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Classic 100: Beethoven

Australia has voted Ludwig van Beethoven’s epic Ninth Symphony featuring the “Ode to Joy” as their number one in the Classic 100: Beethoven.

ABC Classic’s annual Classic 100 countdown was set amidst the global backdrop of coronavirus lockdowns, with the Ninth Symphony a fitting choice for top spot as people have sought to connect through music across the world.

This 8CD set contains music from all 100 of the best-loved works by Australia’s favourite composer, Ludwig van Beethoven: the easy grace and charm of his youth, his groundbreaking symphonies and string quartets, the anguish and triumph of his struggles with deafness, and the visionary genius of his final years.

It includes a brand new recording of the famous ‘Für Elise’ by Tamara-Anna Cislowska, ABC Classic presenter and internationally-celebrated pianist. She joins a Who’s Who of Australian performers, including Jayson Gillham, Nicole Car, Gerard Willems, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Anna Goldsworthy, the Goldner String Quartet, the Seraphim Trio and more.

In 2019, Beethoven was revealed as Australia’s favourite composer, topping the Classic 100: Composer countdown. And so in 2020, to celebrate his 250th birthday, we dedicated the Classic 100 to Beethoven.

Beethoven epitomises the hope and humanity at the core of music’s purpose, from the inspiring story of the deaf man who became the greatest composer of all time, to the moments when Beethoven has provided a soundtrack to the great events of history, to the comfort and joy of his music in our everyday lives.

Classic 100: Beethoven by the numbers

Favourite Forms 26 Sonatas 13 String Quartets 10 Concertos 9 Symphonies 4 Overtures • Trios 3 Romances • Sets of variations 2 Fantasias • Fugues • Sets of incidental music Masses • Quintets • Rondos 1 Adagio • Allegro and minuet • Bagatelle Ballet score • Battle piece • Concert aria Set of dances • Octet • Opera • Oratorio Septet • Serenade • Sextet • Sonatina Song • Song cycle Dark horses The highest-placed works making their Classic 100 debuts: · Egmont Overture (#13) · Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 (#24) · Coriolan Overture (#30) Earliest piece: Fugue in D major for organ (1782 – aged 12) Latest piece: String Quartet Op.130: Finale (1826 – aged 56) 22 Solo pieces (1 musician) 41 Chamber works (2–7 musicians) 37 Orchestral works 51 pieces featured a piano Beethoven in previous Classic 100 countdowns 48 unique works across 13 countdowns The Choral Symphony has featured 7 times; the Emperor Concerto 6 times Five #1s: · Classic 100 Piano (2004): Moonlight Sonata · Classic 100 Concerto (2007): Emperor Concerto · Classic 100 Ten Years On (2010): Choral Symphony · Classic 100 Voice (2016): Choral Symphony Classic 100 Composer (2019): Beethoven

Can’t get enough Beethoven? ABC Classic have also made a playlist featuring all the movements of all the works in the Top 100 – every single note from Australia’s favourite Beethoven pieces! Head here to listen.

Classic 100 Beethoven – Track List

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1 Symphony No. 9 ‘Choral’: IV. Finale (Ode to Joy)

2 Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’: II. Adagio un poco mosso

3 Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’: I. Pleasant, cheerful sensations awakened on arrival in the countryside

4 Symphony No. 7: II. Allegretto

5 Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio

6 Piano Sonata No. 14 ‘Moonlight’: I. Adagio sostenuto

7 Violin Concerto in D major: III. Rondo

8 Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’: III. Scherzo

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9 Piano Sonata No. 8 ‘Pathétique’: II. Adagio cantabile

10 Piano Concerto No. 4: II. Andante con moto

11 Triple Concerto: III. Rondo alla Polacca

12 Piano Sonata No. 23 ‘Appassionata’: I. Allegro assai

13 Egmont Overture

14 Für Elise

15 Missa Solemnis: I. Kyrie

16 Piano Sonata No. 21 ‘Waldstein’: I. Allegro con brio

17 Piano Concerto No. 3: III. Rondo

18 Choral Fantasy: Excerpt

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19 Piano Trio No. 7 ‘Archduke’: II. Scherzo

