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The mist-covered hills and cosy firesides of Scotland, Ireland and Wales have long inspired music of enchantment and beauty. From haunting melodies to exuberant reels, from traditional tunes to uplifting songs of today, join cellist Sally Maer as she celebrates the Celtic muse.
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The story of the Gallipoli campaign is everlasting. It is a story of endeavour, courage, tragedy, great achievements and great sacrifices. It is a story of young nations and old coming together in conflict.It is, most of all, a deeply human story, woven into the fabric of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. Millions of words have been written about the campaign, but the story has never been told through music – until now.The Gallipoli Symphony is a major composition produced by internationally respected composers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. It represents the first time ever that composers from three nations that fought in the campaign have collaborated on a single commemorative work of this scale.The Gallipoli Symphony is structured into parts, like chapters in a book, each themed around an element of the campaign – from the farewell to the New Zealander troops as they began their journey across the world, to the battle fields after the invasion and, finally, hope for a brighter future.The Symphony received its world-premiere performance in the magnificent Hagia Irene in Istanbul on 4 August 2015. This CD documents the Australian premiere performance, which took place five months later in Brisbane. Conductor Jessica Cottis and the soloists are re-united following the Istanbul concert, joined for this performance by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Omar Faruk Tekbilek vocals, ney, zurnaWilliam Barton didgeridooHoromona Horo taonga pūoroMichael Askill percussionJulian Jackson chromatic harmonicaBahadır Şener kanunOzan Arslan baglamaSt Joseph’s College and All Hallows’ School Gallipoli ChoirThe Australian VoicesQueensland Symphony OrchestraJessica Cottis conductor 
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Exquisitely pure melodies from the earliest days of Western music.The 1000 Years of Classical Music album series presents some of the oldest works in the history of Western music.\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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The 1000 Years of Classical Music album series presents the final masterpiece of one of the world’s best-loved composers – written 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.TRACKLISTINGWOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–17911–14. Requiem, KV62615. Ave verum Corpus, KV61816. Sancta Maria, mater Dei, KV27317–20. Exsultate, jubilate, KV165Sara MacliverSally-Anne RussellPaul McMahonTeddy Tahu RhodesCantillationOrchestra of the AntipodesAntony Walker conductor
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“A symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” – Gustav Mahler.The 1000 Years of Classical Music album series presents Mahler’s pivotal Symphony No. 5.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.TRACKLISTING1–5. MAHLER Symphony No. 5Melbourne Symphony OrchestraMarkus Stenz conductor 
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Ever winging up and up, our valley is his golden cupAnd he the wine which overflows to lift us with him as he goes.The beauty of nature comes to life in Vaughan Williams’ exquisite musical painting of a lark soaring high above the glorious English countryside – volume 85 in the 1000 Years of Classical Music album series. 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.TRACKLISTINGRALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS 1872–1958 1. The Lark Ascending – Romance for violin and orchestra2. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis3. Fantasia on Greensleeves4. Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’5. Romanza from Symphony No. 5 in D major6-9. Partita for Double String Orchestra
