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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
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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