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Elegance, beauty and irrepressible good humour: Music from the pen of a 22 year-old prodigy – inspired by the tragi-comic death of a fish!The 1000 Years of Classical Music album series presents one of the best-loved chamber music pieces – Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’, partnered with Notturno (Nocturne) - one of his last-ever compositions.TRACKLISTING1-5 Trout Quintet (Piano Quintet in A major, D667)6 Notturno (Nocturne) for piano trio in E-flat major, D897Seraphim Trio (Anna Goldsworthy piano,  Helen Ayres violin, Timothy Nankervis cello)Jacqueline Cronin violaDavid Campbell double bassThis 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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Classical music is a living tradition stretching across a millennium.In this 8CD set, 100 tracks spanning 1000 years give a panoramic overview from the earliest chant to the present day, presenting a fascinating soundtrack to the development of our world.BAROQUE & BEFORE C.1000 TO C.1750The age of the church and the court – with music from ancient chant to the treasures of the baroque, including Hildegard, Tallis, Monteverdi, Vivaldi, JS Bach and Handel.THE CLASSICAL ERA C.1750 TO C.1820The era of innovation – the birth of the symphony, the arrival of the piano, the first concerts, and the towering geniuses of Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.THE ROMANTIC ERA C.1820 TO C.1900Revolution, heroism and ambition – told in music through the virtuosic concertos of Chopin, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, and the operas of Puccini, Verdi and Wagner.THE MODERN ERA C.1900 TO THE PRESENTA world of fragmentation and a flourishing of diversity – from music born out of World War I to 21st-century Australia, via French Impressionism, Eastern European minimalism and American classics.  
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The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under their Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis, presents the second volume in their live series of Richard Strauss’ orchestral works.The inspiration for Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) – completed at the turn of the twentieth century – was one of the most groundbreaking works ever written: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony. Largely agreed to be autobiographical – despite Strauss’ protestations to the contrary – it depicts various aspects of what Strauss called an ‘ideal of great and manly heroism’. Musically, it was the most ambitious work Strauss had written to date, and features a large orchestra and virtuosic violin solo, played here by the MSO’s concertmaster Dale Barltrop.On this album, Ein Heldenleben is prefaced by the Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo, Strauss’ opera based around incidents in the life of himself and his wife.Praise for Volume I of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Strauss cycle:“One of the finest Also sprach Zarathustras on disc” – BBC Music Magazine“A beautifully modulated, sensitively and sensuously soaring interpretation of the Four Last Songs” – Gramophone Magazine“This live recording from Melbourne is sumptuous … A remarkable disc” – The Arts DeskRICHARD STRAUSS 1864–1949Intermezzo, Op. 72: Four Symphonic Interludes1 I. Reisefieber und Walzerszene (Travel Fever and Waltz Scene)2 II. Träumerei am Kamin (Dreaming by the Fireside)3 III. Am Spieltisch (At the Card Table)4 IV. Fröhlicher Beschluss (Happy Ending)Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), Op. 405 I. Der Held (The Hero)6 II. Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero’s enemies)7 III. Des Helden Gefährtin (The Hero’s companion)8 IV. Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero’s deeds of war)9 V. Des Helden Friedenswerke (The Hero’s works of peace)10 VI. Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero’s retirement from the world)Melbourne Symphony OrchestraDale Bartrop concertmasterSir Andrew Davis conductorRecorded live in Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 2015
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In honour of the 90th birthday celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, ABC Classics is proud to present this collection of superb British music, including 12 pieces performed at the Queen’s coronation ceremony in 1953.*(Below) Music performed at the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Westminster Abbey, 2 June 1953
