Newsletter Signup

Become a ABC Music VIP Newsletter subscriber for all the latest ABC Music artist and label news!
 

Various

Classic Countdown

Countdown epitomised music culture in Australia for over a decade, and is renowned around the world as one of the all-time great music TV shows.

One of the most loved programs ever produced and broadcast by the ABC, Countdown spanned 13 years from 1974-1987 and provided the soundtrack to an entire generation of Australians. Regarded as one of the world’s all-time great music shows, it influenced a generation of Australians, and kick-start the careers of some of the world’s great musical artists. Returning to its original Countdown timeslot, Classic Countdown will launch on Sunday 17 September at 6pm on ABC TV, airing 13 one-hour episodes over consecutive weeks.

Joining the tribute, ABC Music are proud to present Classic Countdown, a massive 4CD collection and digital album featuring the biggest and most influential hits from the iconic original series including classic tracks from ABBA, Skyhooks, Iggy Pop, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Cold chisel, John Farnham , and many, many more. Unashamedly nostalgic and playful, Classic Countdown will celebrate the explosion in youth culture and Aussie music that was the driving force of the show’s success.

Watch the show on iview now: http://ab.co/Countdowniview 

Track Listing:

CD 1: 1975-79

1. Countdown – Countdown Theme
2. John Paul Young – Yesterday’s Hero
3. Abba – Waterloo
4. Skyhooks – Horror Movie
5. Stevie Wright – Guitar Band
6. Hush – C’mon We’re Taking Over
7. Marty Rhone – Denim & Lace
8. Marcia Hines – From The Inside
9. Bay City Rollers – I Only Want To Be With You
10. Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
11. Ted Mulry Gang – Jump In My Car
12. Sherbet – Howzat
13. Supernaut – I Like It Both Ways
14. Jon English – Hollywood Seven
15. Little River Band – Help Is On Its Way
16. The Ferrets – Don’t Fall In Love
17. Graham Parker & The Rumour – Don’t Ask Me Questions
18. The Two-Man Band – Up There Cazaly
19. Rose Tattoo – Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw
20. Cheap Trick – Dream Police

CD 2: 1979-81

1. Countdown – Countdown Theme
2. Cold Chisel – Breakfast At Sweethearts
3. The Angels – Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?
4. Iggy Pop – I’m Bored
5. Mi-Sex – Computer Games
6. The Sports – Don’t Throw Stones
7. Australian Crawl – Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama
8. The B-52’s – Rock Lobster
9. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Kiss On My List
10. The Police – Walking On The Moon
11. Ramones – Rock ‘N’ Roll High School
12. The Scientists – Last Night
13. Ian Dury and the Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
14. Adam & The Ants – Antmusic
15. Men At Work – Down Under
16. Joe Dolce – Shaddap You Face
17. Mondo Rock – Cool World
18. Simple Minds – Love Song
19. The Reels – Quasimodo’s Dream

CD 3: 1981-84

1. Countdown – Countdown Theme
2. The Church – The Unguarded Moment
3. The Cure – Primary
4. Devo – Whip It
5. Duran Duran – My Own Way
6. Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance
7. Goanna – Solid Rock
8. The Go-Betweens – Cattle And Cane
9. Moving Pictures – What About Me?
10. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
11. Haysi Fantayzee – Shiny Shiny
12. Kids In The Kitchen – Change In Mood
13. Pat Wilson – Bop Girl
14. Sharon O’Neill – Maxine
15. Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting
16. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
17. Elton John – Kiss The Bride
18. Eurogliders – Heaven (Must Be There)
19. The Saints – Imagination

CD 4: 1985-87

1. Countdown – Countdown Theme
2. a-ha – Take On Me
3. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
4. The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
5. Nik Kershaw – Wide Boy
6. The Hooters – And We Danced
7. Boom Crash Opera – Hands Up In The Air
8. GANGgajang – Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia)
9. Hunters & Collectors – Say Goodbye
10. John Farnham – You’re The Voice
11. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – We Love You
12. Wa Wa Nee – Sugar Free
13. Painters and Dockers – Nude School
14. Pseudo Echo – A Beat For You
15. Rockmelons – Rhymes
16. Redgum – Roll It On Robbie
17. Swing Out Sister – Breakout
18. The Chantoozies – Witch Queen
19. The Cockroaches – She’s The One
20. Noiseworks – Take Me Back

