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Australian Chamber Orchestra

‘The Australian Chamber Orchestra is uniformly high-octane, arresting and never ordinary.’ – The Australian, 2017
 
The Australian Chamber Orchestra lives and breathes music, making waves around the world for their explosive performances and brave interpretations. Steeped in history but always looking to the future, ACO programs embrace celebrated classics alongside new commissions, and adventurous crossartform collaborations.
 
Led by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti since 1990, the ACO performs more than 100 concerts each year. Whether performing in Manhattan, New York, or Wollongong, NSW, the ACO is unwavering in their commitment to creating transformative musical experiences.
 
Testament to their international reputation, the ACO was invited to commence a three-year residency as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court in partnership with London’s Barbican Centre from the 2018/19 season.
 
The Orchestra regularly collaborates with artists and musicians who share their ideology: from Emmanuel Pahud, Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Olli Mustonen, Brett Dean and Ivry Gitlis, to Neil Finn, Jonny Greenwood, Barry Humphries and Meow Meow; to visual artists and film makers such as Michael Leunig, Bill Henson, Shaun Tan, Jon Frank and Jennifer Peedom, who have co-created unique, hybrid productions for which the ACO has become renowned.
 
In addition to their national and international touring schedule, the Orchestra has an active recording program across CD, vinyl and digital formats. Their recordings of Bach’s violin works won three consecutive ARIA Awards. Recent releases include the award-winning Water | Night Music, the first Australian-produced classical vinyl for two decades; Mozart’s Last Symphonies; Bach | Beethoven: Fugue; and the soundtrack to their acclaimed cinematic collaboration, Mountain.
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This collection is inspired by ABC Classic FM’s 2018 Getaway broadcast, which asked audiences to share the best place in Australia to wake up, and which spurred a flood of responses about the most meaningful, the most exhilarating and the most evocative places in their lives.Where’s your favourite place to wake up? Maybe you yearn for a beachside retreat, with the gulls wheeling and the salt air to greet you. Or the serenity of the bush, in that moment of tranquillity before the heat of the day. Perhaps it’s home, and you’re lucky enough to always wake to your ideal scene.Every morning, ABC Classic FM takes listeners to that favourite place, wherever they are. But it’s not just about escape. Use the music to get you into your day, as well as giving you a moment out of it.This album draws together some of the most sublime music ever written, from old favourites to new discoveries. Often inspired by the natural world, this music isn’t just for those early hours: reach for it whenever you need a dose of pure bliss.TRACKLISTINGCD1 1      EDWARDS Dawn Mantras 2      WESTLAKE Ocean Sunfish 3      GRIEG Morning Moodfrom Peer Gynt 4      SCULTHORPE Morning Songfrom Four Little Pieces for Piano Duet 5      BENJAMIN The Quiet Garden 6      BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’: First movement 7      RODRIGO Concierto madrigal:VI. Pastoral 8      TCHAIKOVSKY The Lark’s Song 9      TRAD. TORRES STRAIT Morning Tide from Island Songs 10    OSBORNE Late Harvest II 11    MUSSORGSKY Dawn on theMoscow River from Khovanshchina 12    DEBUSSY Piano Trio in G major:III. Andante espressivo 13    COOMAN Sunrisefrom Night Songs 14    EDWARDS Yanada 15    DEBUSSY Prelude to ‘The Afternoon of a Faun’   CD2 1      RAMEAU Naïs: Overture 2      HAYDN Nocturne No. 3: II. Andante 3      RAVEL Pavane of the Sleeping Beautyfrom Mother Goose 4      DOHNÁNYI Ruralia Hungarica:III. Allegro grazioso 5      VIVALDI The Four Seasons: Spring:III. Allegro 6      MAHLER Songs of a Wayfarer:I went out this morning across the field 7      JS BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4:I. Allegro 8      CPE BACH Trio Sonata in A major:I. Allegretto 9      BRITTEN Dawnfrom Four Sea Interludes