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 TRACKLISTINGCD1SATIE Gymnopédie No. 1MASSENET Méditation from ThaïsCACCINI (attrib.) Ave MariaKATS-CHERNIN Eliza AriaBACH Adagio from Concerto in C Minor (from Harpischord Concerto BWV 1060)DEBUSSY Clair de LuneCUNIO The Sacred FireTRADITIONAL The Cliffs of DooneenELGAR Nimrod, from Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 ‘Enigma’PUCCINI O mio babbino caroVAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on GreensleevesTOURNIER Vens la source dans le boisTRADITIONAL Unst Bridal MarchMARTIN Air from suite GuitareTRADITIONAL She Moved through the FairMOZART Adagio from Clarinet Concerto KV622PRICE RustinRAVEL Pavan pour une infant défunteCD2CANTELOUBE Baïléro from Songs of the Auvergne, Book IBACH Air on the G StringGOULD Annie Bridget NolanSANZ FoliasFAURÉ SicilienneHANDEL Lascia ch’io piangaBIEBL Ave Maria (excerpt)KOCH ReverieKATS-CHERNIN Silver PearlsMASSENET The Last Sleep of the VirginHANDEL PassacailleMOZART Ruhe sanft, mein holdes LebenKOSMA Autumn LeavesFAURÉ Pie JesuCACCINI Amarilli, mia bellaVINE SempliceSCHUBERT Ständchen: Leise flehen meine LiederBACH Sinfonia (Arioso)
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“her luminous soprano proves ideal for Bizet’s soaring lines” – The Guardian, London, 2015“you’d be hard pressed anywhere to hear more consistently satisfying singing”– Dallas Morning News, 2014“the young singer of the moment” – Limelight Magazine, 2014“a voice dripped in rich honey” – Herald Sun, 2014Brilliant young Australian soprano Nicole Car unveils her debut album: The Kiss.Nicole is one of the brightest stars on the international opera scene. In October 2015 she made a sensational debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to unanimous critical acclaim, singing Micaela in Carmen; in December 2015 she returned to Covent Garden in the lead role in Eugene Onegin opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Nicole has been known to Australian audiences for several years through her major roles for Opera Australia; and she has already won the 2013 Neue Stimmen competition (Germany) and received nominations in the International Opera Awards and for several Helpmann Awards (Australia).The Kiss surveys the arias that have made Nicole’s name: nineteenth-century gems, well known and neglected, that showcase the outstanding beauty, unforced lyricism and compelling passion of her voice. At the heart of the disc stands the ‘Letter Scene’ from Eugene Onegin – Nicole’s performances of which have astounded audiences across the world. Her passion for Russian repertoire continues with music by Rimsky-Korsakov.A gorgeous and rarely recorded lullaby by Smetana from the opera Hubička (The Kiss) gives the album its name, and the themes of intimacy and love throughout the recording. From Rusalka asking the silver moon to shine on her beloved prince to Amelia in Simon Boccanegra awaiting her lover, and from Servilia lamenting her fate torn between love and duty to Gounod’s Marguerite trembling with excitement as she sees herself in new-found jewels – this is an album of beguiling, passionate gems sung by one of the finest voices of today.
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"...absolute sonic cohesion and uniform musical maturity...a masterclass in chamber music technique and ensemble."  The Australian"One of Australia's finest" ArtsHubThe Seraphim Trio make a welcome return to ABC Classics with an album of Beethoven’s piano trios.Beethoven’s trios are amongst the finest works in the chamber canon, taking the form spawned by Mozart and Haydn and developing it into a musical genre which reached symphonic proportions in its musical language and virtuosity.The album combines two early trios with the later ‘Ghost’, showcasing the radical development of Beethoven’s style. The opening trio, Op.1 No.2, was written in 1795, when Beethoven was just 23 years old, and shows the influence of both Haydn (in its wit and surprise) and Mozart (in its lyricism – particularly evident in the sublime slow movement).Written just two years later, the Op.11 trio earns its nickname ‘Gassenhauer’, or ‘street hit’, on account of its final movement, a delightful set of variations on Joseph Weigl’s song Pria ch’io l’impegno: ‘Before I go to work I must have something to eat.’By 1808, when the ‘Ghost’ trio was written, Beethoven’s musical language had developed dramatically – and the piano trio, as the Seraphim’s pianist Anna Goldsworthy comments, ‘had now become the repository of some of his largest ideas’. ‘Over the previous decade,’ Goldsworthy continues, ‘Beethoven had been conducting his experiments with piano sonority, realised most completely in the proto-impressionistic slow movement. This spectral, eerie sound world, never previously inhabited by humans, is the source of the trio’s nickname ‘Ghost’.’This album grew out of the Seraphim’s Beethoven Immersion project in 2015, when they performed the complete Beethoven trios in venues around Australia – including