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The Classic 100: Baroque and Before

ABC Classic FM’s annual Classic 100 survey is always a highlight of the music year, and this year’s category – Baroque and Before – promises to be the most popular yet. Even before the voting began, Classic FM listeners were eagerly proposing their favourite works to add to the list: sacred music and secular, vocal and instrumental, from whole operas and concertos to individual songs, motets and keyboard pieces.

The Baroque age was a time of musical discovery and adventure, of beauty and symmetry, of elegance and passion, of grand gestures and intimate caresses. Its music speaks to the heart and to the spirit, fascinating us with its genius while it stirs our souls.

This 8CD box set contains highlights from every work in the complete top 100, creating an indispensable collection of the finest music from the Baroque period and before. It’s the perfect introduction to 700 years of sublime music, the perfect gift for any music lover, and the perfect indulgence for any lover of beauty.

Includes performances by Australian favourites Sara Macliver, Yvonne Kenny, David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Diana Doherty, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Richard Tognetti, Erin Helyard, Neal Peres Da Costa, Geoffrey Lancaster, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes and The Song Company, plus international stars Andreas Scholl, Håkan Hardenberger, Ton Koopman, Trevor Pinnock, Sequentia, The Tallis Scholars, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, The Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen, The King’s Singers, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Talens Lyriques, Musica Antiqua Köln, New London Consort, English Baroque Soloists and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.



1 HANDEL Messiah (highlights):

Comfort ye

Ev’ry valley

And the glory of the Lord

Thus saith the Lord

But who may abide

For unto us a child is born

There were shepherds

And lo, the angel of the Lord

And the angel said unto them

And suddenly there was with the angel

Glory to God

Rejoice greatly

Then shall the eyes of the blind

He shall feed His flock

He was despised

Surely He hath borne our griefs

Why do the nations

Let us break their bonds asunder


I know that my Redeemer liveth

Behold, I tell you a mystery

The trumpet shall sound

Worthy is the Lamb



2 VIVALDI The Four Seasons (complete):  Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

3 ALLEGRI Miserere

4 HANDEL Water Music: Suite No. 1 in  F major


5 BACH St Matthew Passion: Final chorus ‘Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder’

6 PACHELBEL Canon in D major

7 PURCELL When I Am Laid in Earth (Dido’s Lament) from Dido and Aeneas

8 HANDEL Zadok the Priest

9 HANDEL Music for the Royal Fireworks: La Réjouissance

10 TALLIS Spem in alium

11 BACH Concerto for Two Violins: I. Vivace

12 BACH Goldberg Variations: Aria and Variation I

13 VIVALDI Gloria: Opening chorus

14 BACH Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude

15 PERGOLESI Stabat Mater: Opening duet

16 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3:  I. Allegro

17 BACH Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata No. 147

18 BACH Mass in B minor: Et incarnatus est

19 CORELLI Christmas Concerto: Pastorale

20 MONTEVERDI Vespers of the Blessed Virgin: Laudate pueri Dominum

21 BACH Toccata in D minor


22 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5:  I. Allegro (excerpt)