20 Fidelio: Prisoners’ Chorus

21 Violin Sonata No. 5 ‘Spring’: IV. Rondo

22 Violin Sonata No. 9 ‘Kreutzer’: III. Finale

23 Symphony No. 8: I. Allegro vivace e con brio

24 Violin Romance No. 2

25 String Quartet No. 15: III. Heiliger Dankgesang: Excerpt

26 Symphony No. 4: III. Allegro vivace

27 Piano Concerto No. 1: III. Rondo

28 String Quartet No. 13: V. Cavatina

29 Mass in C major: I. Kyrie

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30 Coriolan Overture

31 String Quartet No. 14: I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo

32 Piano Sonata No. 17 ‘The Tempest’: III. Allegretto

33 Piano Sonata No. 15 ‘Pastoral’: IV. Rondo

34 Piano Concerto No. 2: III. Rondo

35 Piano Sonata No. 29 ‘Hammerklavier’: I. Allegro

36 Symphony No.1: III. Menuetto

37 Rondo a capriccio ‘Rage over a Lost Penny’

38 Violin Romance No. 1

39 Wellington’s Victory: II. Victory Symphony

40 Piano Sonata No. 32: I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato

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41 Leonore Overture No. 3

42 Große Fuge

43 Violin Concerto in C major (Fragment)

44 Symphony No. 2: III. Scherzo

45 Cello Sonata No. 3: II. Scherzo

46 String Quartet No. 16: II. Vivace

47 The Ruins of Athens: Turkish March

48 String Quartet No. 7 ‘Rasumovsky No. 1’: IV. Thème russe

49 Septet: III. Tempo di Menuetto

50 Piano Trio No. 5 ‘Ghost’: I. Allegro vivace e con brio

51 Cello Sonata No. 2: I. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo

52 Piano Sonata No. 31: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

53 String Quartet No. 9 ‘Rasumovsky No. 3’: IV. Allegro molto

CD6

54 The Creatures of Prometheus Overture

55 Piano Sonata No. 26 ‘Les Adieux’: I. Das Lebewohl

56 Diabelli Variations: Excerpts

57 Piano Sonata No. 30: I. Vivace, ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo

58 String Quartet No. 8 ‘Razumovsky No. 2’: IV. Finale

59 Oboe Concerto (Fragment: Largo)

60 Octet: IV. Finale

61 String Quartet No. 12: I. Maestoso – Allegro

62 Rondo for Piano and Orchestra

63 Horn Sonata: III. Rondo

64 Mandolin Sonatina in C major

65 Fantasia in G minor

66 Mandolin Adagio

67 String Quartet No. 10 ‘Harp’: IV. Allegretto con variazioni

CD7

68 Leonore Overture No. 2

69 Leonore Overture No. 1

70 An die ferne Geliebte: VI. Nimm die hin denn, diese Lieder

71 Piano Sonata No. 12: III. Funeral March

72 Cello Sonata No. 1: III. Allegro vivace

73 Christ on the Mount of Olives: Wir haben ihn gesehen

74 Romance Cantabile (Fragment)

75 String Quartet No. 2: IV. Allegro molto quasi presto

76 Adelaide

77 Wind Quintet: III. Minuetto

78 Piano Sonata No. 1: III. Menuetto

79 String Quartet No. 11 ‘Serioso’: IV. Larghetto espressivo – Allegretto agitato

80 Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola: V. Allegro scherzando e vivace

