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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

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Before ‘La Stupenda’ came ‘The Voice’! Dame Nellie Melba was Australia’s first singing sensation, and one of the most famous Australians of her day; idolised in the theatre, mobbed on the street and known by name in even the most remote corners of the country. Soprano Lorina Gore and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra salute Dame Nellie Melba, Australia’s first singing sensation.Born in Richmond, Victoria, in 1861, Melba was the first Australian classical musician to receive major international recognition, following her operatic debut in Brussels in 1887. That first appearance (as Gilda in Rigoletto) was described by a famous German critic as "an instant triumph of the most emphatic kind”, and quickly led to debuts at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera and at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.One of the undoubted stars of the ‘Golden Age of Opera’ in the mid-to-late 19th century, Melba is also familiar to Australians through the dishes named after her – most famously the Peach Melba, but also Melba toast – and she also features on the Australian $100 banknote. Lorina Gore is a Helpmann Award nominated soprano and has been a principal artist with Opera Australia since 2008. Her most recent credits include Pip in the State Opera of South Australia production of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Roxana in Szymanowski’s King Roger for Opera Australia, and her critically acclaimed performance as Ophelia in Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the 2018 Adelaide Festival. A Toast to Melba sees Lorina reunite with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Marko Letonja, their Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, following the success of their collaboration on a disc of Johann Strauss: Waltzes and Arias, released on ABC Classics in 2016.Track Listing:1. GOUNOD Je veux vivre from Roméo et Juliette2. VERDI Caro nome from Rigoletto3. GOUNOD Ballet Music 14. GOUNOD Ballet Music 2 from Faust5. GOUNOD Ah je ris de me voir si belle (Jewel Song) from Faust6. MASSENET Obéissons quand leur voix appelle  from Manon7. GOUNOD Heureux petit berger from Mireille8. GOUNOD Ballet Music 3 9. GOUNOD Ballet Music 4 from Faust10. BIZET Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre from The Pearl Fishers11. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Song of the Indian Guest from Sadko12. THOMAS Je suis Titania from Mignon13. GOUNOD Ballet Music 514. GOUNOD Ballet Music 615. GOUNOD Ballet Music 7 from Faust16. DUPARC Chanson triste17. MASSENET Sevillana from Don César de Bazan
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Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Australia’s favourite baritone, returns with his first solo album in four years. I’ll Walk Beside You features music of journeys, physical, emotional and spiritual: from one land to another, life to death, wakefulness to sleep, love to loss, and despair to hope. Songs from all over the world – from Australia, Scotland, Germany and America, as well as two Maori songs from Rhodes’ homeland – find a home alongside each other in gorgeous arrangements by the Southern Cross Soloists, one of Australia’s most formidable chamber music ensembles.‘Music transcends all cultures, and I think it’s great that we can enjoy music from every culture,’ says Rhodes. ‘I sing opera that’s written in Italy, or France, or Germany, and then we have people from other cultures singing our English language. It’s a wonderful thing that music brings a lot of people together.’Featuring favourites like ‘Shenandoah’, ‘Loch Lomond’, ‘Going Home’ and ‘She Was Beautiful’ (the Cavatina from The Deer Hunter), I’ll Walk Beside You is a heartfelt and beautiful album from one of Australia’s best-loved voices.Track Listing:1. TRAD Raglan Road2. MYERS She Was Beautiful (Cavatina, from The Deer Hunter)3. ANON Hoea rā4. TRAD Botany Bay5. MURRAY I'll Walk Beside You6. JAMES Comrades of Mine from Six Australian Bush Songs7. WOOD Roses of Picardy8. TCHAIKOVSKY None but the Lonely Heart9. TRAD Deep River10. TRAD Klezmer Dances [Instrumental]11. DVOŘÁK Goin' Home12. TRAD Eriskay Love Lilt13. ANON Still, Still, Still 14. LOWRY Shall We Gather by the River15. SCHUBERT Du bist die Ruh'16. TRAD Pō atarau17. TRAD Shenandoah18. TRAD Loch Lomond