23 HANDEL The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon

24 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1:  I. Allegro

25 BACH Prelude in C major from  The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I

26 ANON. Greensleeves

27 PURCELL Sound the Trumpet from Come, Ye Sons of Art

28 HANDEL Ombra mai fù from Xerxes

29 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4:  I. Allegro

30 DOWLAND Flow My Tears

31 BACH Christmas Oratorio: Opening chorus ‘Jauchzet, frohlocket’

32 HANDEL Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo

33 BACH St John Passion: Final chorus 'Ruht wohl'

34 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2:  I. Allegro

35 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 6:  I. Allegro

36 CLARKE The Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary)

37 VIVALDI Concerto for Two Guitars in  G major, RV532: I. Allegro

38 HANDEL Piangerò la sorte mia from Julius Caesar



39 MONTEVERDI Pur ti miro from  The Coronation of Poppea

40 BACH Zion Hears the Watchmen Singing from Cantata No. 140

41 BACH Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata No. 208

42 BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3: Air

43 MONTEVERDI Toccata...Dal mio Permesso amato (excerpt) from L’Orfeo

44 HANDEL Dixit Dominus: Opening chorus

45 ANON. Veni, veni Emmanuel

46 MARAIS The Bells of St Genevieve

47 ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9 No. 2: II. Adagio

48 HANDEL Where’er You Walk from Semele

49 PURCELL Funeral Music for Queen Mary: March – Canzona – March

50 BACH Magnificat: Opening chorus

51 ANON. The Coventry Carol

52 BYRD Ave verum corpus

53 BACH We Hasten with Weak, but Eager Steps from Cantata No. 78


54 BACH Violin Partita No. 2: Ciaccona


56 PURCELL If Love’s a Sweet Passion  from The Fairy Queen

57 CHARPENTIER Te Deum: Prelude


59 PRAETORIUS Terpsichore: Ballets

60 BACH Ich habe genug from Cantata  No. 82

61 BACH The Art of Fugue: Contrapunctus IX

62 CPE BACH Magnificat: Opening chorus

63 MONTEVERDI Magnificat primo

64 PALESTRINA Missa Papae Marcelli: Kyrie

65 PURCELL Trumpet Tune and Air

66 HANDEL Mourn, Ye Afflicted Children from Judas Maccabaeus

67 STÖLZEL Bist du bei mir


68 BACH Cello Suite No. 3: Sarabande

69 BACH Toccata in D minor ‘Dorian’

70 BACH Violin Concerto in A minor: I. Allegro

71 TELEMANN Trumpet Concerto in D major: I. Adagio

72 HANDEL Concerto grosso in A major, Op. 6 No. 11: I. Andante larghetto e staccato

73 HANDEL Harpsichord Suite No. 5 ‘Harmonious Blacksmith’: Air and Variations

74 BACH Cello Suite No. 6: Gavottes I & II

75 CORELLI Violin Sonata, Op. 5 No. 12 ‘La Follia’

76 TELEMANN Tafelmusik: Ouverture from Suite in E minor

77 BACH Cello Suite No. 2: Menuets I & II

78 VIVALDI Guitar Concerto in D major, RV93: II. Largo

79 PALESTRINA Stabat Mater

80 BYRD Mass for Four Voices: Sanctus – Benedictus

81 RAMEAU Les Indes galantes: Overture


82 HANDEL Tornami a vagheggiar from Alcina

83 VIVALDI Stabat Mater: Opening aria

84 PURCELL Rejoice in the Lord Alway

85 VIVALDI Concerto for Two Trumpets, RV537: I. Allegro

86 MONTEVERDI Chiome d’oro

87 HANDEL The Trumpet’s Loud Clangour from Ode for St Cecilia’s Day

88 TARTINI Violin Sonata ‘The Devil’s Trill’: III. Andante – Allegro

89 LULLY Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

90 BACH Fugue in C minor, BWV582

91 VIVALDI Dixit Dominus: Virgam virtutis tuae

92 COUPERIN Les Baricades mistérieuses

93 BACH Violin Concerto in E major:  III. Allegro assai

94 BYRD Mass for Five Voices: Agnus Dei

95 ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in B-flat major, Op. 9 No. 11: I. Allegro