81 Andante and Variations for Mandolin

82 Organ Fugue

CD8

83 Trio for Two Oboes and Cor Anglais: III. Menuetto

84 German Dances, WoO 8: No. 1 in C major

85 Andante favori

86 Cello Sonata No. 4: I. Andante

87 Quintet for Piano and Winds: III. Rondo

88 String Quartet No. 4: III. Menuetto

89 Sonata for Piano Four Hands: I. Allegro molto

90 Cello Sonata No. 5: III. Allegro fugato

91 Piano Sonata No. 18 ‘The Hunt’: III. Menuetto

92 Piano Sonata No. 5: III. Finale

93 Piano Trio No. 4 ‘Gassenhauer’: II. Adagio

94 String Quartet No. 6: III. Scherzo

95 Piano Concerto No. 0: III. Rondo allegretto

96 Piano Sonata No. 13: II. Allegro molto e vivace

97 Flute Duo: I. Allegro

98 See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes: Variation No. 12

99 Wind Sextet: III. Menuetto quasi allegretto

100 Ah! perfido

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Inspired by the Songs Without Words of Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, this trio of exquisite lyrical miniatures explores the relationship, in life and in music, between these two talented composers.The first of the three, ‘Ornamental’, references the double standard applied to the two gifted youngsters by their father, who declared that Felix could become a professional musician, but for Fanny, music could only ever be an ornament. The middle movement, ‘Lied’ (German for ‘song’), explores the close musical collaboration between Felix and Fanny, and the way in which their individual styles came to resemble each other. In both of these pieces, composer Anne Cawrse contrasts and brings together traditional stereotypes of masculine and feminine: strength and beauty, intellect and emotion, structure and decoration.The suite closes with ‘Swansong’, a reflection on aspects of loss in the story of Fanny and Felix: the struggle to be heard and understood, the disappointment of unfulfilled potential, and the sorrow felt at the death of a sibling – Felix, shattered by the loss of his beloved older sister, died less than six months later, aged 38Songs Without Words was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.
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‘We’re All Fruit Salad!: The Wiggles’ Greatest Hits’ is the brand new, career-spanning compilation album from The Wiggles, released to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary!The album is jam-packed with 40 iconic hits that have become part of the early childhood music canon. Unforgettable classics from across the band’s entire career including ‘Rock-A-Bye Your Bear’, ‘Hot Potato’, ‘Fruit Salad’, Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga Big Red Car’ and ‘Do the Propeller!’, as well as 7 brand new recordings that are exclusive to this album!Fans of The OG Wiggles (The ‘Original Guys’), will love reliving the soothing voice of Greg, scintillating guitar breaks from Murray, Jeff’s keyboard wizardry, and Anthony's commentary "What’s Next Greg?”, alongside their good friends; Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus.The OGs started ‘cradle rock’, sold out Madison Square Garden 12 times and have created classics for children around the world! A few years later, Sam started Wiggling and the band kept rocking! In 2013, a whole new sound came along, when Emma, Lachy and Simon joined in on the fun!"This 30-year compilation is like looking back at a party that has been going for more than half my life”- Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle, Founding Member).This album is a celebration of The Wiggles music’s enduring appeal, and the band’s popularity with generations of families across the globe.30 years, yummy yummy!Track list:1.      Get Ready to Wiggle (1993)2.     Rock-a-Bye Your Bear (1993)3.     Hot Potato (1994)4.     Fruit Salad (1994)5.     Dorothy the Dinosaur (1993)6.     The Monkey Dance (1994)7.      D.O.R.O.T.H.Y (My Favourite Dinosaur) (1994)8.     Can You (Point Your Fingers and Do the Twist?) (1997)9.     Romp Bomp a Stomp (1996)10.   Go Santa Go! (1996)11.    Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car (1998)12.   Captain Feathersword Fell Asleep On His Pirate Ship (Quack Quack) (1998)13.   Food Food Food (Oh How I Love My Food) (1998)14.   Here Come the Reindeer (2000)15.   Wiggle Bay (2002)16.   Anthony's Workshop (2003)17.    Getting Strong! (2007)18.   Follow the Leader (2007)19.   