from ‘Peter Grimes’ 10    EDWARDS A Flight of Sunbirds:IV. Poco lento 11    VIVALDI Flute Concerto ‘The Goldfinch’:II. Larghetto cantabile 12    GRIMSLEY Rebecca’s Dream 13    GREENBAUM The Rotation of the Earth 14    HANDEL Waft Her, Angels, through the Skies from Jephtha 15    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending Artists include: Simon Tedeschi • Roger WoodwardSlava & Leonard Grigoryan • Diana Doherty • Jane RutterGondwana Voices • Ensemble OffspringLondon Philharmonic OrchestraOrchestra of the Antipodes • Australian Brandenburg Orchestraand the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney, Tasmanian & West Australian Symphony Orchestras 
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David Greco and Erin Helyard present the first Australian recording of Schubert’s masterpiece on period instrumentsSchubert’s Winterreise is one of the greatest song cycles ever written. Completed shortly before his death at just 33, Schubert’s masterpiece follows a young man spurned by his beloved who then wanders through a frozen landscape in ever-increasing states of existential angst, terror, and paranoia.Erin Helyard and David Greco present a Winterreise that’s different from any you have heard before. This is how the work might have sounded to Schubert, a recording informed by scholarship around 19th-century performance techniques, and the different vocal traditions and pianos that existed then.But far from a dry, academic exercise, David and Erin strip away the stuffy, canonised aura of this famous work, presenting a Winterreise sung by a young man in the full fervour of love and an all-consuming passion. This is a performancethat captures every moment of Schubert’s terror and mortality, a vital and utterly engrossing performance that takes you inside a work you’ve listened to many times before – but never truly heard.TRACKLISTINGFRANZ SCHUBERT 1797–1828 Winterreise (Winter Journey), D9111 Gute Nacht (Good Night)2 Die Wetterfahne (The Weather Vane)3 Gefror’ne Tränen (Frozen Tears)4 Erstarrung (Frozen)5 Der Lindenbaum (The Linden Tree)6 Wasserflut (Deluge)7 Auf dem Flusse (On the Stream)8 Rückblick (Backward Glance)9 Irrlicht (Will o’ the Wisp)10 Rast (Rest)11 Frühlingstraum (A Dream about Spring)12 Einsamkeit (Loneliness)13 Die Post (The Post)14 Der greise Kopf (The Aged Head)15 Die Krähe (The Crow)16 Letzte Hoffnung (Last Hope)17 Im Dorfe (In the Village)18 Der stürmische Morgen (The Stormy Morning)19 Täuschung (Illusion)20 Der Wegweiser (The Signpost)21 Das Wirtshaus (The Inn)22 Mut! (Courage!)23 Die Nebensonnen (Mock Suns)24 Der Leiermann (The Organ-Grinder) David Greco baritoneErin Helyard piano 1817 Anton Graf piano (replica by Chris Maene, 2016)
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Tonightly is a comedy show that smacks and unpacks the latest trends, news, inputs, life hacks and gossip and serves them up for you as a nightly dose of hot, must see entertainment (well it used to). Armed with nothing but jokes and access to sweet memes, Tonightly with Tom Ballard is the show that will literally fix everything that is wrong with the world (except it didn’t really). Ballard is (was) joined by a team of four news addicts who are fully across everything ever (they weren’t): Greta Lee-Jackson (SkitBox), Greg Larsen (Fancy Boy) Bridie Connell (Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia) and Nina Oyama (Utopia).  Tonightly Albumly features a collection of unforgettable songs from the dearly-missed series, including the ARIA Award winning ‘Sex Pest’, ‘Literally Everything’, and ‘Goodnightly’.
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Australian indie rock royalty Custard have today unveiled their first-ever live release, The Band, Live in the Basement. Recorded on a steamy November night in Sydney, the album captures the group tearing through a career-spanning set of hits in front of a packed room at the storied (and now sadly defunct) nightspot, The Basement. Highlights include blistering renditions of signature tunes like ‘Apartment’ and ‘Girls Like That’; a sprawling rendition of dancefloor-filler ‘(I Feel Like) Ringo’; and a cover of the Jonathan Richman classic ‘Since She Started To Ride’.