Release
In one of the most ambitious commissioning and performance projects in recent years, world-renowned shakuhachi master Riley Lee has joined forces with the Sydney-based Enigma Quartet to create a new genus of music. The Five Elements takes the listener on a kaleidoscopic journey through the Australian landscape that traverses universal concepts linking humanity to our natural environment and spiritual core through music.Drawing inspiration from the belief in many ancient cultures that the entire universe was made of just five fundamental elements – earth, air, water, fire and ether – Riley Lee and the Enigma Quartet have commissioned and selected music from Australia’s finest compositional voices to present a strikingly original offering that voyages between Eastern Zen Buddhism and Western Classicism.Riley Lee is Australia’s pre-eminent shakuhachi player and has a very significant understanding of – and profile in – new music. A consummate teacher, performer and collaborator with other musicians of all genres, in 1980 he became the first non-Japanese to attain the rank of dai shihan or Grand Master.Riley began playing the shakuhachi in Japan in 1971, studying was with Chikuho Sakai until 1980, and has been a student of Katsuya Yokoyama since 1984. He is the recipient of two of the oldest and most venerated lineages of traditional shakuhachi, which can be traced back to the Zen Buddhist komusō, or ‘priests of nothingness’ of the Edo period in Japan.Riley’s studies with traditional teachers in Japan have included such peculiar methods as practising barefoot in the snow, blowing into his flute under waterfalls and in blizzards until icicles form at its end, and running the Boston Marathon and then playing taiko drums at the finish line.The Enigma Quartet are regulars on the Sydney music scene, featuring at the Independent Theatre and Sydney Mozart Society. They have been broadcast across Australia for Sunday Live on ABC Classic, and have performed in Musica Viva’s Coffee Concert Series. They have also performed at many festivals including the Huntington Estate Music Festival.Their career was launched when the quartet took out second prize in the prestigious Musica Viva Chamber Music Competition. Masterclass opportunities followed with the St. Lawrence, Goldner, Ensō and Takács Quartet, and in 2012 they were invited into Musica Viva’s Rising Stars program.The quartet enjoy exploring new music and have premiered works by Lachlan Skipworth, Gerard Brophy, Philip Jameson and Alice Chance. Their collaborations have included projects with soprano Emma Matthews, saxophonist Christina Leonard, double-bassist Kirsty McCahon, bassoonist Jack Schiller and the German-based Amaryllis Quartet. TRACKLISTING1     ROSS EDWARDSVoice of the Rain2     STUART GREENBAUMOxygen3     ANNE BOYDAlchera-Jugulba       HOLLY HARRISONFlashpoint4     I. Free, Driving5     II. Simmering & Ritualistic6     III. Driving7     ANDREW HOWESAether8     LACHLAN SKIPWORTHLight Rain9     KATY ABBOTT Earth Lullaby10   GERARD BROPHYAir11   DAVID HIRSCHFELDERA Fire Begins12   ELENA KATS-CHERNINFleeting Moment Riley Lee shakuhachiEnigma QuartetMarianne Broadfoot & Kerry Martin violinsElizabeth Woolnough viola • Rowena Macneish cello
Release
From emerging Tasmanian composer Jabra Latham, a clarinet concerto of beauty and power.Antarctic Triptych was commissioned for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra by Marie Heitz in response to the particularly chilly Tasmanian winter of 2015. Its three movements evoke contrasting images of the great Southern continent:I. Ice cliffs and plains: Stark and very clear, and empty and cold.II. Katabasis: Katabatic winds blow continuously across Antarctica... relentlessness, power and very little change.III. Hut: As much warmth, comfort, familiarity and collegiality as possible. Cups of cocoa and laughter.Jabra Latham graduated with first class honours in classical saxophone performance from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. He also studied at the Australian National Academy of Music and the Rascher Mastercourse in Germany.As a composer, Latham has used his close affinity with wind instruments to create a range of compositions both for winds and full orchestra, displaying a unique and appealing style that invites the listener to have fun and enjoy his compositions.
Release
“I love the way you sing. You have a fan in the way you phrase... it’s perfect”Tony Bennett“...the finest male jazz singer Australia has produced since Vince Jones”Eric Myers, The Weekend Australian“Some people got it, and some people don’t. Gregg Arthur is one of the ones who does. It’s the devilish art of being a jazz singer.” John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald Gregg Arthur returns to ABC Jazz with a timeless album of jazz standards – an album as smooth as a great martini.ABC Jazz is excited to announce the new album by singer Gregg Arthur. Jazz & Cocktails is a celebration of classic late night jazz, of smoky rooms, tuxedos, and bow-ties casually undone at the end of the evening.Arthur follows in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett as one of the great interpreters, and on this new album he performs songs written by legendary artists including Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, Antônio Carlos Jobim andMichel Legrand, alongside two new songs written by Gregg Arthur & Peter Locke.Gregg Arthur has been called “the finest male jazz singer Australia has produced since Vince Jones”, and over the course of a long career in Australia and America has honed his talents and worked with iconic musicians including Judy Bailey, Tommy Tycho, Vincent Falcone (former pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra), and the “Brush Master” Clayton Cameron, drummer for Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr.Jazz & Cocktailsfeatures a stellar ensemble of some of Australia's finest performers, including Peter Locke on piano, Craig Scott on bass, Tim Geldens on drums, Michael Avgenicos on tenor sax and Jim Pennell on guitar.This is Gregg's first album with ABC since 2012, following on from the critically acclaimed Love Story (2011) and Unforgettable (2012).Gregg Arthur is an Australian singer and songwriter, critically acclaimed by both the press and his peers. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Gregg travels all over the world performing the music he loves, keeping the flame alive for the classic standards he has been singing all his life. His training and education are firmly based in the tradition of jazz vocals and the Great American Songbook, using his considerable abilities to interpret what he calls the “new standards”, pop and smooth jazz classics. Studying music in Sydney, Gregg honed his vocal skills with famed singing coach Don Graden, studied acting to enhance his singing performances at The Actors Studio and took lessons with legendary acting teacher Hayes Gordon, also recording and performing with the great Australian arranger and conductor, Maestro Tommy Tycho.In the United States Gregg has worked with iconic musicians including the late Vincent Falcone, former pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra, and the “Brush Master” Clayton Cameron, drummer for Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr.In 2016 Gregg recorded in the iconic Studio A at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California – the same studio where legends of the music industry including The Beach Boys, Carole King, Frank Sinatra and Nat “King” Cole recorded so many iconic albums over the last 50 years.