Do the Propeller! (2013)20.  I've Got My Glasses On! (2013)21.   Ready, Steady, Wiggle! (2013)22.  Say the Dance, Do the Dance (2013)23.  Wake Up Lachy! (New 2021 version)24.  Apples and Bananas (New 2021 version)25.  Simon Says (2018)26.  Who's in the Wiggle House? (2014)27.   The Wonder of Wiggle Town (2016)28.  Henry's Christmas Merengue (2017)29.  Emma's Theme (New 2021 version)30.  Welcome to the Lachy Wiggle Show (New 2021 version)31.   I Went to the Library (2015)32.  Hey, Wags! (2014)33.  The Toilet Song (2018)34.   Shirley Shawn the Unicorn (2018)35.   Emma's Yellow Bow (New 2021 version)36.  H.O.L.I.D.A.Y from ‘Wiggle Pop!’ (2018)37.   Here Come The Wiggles from ‘Fun and Games!’ (2020)38.  Handwashing Song from ‘Choo Choo Trains…’ (2020)39.  Everybody Wiggle Along (2021)40.  We're All Fruit Salad! (2021)
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Morgan England-Jones soprano • Acacia QuartetA musical tale of hope.The Night Parrot is one of the most elusive and mysterious birds in the world. Believed to be extinct for 100 years, this shy, nocturnal, ground-dwelling Australian parrot with its distinctive green and gold feathers was finally spotted in the wild, and a 56,000 hectare reserve has been created to protect and nurture the tiny remaining population.Setting a bush poetry-style text created by librettist Jeff Wells, composer Jessica Wells traces in music the story of the Night Parrot, and the quest to find it and bring it back from the edge of extinction: an exploration, she says, ‘of the human endeavour that had almost destroyed this little bird, but has now saved it.’ Her music evokes the vast and sparse outback environment that the Night Parrot inhabits; it examines the predators and dangers that threaten its existence; it takes us to Victorian England and the posh drawing rooms where stuffed birds were sent; it shows us the first time a bird was held in human hands for over 130 years; and finally, it reflects on the importance of the effort to preserve the species now and into the future.Performed by award-winning soprano Morgan England-Jones and the Acacia Quartet, this is a heartwarming and uplifting musical account of one of this country’s great stories.   TRACKLISTING JESSICA WELLSThe Night ParrotI. PrologueII. Will-o-the-WispIII. Channel CountryIV. The Story of a Little BirdV. PredatorsVI. The Story of a Precious BirdVII. VictorianaVIII. The Story of Pezoporus occidentalisIX. Sundown in the Spinifex (Re-enactment)X. EpilogueXI. Reflection Morgan England-Jones sopranoAcacia QuartetLisa Stewart violinMyee Clohessy violinStefan Duwe violaAnna Martin-Scrase cello
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Featuring Jayson Gillham • Tamara-Anna Cislowska • Roger Woodward Eva Kupiec • Simon Tedeschi • Nat Bartsch • Sally Whitwell and many moreThe best Classical piano music to relax and unwind. Let the beauty of the piano carry you away to a world of blissful tranquillity and pure calm. This 5CD collection brings together soothing favourites by Ravel, Debussy, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mendelssohn and so many more: Satie’s Gymnopédies, Beethoven’s Für Elise and Moonlight Sonata, Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, Grieg’s Morning Mood from Peer Gynt, Sculthorpe’s Left Bank Waltz, as well as classics from the silver screen, including Amélie, Cinema Paradiso and East of Eden.Performed by Australia’s finest pianists, this is the perfect album for smoothing away the wrinkles of the day and enjoying the delights that only music can bring. Treat yourself! TRACKLISTING  CD11 BLAKE The Snowman: Walking in the Air2 BARTSCH/HOWARD And Until Tomorrow3 BLAKE Berceuse4 KATS-CHERNIN Eliza Aria5 ALLAN The Dean Brig o’ Edinburgh6 AGNEW An Autumn Morning7 RAVEL Pavane for a Dead Princess8 FAURÉ Sicilienne9 BACH Sheep May Safely Graze10SATIE Gymnopédie No. 2  11MOZART Variation No. 5 on Willem van Nassau12ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor: Adagio13CHOPIN Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 69 No. 114POULENC Novelette in C major15GRAINGER Bridal Lullaby16BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 25: Andante17TCHAIKOVSKY Mamma18TRAD The Cliffs of Moher19BLAKE Isabelle20SCULTHORPE Evocation21MEDTNER Eight Mood Pictures: Prologue CD21 BEETHOVEN Für Elise2 SCULTHORPE Nocturne No. 13 DEBUSSY Veils4 