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Come, little children, I’ll take thee away, into my garden of shadows…From Shakespeare to Disney, we have always been fascinated with Witches. Their magic and mystique has been the inspiration for fairy tales, books, movies and music.This album brings together four of Australia’s most acclaimed leading ladies, united by their iconic portrayals of the most famous pair of witches in musical theatre, Glinda and Elphaba, from Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked. Helen Dallimore opened the original West End production as the good witch Glinda. Lucy Durack then portrayed Glinda in the original Australian production, opposite Amanda Harrison and then Jemma Rix as the green-skinned ‘wicked’ witch Elphaba.Inspired by a concert that premiered in July 2016 at the Sydney Opera House, Witches features these four great singers singing witchy songs from Wicked, Into the Woods, and The Witches of Eastwick as well as magical favourites from Frozen, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and more. The album also contains the world premiere recording of Matthew Lee Robinson’s ‘Princess’, written for Lucy Durack.Featuring world premiere arrangements by award-winning musical director Kellie Dickerson, Witches will cast a spell on you right from the first listen. Track Listing:1. Garden of Magic2. Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory3. Let It Go from Frozen4. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered5. I Put a Spell on You6. Make Him Mine from The Witches of Eastwick7. Love is an Open Door from Frozen8. Princess from Sing On Through Tomorrow9. Children Will Listen from Sondheim on Sondheim / Into the Woods10. With You from Ghost11. Last Midnight from Into the Woods12. Popular 13. For Good 14. Defying Gravity from Wicked 15. Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
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For over 20 years, the ‘Swoon’ segment on ABC Classic FM’s Breakfast show has been a beloved oasis of calm and beauty, a chance to shut out the noise and busyness of everyday life, and drink in the loveliness of pure music. The first CD compilation cemented Swoon’s place in the hearts of the Australian public all those years ago, and it has remained the nation’s most popular classical brand ever since.This double album presents some of Australia’s finest cellists playing over two hours of cello music to make you swoon, from the Baroque elegance of Bach’s cello suites and sweeping Classical concertos by Haydn, Dvořák and Elgar to modern minimalist masterpieces by Arvo Pärt and Ludovico Einaudi.  Featuring soloists including Sally Maer, Li-Wei Qin, Catherine Jones and Umberto Clerici, and ensembles including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble and the Tasmanian, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.Track Listing:CD 1:1. PUCCINI O mio babbino caro2. FIORENZA Cello Concerto in F major: III. Largo3. TOURNIER Promenade à l’automne4. ZIPOLI Adagio5. BACH Cello Suite No. 2: IV. Sarabande6. DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto in B minor: 7. II. Adagio ma non troppo8. TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme: Variation No. 3 9. TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme: Variation No. 6 10. CASALS Song of the Birds11. HORNER A Gift of a Thistle from Braveheart12. TRADITIONAL O Waly Waly13. HAYDN Cello Concerto in C major: II. Adagio14. VIVALDI Concerto for Violin and Cello in G major: II. Andante15. BOISMORTIER Sonata for Cello and Cello Continuo in D minor: I. Andante 16. TRADITIONAL Unst Bridal MarchCD 2:1. HANDEL Lascia ch’io pianga2. BIZET Pearl Fishers Duet3. BACH Cello Suite No. 1: I. Prelude4. ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor: 5. I. Adagio – Moderato6. PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel7. DVOŘÁK Lasst mich allein8. TRADITIONAL Wild Mountain Thyme9. ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor: III. Adagio10. EINAUDI I giorni11. TRADITIONAL Danny Boy12. VIVALDI Cello Concerto in A minor: II. Largo13. FIORENZA Cello Concerto in D major: III. Largo14. BOISMORTIER Sonata for Cello and Cello Continuo in D minor: III. Sarabanda15. FARRELLY Isle of Innisfree16. BACH Sinfonia (Arioso) from Cantata BWV156
