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Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Reef

ABC Classics along with Australian Chamber Orchestra are proud to present this remarkable fusion of classical and contemporary music, the disciplines of surfing and musical virtuosity and a marriage of images between one of this country’s most beautiful natural wonders and the exquisite music of some our finest young musicians.

In May 2012, Richard Tognetti took both musicians and surfers to the rugged surf coast and tough desert landscape of northern Western Australia to create a new performance piece at the intersection of music and nature.

Travelling with Tognetti to world heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, making music and surfing with the locals, was a remarkable collection of artists: photographer Jon Frank, director Mick Sowry, composer Iain Grandage, didgeridoo player Mark Atkins, singer Stephen Pigram and the young musicians of ACO2.

Together they have created a performance using music and film to delve into the links between surfing, the ocean, landscape and music.

Richard Tognetti - Artistic Director and Lead Violin
Mick Sowry - Director & Producer
Jon Frank - Director of Photography
Derek Hynd - Director of Surfing
Mark Atkins - Didgeridoo
Stephen Pigram - Voice

Track Listing

Heart of the Black Beast – RICHARD TOGNETTI, arr. IAIN GRANDAGE



Where Have All the Flowers Gone? - PETE SEEGER, arr. GRANDAGE/TOGNETTI

Suite des Vents, from Les Boréades - JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU

Ramifications - GYÖRGY LIGETI

Threnody I: Night of the Electric Insects, from Black Angels - GEORGE CRUMB

Fugue, from Sonata for Solo Violin, No. 1, BWV1001 - JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH





God-music, from Black Angels - GEORGE CRUMB

Peripeteia, from Electric Preludes - BRETT DEAN

Allegro molto from Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a - DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH arr. BARSHAI


Where Have All the Flowers Gone? - PETE SEEGER arr. TOGNETTI




Cavatina from String Quartet, Op. 130 - LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN arr. TOGNETTI 