TCHAIKOVSKY Evening Reverie5 BRAHMS Lullaby6 MENDELSSOHN On Wing of Song7 CHOPIN Berceuse8 TRAD/GRAINGER The Sussex Mummers’   Christmas Carol9 SKRYABIN Étude in F-sharp major, Op. 42 No. 410SIBELIUS Berceuse 11BRAHMS Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119 No. 112MARCELLO/BACH Oboe Concerto in D minor:      Adagio13TCHAIKOVSKY The Lark’s Song14GOULD Calm15SCHUMANN Piano Sonata No. 2: Andantino16SCHUMANN Scenes from Childhood: Träumerei17SUK Idyll18BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 1: Adagio19BACH Flute Sonata No. 2: Siciliano20TRAD All Through the Night   CD31 DEBUSSY Clair de lune2 GRIEG Morning Mood3 ROWLAND The Man from Snowy River:   Jessica’s Theme4 TRAD Amazing Grace5 FLUME Never Be Like You6 MILEY Wrecking Ball7-8EDWARDS A Flight of Sunbirds: excerpts9TIERSEN Amélie: The Argument10ROTA Romeo and Juliet: Love Theme 11CHAPLINMandolin Serenade12VINE Love Me Sweet13BARTSCH Here I Am, Just for You14KATS-CHERNIN Butterflying15BACH/HESS Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring16BIEBER Sorry17THE KNIFE Heartbeats18BARTSCH Rockabye19ISAACS Barcarolle20GERSHWIN Prelude No. 2    CD41 BACH Prelude No. 1 in C major2 SCULTHORPE Little Serenade3 SCHUMANN Melody4 GOULD Quiet5 LISZT Andantino, S.192 No. 46 VAVILOV Ave Maria7 BACH Actus Tragicus: Sonatina8 RACHMANINOFF Musical Moment No. 19 BLAKE Make-Believe10BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in E-flat major,     WoO47 No. 1: Andante 11TRAD Valse Frontenac12VASKS White Scenery13TCHAIKOVSKY October: Autumn Song14HILL One Came Fluting15MOZART Sonatina in G major16PEZOLD Minuet in G minor17PÄRT Für Anna Maria18HUTCHENS Lullaby19BACH Sleepers, Wake20SABOLY Touro-Louro-Louro   CD51 BEYONCÉ Halo2 NYMAN The Piano: Big My Secret3 BEETHOVEN Moonlight Sonata: Adagio   sostenuto4 DEBUSSY The Girl with the Flaxen Hair5 TIERSEN Amélie: Nursery Rhyme from   Another Summer6 LISZT Consolation No. 37 GLASS Opening8 THE XX Islands9 DUDLEY Poldark: Theme10CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 211KATS-CHERNIN The Rain Puzzle12ROWLAND The Man from Snowy River:     Tom Fool’s Knot13VANGELIS Missing: Main Theme14BRAHMS Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118 No. 215SCULTHORPE Left Bank Waltz16PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel17KATS-CHERNIN All Things Conspire18ROSENMAN East of Eden: Main Theme19SATIE Gymnopédie No. 120MORRICONE Cinema Paradiso: Main Theme
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Jabra Latham soprano saxophone • Douglas Coghill violaIvan James cello • James Menzies double bassAmanda Hodder piano • Meriel Owen celeste / harpPoles apart but joined in beautyThe Greyand The Bright are a contrasting pair of pieces composed for the distinctive combination of soprano saxophone, strings, piano and the magical sounds of harp or celeste. Together they exemplify the twin poles of Tasmanian composer Jabra Latham’s musical world – his soaring, lyrical melodies moving first above slow, thoughtful chords, and then over groovy, propulsive rhythms.‘I really enjoy each of these individual instruments, and the roles and colour they bring to the music,’ says Latham. ‘Perhaps more importantly, the musicians are all ripper players and fantastic people: the days we spent in the studio recording The Grey and The Bright were full of laughter and good vibes.’The Grey / The Bright was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.
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Dylan Crismani cristal baschet • Gabrielle Smart pianoThe surprising harmonies and sounds of Australia’s first microtonal cristal baschets chase the colours and textures of a landscape of sea, sky and hills.Early in 2020, Dylan Crismani was commissioned by Arts SA to build Australia’s first Cristal Baschet, a rare and unusual instrument of French origin: designed by the Baschet brothers around 1952, it consists of slender glass rods which, when stroked gently, produce an otherworldly sound which is then transmitted to metal rods and amplified through fibreglass cones.For this unique instrument, Dylan Crismani has written Shades of Blue, inspired by Wara Wayingga, a dune system on the Kaurna (Adelaide Plains) coastline that is still home to a plethora of native flora and fauna. Atop the system of dunes, he writes, ‘one is surrounded by various shades of blue from the ocean, sky, and Adelaide hills.’ The mysterious sound of the cristal baschet connects performer and listener with Wara Wayingga and the beauty and power of the natural world.Shades of Blue was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.
