. II. Andante con moto 7’423. III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto 3’304. IV. Allegro 7’49Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV550 [30’25]5. I. Molto allegro 7’126. II. Andante 9’597. III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto 3’548. IV. Allegro assai 9’20CD 2Symphony No. 41 in C major, KV551 ‘Jupiter’ [34’13]1. I. Allegro vivace 11’242. II. Andante cantabile 9’403. III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto 4’484. IV. Molto allegro 8’21 Australian Chamber Orchestra Richard Tognetti director and violin
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In their debut album, the Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE) champions three of the finest works by the eighteenth-century composer Joseph Haydn. A super-star group of musicians with a host of international experience, the AHE is quickly establishing an international reputation for its vivacious performances, which are faithful to the sound-worlds that Haydn and his contemporaries would have originally known.The Haydn Album features three of Haydn’s best-loved compositions. The album opens with the Cello Concerto in C major, performed by ARIA-Award-winning cellist Daniel Yeadon. Written for Joseph Weigl, a young musician with whom Haydn performed, the concerto centres around an astonishingly beautiful cantabile – ‘singing’ – slow movement. Erin Helyard performs the Harpsichord Concerto in D major – most often heard on piano, but returned here to an instrument on which it would have been performed when it was first written. At the centre of the disc stands the Symphony ‘Le matin’ (‘Morning’), with its stunning opening evocation of a sunrise.Acclaimed by the Sydney Morning Herald for their ‘ravishing sound’, the Australian Haydn Ensemble have established themselves as ‘one of Australia’s finest period ensembles’ (Limelight). Dedicated to playing the music of the classical era – at the heart of which stood Haydn – on instruments and in styles which the composers would have known, the Ensemble has regular concert series at the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room and in Canberra, and recently announced The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir as their Patron.The Haydn Album was recorded by acclaimed Tonmeister Virginia Read, and the playing of the Australian Haydn Ensemble represents the very latest research into performance practice at the time of the music’s composition – including on-the-string bowing, and the choice of a harpsichord as the solo instrument in the concerto and within the orchestra as part of the symphony.
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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