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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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‘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
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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.