“In my opinion, he is the ultimate crooner” – Maestro Tommy Tycho AM MBE“As the former pianist/conductor for Frank Sinatra, I want to say that having worked with Gregg Arthur, I believe that he has all the necessary talent and vocal acuity to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Sinatra, and effectively disseminate the great music which Mr. Sinatra loved so much” – Vincent Falcone, Frank Sinatraʼs pianist and conductor TRACKLISTING 1 A Peaceful PlacePeter Locke 2 Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From MeDuke Ellington 3 In A Sentimental MoodDuke Ellington / Irving Mills 4 Lush LifeBilly Strayhorn 5 In The Still Of The NightCole Porter 6 Nature BoyEden Ahbez 7 A Child Is BornThad Jones 8 The Windmills Of Your MindMichel Legrand 9 Once I LovedAntônio Carlos Jobim 10 Kyoto In The SpringPeter Locke  Gregg Arthur vocalswith the Peter Locke QuartetPeter Locke pianoMichael Avgenicostenor saxophoneCraig Scott bassTim Geldens drumsandJim Pennell guitar (tks 1 & 9)
Release
The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is pure perfection: a vast yet intricate tapestry of heavenly beauty and human emotion. Music was for Bach the means through which mortals could directly experience the divine, and his cantatas reveal his extraordinary gift for communicating directly with his listeners, even across three centuries. As dramatic and passionate as any opera, each cantata carries us deep into the heart of its story.This CD presents Bach’s two sacred cantatas for solo bass, performed by acclaimed Australian baritone David Greco and the exciting Tasmanian Baroque ensemble Van Diemen’s Band. Both cantatas offer us a vision of comfort and hope, beautifully conveyed by Greco’s rich, warm tones: Ich habe genug (It is enough), BWV82, is an outpouring of uttermost relief and joy: long, agonising years of waiting are forgotten as the old man Simeon realises that the baby he is cradling in his arms is the Christ child who brings new hope for the world. Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen (Gladly will I bear the cross), BWV56, presents the human journey as a sea voyage, tossed on raging waters before coming safe home to port in heaven.The album also presents a selection of bass arias and instrumental movements taken from cantatas across Bach’s long career, from the carefree joy of the opening sinfonia to his cantata Der Herr denket an uns (BWV196) – written for a wedding, perhaps even for Bach’s own wedding in 1707 – to the profound tranquility of Betrachte, meine Seel (Contemplate, O my soul) from the St John Passion, as revised by Bach in 1749, just one year before his death.Warmth, honesty, truth, compassion and transcendent beauty: this recording by the cream of Australia’s early music specialists will make you fall in love with Bach all over again.About the ArtistsInternationally regarded for his interpretations of Schubert lieder and works of J.S. Bach, David Grecohas sung on some of the finest stages across Europe, and has appeared as a principal in the world’s most exciting opera festivals including the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.In 2014, he became the first Australian appointed to a position with the Sistine Chapel Choir in the Vatican, Rome.David regularly appears as a soloist with Australia’s finest ensembles and orchestras, such as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and most recently with the Sydney Symphony in their Helpmann Award-winning concerts of Bach’s cantata for bass, Ich habe genug. In 2017, he was a principal artist with Opera Australia, appearing in The Eighth Wonder and The Love of Three Oranges, and his appearance as Seneca in Pinchgut Opera’s production of The Coronation of Poppea received critical acclaim.David has an impressive catalogue of solo recordings spread across a variety of labels, including Poems of Love & War, featuring arias by New Zealand composer Jack Body on the Naxos label. In 2019, David made his first recital album, presenting works by J.S. Bach, with the Netherlands-based Luthers Bach Ensemble on the European label Brilliant Classics.David is an active researcher into the historical performance practice of 19th-century voice and recently received his doctorate from the University of Melbourne. His PhD has led to the first Australian recording project exploring the historically informed performance of Schubert’s song cycles Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin on the ABC Classic label, the latter receiving an ARIA nomination for Best Classical Album in 2020 Based in the wild and unspoiled island state of Tasmania at the southernmost tip of Australia, ‘Australia’s Baroque supergroup’ Van Diemen’s Band is made up of some of the country’s most highly respected early music specialists, who between them have worked with leading ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Les Talens Lyriques, Ensemble Pygmalion, Il Pomo d’Oro, Orchestre des Champs-.lys.es, The English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Le Parlement de Musique and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.Founded in 2016 by violinist Julia Fredersdorff, Van Diemen’s Band varies in size from an intimate chamber group to a larger mid-18th-century orchestra, working with regular guest directors such as French Baroque specialist Martin Gester, exploring the creativity and freedom of expression in music of the baroque while deferring to historical sources on style and instrumentation.Van Diemen’s Band’s debut CD for ABC Classic, Cello Napoletano, featuring soloist Catherine Jones in the cello concertos of Nicola Fiorenza, was released internationally in 2018 to critical acclaim. Since then, the group has appeared in concerts and festivals in its home state and around mainland Australia, establishing itself as one of the most distinguished new groups in the arts scene ‘Down Under’.www.vandiemensband.com.au  TRACKLISTING JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH 1685–1750 1     Aria: Ach! ich sehe (Ah! I see)       from Cantata BWV162 Ach! ich sehe, itzt, da ich zur Hochzeit gehe (Ah! Now, on myway to the wedding banquet, I see)       Matthew Manchester flatt trumpet 2     Aria: Auf Gott steht meine Zuversicht (My trust is founded on God)       from Cantata BWV138 Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz (My heart, why are you troubled?) 3     Sinfonia° from Cantata BWV21 Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (I was in great distress) 4     Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel (Contemplate, O my soul) from St John Passion, BWV245       Donald Nicolson harpsichord        Ich habe genug (It is enough), BWV825     I. Aria: Ich habe genug (It is enough)°6     II. Recitative: Ich habe genug (It is enough)7     III. Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen (Sleep, dull eyes)8     IV. Recitative: Mein Gott! wenn kömmt das schöne: Nun!       (O God, when shall I hear that beautiful word ‘Now!’)9     V. Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod (I look forward to my death)° 10   Sinfonia from Cantata BWV196 Der Herr denket an uns (The Lord is mindful of us) 11   Aria: Es ist vollbracht (It is done)°12   Chorale: Jesu, deine Passion ist mir lauter Freude (Jesus, your sufferingis for me pure joy)       from Cantata BWV159 Sehet, wir geh’n hinauf gen Jerusalem (See, we are goingup to Jerusalem)       Anna Fraser soprano, Stephanie Dillon alto, Eric Peterson tenor 13   Sinfonia II° from Cantata BWV35 Geist und Seele wird verwirret (Spirit and soulare thrown into confusion)       Donald Nicolson organ        Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen (Gladly will I bear the cross), BWV5614   I. Aria: Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen (Gladly will I bear the cross)°15   II. Recitative: Mein Wandel auf der Welt (My wanderings over the earth)16   III. Aria: Endlich, endlich wird mein Joch (One day at last I shall be set free from my yoke)°17   IV. Recitative: Ich stehe fertig und bereit (I stand ready and prepared)18.   Chorale: Komm, o Tod, du Schlafes Bruder (Come, O Death, Sleep’s brother)       Anna Fraser soprano, Stephanie Dillon alto, Eric Peterson tenor David GrecobaritoneVan Diemen’s BandJulia Fredersdorffartistic directorJasu Moisiooboe°
Release
The world premiere performance of a major work for cello and orchestra by award-winning Australian composer Ian Munro, featuring acclaimed Australian cellist Sue-Ellen Paulsen: now available at last on digital platforms.Based on J.S. Bach’s four-part setting of the Lutheran chorale of the same name, O Traurigkeit(O Sadness) evokes the spirit of Bach's chorales, and also of his cello suites – the first great works for this queen of string instruments.The composer writes: ‘Bach's practice in his Chorale Preludes for organ was to draw from the hymns a deeper significance, musical and textual, and to weave around it his own florid genius, extending and deepening the sense of the original. What I find most extraordinary is the modest grace in which the most powerful thoughts are expressed, as though the entirety of the Romantic movement were an unnecessary indulgence. Such music has shown itself to be ageless, and speaks to us still with beauty and authority.’O Traurigkeit was created as a dual tribute to a revered composer and a brilliant cellist, revelling in Sue-Ellen Paulsen’s passionate playing and gorgeous tone.
Release
Australian jazz legends celebrate Sydney and look to a COVID-free future.ABC Jazz is excited to announce a new recording of ‘My City of Sydney’ by celebrated vocalist Gregg Arthur, performing with John Morrison’s Swing City Big Band.Tommy Leonetti’s 1969 song was broadcast well into the 1980s by Channel 7 prior to the station closing down every night, and it is sure to bring old memories flooding back for generations of Australians.This swinging new version was recorded to celebrate the city coming back to life after COVID-19. Supported by the City of Sydney’s Creative Fellowships Fund, the song has a whole new meaning after this most strange and unusual year.“There are lines in the song that have poignant new meaning because of COVID,” says Gregg Arthur. “My city of Sydney, I miss the warmth of you, I miss the heart of your people.”The recording sessions also provided a lifeline for the members of John Morrison’s Swing City Big Band, many of whom have not been able to perform live since the city’s concert halls were shut down in March. “Some of the guys literally hadn’t worked in 6 months, so I was very proud to bring everyone together,” says Arthur.In an incredible connection to Leonetti’s original, this recording features the legendary Billy Burton on trumpet, at 87 years of age. Burton was on the original recording back in 1969, and was the band leader on Leonetti’s late-night Sydney TV variety show, ‘The Tommy Leonetti Show’, which ran from 1969 to 1970.“Having Billy in the trumpet section was wonderful,” says Arthur. “It had real resonance for the history of this great song that fifty years later, Billy is still playing brilliantly.”Gregg Arthur is an Australian singer and songwriter, critically acclaimed by both the press and his peers. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Gregg travels all over the world performing the music he loves, keeping the flame alive for the classic standards he has been singing all his life. His training and education are firmly based in the tradition of jazz vocals and the Great American Songbook, using his considerable abilities to interpret what he calls the “new standards”, pop and smooth jazz classics. Studying music in Sydney, Gregg honed his vocal skills with famed singing coach Don Graden, studied acting to enhance his singing performances at The Actors Studio and took lessons with legendary acting teacher Hayes Gordon, also recording and performing with the great Australian arranger and conductor, Maestro Tommy Tycho.In the United States Gregg has worked with iconic musicians including the late Vincent Falcone, former pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra, and the “Brush Master” Clayton Cameron, drummer for Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr.In 2016 Gregg recorded in the iconic Studio A at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California – the same studio where legends of the music industry including The Beach Boys, Carole King, Frank Sinatra and Nat “King” Cole recorded so many iconic albums over the last 50 years.“I love the way you sing. You have a fan in the way you phrase... it’s perfect” – Tony Bennett“...the finest male jazz singer Australia has produced since Vince Jones” – Eric Myers,The Weekend Australian“Some people got it, and some people don’t. Gregg Arthur is one of the ones who does. It’s the devilish art of being a jazz singer.” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald“In my opinion, he is the ultimate crooner” – Maestro Tommy Tycho AM MBE“As the former pianist/conductor for Frank Sinatra, I want to say that having worked with Gregg Arthur, I believe that he has all the necessary talent and vocal acuity to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Sinatra, and effectively disseminate the great music which Mr. Sinatra loved so much” – Vincent Falcone, Frank Sinatraʼs pianist and conductor
Release
