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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.
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'The human soul dreams of being cradled like a child' – Faure’s Requiem offers a radiant and tender vision of heaven, comforting audiences far beyond the composer’s original Parisian congregation.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.TRACKLISTINGGABRIEL FAURÉ 1845–19241-7. Requiem8. Cantique de Jean Racine9–12. La Naissance de Vénus (The Birth of Venus)Sara Macliver soprano • Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo-sopranoPaul McMahon tenor • Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritoneCantillation • Sinfonia Australis • Antony Walker conductor
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‘He was certainly the oddest person I’ve ever known,’ said Stravinsky.Stately and serene, Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies offer music of radical simplicity and transcendent beauty, from a composer who defied convention in his music and in his personal life.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.TRACKLISTINGERIK SATIE 1866–1925  1–3. Trois Gymnopédies4. Je te veux (I Want You)5–7. Gnossiennes Nos 1–3 8–10. Sonatine bureaucratique (Bureaucratic Sonatina)11–13. Gnossiennes Nos 4-614. The Dreamy Fish15. Le Picadilly (La transatlantique)16–18. Nocturnes Nos 1-319. Poudre d’or (Gold Dust)20–22. Embryons dessechés(Dried-Up Embryos)23–28. Pièces froides (Cold Pieces)29. Allegro Stephanie McCallum piano
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Splendid music for a joyous occasion: Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks premiered to an audience of more than 12,000 people celebrating the end of war with France – and caused London’s first recorded traffic jam!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.TRACKLISTINGGEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1756)1-6. Music for the Royal Fireworks6-16. Water Music: Suite in F major17-21. Water Music: Suite in D majorTasmanian Symphony OrchestraGraham Abbott conductor 
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Sibelius’s mighty Finlandia is a triumphant celebration of the ancient beauty of Finland and the proud independence of her people.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.TRACKLISTINGJEAN SIBELIUS 1865–1957 1–4. Symphony No.2 in D major5. Symphony No.7 in C major6. FinlandiaAdelaide Symphony OrchestraArvo Volmer conductor
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo marched into Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium for the first time ever in February 2016. Over 1200 military and civilian performers from around the globe made their way to Melbourne for a breathtaking performance that defines spectacular.Acts from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia performed in front of an extraordinary, life-size replica of the Edinburgh Castle façade. At the heart of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo was the stirring sight and sound of the magnificent Massed Pipes and Drums of Scotland’s famous regiments.This production, themed ‘Fanfare for the Future’, has been staged against the story of a last rifle shot being fired on the Gallipoli Peninsula, as Allied and ANZAC forces were withdrawn from Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay. Throughout the show, the storyline is rich in our collective history, a sense of common values and a shared purpose to contribute to a better world.The grand finale drew together the entire cast of more than 1200 for that international song of love and friendship, Auld Lang Syne. The Lone Piper, standing high on the castle ramparts, brought the event to a poignant conclusion, leaving memories that will be treasured forever.The Melbourne 2016 event is only the fourth time that the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has left Edinburgh.
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For one night only, four of Australia’s finest singers gathered in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House to wow a packed audience with the exuberance of musical theatre and the passion of grand opera. This DVD charts that memorable evening – featuring solos, duets, and quartets which together provide a stunning testament to the beauty and power of the voice.Greta Bradman | David Hobson | Lisa McCune | Teddy Tahu RhodesAustralian Opera and Ballet OrchestraVanessa Scammell Musical DirectorTyran Parke Stage DirectorPhil Bathols and Andrew McKinnon ProducersRecorded live in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, 10 September 2015
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The Swoon series continues with a 2CD deluxe collection celebrating the exquisite beauty of the voice – the first time that a Swoon album has been dedicated to opera.The album presents operatic gems from across four hundred years, bringing together arias both celebrated and little-known – sung by a roster of the world’s very finest singers. The repertoire ranges from the baroque (German countertenor Andreas Scholl sings Handel’s Ombra mai fù, and Pavarotti presents Bononcini’s Per la gloria d’adoravi) to the classical (Mozart’s Ruhe Sanft with Emma Matthews), and on to the Romantic era (Walther’s Prize Song by Wagner, sung by Jonas Kaufmann, and Nicole Car singing Vendulka’s Lullaby from Smetana’s The Kiss) and the twentieth century (Renée Fleming in I Can Smell the Sea Air from Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire).\Music chosen by Mairi Nicolson and Warner Whiteford, presenter and producer respectively of ABC Classic FM’s The Opera Show.TRACKLISTINGCD11 HANDEL Ombra mai fù from Xerxes2 WAGNER Walther’s Prize Song from The Mastersingers of Nuremberg3 SMETANA Vendulka’s Lullaby from The Kiss4 CHARPENTIER Depuis le jour from Louise5 CILEA È la solita storia from L’Arlesiana6 PUCCINI O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi7 GOUNOD Ah! lève-toi soleil! from Roméo et Juliette8 GLUCK O del mio dolce ardor from Paride ed Elena9 PURCELL When I Am Laid in Earth from Dido and Aeneas10 PURCELL Hush, No More from The Fairy Queen11 VERDI Va’, pensiero from Nabucco12 BONONCINI Per la gloria d’adorarvi from Griselda13 BELLINI Quì la voce from I puritani14 OFFENBACH Scintille, diamant from The Tales of Hoffmann15 PUCCINI O soave fanciulla from La bohème16 STRAUSS Act III Trio from Der RosenkavalierCD21 DONIZETTI Una furtiva lagrima from The Elixir of Love2 MOZART Soave sia il vento from Così fan tutte3 DONIZETTI Tornami a dir from Don Pasquale4 DELIBES Flower Duet from Lakmé5 MOZART Ruhe sanft from Zaide6 VIVALDI Mentre dormi from L’Olimpiade7 MONTEVERDI Pur ti miro from The Coronation of Poppea8 WAGNER Prelude from Tristan and Isolde9 VERDI La Vergine degli angeli from The Force of Destiny10 KORNGOLD Marietta’s Song from Die tote Stadt11 PREVIN I Can Smell the Sea Air from A Streetcar Named Desire12 CILEA Intermezzo from Adriana Lecouvreur13 GOUNOD Nuit resplendissante from Cinq-Mars14 STRAUSS Morgen!15 BIZET In the Depths of the Holy Temple from The Pearl Fishers 
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“The rabbits came many grandparents ago. They built houses, made roads, had children. They cut down trees. A whole continent of rabbits...”The Rabbits is an evocative and deeply moving story. Adapted from the haunting picture book by John Marsden and Shaun Tan, it tells of colonisation, displacement and, ultimately, of hope.Butterfly-voiced opera and pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke is the composer of the exquisitely beautiful score, as well as leading the cast in this live recording from the Sydney Festival. The four-time Helpmann Award-winning production also features enchanting lyrics by Lally Katz, creating an opera to spark the imaginations of children and adults alike.“The Rabbits may well prove to be one of the most important works ever created in this country”– The Daily Telegraph“A triumphant adaptation of a deeply tragic story. ★★★★★” – The Guardian CASTBird – Kate Miller-HeidkeMarsupialsCoda – Hollie AndrewFlinch – Jessica HitchcockRoxie – Lisa Maza2 Stripe – Marcus Corowa3 Stripe – David LehaRabbitsA Scientist – Kanen BreenA Society Rabbit – Nicholas JonesA Convict – Christopher HillierA Lieutenant – Simon MeadowsThe Captain – Robert Mitchell