96 BACH Keyboard Partita No. 1: Sarabande

97 ANON. Mariam matrem virginem from Llibre Vermell

98 BIBER Rosary Sonata No. 11 ‘The Resurrection’: II. Surrexit Christus hodie

99 ALBINONI Concerto for Two Oboes,  Op. 9 No. 6: I. Allegro

100 ANON. Sumer Is Icumen In

From the creator of Swoon comes an enthralling introduction to the great love music of the classical composers. Experience music from 10 composers, from the passionate arias of Puccini and Mozart to the intimacy of Satie’s Gymnopedies and Chopin’s Nocturnes, and the extraordinary orchestral colours of Schumann, Debussy and Brahms. This is music at its most eloquent, written to seduce, to capture the ineffable highs and – perhaps most often – to overcome the excruciating blows of love. As Lawrence himself puts it, ‘the sounds of these composers are a poignant counterpoint to the tales of their stuttering dreams. Therein lie the real truths of these lives – and ours. For when it comes to putting a little love into your day, classical music does the best job of all.’This 2-CD set accompanies the major new book Symphony of Seduction by ABC Classic FM’s Christopher Lawrence.
 ’Mother’ sees the ARIA Award-nominated duo team up for the third time, following on from the internationally acclaimed albums ‘Black Peak’ (2016) and ‘Ghosts’ (2014).A passion for exploration comes naturally to Xylouris White. Across Mother’s nine tracks, they nurture fecund growths from the spaces between their instruments. Sometimes the songs drive with an invigorating urgency; sometimes they brood, plead, yearn and lull. The duo seem to discover each other anew at every turn, teasing the songs out from their fluid chemistry with the kind of virtuosity that knows when to listen, accommodate and learn afresh.Produced by long-time collaborator Guy Piccioto (Fugazi), the album has been named to denote 'new life’. As Xylouris says, “’Mother’ is the extension of ’Ghosts’ and ’Black Peak’. Three things, all part of a whole. Goats are mothers, Zeus was raised on Amaltheia's milk, Black Peak is Mother's Earth... Mother Earth is the mother of everything.“ Themes of simplicity and child-like innocence runs through the album. 
This specially themed version celebrates Australia Day with all the big names and rising stars of Aussie country (and a few Kiwis as well). Featured artists include Lee Kernaghan, The Wolfe Brothers, Sunny Cowgirls, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Drew McAlister, Adam Brand, Travis Collins and so much more!
Emma Matthews is one of the brightest stars in the antipodean operatic skies. Her voice is pure yet rich, capable of dazzling vocal fireworks but equally able to express the subtlest of moods.In this her debut release on the ABC Classics label, she brings the thrilling beauty of her tone to jewels by Donizetti, Bellini, Gounod, Delibes and Offenbach, taking on some of the iconic soprano roles and proving herself to be a worthy interpreter of the grand tradition.Track Listing1. BERNSTEIN Glitter and Be Gay from Candide2. DELIBES Où va la jeune Hindoue (Bell Song) from Lakmé3. FLOTOW The Last Rose of Summer from Martha4. DONIZETTI Ancor non giunse…Regnava nel silencio…Quando rapito in estasi from Lucia di Lammermoor (with Catherine Carby mezzo-soprano)5. BELLINI Eccomi in lieta vesta…Oh! quante volte from I Capuleti e i Montecchi6. GOUNOD Dieu! Quel frisson court dans mes veines…Amour, ranime mon courage from Roméo et Juliette7. THOMAS A vos jeux…Partagez-vous mes fleurs…Pâle et blonde…La sirène passe et vous entraîne from Hamlet8. OFFENBACH Les oiseaux dans la charmille (Doll Song) from Les Contes d’Hoffmann9. PROCH Deh! torna, mio bene (Theme and Variations)10. BOWMAN Now Touch the Air Softly11. MILLS The Nightingale’s Song from The Love of the Nightingale
The songs are the main feature of the brand-new ABC KIDS music television program of the same name. The children’s series celebrates all of the backstage drama, excitement and preparation of putting on a show! For this album Justine has collaborated with some of Australia’s best songwriters including Tim Rogers, Josh Pyke, Cameron Bruce, Sean Peter and her longstanding writing team Arthur Baysting and Peter Dasent. The album also features special guest musicians and artists such as hip-hop artist Hau Latukefu, musical theatre star Sheridan Harbridge and percussionist Bree Van Reyk.The Justine Clarke Show! embraces a variety of genres from the glam-rock sounds of R.O.C.K and Roll Hey Hey Hey through to the toe-tapping country swagger of Country Music, beat-boxing rhymes of Do Do Do The Helicopter, beautiful instrumentation of The Classical Song, disco fever of Everywhere’s A Dancefloor and ska inspired The Rumpus Room. “I’m a firm believer in the power of music, regardless of genre or style, to inspire and engage children