Into the mouth of the wolfYou’re never gonna take me downThere’s still a beating heart beneath the ground… Hestia, the fifth and most recent studio album from The Rumjacks, marks a new era for the band. The album introduces new lead singer Mike Rivkees, whose songwriting skills have rejuvenated The Rumjacks’ collaborative spirit. Together, Rivkees (vocals), Johnny McKelvey (bass), Gabe Whitbourne (guitar), Adam Kenny (bouzouki/mandolin), and Pietro Della Sala (drums) combine their diverse American, Australian, Italian, and Irish perspectives to create a fresh, globalized iteration of the Celtic punk legacy dating back to the Pogues. Hestia takes the energy of traditional folk music, lights it on fire, then sprinkles it with ash. Dark, gritty, and historically aware, this is music grounded in the character of the Rebel. When writing Hestia (named after the Greek goddess of home and hearth), bandmembers Mike Rivkees and Johnny McKelvey paired their affection for their Irish immigrant grandparents and parents with the punk, ska, and hard rock sounds pulsing through their veins. For McKelvey, punk and folk music are not all that different: they share “incredible energy, melodies, and story-telling.” Indeed, Hestia’s loud choruses and infectious melodies pull you in, but its lyrical narratives of sorrow and aspiration, of history and struggle, are what keep you listening. Although their songs are composed in divergent places, from the shores of Rhode Island down to Australia and across mainland Europe, The Rumjacks final sound is seamless and cohesive, boasting a perfect balance of folk influence and modern punk. The band’s collective enthusiasm can be heard on each track in Hestia, from the pugnacious war-like march, “Bullhead,” to the lyrical requiem, “Rhythm of her Name.” While, on the one hand, Hestia carries the expected Rumjack vibrancy, its songs also demonstrate a surprising variety of styles and emotional range without sacrificing the band’s principle descriptor: hardcore. For twelve years, The Rumjacks have written songs that you cannot help but start singing by the second chorus, even if you have never heard them before. In this short career, they have released four acclaimed studio albums and two live albums that capture their most renowned asset: their electric energy onstage. That organic energy has garnered them a far-reaching fanbase. The band’s breakthrough hit, “Irish Pub Song” (2011), a tongue-and-cheek jaunt about all the Irish pubs in the world, has over sixty-five million views. Their other music videos have acquired a substantial following as well, with almost 200,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 100,000 subscribers on Spotify. The band now counts hundreds of thousands of fans in North America, Europe, Asia, and their home in Australia.   With a new album and a new sound to showcase, The Rumjacks look forward to getting back to live performances. Hestia is an album that, in the words of Johnny McKelvey, will only find its outlet onstage. During uncertain times, The Rumjacks have kindled their creative flame and given fans an album whose energy and passion is guaranteed. 
Release
The coronavirus pandemic has really shown music’s ability to bring us together and provide comfort in difficult times: whether it’s through singing on balconies during lockdown to entertain our neighbours, professional musicians performing online to bolster spirits, or providing the soundtrack to keep us moving at home.When ABC Classic asked listeners to recommend the music that gives them an instant mood boost, the response was almost overwhelming, with hundreds of different suggestions. For this CD album, we’ve gathered together some of the pieces that featured on many people’s lists – Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascendingand Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, the triumphant finale from Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, the calming simplicity of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, the transcendent beauty of Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe, Nigel Westlake’s delightful Penguin Ballet,the joyous energy of Bach and Handel and the irrepressible good humour of Mozart and Mendelssohn.There are old favourites and new discoveries; gentle, soothing music and cheerful, upbeat dance numbers. Music that stops us in our tracks with its beauty and music that gets our toes tapping. Music that shines through tears and music that bubbles up with joy.Performed by Australia’s top orchestras, choirs and ensembles, from the full symphonic glory of our state symphony orchestras to the intimacy of Ensemble Offspring and the Australia Ensemble, and including soloists Sally Whitwell, Diana Doherty and Lin Jiang, this is music to lift your spirits – in these strange and difficult times, or just at any time!  TRACKLISTING CD1                                                                                     79’09 1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’:                     4’16II. Vivace non troppo                                                            2     WESTLAKE Penguin Ballet from Antarctica                       3’153     BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’: I. Pleasant,       11’19cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside                        4     MASSENET Méditation from Thaïs                                   5’385     JEFFES Music for a Found Harmonium                             3’126     MOZART Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena from The Magic Flute         2’347     VERDI Va’, pensiero from Nabucco                                  4’408     VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by                15’24Thomas Tallis                                                                       9     HANDEL Zadok the Priest                                                4’5610   BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro                  5’3111   EDWARDS Madagascan Song from Animisms                   2’4112   GIFFORD Bardju (Footprints)                                           1’5713   LITOLFF Scherzo from Concerto symphonique No. 4         7’0314   MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto No. 2:                            6’43III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace                      CD2                                                                                     78’11 1     GREENBAUM The Rotation of the Earth                          4’432     VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending                      17’083     ELGAR Nimrod from Enigma Variations                            4’294     KOEHNE Forty Reasons to be Cheerful                            6’405     RESPIGHI Bergamasca from Ancient Airs and Dances        4’556     MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4: III. Rondo                        3’487     GLANVILLE-HICKS Etruscan Concerto: I. Promenade         4’088     HANDEL Alla hornpipe from Water Music Suite No. 2       3’089     VIVALDI Gloria: Opening chorus                                      2’2310   PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel                                                  9’2211   MORRICONE Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission                2’2912   WHITWELL Road Trip                                                      3’2413   GOW The Fairy Dance Set                                               3’22                                14   SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’:                          8’11                                       IIb. Maestoso – Allegro
Release
