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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

CD1

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

CD2

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

CD3

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

CD4

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

CD5

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

Release
The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)
Release
Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.