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All of Slava and Leonard’s recordings as a duo, available together for the first time!Guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation, enthralling audiences with the energy of their performances and the breadth of their repertoire – embracing disparate genres such as classical, jazz and contemporary music from around the world.Slava and Leonard are blessed with an uncanny ability to perform so seamlessly as a duo that they play and ‘breathe’ as one. This sibling collaboration, which commenced in the family home when Leonard was four and Slava 13, has been developing ever since. Growing up and performing together does not guarantee a symbiotic relationship, but what does create the perfect storm is the mutual respect and admiration the brothers have for each other. Perhaps this is the intangible quality that creates their ability to connect with listeners.This box set brings together all eight of their albums recorded as a duo, from 2003’s Play to 2017’s Songs Without Words, and encompasses every element of the artistry of the these extraordinarily talented brothers. Between them, they have received three ARIA awards and an incredible 24 ARIA Award nominations, and have cemented their status as Australia’s favourite guitarists.TRACKLISTINGCD1RODRIGO GUITAR CONCERTOS1-3 RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez4-7 RODRIGO Fantasía para un gentilhombre8-17 RODRIGO Concierto madrigal CD2BAROQUE GUITAR CONCERTOS1-3 VIVALDI Concerto in G major for two guitars, RV5324-6 VIVALDI Concerto in A major, RV827-9 VIVALDI Concerto in D major, RV9310-12 HANDEL Concerto in B-flat major for two guitars, HWV29413-17 WEISS Concerto in D minor18-20 FASCH Concerto in D minor CD3IMPRESSIONS1-4 DEBUSSY Suite bergamasque5-8 FALLA Four Spanish Pieces9 MOMPOU Prélude No. 510-23 MOMPOU Variations on a theme of Chopin24 MOMPOU Cançons i danses: No. 725 DEBUSSY Rêverie CD4PLAY1-3 PIAZZOLLA Tango Suite4 E. GRIGORYAN Kolobok5-8 GNATTALI Retratos9 YORK Evening Dance10 E. GRIGORYAN Day Dreams CD5DISTANCE1 BELLINATI Jongo2 L. GRIGORYAN Distance3 TOWNER From a Dream4 LOVELADY Nartuby River5 MUTHSPIEL Everything Happens to That Dog6 WESTLAKE Shards of Jaisalmer7 E. GRIGORYAN Tian Shan8 ALSOP Mandalay to Melbourne9 RIGNEY Prayer Flags in Bright Wind CD6THIS TIME1 L. GRIGORYAN This Time2 TOWNER Duende3 RIGNEY Two Swings in the Heart Shaped Garden4 HOWARD Longplay5-10 WESTLAKE Mosstrooper Peak11 TOWNER Sarabande12 LOVELADY Incantation No. 213 L. GRIGORYAN After Dark14 HOUGHTON Wave Radiance CD7THE SEASONS1-12 TCHAIKOVSKY The Seasons CD8SONGS WITHOUT WORDS1 BACH Arioso, from Cantata BWV1562 DVOŘAK Songs My Mother Taught Me3 FAURÉ Après un rêve4 TCHAIKOVSKY None but the Lonely Heart5 ELGAR Chanson de matin6 TCHAIKOVSKY Chanson triste7-13 FALLA Seven Spanish Folk Songs14 RACHMANINOFF Vocalise15 ELGAR Chanson de nuit16 TCHAIKOVSKY Song Without Words17 PONCE Estrellita (Little Star)
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The world’s most popular children’s band The Wiggles have announced their biggest album of the year, Wiggle Pop!  Set for release on August 31, Wiggle Pop! is an entertaining and child-friendly tribute to some of The Wiggles’ favourite Pop, Country and Folk artists from over the years. And it may just be The Wiggles’ catchiest and Wiggliest music collection for many years! With brand new songs written to inspire dancing, singing, story-telling and listening, this album is one for the whole family to enjoy with the young listener! There are nods to Johnny Cash, Madonna, Prince, Nana Mouskouri, Elvis, Tiny Tim, Willie Nelson, The Beatles and many more. Wiggle Pop! features many varied styles of music and reasons to dress up, and even a duet with Australian music star, Dan Sultan. In an exciting year, The Wiggles have soared to new heights. Fresh from a successful tour of the United States and Canada, and with their TV series now broadcast in over 190 countries, the band have also recently announced the ‘Wiggle Pop! Big Show’ Arena tour, which will be hitting stages around Australia later this year. Keep an eye out for a companion Wiggle Pop! DVD to be released in November. Wiggle Pop! … you can’t stop!