Carlos Salzedo was the single most important figure in the history of the harp. He broke new ground in playing technique and discovered new timbres; he explored new sound worlds and brought forth new kinds of beauty; he took an instrument that was already magical and raised it to new virtuosic heights. In 1938, Salzedo published two Christmas pieces: Concert Variations on Adeste Fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful) and an arrangement of Silent Night. A virtuoso transcription of Jingle Bells followed a few years later. These three works were so popular that Salzedo was asked to write more – a whole album’s worth, in fact, recorded by Salzedo himself on the Mercury label in 1956. For this disc, Australian virtuosa Alice Giles has recorded all of those pieces, plus two earlier Salzedo works: the ethereal Poem of the Little Stars and the gloriously joyous Recessional. Completing this disc are four beloved Australian Christmas carols by W.G. James: Carol of the Birds, The Silver Stars are in the Sky, The Three Droversand Christmas Day, arranged by Alice Giles especially for this recording. Alice Giles is celebrated as one of the world’s leading harpists, which a wide and varied international solo career that has taken her from London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Merkin, ‘92nd St Y’ and Carnegie Halls, to Mawson Station in Antarctica. A guest artist at numerous international festivals, Alice has also appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Zürich, and all the major Australian symphony and chamber orchestras. She has given master classes in many of the world’s major music institutions including the Juilliard School, Salzburg Mozarteum and London’s Royal Academy.TRACKLISTING CARLOS SALZEDO 1885–19611   Concert Variations on ‘Adeste Fideles’(O Come, All YeFaithful)                                                                           4’272   Paraphrase on ‘It Came upon the Midnight Clear’              1’453   Paraphrase on ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’                     2’274   Concert Variations on ‘O Tannenbaum’ (O ChristmasTree)                                                                                3’385   Silent Night                                                                      3’296   Paraphrase on ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’                   1’497   Paraphrase on ‘Away in a Manger’                                    1’488   Paraphrase on ‘The First Noel’                                          1’399   Concert Variations on ‘Deck the Halls’                               1’47 WILLIAM G. JAMES 1892–1977 arr. Alice Giles10 Carol of the Birds                                                              1’4611 The Silver Stars are in the Sky                                           2’3512 The Three Drovers                                                            1’5313 Christmas Day                                                                  1’52From Australian Christmas Carols, Set I CARLOS SALZEDO14 Concert Variations on ‘Good King Wenceslas’                    2’2115 Paraphrase on ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’                1’4216 Paraphrase on ‘Greensleeves’ (What Child is This)             2’0417 Paraphrase on ‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’                   1’2218 I Wonder as I Wander (Appalachian Carol)                        2’3819 Short Fantasy on a Noël Provençal                                    0’5520 Short Fantasy on a Neapolitan Carol                                 1’1421 Short Fantasy on a Catalan Carol                                       0’5922 Short Fantasy on a Basque Carol                                       0’5823 Paraphrase on ‘Away in a Manger’ (to the tune of ‘FlowGently, Sweet Afton’)                                                       2’0724 Paraphrase on ‘God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen’              1’1125 Jingle Bells                                                                        1’0826 Poem of the Little Stars                                                    4’0827 Recessional                                                                      5’31  Alice Giles harp
Release
The first-ever Jazz 100 was always going to be a hotly contested affair, with jazz lovers across Australia voting for their favourite jazz artists of all time. But after almost 30,000 votes cast, Miles Davis narrowly beat Ella Fitzgerald to the top spot, with Louis Armstrong taking third place.This 2CD album presents Australia’s top 10 jazz performers, along with a selection of highlights from across the full hundred artists, reflecting the extraordinary range and breadth of styles, moods, genres, instruments and ensembles. It reaches right back to Louis Armstrong in the 1920s and brings us up to the present day with Katie Noonan’s ‘Blue’, released earlier this year.Iconic names like John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday feature on the album alongside Australian legends including Don Burrows and James Morrison – who both placed within the top 10 – Judy Bailey, Vince Jones and The Idea of North. And from the latest generation of Australian artists, the album showcases Barney McAll, Kristin Berardi and Kate Ceberano.From solo piano to big band, blues to bossa nova, vocalists to vibes, sax, trumpet, guitar, drums, bass, this double album brings together 30 superb jazz tracks from the artists Australia has voted the best of the best.TRACKLISTING CD1                                                           [77’30] 1 Miles Davis (#1): All BluesMiles Davis trumpet, George Coleman tenor sax, Herbie Hancock piano, Ron Carter bass, Tony Williams drums 2 Ella Fitzgerald (#2): Mack The KnifeElla Fitzgerald vocals, Paul Smith Quartet 3 Louis Armstrong (#3): West End BluesLouis Armstrong and His Hot Five 4 John Coltrane (#4): A Love Supreme, Pt 1 – Acknowledgement John Coltrane tenor sax, McCoy Tyner piano, Jimmy Garrison bass, Elvin Jones drums 5 Dave Brubeck (#5): Blue Rondo à la TurkDave Brubeck Quartet 6 Duke Ellington (#6): CaravanDuke Ellington piano, Charlie Mingus bass, Max Roach drums 7 Don Burrows (#7): Squeeze MeDon Burrows clarinet, James Morrison piano, George Golla guitar, Craig Scott bass, Laurie Kennedy drums, The Adelaide Connection 8 Billie Holiday (#8): God Bless The ChildBillie Holiday & Her Orchestra 9 James Morrison (#9): A Night In TunisiaJames Morrison and the Morrison Brothers Big Bad Band 10 Nina Simone (#10): I Loves You PorgyNina Simone piano & vocals, Jimmy Bond bass, Al Heath drums 11 Bill Evans (#11): Waltz For DebbyBill Evans Trio 12 Charlie Parker (#18): Now's The TimeCharlie Parker Quartet 13 Diana Krall (#21): East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)Diana Krall vocals, Anthony Wilson guitar, John Clayton bass, Jeff Hamilton drums 14 Vince Jones (#28): Body And SoulVince Jones vocals 15 Sarah Vaughan (#30): MistySarah Vaughan vocals, Kirk Stuart TrioCD2                                                        [76’57] 1 Kate Ceberano (#42): SkylarkKate Ceberano vocals, Paul Grabowsky piano 2 Art Blakey (#44): It's Only A Paper MoonArt Blakey and the Jazz Messengers 3 Judy Bailey (#47): Waltzing MatildaJudy Bailey Trio 4 Sonny Rollins (#48): St. ThomasSonny Rollins