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Discover two centuries of brilliant and bold American classical music – music with the majesty to define a nation, the brilliance to change the way we see the world, and the energy to embrace the variety and vastness of the land from which it springs.This collection showcases the most popular masterworks and hidden treasures from a broad, rich and exciting musical heritage. Released to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein, this box set accompanies ABC Classic FM’s focus on American music over the 2018 Easter weekend. Disc 1:                                                       1 COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man2-9 COPLAND Eight Songs of Emily Dickinson10 COPLAND Rodeo: Corral Nocturne 11 TRAD arr. COPLAND Simple Gifts 12 TRAD arr. COPLAND I Bought Me a Cat13 TRAD arr. COPLAND Long Time Ago 14 TRAD arr. COPLAND At the River 15 TRAD arr. COPLAND Ching-A-Ring Chaw16 COPLAND The Cat and the Mouse 17-24 COPLAND Appalachian Spring  Disc 2:                                                      1 BARBER Adagio for Strings 2-4 BARBER Violin Concerto 5 BARBER Hermit Songs: St Ita’s Vision6 BARBER Sure on this Shining Night 7 BARBER Dover Beach 8 BARBER Knoxville: Summer of 19159 BARBER Agnus Dei  Disc 3:                                                       1-3 IVES Three Places in New England 4 IVES Down East 5 IVES Serenity 6 IVES The Unanswered Question 7 CRUMB Sonata for Solo Cello: Toccata8 CARTER A Fantasy about Purcell’s ‘Fantasia upon One Note’9 CARTER Scrivo in vento 10 CORIGLIANO Violin Sonata: Andantino11 VARÈSE Amériques  Disc 4:                                                     1 BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture 2 BERNSTEIN Candide: Glitter and Be Gay3 BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Somewhere4-6 GERSHWIN Three Preludes 7 GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue 8 GERSHWIN An American in Paris9 GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Jazzbo Brown Blues10 GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Summertime11 BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Tonight Disc 5:                                                      1-4 CAGE Amores 5 CAGE In a Landscape 6 CAGE 4’33”: First movement 7 REICH Clapping Music 8-10 REICH Different Trains 11 YOUNG Composition 1960 #7 12 CAGE c Ȼomposed Improvisation 13 ADAMS Short Ride in a Fast Machine  Disc 6:                                                       1 GLASS Opening 2 GLASS Metamorphosis No. 4 3 GLASS Mad Rush 4 GLASS Wichita Vortex Sutra 5-10 GLASS Etudes for Solo Piano: Selections Disc 7:                                                      1 SOUSA The Washington Post 2 ANDERSON The Typewriter 3 ANDERSON The Waltzing Cat 4 SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever 5 ANDERSON Sleigh Ride 6 ANDERSON Chicken Reel 7 SOUSA Liberty Bell March 8 NANCARROW Study for Player Piano No. 69-14 WILDER Effie the Elephant 15 MACDOWELL Forest Idylls: Daydreams16 HOVHANESS Mystic Flute17 MENOTTI Toccata on a Theme from ‘The Old Maid and the Thief’18 GOTTSCHALK Souvenir de Porto Rico19 MORTON Frog-i-More Rag 20 BOLCOM Graceful Ghost 21 JOPLIN Maple Leaf Rag 22 MORTON Fingerbreaker 23 JOPLIN The Entertainer  Disc 8:                                                       1 WILLIAMS Star Wars: Main Theme 2 WILLIAMS E.T.: Theme 3-5 WILLIAMS Escapades 6 HERRMANN Psycho: The Murder 7-10 PISTON Clarinet Concerto 11 LAURIDSEN O magnum mysterium 12 WHITACRE Lux aurumque 13 GROFÉ Grand Canyon Suite: Sunrise14 WILLIAMS Superman: March 15 WILLIAMS Raiders of the Lost Ark: March
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Pioneering contemporary country music in Australia, The Wolfe Brothers have been making a big name for themselves over the past few years. This will be their 4th studio album The band have been touring with Lee Kernaghan for year’s now and have built themselves a legion of country fans. This will be their 4th studio album.
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NYE 2017 saw many of Australia's greatest artists gathered at the Sydney Opera House to celebrate the iconic songs of ‘Countdown’.This unforgettable concert is now immortalised in a 2CD/DVD collectors set - ‘Countdown: Live At The Sydney Opera House’.Featuring classic hits of the original Countdown era performed by Jimmy Barnes, Marcia Hines, Kate Ceberano, Isaiah, John Paul Young, Phil Jamieson, Casey Donovan and more!