and adults alike. It’s been such a thrill to work with these amazing artists and producers to create an album that has such variety. I’ve truly loved making this record and I hope the whole family enjoys it!” – Justine ClarkeABOUT JUSTINE CLARKE  Justine has spent the major part of her life in front of the camera and on stage performing in productions such as Red Dog True Blue, The Time Of Our Lives, Tangle, Look Both Ways and most recently Muriel’s Wedding The Musical.She launched her successful children’s career in 2005, with the defining music release, I Like To Sing and has since proven herself to be an intuitive and successful creator and producer of children’s content. Her accolades include ARIA nominated albums I Like To Sing, Songs To Make You Smile, Great Big World, Pyjama Jam! and the ARIA Award winning Best Children’s Album, A Little Day Out; platinum selling DVDs, four children’s books, popular programmed music clips and sell out national tours. Justine co-created the original Ta Da! concept for TV, to capture the fun and excitement of making music and performing. 
This live recording from the Uptown Jazz Café captures Fitzgibbon at his best, performing a selection of original compositions with regular partners Marty Holoubek on bass and Danny Fischer on drums. 
Here the Melbourne-based composer turns her versatile creative talent to the instruments of the brass family, with a soulful and charismatic disc featuring leading Australian artists Don Immel (trombone) and Joel Brennan (trumpet), as well as the dynamic line up of Ensemble Three (Immel, Brennan and guitarist Ken Murray).
The Australian Haydn Ensemble, acclaimed for their fresh and vibrant performances of the music of the Classical era, bring their deep knowledge of historical performance techniques to Beethoven’s first and third piano concertos to play them as they would have been first encountered by audiences of Beethoven’s own time: as chamber music, for a small ensemble that could comfortably fit into a private home. In an era without recordings, most music lovers discovered the works of the great composers not by hearing them, but by playing them. These arrangements by Australian scholar Vi King Lim are patterned on the hugely popular chamber editions of Beethoven and Mozart symphonies by London-dwelling Italians Cimador and Masi, which graced the libraries of every music-loving household at the turn of the 19th century.Neal Peres Da Costa performs on a meticulously crafted replica of an 1819 fortepiano by Conrad Graf – maker of one of Beethoven’s own pianos.
ABC Classics presents The Beauty of Beethoven, a 4CD celebration of the iconic composer's most exquisite masterworks. As well as beloved music including the Moonlight Sonata, Pastoral Symphony and Emperor Concerto, this album also shines light on lesser-known works from across Beethoven's oeuvre, including little-heard string quartets, piano trios and songs.This is music that changed the world with the power of its beauty: over five hours of masterpieces that will astonish, inspire and enthrall.In December, ABC Classic FM celebrates Beethoven's birthday weekend with two days dedicated to his music.Track Listing:CD 1:1. Pastoral Symphony No. 6: I. Allegro ma non troppo2. String Quartet No. 15 in A minor: III. Molto adagio3. Piano Trio in G major: III. Scherzo4. Bagatelle in C major, Op. 33 No. 55. Waldstein Piano Sonata No. 21: II. Introduzione6. Razumovsky String Quartet No. 1 in F major: II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando7. Spring Violin Sonata: II. Adagio molto espressivo8. Fidelio: Prisoners Chorus9. Leonore Overture No. 3CD 2:1. Für Elise2. Symphony No. 7: II. Allegretto3. Octet in E-flat major: II. Andante4. String Quartet No. 2 in G major: IV. Allegro molto quasi presto5. Piano Sonata No. 32: II. Arietta6. Diabelli Variations (Selections)7. Razumovsky String Quartet No. 3 in C major: II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto8. Violin Concerto: II. Larghetto9. Symphony No. 2: II. LarghettoCD 3:1. Eroica Symphony No. 3: I. Allegro con brio2. Moonlight Sonata: I. Adagio sostenuto3. Symphony No. 5: II. Andante con moto4. Pathétique Piano Sonata No. 8: II. Adagio cantabile5. Missa solemnis: Sanctus6. Ghost Piano Trio in D major: II. Largo assai ed espressivo7. Symphony No. 9: II. Molto vivaceCD 4:1. Symphony No. 8: I. Allegro vivace e con brio2. With a Painted Ribbon3. Sonata in F major for cor anglais: I. Allegro moderato4. String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major: V. Cavatina5. Piano Concerto No. 4: I. Allegro moderato6. String Quartet No. 5 in A major: III. Andante cantabile7. Archduke Piano Trio in B-flat major: I. Allegro moderato8. Emperor Piano Concerto No. 5: II. Adagio un poco moto 