tenor sax, Tommy Flanagan piano, Doug Watkins bass, Max Roach drums 5 Katie Noonan (#49): BlueKatie Noonan vocals, Zac Hurren tenor sax, Sam Keevers piano, Phil Stack bass, Evan Mannell drums 6 Sandy Evans (#51): Indigo HuesSandy Evans tenor sax, Andrea Keller piano 7 Andrea Keller (#54): FootprintsAndrea Keller piano 8 Astrud Gilberto (#57): The Girl From IpanemaAstrud Gilberto vocals, João Gilberto guitar & vocals, Stan Getz tenor sax, Antônio Carlos Jobim piano, Sebastião Neto bass, Milton Banana drums 9 The Idea of North (#58): My One and Only LoveThe Idea of North 10 Quincy Jones (#63): Hard Sock DanceQuincy Jones and His Orchestra 11 George Golla (#73): Lush LifeGeorge Golla Orchestra 12 Ray Brown (#80): Everything I LoveRay Brown Trio 13 Barney McAll (#83): Nectar SpurBarney McAll piano & vocals, Stephen Magnusson guitar, Jonathan Zwartz bass, Simon Barker drums, Mino Cinelu percussion 14 Kristin Berardi (#89): Where or WhenKristin Berardi vocals, Steve Newcomb piano, James Sherlock guitar, Julien Wilson tenor sax, Sam Anning bass 15 Milt Jackson (#95): Fred's MoodMilt Jackson vibraphone, Lucky Thompson tenor sax, Wendell Marshall bass, Kenny Clarke drums
Release
Ahead of NAIDOC Week 2020 and AUSMUSIC month throughout November, ABC Music/Universal Music Australia is proud to present Deadly Hearts – Walking Together, the third instalment in this popular series. Previous ‘Deadly Hearts’ releases have focused on songs that are iconic to traditional Australian culture and identity. This year, the reigns have been handed over to a new generation of storytellers, with the call for artists to take on a song that is iconic to them, a song that has inspired them or a song that holds a special place in their identity. The response we received was nothing short of remarkable; from the pure electro-pop joy of Mitch Tambo’s Gamilaraay language version of Vanessa Amorosi’s ‘Absolutely Everybody’ to Miiesha’s soulful rendition of Brooks and Dunn’s ‘Neon Moon’ to Isaiah Firebrace & Stan Walker collaborating and covering the timeless Don’t Dream It’s Over originally by Crowded House, to the all-out metal madness of Southeast Desert Metal’s take on a Midnight Oil classic ‘Beds Are Burning’. In short, it’s a celebration of music, culture, and identity, from the hearts and mouths of a new generation. “Being asked to be on Deadly Hearts I knew I wanted to have my community involved as much as possible,” Miiesha said of her Deadly Hearts song choice. “We go mad for country music up here so picked one of our favourites ‘Neon Moon’ by Brooks and Dunn and got a Woorabinda Choir together to show off some of the deadly talent up this way!” Other artists, like Mitch Tambo, took inspiration from the NAIDOC 2020 theme ‘Always Was Always Will Be’. “ [It’s] the perfect opportunity to further your learning around the history of the peoples of the land in which you live on to not only equip and educate yourself but to play a part in the greater dialogue of all of us coming together as one to face the whole truth of our beautiful nation so we can journey together, healing and loving one another one step at a time,” Tambo said. In a time where so many of us are isolated Deadly Hearts: Walking Together has managed to weave voices from all around Australia into one powerful release. Deadly Hearts: Walking Together offers listeners the opportunity to hear DRMNGNOW recording out  on country nearby Kaiela (Goulburn River) amongst the birds, the wind and waters, join Miiesha and the choir in Woorabinda and so much more without ever leaving their lounge room. This is the modern sound of Indigenous Australia. This is the next generation of storytellers. This is Deadly Hearts: Walking Together.   TRACKLIST: 1.    Ziggy Ramo (Ft. Miiesha) – Tjitji (Miiesha) 2.    Kobie Dee – A Long Way Away From My Country (Ernie Dingo) 3.    Miiesha – Neon Moon (Ft. The Woorabinda Singers) [Brooks and Dunn] 4.    DRMNGNOW (Ft. Emily Wurramara – Get Back To The Land (Archie Roach) 5.    Mitch Tambo - Absolutely Everybody (Vanessa Amorosi) 6.    Sycco – Solid Gold (Pnau) 7.    Aodhan – Always (Tia Gostelow) 8.    Mi-Kaisha – How Deep Is Your Love (Beegees) 9.    Isaiah Firebrace + Stan Walker – Don’t Dream It’s Over (Crowded House) 10.  Southeast Desert Metal – Beds Are Burning (Midnight Oil)   Album cover art:  by Kambarni       Kambarni is descended from the Nimunburr and Yawuru people of the Kimberley and the Ballardong Noongar people of the Perth region in Western Australia. He is an emerging illustrator who reflects the natural world with his intricate designs.   WALKING TOGETHER: An ABC-wide initiative to reflect, listen and build on the shared national identity of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, celebrating and acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and inviting all Australians to walk together on a journey to reconciliation. ABOUT NAIDOC WEEK: NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations. It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations’ 65,000+ year history of this country - which is Australian history. We want all Australians to celebrate that we have the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and to recognise that our sovereignty was never ceded. Always Was, Always Will Be.   BEHIND THE SONGS - AN INSIGHT FROM EACH ARTIST:   Ziggy Ramo (Ft. Miiesha) – Tjitji (Original by Miiesha) “Miiesha is such an incredible artist. I was blown away by her album. She is a storyteller that is so giving. Listening to Tijtji I felt compelled to tell my story. It was such a privilege to be able to sample her art and offer my own in return.”   Kobie Dee - A Long Way Away From My Country (Original by Ernie Dingo) "The song is about being away from his country and for me growing up on Bidjigal  land in Sydney and my country being Gomeroi in Moree I always related to the song which is why I chose to cover it"   Miiesha (Feat. The Woorabinda Singers) - Neon Moon (Original by Brooks and Dunn) “Being asked to be on Deadly Hearts I knew I wanted to have my community involved as much as possible. We go mad for country music up here so picked one of our favourites Neon Moon by Brooks and Dunn and got a Woorabinda Choir together to show off some of the deadly talent up this way!”   DRMNGNOW (Ft. Emily Wurramara) – Get Back To The Land (Original by Archie Roach) "I have been deeply in love with this song since first hearing it when it came out from first listen at which time i was living off country myself and feeling a deep longing inside for country. This song was something I would listen to regularly as a way of dealing with the challenge of living off country on Wurundjeri land.  I have since returned to My hometown of Mooroopna on Yorta Yorta country this year having felt strongly called home at this time. Mooroopna also happens to be Uncle Archies birthplace.  