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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.
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Music has a spellbinding magic – to lull us to sleep, and to inspire us to delightful dreams and flights of imagination. From ancient melodies to tunes written afresh for children today, this album is the ultimate collection of soothing classical lullabies. 
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Classical music opens up a whole new world of imagination and delight. From the majesty of the orchestra to the delicacy of the piano, music helps us to sing, dance and dream. This album is the perfect introduction to the timeless tunes of the great composers.ABC Classics and ABC Kids present the My First album series – a collection of classical works selected to delight and inspire younger listeners and start a journey through the wonderful world of classical music.
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Behind the piano’s tidy array of black and white keys, there is a whole world of wonderful music. This album is the perfect introduction to the piano and its magic, bringing together familiar favourites and new discoveries.ABC Classics and ABC Kids present the My First album series – a collection of classical works selected to delight and inspire younger listeners and start a journey through the wonderful world of classical music.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the most famous composer who ever lived. While he was still a child, he played the piano and violin so well that kings and queens throughout Europe asked to hear him perform – and throughout his life he composed hundreds of pieces that are still some of the best-known and best-loved tunes ever written. This album is the perfect introduction to the joys of Mozart’s music.ABC Classics and ABC Kids present the My First album series – a collection of classical works selected to delight and inspire younger listeners and start a journey through the wonderful world of classical music.
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Performed by ARIA-Award winner Tamara-Anna Cislowska and the composer herself, Butterflying is the first major survey of the piano music of Elena Kats-Chernin.Ever since her childhood in Uzbekistan, the piano has been – in her own words – Kats-Chernin’s ‘best friend’. At the age of six she wrote her first piano piece, Lullaby, which she later revised for her youngest son and is presented on this album as Lullaby for Nick. From this work to pieces written in 2015, Butterflying presents the full range of Kats-Chernin’s extraordinary compositional palette: irresistibly lyrical works such as Waltz of Things Past and Butterflying (originally composed for the opening ceremony of the 2003 Rugby World Cup), rags and waltzes, and iconic works such as Eliza Aria and Slicked Back Tango. The album features 14 world premiere recordings.Many of the pieces are performed solo by Tamara-Anna Cislowska. Others are presented in versions for piano four hands, with Elena joining Tamara-Anna to resume their long-standing friendship and collaboration in performances which are half-composed, half-improvised.Born and raised in Uzbekistan and now a resident of Australia, Elena Kats-Chernin is one of the world’s best-loved and most prolific composers. Her music featured at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2003 Rugby World Cup, whilst her Eliza Aria became known to a generation of Britons when it was featured in the Lloyds TSB ‘For the Journey’ ad campaign. In 2015 her widely-praised opera The Divorce was premiered on ABC TV.Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed pianists, and in 2015 won the ARIA Award for Best Classical Album for her survey of the solo piano music of Peter Sculthorpe – an album which also won Editor’s Choice in BBC Music Magazine and was described as ‘a profoundly affecting release’ by Gramophone magazine.TRACKLISTINGCD11. Butterflying2. Afterwards†3. Conversation†4. Russian Rag in A minor†5. For Richard†6. All Things Conspire7. Eliza Aria†8. The Rain Puzzle9. Vocalise10. Lullaby for Nick†11. Waltz of Things Past12. Cinema13. Marcato†14. Slicked Back Tango†15. Blue Tears16. Autumn17. Black Tie  CD21. Dance of the Paper Umbrellas†2. Scherzino†3. Blue Silence4. Zerno†5. Play Properly6. Russian Toccata†7. Adrift8. Naive Waltz9. Chorale10. Schubert Blues11. The Rain Puzzle: Many Hands Remix†12–14. Sunshine Journal† Tamara-Anna Cislowska piano†Works for piano four hands: Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Elena Kats-Chernin pianoFeaturing 14 world premiere recordings.