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Symphony of Seduction

‘Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love.’ Romantic composer Hector Berlioz

From the creator of Swoon comes an enthralling introduction to the great love music of the classical composers. 

Experience music from 10 composers, from the passionate arias of Puccini and Mozart to the intimacy of Satie’s Gymnopedies and Chopin’s Nocturnes, and the extraordinary orchestral colours of Schumann, Debussy and Brahms. 

This is music at its most eloquent, written to seduce, to capture the ineffable highs and – perhaps most often – to overcome the excruciating blows of love. As Lawrence himself puts it, ‘the sounds of these composers are a poignant counterpoint to the tales of their stuttering dreams. Therein lie the real truths of these lives – and ours. For when it comes to putting a little love into your day, classical music does the best job of all.’

This 2-CD set accompanies the major new book Symphony of Seduction by ABC Classic FM’s Christopher Lawrence.

Track Listing:

  • 1. Gnossienne No. 5
  • 2. Gymnopédie No. 3
  • 3. Je te veux (I Want You)
  • 4. Gymnopedie No. 1
  • 5. Carnaval (excerpts)
  • 6. Scenes from Childhood: Träumerei (Day-Dreaming)
  • 7. Arabesque in C major
  • 8. Lélio: VI. Fantasia on Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’
  • 9. King Lear - Overture (excerpt)
  • 10. Summer Nights: L'Île inconnue (The Unknown Island)
  • 11. Ah! Troppo è ver – Christmas Cantata: Sovrano mio bene
  • 12. Tristan und Isolde: Prelude
  • 13. Wesendonck Lieder: Träume (Dreams)
  • 14. La bohème: Mi chiamano Mimì
  • 15. The Girl of the Golden West: Ch’ella mi creda libero e lontano
  • 16. Turandot: Signore, ascolta
  • 17. Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27 No. 2
  • 18. Mazurka in A minor, Op. 31
  • 19. La Finta giardiniera: Geme la tortorella
  • 20. Nocturnes: Sirens
  • 21. La Mer (The Sea): From Dawn to Midday on the Sea
  • 22. Beau Soir (Beautiful Evening)
  • 23. Piano Concerto No. 1: Adagio
  • 24. Hungarian Dance No. 11 in D minor
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The world’s most popular children's entertainment group The Wiggles are delighted to unveil their brand new musical feature, THE EMMA & LACHY SHOW! In the entertainment world there's been Sonny & Cher, Fred & Ginger, Beyoncè & Jay-Z and now for the first time ever, pre-schoolers have their own dynamic duo - Emma and Lachy!  Following on from the phenomenal popularity of The Wiggles Nursery Rhymes 2 (which reached #3 on the ARIA album chart – the band’s highest chart position to date), THE EMMA & LACHY SHOW is an exciting adventure for the yellow and purple skivvy-wearing Wiggles.  Join Emma and Lachy as they dress up, sing and dance with their friends, and enjoy a variety of fun activities including;  an Irish Jig with Lachy as he meets Phil the Fluter and attends a traditional Irish dancing ball; a dance ballet with Emma and the fairies as they learn some new moves to teach their dollies; a gallop along with Ponso the Pony as he trots around to the beautiful sounds of Lachy’s grand piano, and listen to the sound of Emma’s music box that is filled with exciting trinkets that spark dances from far and wide!Track Listing:Welcome To The Emma & Lachy ShowEmma & Lachy ThemeDance With Emma BallerinaThe GiraffeThe ABC SongPrince PurpleGalloping BalletMadame, Will You Walk?Emma's Music BoxLet's Dance With The FairiesStretch and BreathePhil The Fluter’s BallI’m Looking For A HouseAre You Ready To Go Explore?Five Fingered FamilyEmma’s Music Box Part 2Apusski DuskyExploring TimeSigning ColoursDance With The Dolls and FairiesWhen You’re Tired and Feel SleepyDream SongCook ItThank You For The FoodJohn PatrickDial E For EmmaTime For SleepLachy’s GoodbyeEmma’s Reverence
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Tami Neilson won’t be staying New Zealand’s secret for much longer. For the past decade, the Canadian-born, New Zealand-based singer/songwriter has been the queen of her adopted homeland’s country and roots music scenes. In Australia, Tami toured to rave reviews in 2017 and has plans for a return trip in 2018.With her new album, SASSAFRASS! Neilson takes a giant step that should only bring her more widespread acclaim. On this 11-track effort, she places a heavier emphasis on soul music while not abandoning her country and rockabilly roots. Track Listing:Stay Outta My BusinessBananasDiamond RingA Woman's PainDevil In a DressOne Thought of YouMiss JonesSmoking GunKitty CatManitoba Sunrise at Motel 6Good Man 