So, choosing this and it being the first song I would record here in this return, on so many levels just felt like the only choice It could possibly be. "   Mitch Tambo - Absolutely Everybody (Original by Vanessa Amorosi) ‘Absolutely Everybody’ is such an iconic song and embedded in Australian music history along with being the anthem of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. However, to me personally I chose this song as its message and lyrical bed still resonates with me and my message. “Everybody breathes and everybody bleeds” we are all human, we all feel, we all love, we all share differences and similarities, this song to me is a reminder that we must not forget to come together and love one another regardless of race, gender, religion or sexuality. We must acknowledge the hard truths so we can heal and move forward together as one.   Sycco - Solid Gold (Original by Pnau) "I thought Solid Gold would be a perfect song to cover because lyrically it is just so wholesome about lessons and loving your friends! It is also just such a fun song!"   Aodhan - Always (Original by Tia Gostelow) “I chose ALWAYS because it’s just a terrific track and I thought it could be interesting to cover it in a way that takes on a whole new meaning.”   Mi-Kaisha -  How Deep Is Your Love (Beegees) I chose this song because I felt our world needed some love & light. It has been an incredibly challenging season for our Mob and I just wanted to encourage my community to keep their heads up and to take care of themselves. I think it's so deadly that the BeeGees came from Redcliffe (where my mum was born)!. So, I have that personal connection to them. They've given us some deadly songs that have helped define popular music all over the world.   Isaiah Firebrace + Stan Walker - Don’t Dream It’s Over (Original by Crowded House) “Great songs are timeless and reflect not just their time but ours. Isaiah and I first performed this together at the NRL ALL STARS. Little did we know what 2020 had ahead for us all. When I think about BLM and I listen again to the lyrics I am so proud so be singing this with Isaiah.. two first nations artists singing these words TOGETHER in 2020 have a whole new resonance There is freedom within, there is freedom withoutTry to catch the deluge in a paper cupThere's a battle ahead, many battles are lostBut you'll never see the end of the roadWhile you're traveling with me   Southeast Desert Metal - Beds Are Burning (Original by Midnight Oil) We chose Beds Are Burning because it’s a great song. It’s got an important message. Midnight Oil wrote a lot about Indigenous rights. That’s something I write about in my own songs. Indigenous people are still struggling today. This land was stolen from us. In this song we’re saying it's time to give it back.” - Chris Wallace  
Release
The cello’s rich, singing tones are a perfect match for the passionate eloquence of the Romantic era. In the masterful hands of David Berlin, Principal Cellist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, partnered by internationally acclaimed pianist Benjamin Martin, the cello reveals its sublime range of colours and timbres.This intimate album presents radiant music for cello and piano from three masters of the French Romantic: the lyrical beauty of Chopin, the elemental power of Saint-Saëns, and serene elegance from Louise Farrenc.Frédéric Chopinis best known for his piano music, but his poetic genius also drew him inexorably to the cello – the only other instrument to which he gave pride of place as a chamber soloist, with three major works for cello and piano. Chief among these is his Cello Sonata in G minor, an intense emotional journey that ranges from poignant melancholy to dancing elation and hope, via a dream-like nocturne of exquisite calm.Louise Farrencwas a leading light in the musical landscape of 19th-century France. Celebrated during her lifetime as a composer, pianist and teacher – the only woman professor at the Paris Conservatoire, who insisted on and finally gained equal pay with her male colleagues – her music is now being rediscovered by new generations of music lovers. Her Cello Sonata blends Classical refinement and subtlety with striking harmonic textures and sparkling virtuosity.The almost ferocious energy of Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Sonata has more than a hint of Beethoven in the drama and declamatory power of its opening movement, but the clouds give way to pure sunshine for the middle movement – an Andante with a true spring in its step – before the tempestuous finale.The album closes with one of the best-loved cello melodies of all time: The Swan, from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. The cello’s lyrical line, gliding gracefully over the rippling harmonies of the piano, is the essence of tranquillity.For 35 years, David Berlin has been at the forefront of music performance in Australia, as Principal Cello of both the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (1985–88) and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (since 1989), and as guest Principal Cello with the Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra. His chamber music partners have included Kolja Blacher, James Ehnes, Nigel Kennedy, Sarah Chang, Ian Bostridge, Garrick Ohlsson, Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, and he gave the world premiere performance of Liszt’s complete cycle of works for cello and piano with Leslie Howard, in London in 1992.Award-winning pianist Benjamin Martin has appeared regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as well as partnering with such luminaries as Joshua Bell, Alina Ibragimova, Pekka Kuusisto and Hartmut Lindemann. He is a performer of exceptional intensity and subtlety of expression – ‘the consummate artist’, according to The Age – and also a highly regarded composer whose music has been performed around Australia and in the US.  TRACKLISTING FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN 1810–1849Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65                                         [31’19]1 I. Allegro moderato                                                           16’192 II. Scherzo                                                                           5’083 III. Largo                                                                             3’354 IV. Finale: Allegro                                                                6’17 LOUISE FARRENC 1804–1875Cello Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 46                                   [23’02]5 I. Allegro moderato                                                             9’156 II. Andante sostenuto                                                          5’327 III. Finale: Allegro                                                                8’15 CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS 1835–1921Cello Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 32                                 [20’10]8 I. Allegro                                                                             8’429 II. Andante tranquillo sostenuto                                           5’2510 III. Allegro moderato                                                         6’03 CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS11 The Swan                                                                         2’43 Total Playing Time                                                                77’26 David Berlin celloBenjamin Martin piano