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Drew McAlister

Drew McAlister - Coming Your Way

Drew McAlister has built a solid career that has already seen him win 4 Golden Guitars, a CMC OZ Artist award, and nominated for an ARIA Award. Drew is at the forefront of contemporary Australian country music, and in 2017, McAlister delivers a formidable energy with his new album.

The album “COMING YOUR WAY” follows on from McAlister’s successful second solo album Black Sky, and brilliant group collaboration and #1 Country Album hit, Adam Brand & the Outlaws.

The album see’s Drew enlist the help of LA/Sydney-based producer, Andy Mak from Grove Studios, to achieve a progressive, modern country sound.

The title track, “COMING YOUR WAY” is a rousing anthem that inspires and motivates everyone to look brightly into the future.

Track Listing:

  • 1. Coming Your Way
  • 2. Time
  • 3. Better Buzz
  • 4. Did it anyway
  • 5. Ain't waiting on the weekend
  • 6. Kissing a girl goodnight
  • 7. Fooling round in the summertime
  • 8. Better when I do
  • 9. Wake up call
  • 10. Australian Heartbeat
A single, sensual melody that slowly builds from the merest whisper to a triumphant shout: Ravel’s Boléro shows how much can be achieved with orchestral colour.This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website; RAVEL 1875–19371 Le Tombeau de Couperin: Menuet2 Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 23 Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess)4-8 Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) – Suite9 Tzigane10 Boléro
Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony is a musical portrait of a vibrant young nation, and a love letter to a homeland far away.This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website;ÍN DVOŘÁK 1841–1904Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World’1 I. Adagio – Allegro molto2 II. Largo3 III. Scherzo: Molto vivace          4 IV. Allegro con fuoco 5Overture – Carnival Melbourne Symphony OrchestraTadaaki Otaka conductor
‘I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself.’ George Frideric HandelThis album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website;
Soaring beauty, spectacular, vocal fireworks and delicately coloured musical pictures: soprano arias from Haydn’s greatest operas and oratorios, including The Creation and The Seasons.This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website;
Following on from the success of the previous two years’ volumes, ABC KIDS has brought together a mix of the best-loved and most popular Christmas tunes on one superb album. Featuring a beautiful mix of Christmas classics such as ‘Run Rudolph Run’ and ‘Zat You Santa Claus’, Aussie favourites including ‘Christmas Where The Gum Trees Grow’ and a smattering of festive tunes from The Wiggles, Bananas In Pyjamas and many more beloved characters from the ABC Kids Family.
Sugar plums and snowflakes, dreams and spells – The Nutcracker is one of the most enchanting stories ever told.In this new CD from The Australian Ballet and ABC Classics, favourite moments from Tchaikovsky’s beloved music are combined with the evocative story-telling of legendary Australian actor Geoffrey Rush. This album is both the perfect introduction to this charming tale, and essential listening as a new take on an ageless classic. Geoffrey Rush narratorThe Australian BalletOrchestra VictoriaNicollette Fraillon conductor
Guitarist Slava Grigoryan embarks on a major new recording series surveying the music of JS Bach, beginning with the beloved Cello Suites.This album is the result of Grigoryan’s decades-long love affair with the Suites, music which has accompanied him throughout his life. Reflecting on Bach’s music, he says: ‘I’m constantly staggered by the universe of ideas in each movement of every Suite. The simplicity, the elegance, the structure and the spirit are simply breathtaking’.Bach’s Cello Suites were composed around 1720, and contain some of the most popular music ever written – but much of their history, including the instrument for which they were originally intended, is shrouded in mystery. What we do know for certain is that Bach arranged one of the Suites for the lute, a fore-father of the guitar.This is believed to be the world-premiere recording of the Bach Cello Suites on baritone guitar, whose lower pitch allows the Suites to be played in their original keys. ‘The moment I picked up a baritone,’ says Grigoryan, ‘I thought of Bach’s Cello Suites. The resonance and sustain were so entirely different to what I was used to on a regular instrument – it was impossible not to play lyrically. I was immediately smitten and full of ideas.’ The use of the guitar also allows a fresh perspective on these baroque masterpieces, including bringing out some of the rhythmic grooves inherent in the music – an aspect that has led to Bach being described as the original inspiration behind jazz.Grigoryan is renowned as one of the world’s most talented, sought-after and versatile instrumentalists. He collaborates with orchestras globally, and forms a long-standing duo with his brother Leonard. He has won ARIA Awards for Best Classical Album, and has also received significant acclaim for his performances in world and jazz music.The album was recorded at the UKARIA Cultural Centre, the state-of-the-art new concert hall in the Adelaide Hills founded by Ulrike Klein. Future albums in Slava Grigoryan’s Bach series include volume II of the Cello Suites, and an album of concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACHCello Suites · Volume I1–6. Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV10077–12. Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV100813–18. Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV1009Slava Grigoryanbaritone guitarDownload the album booklet here
With a sound sure to make you want to party, rising country music star Jody Direen is set to release her new album ‘Shake Up’ November 4th through ABC Music/ UMA.A new sound for Jody, ‘Shake Up’ is filled with anthems and big beats that have been influenced by 80’s and 90’s rock, combined with popular club synths, banjo, steel and massive country guitars.For the album, Jody worked alongside award winning producer Stuart Stuart, who has previously been a key player in launching the sounds of The Veronicas and Sheppard. Stuart and Jody worked to tell a story for ‘Shake Up’ from experiences with life, love and Jody’s passion for music. Influences from many genres can be heard through Jody’s powerful vocals as she stays true to her Country roots.Already the winner of New Zealand’s 2015 CMANZ Female Artist of the Year Award, VAC Female Vocalist of the Year and NZCMA Best Album of the Year Finalist; Jody has also seen nominations for CMC awards and top 10 hits in Australia and NZ.An album that is set to be addictive and full of high energy, Jody is ready for a ‘Shake Up’.