Turanga (time) and lila (love) come together in this epic symphony by a modern master – complete with the mysterious sounds of the Ondes Martenot, one of the earliest electronic instruments of the 20th century.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;
A tortured Romantic genius – destined to die young – celebrates the beauty of nature and the majesty of a medieval cathedral.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;
Schoenberg stretched the bounds of Romantic harmony to their limit to express the ecstasy of Pelleas and Melisande and their tragic tale of forbidden love.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; 
Mozart wrote three of his finest piano concertos, nos 23, 24 and 25, in a single year. Beauty, passion and grace combine as the piano engages in an intimate dialogue with the orchestra.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;
Acclaimed artist Warren H Williams teams up with rising star Dani Young to collaborate on the stunning new album, “Desert Water”. The album is the first musical union of an indigenous and non-indigenous singing duo recorded in the country music capital, Nashville.Track Listing:Mary janeThis time i’ll give you moreDesert waterTwo shipsNothing left to burnWhen you’re leavingOne lifetimeWhen you lose him onceThese eyesMy friend bottleDusty uteLiving free
Following the conclusion of ABC TV’s Rake: Season Four, ABC Music will release the official soundtrack album Rake: Music from the TV Series, available from July 15th.Composed by Antony Partos, Michael Lira and David McCormack (of Australian indie-pop legends Custard), the soundtrack features an eclectic array of songs, score and incidental music from across the series, evoking countless escapades from Cleaver Greene and Co., whilst remaining a compelling listen in its own right.Drawing from a broad textural palette, Rake features nods to classic film noir scores (‘Contract Casino’), burlesque jazz (‘Do Anything for Love’), and tense chamber music (‘High Anxiety’). Elsewhere, the exotic tropicalia of ‘Bikini Surprise’ and the enthusiastically evangelical ‘I Can Feel Him’ offer excursions into other musical worlds.Unforgettable highlights include McCormack’s sweeping, string-laden ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ and the award-winning ‘Don’t Let Go’, which was named Best Original Song Composed For The Screen at the 2014 APRA AMCOS Screen Music Awards.Track Listing:Blue DanubeDo Anything for LoveContract CasinoBikini SurpriseLiftLandslidesMe Myself and WineDrunk GalleryNight LiftHe ArrivedLay My Head DownChemical Store WanderMargaritaSexy SecretaryI Won’t Let You DownDoggy StyleDoggie In the WindowCleaver Falls for ItLost ControlCleaver ClompDon’t Let Me Be MisunderstoodThe Parting GlassBoleroWelcome to the End of DaysCleaver StrutHigh AnxietyJail HouseComing HomeFestivalDreamy Court Room MurderAnt’s Music BoxI Can Feel HimCleaver’s FugueMalcom’s LamentTime with YouVous Etes Un Grand Garcon MaintenantDon’t Let Go
“One thing you get with Mozart, and no other composer comes close, is dancing on your own joy.”– Richard Tognetti.The Australian Chamber Orchestra, directed from the violin by Richard Tognetti, presents a triumphant account of Mozart’s three final symphonies.This live recording captures the energy and vivacity of the performances given as part of the ACO’s 40th anniversary celebrations in 2015 – concerts that were described as ‘magnificent’ by The Sydney Morning Herald and ‘miraculous’ by the Daily Telegraph. The same program was previously performed by the ACO 26 years ago, when Richard Tognetti – newly appointed as Artistic Director – performed these three symphonies under the visionary baton of early music legend Frans Brüggen.Since its establishment in November 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has become renowned globally for its inspired programming, unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality, showcased through an extensive and ongoing program of international touring and recordings for many of the world’s top labels.Composed over the course of just six weeks, these inspirational works represent the pinnacle of artistic achievement: from the sunny lyricism of the 39th, to the tragic cast of the 40th, to the inspired invention of the 41st – the ‘Jupiter’ – they form a mighty epitaph to the work of Mozart’s musical genius.TRACKLISTINGWOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791 CD 1Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, KV543 [29’03]1. I. Adagio – Allegro 10’022. II. Andante con moto 7’423. III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto 3’304. IV. Allegro 7’49Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV550 [30’25]5. I. Molto allegro 7’126. II. Andante 9’597. III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto 3’548. IV. Allegro assai 9’20CD 2Symphony No. 41 in C major, KV551 ‘Jupiter’ [34’13]1. I. Allegro vivace 11’242. II. Andante cantabile 9’403. III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto 4’484. IV. Molto allegro 8’21 Australian Chamber Orchestra Richard Tognetti director and violin
A musical journey to the emerald hills of Ireland, the cosy firesides of the Scotland Highlands and the lush valleys of Wales – and across the centuries from the ancient times to the present day.TRACKLISTINGCD 1 – IrelandAnnalisa KerriganWith a voice as pure as a mountain stream, Annalisa Kerrigan sings the immortal melodies of Ireland: Carrickfergus, The Cliffs of Dooneen, Galway Bay, Fhir an Bhata, The Last Rose of Summer and more. CD 2 – Endless DaysDavid HobsonAustralia’s favourite tenor presents the timeless songs of the isles, from Scotland’s Wild Mountain Thyme and My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose to the calm beauty of Welsh lullaby Suo Gân. CD 3 – Fyvie’s EmbraceChris Duncan fiddleThe golden age of the Scottish fiddle: exuberant reels, hornpipes and jigs, with the wistful and tender melodies of Bovaglie’s Plaid and The Cradle Song. CD 4 – Land  of My Fathers – The Welsh Music Heritage The very best from the valleys and mountains steeped in song. From intimate melodies to the glorious sound of the massed voices of the great Welsh choirs.
‘A musical kaleidoscope of America – of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our blues,our metropolitan madness’ – George Gershwin RHAPSODY IN BLUE – COMPOSED IN 1924 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; BERNSTEINCandide1 Overture2 Glitter and Be Gay LEONARD BERNSTEINWest Side Story3 Somewhere GEORGE GERSHWIN 1898–19374-6 Three Preludes  GEORGE GERSHWIN7 Rhapsody in Blue GEORGE GERSHWIN8 An American in Paris GEORGE GERSHWINPorgy and Bess9 Jazzbo Brown Blues10 Summertime LEONARD BERNSTEINWest Side Story11 Tonight
‘In dreams and fancies, and castles in the air, I’m a millionaire in spirit.’ – La bohèmePuccini reinvented grand opera on an intimate, human scale, painting the lives of everyday men and women through music of exquisite and timeless beauty, with arias that speak directly to the heart.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; bohème1 O soave fanciulla2 Che gelida manina3 Sì, mi chiamano Mimì4 Donde lieta uscì Tosca5 Recondita armonia6 E lucevan le stelle7 Ah, quegli occhi! Le Villi (The Willis)8 Se come voi piccina La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)9 Ch’ella mi creda libero e lontano 10 Crisantemi La rondine (The Swallow)11 Chi il bel sogno di Doretta Turandot12 Nessun dorma Madama Butterfly13 Un bel dì14 Viene la sera Antoinette Halloran – sopranoRosario La Spina – tenorQueensland Symphony OrchestraStephen Mould – conductor
In their debut album, the Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE) champions three of the finest works by the eighteenth-century composer Joseph Haydn. A super-star group of musicians with a host of international experience, the AHE is quickly establishing an international reputation for its vivacious performances, which are faithful to the sound-worlds that Haydn and his contemporaries would have originally known.The Haydn Album features three of Haydn’s best-loved compositions. The album opens with the Cello Concerto in C major, performed by ARIA-Award-winning cellist Daniel Yeadon. Written for Joseph Weigl, a young musician with whom Haydn performed, the concerto centres around an astonishingly beautiful cantabile – ‘singing’ – slow movement. Erin Helyard performs the Harpsichord Concerto in D major – most often heard on piano, but returned here to an instrument on which it would have been performed when it was first written. At the centre of the disc stands the Symphony ‘Le matin’ (‘Morning’), with its stunning opening evocation of a sunrise.Acclaimed by the Sydney Morning Herald for their ‘ravishing sound’, the Australian Haydn Ensemble have established themselves as ‘one of Australia’s finest period ensembles’ (Limelight). Dedicated to playing the music of the classical era – at the heart of which stood Haydn – on instruments and in styles which the composers would have known, the Ensemble has regular concert series at the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room and in Canberra, and recently announced The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir as their Patron.The Haydn Album was recorded by acclaimed Tonmeister Virginia Read, and the playing of the Australian Haydn Ensemble represents the very latest research into performance practice at the time of the music’s composition – including on-the-string bowing, and the choice of a harpsichord as the solo instrument in the concerto and within the orchestra as part of the symphony.
Chopin gave his soul to the piano, creating for it music of unearthly beauty, and teaching it to sing. Into the Nocturnes, he poured the greatest brightness of his genius.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;’S FIRST NOCTURNES COMPOSED IN 1830–1832 1 Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 22 Nocturne in C-sharp minor [Lento con gran espressione], Op. posth. KK IVa/163 Nocturne in B major, Op. 32 No. 14 Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 15 Nocturne in F-sharp major, Op. 15 No. 26 Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1         6’137 Nocturne in G minor, Op. 37 No. 18 Nocturne in G minor, Op. 15 No. 39 Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1, Op. posth.10 Nocturne in F-sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 211 Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27 No. Ewa Kupiec piano