complete cycles in Tasmania and South Australia, and pop-up performances in libraries, museums, art galleries and train stations. TRACKLISTINGLUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1 No. 21. I. Adagio – Allegro vivace2. II. Largo con espressione3. III. Scherzo: Allegro4. IV. Finale: PrestoPiano Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 ‘Ghost’4. I. Allegro vivace e con brio6. II. Largo assai ed espressivo7. III. PrestoPiano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 118. I. Allegro con brio9. II. Adagio10. III. Tema con variazioni (‘Pria ch’io l’impegno’): AllegrettoSeraphim TrioAnna Goldsworthy pianoHelen Ayres violinTimothy Nankervis celloRecorded by Virginia Read in Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo, May 2015
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Over 14 hours of classical gems especially chosen to enrich the power of your mind.Music does miraculous things to our brains, from our time in the womb to the end of our lives. It helps us to grow in every way – emotionally, physically, socially and intellectually – and to keep on growing. It brings us together across the boundaries of culture, age and ability. It lifts us up, consoles us and transports us to the best of times. Each album includes a survey of the current scientific findings on the health benefits of music.Music for the Mind 2CDTreat your brain with classical favourites by the great composers, from Bach and Beethoven to Schubert and Chopin.Music to Study by 2CD28 tracks carefully selected to trigger the brain / body responses that will set you up for a productive study session.Music to Relax to 2CDOver two hours of gentle, soothing music to help you relax and recharge, physically and emotionally.Music to Energise 2CDUpbeat classical favourites to lift you out of the doldrums and fill you with energy and optimism.Music to Sleep by 2CDCalming, relaxing music to smooth away the wrinkles of the day and get mind and body ready for a truly good night’s sleep.Music for your Infant 2CDGrowing up in a musically rich environment helps prepare children to progress to more formal learning, and nourishes their social and emotional wellbeing.
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is without question one of the greatest shows on earth. Its unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre, set against the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, showcases the incredible discipline and talent of military bands and drill corps from every corner of the globe. Televised in more than 40 countries, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is watched each year by 100 million fans world-wide.This deluxe edition presents the official DVD releases of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo from 2011 to 2015, plus a selection of highlights from the previous decade, including the splendor of massed pipes and drums, the haunting lament of the Lone Piper, the exuberance of Highland dancing, and spectacular displays of folkloric traditions from all around the world.This set includes:2011 ‘Of the Sea’2012 ‘Diamonds are Forever’2013 ‘Our Wonderful World’2014 ‘Our Home, Friends and Family’2015 ‘East Meets West’The Pipes and Drums of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Highlights
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The most beautiful classical music ever written.What’s the music that makes you swoon? The sounds that make your world stand still? For 20 years, ABC Classic FM’s Breakfast show has featured a daily ‘Swoon’, and each morning listeners across the country look forward to this ‘little parcel of rapture’ – a chance to shut out the noise and busyness of everyday life and drink in the loveliness of pure music. Over the past two decades, the Swoon phenomenon has touched the lives of millions of Australians with moments of musical bliss.Put the magic of Swoon at the heart of The Classic 100, Classic FM’s eagerly awaited annual survey of listener favourites, and you have the best of the best: Australia’s top moments of musical heaven.The box set of the complete top 100 pieces was Australia's highest-selling classical album of 2015. Now ABC Classics present the distilled version, featuring the complete top 10 Swoons (CD1) plus a disc of highlights: 13 sublime tracks specially selected from across the full Swoon spectrum.TRACKLISTINGCD 1:1. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending2. MOZART Clarinet Concerto: Adagio3. BARBER Adagio for Strings4. PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel5. ALLEGRI Miserere6. MASSENET Méditation, from Thaïs7. ELGAR ‘Enigma’ Variations: Nimrod8. MORRICONE Gabriel’s Oboe, from The Mission9. FAURÉ Requiem: Pie Jesu10. ALBINONI / GIAZOTTO Adagio in G minor (excerpt)CD 2:1. MAHLER Symphony No. 5: Adagietto2. MOZART Ave, verum Corpus3. STRAUSS Im Abendrot (In Sunset’s Glow), from Four Last Songs4. BACH Mache dich, mein Herze, rein, from St Matthew Passion5. HANDEL Pifa (Pastoral Symphony), from Messiah6. TALLIS Spem in alium7. BEETHOVEN ‘Moonlight’ Sonata: Adagio sostenuto8. DEBUSSY Prélude à ‘L’Après-midi d’un Faune’9. RACHMANINOFF Glory to God in the Highest, from All-Night Vigil10. BACH arr. HESS Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring11. RAVEL Pavane for a Dead Princess12. ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor: Adagio13. BACH Air (‘Air on the G String’), from Orchestral Suite No. 3