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 Now in its 28th year, triple j’s Hottest 100 remains the most talked about and listened to radio event of the year, counting down the hottest songs of 2020.The hottest song in the strangest year of our lives came from Glass Animals. The woozy ‘Heat Waves’ refined the genre-twisting psych-pop sound that’s been the British band’s signature since first cracking the Hottest 100 with ‘Gooey’ in 2014. Its cycling guitar, sticky sonic trickery, and hip-hop inspired beats made it easy on the ear, but it’s a deceptively tragic reflection on doomed romance.This year’s Hottest 100 Volume 28 is packed full of the year’s biggest and best songs from Australia and around the globe featuring Glass Animals, Spacey Jane, Billie Eilish, Tame Impala ,Flume, Lime Cordiale, The Kid LAROI, Syccoand wraps up another huge year in music on this awesome double album!TracklistCD1:01. Glass Animals – Heat Waves02. Spacey Jane – Booster Seat03. Flume – The Difference [Ft. Toro y Moi]04. G Flip – Hyperfine05. Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday06. The Jungle Giants – Sending Me Ur Loving07. Hilltop Hoods – I’m Good?08. Billie Eilish– Therefore I Am09. Lime Cordiale – On Our Own10. Ocean Alley - Tombstone11. Mallrat – Rockstar12. Halsey – You should be sad13. Stace Cadet & KLP – Energy14. Eves Karydas- Complicated15. Mac Miller – Good News16. Skegss- Under The Thunder17. Architects – Animals18. Birdz- Bagi-la-m Bargan[Ft. Fred Leone]19. Amy Shark - Everybody Rise20. DMA’S – Criminals21. HeadieOne - Ain'tIt Different [Ft. AJ Tracey & Stormzy]22. MashdN Kutcher – Get On The Beers [Ft. Dan Andrews]CD2:01. Ball Park Music – Cherub02. Sycco- Dribble03. San Cisco – Reasons04. The Avalanches - Running Red Lights [Ft. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu]05. The Kid LAROI - SO DONE06. Bring Me The Horizon - Parasite Eve 07. Hope D - Second08. Jack Harlow – WHATS POPPIN09. Ruel – as long as you care10. Tash Sultana – Pretty Lady11. The Smith Street Band – I Still Dream About You12. Peking Dukx The Wombats - Nothing to Love About Love13. The Weeknd– In Your Eyes14. Alex The Astronaut – I Think You’re Great15. Ziggy Alberts – together16. Joji– GimmeLove17. Vera Blue – Lie To Me18. Doja Cat - Boss Bitch19. BeddyRays – Sobercoaster20. BENEE - Kool21. Genesis Owusu – Don’t Need You22. Tones And I – Fly Away
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Emma Jayakumar’s Bell Birds suite is an expression of profound love for the Australian bush and its unique, audacious animals. Inspired by Henry Kendall’s famous and beloved poem ‘Bell Birds’, it’s a delightful soundscape evoking the sounds of the birds, the gumtrees, the flowers and the rich smells of the forest earth.‘I grew up in the Hills in Perth, and have just recently bought a house back up in Gooseberry Hill after living in the city, and in Sydney and London for spells of time. I’ve always been struck by how profoundly homesick I became for the sights and sounds of the Australian bush whenever I lived away.’ The Bell Birds suite draws on childhood memories of trips to the Blue Mountains on the continent’s eastern coast, getting out of the car to listen to the unique beauty of the bell birds calling.Also reflected in the music are the songs of golden whip birds, djidi djidi (willy wagtails), currawongs and bar-shouldered doves. Each movement is inspired by a line from Kendall’s poem, and the rich melodies underlying the whole suite speak movingly of the poet’s love for the land and its creatures.Bell Birdswas commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.TRACKLISTINGEMMA JAYAKUMAR Bell BirdsI. Largo tranquillo — By channels of coolness the echoes are callingII. Allegro luminoso — They start up like fairies that follow fair weatherIII. Lento sognando — Loiters knee deep in the grasses to listenIV. Allegro furioso — When fiery December sets foot in the forestV.  Largo con dolore — Charming to slumber the pain of my losses