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William Crighton is a Singer-songwriter who is known for his powerful and mesmerising live performances and has firmly established himself as ‘one to watch’ in 2018. Hailing from country girded by the South West Slopes and Riverina regions of New South Wales, Crighton peopled the tracks of his celebrated self-titled 2016 debut with compelling, ineffably Australian figures of often-tragic resonance.  Crighton identifies powerful analogues of lived experience. It’s a gift that finds its truest expression  on his folk-rock second album, Empire.Produced by established collaborator and sought-after drummer Matt Sherrod (Crowded House, Beck) in close co-operation with Crighton himself, Empire finds the singer-songwriter bringing a cinematographer’s eye for detail to bear on his incomparably immersive lyrical style. Above all, Empire is a songbook of breathtaking insight. The flame of the human spirit is, in Crighton’s hands, shown to be the most powerful force at work in 21st Century Australia: one that produces both soot and shadow, but also guiding light, illuminating both the painful past and the difficult path forward.
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It’s hard to imagine, but Screamfeeder, the legendary noisy pop/indie rock band from Brisbane, have been making great records for 25 years now. Lovers of loud and beautiful music since the day they were each conceived, Screamfeeder have rightly been compared to all the greats; Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr, GBV and The Pixies. And so to 2018, and the announcement that Screamfeeder will, for the first time, collect all their singles - and shoulda-beens - together on one monumental release, simply titled Patterns Form. From the outset, you could hear the way the band that combined loud with beautiful, intense with joyous, chaotic with precise and pulled it all together in a way that very few acts ever manage. What’s apparent, listening to these songs in chronological sequence, is how the pop sensibility gradually unfurled itself and moved into the foreground, propelling Screamfeeder’s songs onto radios around Australia and the globe. Screamfeeder believe in writing good songs, and then performing them like their lives depend on it. There simply is nothing like them around today. Old school? Shit yeah, and proud of it.  Track Listing1. Tower2. Pepper3. Fingers & Toes4. Wrote You Off5. Button6. Fill Yourself With Music7. Lost In The Snow8. Who's Counting9. Sweet Little Oranges10. Static11. Dart12. Gravity13. Hi Cs14. Triple Hook15. Stopless16. Above The Dove17. Mr Tuba18. I Don't Know What To Do Any More19. Ice Patrol20. Bunny21. 1234522. Alone In A Crowd23. All Over It24. Karen Trust Me
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The music of Australian composer Stuart Greenbaum offers a breathing space amidst the relentless pressure of the modern world. Grounded in the Western art music tradition but also reaching out to the sound worlds of jazz, pop and mimimalism, it aims to evoke a sense of wonderment, taking the listener beyond the imperatives of everyday living.“I often conceive of music in terms of journeys. And this often involves viewing our home planet Earth from a distance and considering our place in the universe.”This digital album presents three works from a projected cycle of some 20 sonatas, one for each of the main instruments of the orchestra. Some, like the Sonata for Trombone and Piano and the Sonata for Guitar, are ‘pure’ music, but all are inspired by a sense of connection with, and concern for, the planet Earth, our Solar System and the Universe. Taking scientific discovery as a starting point, the works imagine journeys in time and space: in the case of the Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, a journey to Mars.Performing these sonatas are the musicians of Ensemble Three, the award-winning Melbourne-based trio lauded as “an inspiring example of forward-thinking classical music culture in Australia”. TRACKLISTINGSTUART GREENBAUM b.1966Sonata for Trombone and PianoI. travelling, freely II. floating III. energisedSonata for GuitarI. resolute II. mysterious III. elatedSonata for Trumpet and PianoI. journey to Mars: 6 to 8 months interlude: the surfaceII. return journeyEnsemble Three Don Immel tromboneKen Murray guitarJoel Brennan trumpetwith Konrad Olszewski piano
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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