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Wayfaring brings together Italian-Australian cellist Umberto Clerici with German-Australian guitarist Karin Schaupp, for a musical journey through a rich tapestry of cultures, ages and emotions.Clerici and Schaupp discovered an immediate musical connection when they first played together at Musica Viva’s annual festival several years ago. ‘It was a magical connection, as if we just knew each other musically, even though we hadn’t met before,’ says Schaupp. ‘It’s something very rare. We played a few pieces and decided we simply had to do this again. Last year we gave some recitals and built a program. Then we decided to make this album, and built a whole new program.’They settled on the linking idea of ‘songs that trace a path from birth to death, with everything in between’: a ‘wayfaring’ through life. Spending long hours in libraries combing through repertoire, they gradually whittled down their options: the final list expresses joy, grief and every emotion between. The repertoire stretches from the early baroque (Monteverdi and Caccini) to the present day, with contemporary works by two Australian composers: Elena Kats-Chernin’s Eliza Aria and A Flower’s Purpose by Katie Noonan, the singer-songwriter with whom Schaupp has toured and recorded. They also cover music by Dvořák, Rodrigo (a stunning song adapted by the composer himself from his beloved Concierto de Aranjuez), Rachmaninoff, Schubert and more. Track Listing:1. DVOŘAK Lasst mich allein (Let Me Be Alone) 2. BRAHMS Es steht ein Lind (There Stands a Lime Tree) 3. TRADITIONAL Wayfaring Stranger 4. RACHMANINOFF Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Do Not Sing, My Beauty) 5. RUTTER Shadows6. CACCINI Amarilli 7. MONTEVERDI Lasciatemi morire (Let Me Die) 8. NOONAN A Flower’s Purpose 9. FALLA Jota 10. CASALS Song of the Birds 11. SCHUBERT Lob der Tränen (In Praise of Tears) 12. RAVEL Kaddisch 13. FALLA Polo 14. KATS-CHERNIN Eliza Aria 15. SCHUBERT Frühlingstraum (Spring Dream) 16. RODRIGO Aranjuez, ma pensée (Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio) 17. TRADITIONAL Wild Mountain Thyme 18. RUTTER Close Thine Eyes 
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As the day softly closes its eyes, a quiet chorus of birdsong floats above the ebb and flow of lapping waves and the rippling of crystal streams. Like a mantra, the sounds of the natural world blend with gentle, dream-like music to create a place of healing and renewal.Welcome to Dusk: the latest release from the ABC’s best-selling Atmospheres series.Also available in the Atmospheres series: Dawn ∙ Forest ∙ Space ∙ Water
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In the infinite quiet of the dawn air, the land and its creatures turn their faces to the lifegiving warmth of the sun, smiling at the promise of a fresh, new day. Like a mantra, the sounds of the natural world blend with gentle, dream-like music to create a place of healing and renewal.Welcome to Dawn: the latest release from the ABC’s best-selling Atmospheres series.Also available in the Atmospheres series: Dusk ∙ Forest ∙ Space ∙ Water 
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Now in its 25th 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 2017.This year’s Hottest 100 Volume 25 will be jam packed with the year’s biggest and best songs and wrapping up another huge year in music on this awesome double album!Track Listing:CD 1:Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.Gang Of Youths - Let Me Down EasyAngus & Julia Stone - ChateauLorde - Green LightPNAU - Go BangThundamentals - Sally {Ft. Mataya}Vance Joy - Lay It On MeThe Jungle Giants - Feel The Way I Do Peking Duk & AlunaGeorge - Fake MagicBROCKHAMPTON - SWEET Khalid - Young Dumb & BrokeVera Blue - Regular TouchBall Park Music - Exactly How You AreTash Sultana - MystikBaker Boy - Marryuna {Ft. Yirrmal}The Smith Street Band - BirthdaysThe Wombats - Lemon To A Knife Fight Alex The Astronaut - Not Worth HidingWinston Surfshirt - Be About You Touch Sensitive - Lay DownAmy Shark - WeekendsHockey Dad - Homely Feeling CD 2:Methyl Ethel - UbuThe Killers - The ManMeg Mac - Low BlowsSkegss - Got On My Skateboard Calvin Harris - Slide {Ft. Frank Ocean & Migos}Mallrat - BetterHoly Holy - True LoversAngie McMahon - Slow MoverCamelPhat & Elderbrook - Cola Hayden James - NUMB {Ft. GRAACE}Lil Uzi Vert - XO TOUR Llif3 Alex Lahey - I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of MyselfHAIM - Want You BackAllday - In Motion {Ft. Japanese Wallpaper}Billie Eilish - bellyacheDune Rats - 6 Pack Camp Cope - The OpenerCharli XCX - Boys Future - Mask OffOdette - Watch Me Read YouOcean Alley - The Comedown
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One of Australia’s finest country bands, Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes have been bridging the gap between country and alt-country/Americana music for the past eight years. Built around the storytelling songs of front-man Lachlan Bryan, the sensitive playing of members Shaun Ryan and Damian Cafarella and an assortment of regular ‘special guests’, the band has developed a sound that is at once accomplished and rough around the edges.