The art of the nude is fascinating because it is all about what is revealed: the glimpse of skin, the body in full, the things we don’t usually see. But the nude in art is also gets us thinking about big questions at the heart of who we are today: questions about beauty, desire, truth, mortality and power.From the tenderness of a solo violin to the raw emotion of a symphony orchestra, this album showcases music of total intimacy and wild abandon, giving glimpses into human emotion – and our responses to those questions – from the Baroque to the present day.A musical companion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ exhibition The Nude.The Nude runs at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 5 November 2016 to 5 February 2017. Visit for more details.
ABC Classics is proud to present the official DVD featuring full coverage of the 67th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, live from the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.With its spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been thrilling audiences since 1950. Since then over 14 million people have seen this military extravaganza, as it performs to a live audience of 220,000 in Edinburgh every August.2016 marks its 67th production, with a wealth of talent taking to the Esplanade to showcase their musical skills and intricate displays. 1,200 performers from all over the world came together as we commemorated Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th year.Acts from Australia, Canada, Jordan, Nepal, New Zealand and Norway joined forces to rejoice in the rich history of military music and the relationship between monarchies and their armed forces.Together with bands from the British Armed Services, cultural groups from across the globe, alongside home grown talent from across the United Kingdom, performers shared this iconic stage as we celebrated ‘Tunes of Glory’.It’s no wonder The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is regarded as the greatest show on earth!
The Omega Ensemble present their debut recording on ABC Classics, surveying music for clarinet from across three centuries.When Mozart composed his iconic Clarinet Quintet in 1789 it was the first time in chamber music that the clarinet had been employed as a solo voice. In this performance, David Rowden performs on the basset clarinet – the instrument Mozart intended.This popular classic is accompanied by two new Australian pieces. George Palmer’s It Takes Two is a three-movement piece celebrating friendship, love, energy and fun. A rich and varied work that includes moments of jubilation, high octane energy and virtuosity, and also deeply tender and lyrical moments, the piece celebrates the very essence of human bonds and friendship. On this recording, Omega Ensemble and Rowden are joined by clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy, who premiered the work with the group in 2008.Munro’s Songs from the Bush – a concerto for two clarinets – has a very different inspiration. As the composer himself says, ‘I use both [Australian] folk material and Indigenous music in two distinct ways: more or less simply stated, close to its ‘original’ form, and highly developed and re-imagined and re-combined with other tunes and motifs.’ Munro weaves these two musical sources together to create ‘a link and a sympathy between the two cultures in ways that words can struggle to, and history might tend to deny'.The Omega Ensemble is one of Australia’s most dynamic chamber groups, with a dedication to commissioning new works and reviving lost ones.TRACKLISTINGWOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV5811.I. Allegro2. II. Larghetto 3.III. Menuetto – Trio I – Trio II4.IV. Allegretto con variazioniDavid Rowden basset clarinet IAN MUNRO b.1963Songs from the Bush – Clarinet Quintet5.I. Country Dance6.II. Campfire & Night Sky7.III. Drover’s LamentDavid Rowden clarinet GEORGE PALMER b.1947It Takes Two – Concerto for Two Clarinets 8.I. Adagio – Allegro con spirito 9.II. Lento arioso 10.III. Molto vivace Dimitri Ashkenazy & David Rowden clarinets
Australian period-instrument Ironwood shines new light on two of the most popular chamber works of the Romantic era, revealing the passion, power and intimate beauty of Brahms as they perform on the instruments the composer knew and loved.Ironwood’s interpretation of these popular works is the culmination of several years of cutting-edge research and painstaking experimentation. The results bring vividly to life the expressive practices of Brahms and his circle, which has been clearly documented in early recordings from the turn of the 20th century and contemporaneous written texts. Performing on gut-string instruments and a replica of Brahms’s much-favoured JB Streicher and Sons Viennese-action grand piano (parallel strung and with leather-coated hammers) dating from 1868, Brahms’s music is here imbued with the spirit, expressivity, rhythmic and temporal flexibility and soundscape that the composer undoubtedly expected to hear in performance.The Op.25 Piano Quartet – the first of three that Brahms wrote – is book-ended by movements so large in soundscape, ideas and development as to feel symphonic. The third movement begins with a heart-on-sleeve song-like melody that is contrasted with a series of powerful themes which propel the music towards a dazzling finale, a tour de force that emulates the Hungarian gypsy style favoured by Haydn. The Op.34 Piano Quintet, Brahms’s most famous chamber work, combines Beethovenian explosiveness with the lyrical qualities of Schubert’s music, producing an unsurpassed level of musical expression.JOHANNES BRAHMS1833–1897CD11-4 Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 CD21-4 Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 Robin Wilson andRachael Beesley (CD2) violinsNicole Forsyth violaDaniel Yeadon celloNeal Peres Da Costa historic pianoforte