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David Elton trumpetSydney String Virtuosi • Umberto Clerici conductorBold, bright and beautiful: a wild dance for trumpetAndrew Batterham’s Trumpet Concerto showcases the incredible spectrum of emotions the trumpet can convey in the hands of a dedicated performer. From classical to minimalism, from ballads to fanfares, the concerto culminates in a wild dance to thrill performers and listeners alike.The Trumpet Concerto was written for Australian trumpeter David Elton, currently Principal Trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.Batterham’s music cuts across musical borders and boundaries: he has written for film, TV, radio, community groups, Latin and big bands as well as the concert hall, and his music has been performed by leading artists from Jazz legend James Morrison to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.Andrew Batterham’s Trumpet Concerto was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.TRACKLISTINGANDREW BATTERHAMConcerto for Trumpet and StringsI. EnergeticII. BallladIII. Fast
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The Shift is a new work for solo guitar tracing a journey out of troubled times towards a hopeful future. Drawing on her own personal experience of watching a loved one struggle with mental health issues, composer Natalie Nicolas reaches out to us all with music that offers paths through the difficult times and looks forward to better times.‘2020 was one of the hardest years our earth has seen to date, and it never really hits home how profoundly it can take toll on someone’s mental health, until we see it in ourselves or someone we love,’ says Nicolas. ‘Music has the incredible power to make people feel, and my ultimate goal as a composer will always be to create honest, emotionally evocative music to help people to feel in, a world full of pragmatism.’ In The Shift, Nicolas guides us through the shifting sands of hope and despair, darkness and light, and grasps hold of the rays of sunshine amidst the gathering clouds.The music is performed by internationally acclaimed guitarist Matt Withers, well known to Australian audiences through recitals as well as collaborations with William Barton, Sally Whitwell, the Acacia Quartet and major orchestras around the country, and as a member of the ensemble Guitar Trek.The Shift was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.TRACKLISTING1 The Rain Will Go Away2 Sunbeam3 Beyond the Mist
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Escape from the fuss and busyness of city living and enter a world of beauty and pure calm.From soothing rain to rippling streams, from birdsong and rustling forest leaves to the wide ocean’s waves washing endlessly onto the patient sand, nature’s symphony sings to us of new life and new hope. Like a mantra, the sounds of the natural world blend with gentle, dream-like music to create a place of healing and renewal.Two hours of tranquillity to de-stress and re-centre. TRACKLISTING  Disc 1 Water 1.     Endless Sea2.     Lavender Stream3.     Gentle Rain4.     By the Lake5.     The Shore6.     Night Rain Disc 2 Forest 1.     Blue Gum Morning2.     High Forest3.     Green under Sun4.     Casuarinas5.     Meadow Song6.     Ghost Gums  
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Kalkaniis a musical collaboration between didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton and violin powerhouse Véronique Serret. Their unique sound draws upon the expansive sounds of our native Australian landscape, incorporating the rhythmic pulses and drones of the didgeridoo melded with contemporary violin techniques and melody.Kalkanimeans ‘eagle’ in Barton’s Kalkadunga language – a fitting title for this soaring music, created as a tribute and sign of respect to generations past, present and future. “It’s the stillness of the land and the first dawning of that breeze and the calmness that comes with the energy of the air in the morning – it’s the symphony of the earth,” says Barton.William Barton is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers, performing with top-level orchestras around the world. His album Birdsong at Dusk won the 2012 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album. Véronique Serret’s bold, fearless genius embraces music of any and every kind, from baroque to contemporary classical, folk and rock, taking her around Australia and around the world.Kalkani was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.