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World-class opera in a spectacular setting: Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour presents Bizet’s Carmen in all its sizzling passion. Rinat Shaham stars as the sexy and capricious Carmen, taunting the men around her, even as she delights in their adulation.But after attacking another woman at the cigarette factory with a knife, Carmen has to turn her seductive wiles on her guard, Don José, to escape going to prison. Passion and desire turn to jealousy and rage when Don José discovers he has a rival, the famous toreador Escamillo; at the gates of the bullring, Carmen must choose between her lovers, her liberty and her life.Carmen Rinat ShahamDon José Dmytro PopovEscamillo Andrew JonesMicaëla Nicole CarFrasquita Ariya SawadivongMercédès Tania FerrisRemendado Sam Roberts-SmithDancairo Luke GabbedyMoralès Samuel DundasOpera Australia ChorusChorus Master Michael BlackAustralian Opera and Ballet OrchestraLeader, Associate Concertmaster Huy-Nguyen BuiConductor Brian Castles-OnionDirector Gale EdwardsSet Designer Brian ThomsonCostume Designer Julie LynchLighting Designer John RaymentSound Designer Tony David CraySite Designer Eamon D’ArcyChoreography Kelley AbbeyRecording Producer Sam RussellTelevision Director Cameron Kirkpatrick
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La traviata, one of the world’s best-loved romantic operas, is performed under the stars on a floating, mirrored stage on Sydney Harbour, with the city, Opera House and Harbour Bridge as stunning backdrop.Emma Matthews thrills as the courtesan Violetta who, against her better judgment, falls in love with Alfredo (dazzling Italian tenor Gianluca Terranova). But their relationship is doomed on two counts: Violetta’s illness, and society’s moral views of a courtesan’s place within their world. With a colossal, glittering Swarovski chandelier illuminating the stage and fireworks embellishing the night sky, this is a La traviata without equal.Violetta Valéry Emma MatthewsAlfredo Germont Gianluca TerranovaGiorgio Germont Jonathan SummersFlora Bervoix Margaret PlummerDoctor Grenvil John Bolton WoodAnnina Sarah SweetingGastone Martin BuckinghamBaron Douphol James ClaytonMarquis d'Obigny Christopher HillierOpera Australia ChorusChorus Master Michael BlackChorus Preparation Anthony HuntAustralian Opera and Ballet OrchestraConcertmaster Aubrey MurphyLeader, Associate Concertmaster Huy-Nguyen BuiConductor Brian Castles-OnionDirector Francesca ZambelloSet Designer Brian ThomsonCostume Designer Tess SchofieldLighting Designer John RaymentChoreographer Stephen BaynesSite Designer Ross Wallace 
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‘All people become brothers.’Beethoven’s epic final symphony, a vision for music – and for humanity.The 1000 Years of Classical Music album series presents Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, renowned for its uplifting finale ‘Ode to Joy’.TRACKLISTINGSymphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ‘Choral’1 I. Allegro ma non troppo e un poco maestoso2 II. Molto vivace – Presto3 III. Adagio molto e cantabile – Andante moderato4 IV. Finale [Ode to Joy]Sharon Prero sopranoElizabeth Campbell mezzo-sopranoKeith Lewis tenorBruce Martin baritoneOpera Australia ChorusTasmanian Symphony OrchestraDavid Porcelijn conductorThis 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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‘Here comes the spring, and festivelyThe birds salute her with a merry song.’The 1000 Years of Classical Music album series presents Vivaldi’s timeless evocation of nature – and a showcase of virtuosic Baroque brilliance.TRACKLISTINGANTONIO VIVALDI (1678 – 1741)The Four Seasons1-3 Spring (Violin Concerto in E major, RV269)4-6 Summer (Violin Concerto in G minor, RV315)7-9 Autumn (Violin Concerto in F major, RV293)10-12 Winter (Violin Concerto in F minor, RV297)13-15 ‘Grosso mogul’ (Violin Concerto in D major, RV208)16-18 ‘The Cuckow’ (Violin Concerto in A major, RV335)Elizabeth Wallfisch, Baroque violinAustralian Brandenburg OrchestraPaul Dyer, directorThis 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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‘Perhaps people find something they need in this piece of music, something they were missing. Something, somewhere had been lost to them.I feel that I instinctively knew what they needed.’– Henryk GóreckiThe 1000 Years of Classical Music album series presents Górecki’s emotive ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’ – a powerful exploration of the special love between mother and child.TRACKLISTINGSymphony No. 3, Op. 36 ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’1 I. Lento (Sostenuto tranquillo ma cantabile)2 II. Lento e largo (Tranquillissimo – cantabillissimo – dolcissimo – legatissimo)3 III. Lento (Cantabile – semplice)Yvonne Kenny sopranoAdelaide Symphony OrchestraTakuo Yuasa conductorThis 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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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.