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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.
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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