In March 2017, the musical world came together to mourn the death of Danny Spooner, a man whose passion for expressing culture through music had touched the lives of millions and seen him declared a living national treasure. ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, hearing earlier of his terminal illness, had simply written – in a private note – “Bless his genius”.Now the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Tognetti honour this extraordinary musician with a live recording from their collaboration with Spooner in 2007. The recording – which hasn’t been heard for a decade – was made when they toured Australia with fiddler Mike Kerin, bringing to life a range of folk songs: differing in mood, but all sharing ear-catching tunes, characteristic dance rhythms and a marvellous sense of vitality. The concert looked back to the folk music of rural Britain – from where Spooner hails – with the Hebridean Call of the Seals and the northern miners’ tune Byker Hill, but also celebrates the rich folk history of Australia, with works by West Australia’s Roy Abbott (And When They Dance) and Queenslander Bill Scott (Hey Rain).Born in London’s East End, Danny Spooner left school at age 13 and began learning British folksongs while working on barges along the Thames and the English south coast. Since arriving in Australia in 1962, his astonishingly vast repertoire of folk music expanded and was performed in folk clubs, festivals and workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Britain and the US. He memorised over 5000 folksongs.Fiddler Mike Kerin is known to Australian lovers of country music as a consummate musician, a vocalist and player of fiddle, guitar and mandolin. Since 1978 he has been a quiet driving force in country music through his performances and recordings with Gaelforce, the Flying Emus, the Travelling Country Band, Slim Dusty and the WheelerDealers, alongside countless other.
Legendary Grammy award-winning vocalist Patti Austin and Australian trumpet maestro James Morrison come together to relive the timeless hits of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong in their new album on ABC Jazz.Track ListingCD1Hello, Dolly!(Up A) Lazy RiverToo Close for ComfortLet’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)(If You Can’t Sing It) You’ll Have to Swing It (Mr Paganini)Our Love is Here to StayA Tisket, A TasketSatin DollLullaby of BirdlandCD2Basin Street BluesMiss Otis RegrestHard-Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah)Honeysuckle RoseI’ve Got The World on a StringStruttin’ With Some BBQBut Not For MeMack the KnifeHow High the MoonGet Happy
Recorded live at St Francis of Assisi Church, Paddington NSW in December 2016, this is a Christmas celebration like only the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir, under their charismatic artistic director Paul Dyer, can create.For over a decade, the Brandenburg’s annual Christmas concerts have been a staple festive celebration for thousands across Australia, and several have become best-selling albums. But this is the first time the joy can be witnessed on DVD, in this new CD / DVD release from ABC Classics.Noël! Noël! features brilliant New Zealand soprano Madison Nonoa, who sings the sumptuous Renaissance lament Con qué la lavaré, Silent Night and more. In a typically wide-ranging choice of music, beloved carols such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and O Little Town of Bethlehem sit alongside joyous instrumental celebrations, including Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets. And the Choir revel in contemporary gems including Ola Gjeilo’s The Spheres and a beautiful arrangement of Ben Folds’ love-song The Luckiest.Noël! Noël! touches on the religious but is firmly grounded in the spiritual. It’s a celebration of the festive that will fill your heart with cheer.For details about the Brandenburg’s 2017 Noël! Noël! season in Sydney, Melbourne & Wollongongël-noël/TRACKLISTING1. NICOLAI Wachet auf!2. ANONYMOUS Sonata à 93. GAUNTLETT Once, in Royal David’s City4. VIVALDI Concerto for Two Trumpets in C major, RV537: I. Allegro5. VAVILOV Ave Maria6. TRADITIONAL O Little Town of Bethlehem7. GJEILO The Spheres from Sunrise Mass8. TRADITIONAL Coventry Carol9. NARVÁEZ Con qué la lavaré10. TRADITIONAL God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen11. RITTLER Ciaccona à 7 in C major12. EŠENVALDS O Salutaris Hostia13. MENDELSSOHN Hark! the Herald Angels Sing14. FOLDS The Luckiest15. ADAM Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night)16. TRADITIONAL Amazing Grace17. GRUBER Stille Nacht18. ANONYMOUS O Come, All Ye Faithful---Paul Dyer artistic director, conductor and harpsichordAustralian Brandenburg OrchestraBrandenburg ChoirMadison Nonoa sopranoRecorded live at St Francis of Assisi Church, Paddington NSW on 13 December 2016