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My childhood was spent in stories and gardens…Recorder virtuosa Genevieve Lacey explores gardens, real and imagined, old and new – from the original ‘Pleasure Garden’, a series of exquisite musical vignettes by the Dutch nobleman Jacob van Eyck, to contemporary compositions contemplating our relationship with the botanical world.Jacob Van Eyck’s mid-seventeenth-century Der Fluyten Lust-hof (The Flute’s Pleasure Garden) is a recorder player’s treasure trove. A compendium of European popular song from the High Renaissance, Der Fluyten Lust-hof is the largest surviving collection of solo woodwind music from any age.Van Eyck, blind from birth, was employed by the city of Utrecht chiefly to play the city’s carillon, but was famously given a pay rise to wander through Janskerkhof public gardens in the evenings, to entertain passers-by on ‘his little flute’. The lusthof, or pleasure garden, was a domesticated version of Arcadia, a public site for recreation, courtship and listening.In Pleasure Garden, Van Eyck’s compositions are set alongside contemporary works by Genevieve Lacey and sound designer Jan Bang:“Our Pleasure Garden sets Jacob van Eyck’s exquisite blooms in a new environment. We collected material from Melbourne to Bermagui, Utrecht to Kristiansand, back and forth to Lambley Gardens – an oasis of beauty hidden  in the Victorian goldfields: improvised melodies and textures, birdsong from the places in which we worked, and Jacob’s own carillon, still joyously played today.”Pleasure Gardenwas first created as a garden installation, embedded (literally) within the glorious botanical worlds of Lambley Gardens (Victoria) and Vaucluse House (Sydney), the latter as part of the 2016 Sydney Festival.
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ABC Classics is proud to release the single 'Where?' from the stunning new opera The Rabbits. Sung by Kate Miller-Heidke, accompanied by Iain Grandage, the song encapsulates the pathos and beauty of the music that has been taking Australia by storm. About The RabbitsThe Rabbits came many grandparents ago. They built houses, made roads, had children. They cut down trees. A whole continent of rabbits... John Marsden and Shaun Tan's haunting picture book captivated a generation of children and adults, with its bold pictures and deeply moving story of progress, displacement and culture clash. It is a story that speaks to the world. Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company assembled some of Australia's foremost creative talents to adapt this story into a new opera for children and families. The result is "a triumphant adaptation of a deeply tragic story", wrote The Guardian.  Gabriela Tylesova's sets and costumes realise Tan's pictures in all of their mystical wonder, while Lally Katz transforms Marsden's spare poetry into an enchanting libretto. Butterfly-voiced opera and pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke wrote the "simply beautiful" score (The Guardian) and performs in the production alongside a talented cast of opera singers and contemporary music performers. The Rabbits won four Helpmann Awards, including Best New Australian Work, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Presentation for Children. CreditsThe Rabbits - Based on the book written by John Marsden and Illustrated by Shaun Tan. Composed by Kate Miller-HeidkeLibretto by Lally KatzAdapted by John SheedyMusical Director, Musical arrangements and additional music by Iain Grandage Sound Design and Audio Recording Engineering by Michael Waters  An Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company co-production. In association with West Australian Opera.  Commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival. This Project is assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals - Perth International Arts Festival, Melbourne Festival, Sydney Festival and the Western Australian Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts. The book was first published in Australia by Lothian Books. The opera is produced by arrangements with Hachette Australia Pty Ltd.