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ABC Classics

ABC Music is one of Australia’s largest independent music labels and the most highly awarded and critically acclaimed in its key genres.

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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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World-class opera in a spectacular setting: Opera Australia’s Hand Opera on Sydney Harbour returns with Aida, in a lavish production that captures the grandeur and majesty of Ancient Egypt as never before. With Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop and brilliant fireworks lighting up the night sky, Verdi’s thrilling music rings out in blazing glory, from the soaring passion of the aria ‘Celeste Aida’ to the splendour of the ‘Triumphal March’.Latonia Moore stars as Aida, the Ethiopian slave girl secretly in love with the commander of the Egyptian armies. As Egypt prepares to march on Ethiopia, Aida faces a terrible choice: to save her country, she must betray the man she loves.
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ABC Classics presents an album of nursery rhymes and children’s songs in delightful new arrangements, featuring two of Australia’s foremost singers.Andrew Ford, one of Australia’s best-known composers and musical commentators, has collected songs familiar and neglected, giving beautiful new settings and accompaniments to beloved tunes and featuring a wide range of instruments. ‘The variety was important,’ Ford says. ‘I wanted these songs to stand plenty of repetition, and was thinking not only of the children who might listen, but also their parents and grandparents!’Reflecting on the inspiration behind the album, Ford muses: ‘Five years ago, I became a father and – I suppose like any father – found that I now spent much of my time singing. One of the side-effects of parenthood is that it brings back memories of the parent's own childhood, and the songs I sang to my daughter were those that had been sung to me. A lot of them are on this album.’The album brings together nursery rhymes – anonymous songs handed down from generation to generation over the centuries – in their original form, with all the words (some of which have been ‘censored’ through the years) restored. There are also new songs by Ford himself, including a set of three ‘nonsense’ poems by Edward Lear, and ‘Little Star’, composed the day after the composer’s daughter was born, to the original words of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’.
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Let your child’s imagination take flight with these classic musical tales, featuring Australia’s finest symphony orchestras.CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALSSaint-Saëns’ grand zoological fantasy with a distinctly Australian flair, presented by Play School favourites Jay Laga’aia, Justine Clarke and Georgie Parker.SEBASTIAN THE FOXJustine Clarke recounts the adventures of wily Sebastian, from stealing sausages to escaping from bushrangers!PETER AND THE WOLFProkofiev’s timeless tale of a boy, his grumpy grandfather, and an unauthorised expedition into the woods. Narrated by Jay Laga’aia.BABAR THE ELEPHANTFrom deep in the jungle to the cake-shops of Paris: Georgie Parker tells the story of Babar the little elephant who becomes King of the Forest.THE YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRAMeet the instruments of the orchestra, from the tiny piccolo to the mighty double bass, in this guided tour led by Christopher Lawrence.MOTHER GOOSE SUITESleeping Beauty, Hop-o’-my-Thumb, Beauty and the Beast, The Enchanted Garden: magical fairy tales read by Marian Arnold.TUBBY THE TUBAEmma Ayres takes us with Tubby as he discovers that there is more to life than oom-pah-pah.Plus Dream Children, Fanfare and Classic Kids – orchestral favourites perfect for rest time, bed time, play time and fun time!
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ABC Classic FM presents an album of music for summer mornings, from Gregorian Chant to Percy Grainger. Sally Whitwell – whose album I Was Flying was nominated for an ARIA Award in 2015 – rubs shoulders with Handel, Bach and Vivaldi; and medieval English carols sit alongside music by Tchaikovsky and Grieg. Bringing them all together is a sense of freshness and calm: morning’s precious gift to us across the centuries! 
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The glorious voice of Aled Jones presents inspirational songs and classic carols for the perfect Christmas celebration. A Christmas Gift includes O For the Wings of a Dove, Edelweiss, Silent Night, You Raise Me Up – and the song which brought Aled international fame, Walking in the Air from The Snowman, performed here in a magical duet version featuring Aled’s voice as a boy treble and as a tenor. 
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The music of John Rutter is beloved for its joyful tunes and atmospheric harmonies. It reaches beyond its roots in the English choral tradition to create soundscapes which appeal to an international audience.In What Sweeter Music, released to mark Rutter’s 70th birthday, ABC Classics presents some of the British composer’s best-loved choral works, performed by British and Australian choirs including The Cambridge Singers under the direction of the composer himself. Alongside the well-known Pie Jesu from Requiem, the gentle tenderness of For the Beauty of the Earth and the serenity of A Gaelic Blessing, the album features a number of less frequently performed gems such as Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind and the joyous Wells Jubilate.
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An essential four-volume album of piano favourites, spanning four centuries of music. Volume 1: Gems of the Baroque and Classical ErasElegance, eloquence and grace: from the serenity of Bach and Handel to the wit and warmth of Haydn and Mozart.Volume 2: Pearls of the Romantic AgeMusic of passion, poetry and tenderness, exploring the rich colours of the piano in music by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt.Volume 3: Treasures of the 20th CenturyThe infinite subtleties of Debussy, Satie and Ravel, the irresistible rhythms of Gershwin and Joplin, the transcendent beauty of Nyman and Glass and the luscious harmonies of Rachmaninoff.Volume 4: Concerto HighlightsFavourite movements from piano concertos of Rachmaninoff, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Beethoven.Featuring pianists Simon Tedeschi, Roger Woodward, Ewa Kupiec, Sally Whitwell, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Michael Kieran Harvey, Gerard Willems, Stephanie McCallum, Roy Howat, Antony Gray, Donna Coleman, John Chen, Garrick Ohlsson and many more.
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When the traffic outside’s going crazy, enjoy an easy ride with these relaxing classics. Fantasia on Greensleeves, O mio babbino caro, Nimrod from the Enigma Variations, Méditation from Thaïs, Clair de lune, She Moved Through the Fair and more, including music by Mozart, Bach, Satie and Ravel.
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Big, bold classical favourites for when the road’s stretching out invitingly ahead. Music by Beethoven, Verdi, Elgar, Wagner and more, including The Ride of the Valkyries, Ode to Joy, Toreador’s Song, Zadok the Priest, Nessun Dorma and highlights from The Planets and the 1812 Overture.