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Celebrating the 100th birthday of the 20th century’s greatest musician.Leonard Bernstein is one of the towering figures of twentieth-century music. A brilliant and versatile composer, a revolutionary and thought-provoking conductor, and a personable and insightful educator, ‘Lenny’ broke down barriers between genres and brought classical music to the world – and the world to classical music.Released to coincide with his centenary on 25 August 2018, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Northey celebrate the life of this towering talent with an album showcasing his work for Broadway, film and concert stage.Featuring symphonic dances from his ground-breaking musical West Side Story and his score to the legendary Marlon Brando film On The Waterfront, as well as the sizzling overture to his opera Candide and dance episodes from On The Town, this release presents a musical portrait of one of the most important and best-loved musicians of our time.  TRACKLISTINGLEONARD BERNSTEIN 1918–19901. Candide: OvertureOn The Town: Three Dance Episodes2. The Great Lover Displays Himself3. Lonely Town: Pas de deux4. Times Square: 19445. On the Waterfront: SuiteWest Side Story: Symphonic Dances6. Prelude7. Somewhere8. Scherzo9. Mambo10. Cha-Cha11. Cool, Fugue12. Rumble13. Finale West Australian Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Northey conductor Recorded live in the Perth Concert Hall
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Beccy Cole, one of Australia’s most successful singer/songwriters, has announced her highly anticipated new album, ‘Lioness’, which is set to be released on August 24th. Her lead single from the album and title track, ‘Lioness’ has been released today.  The South Australian star has been delighting music fans with her unique brand of true entertainment for over 25 years. Beccy’s glowing warmth, husky tones, bawdy sense of humour and hundred-watt smile have helped make her one of the nation’s most loved and celebrated artists.  ‘Lioness’ is Beccy’s 12th album and is nothing short of stunning. The album is a collection of self-penned, personal and poignant songs perfectly displaying Beccy’s strength of character, huge heart and razor-sharp wit. In an Australian first, Beccy procured the talents of some of Australia’s finest female musicians to make the only ever 100% female produced album. ‘Lioness’ is produced by the renowned Julz Parker (known best for her amazing guitar work in award-winning band, Hussy Hicks) making this a Beccy Cole album with a new sound, new band and a new outlook on life beyond forty. The lead single, ‘Lioness’, allows a glimpse into Beccy’s personal life as she explores a world beyond falling in love. In a series of short stories showcasing her wit, Beccy takes the listener on a journey of mishap before returning to a chorus declaring life better with her partner. With a driving kick drum and a powerful electric guitar, this is one worth turning the volume up high.  Beccy says, “Lioness is about the strength and capabilities I have realised since experiencing life with a loving and supportive partner. The stories within the song are 100% true!”
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NATIVE TONGUE is the third studio album from critically acclaimed artist Mojo Juju. Stylistically, Mojo once again embarks on new territory through collaborations with multiple producers – Steven Schram (Paul Kelly), Joelistics (TZU), jnbo (The Cactus Channel) and Jamieson Shaw (Netflix series ‘The Get Down’). The album opens with a guest appearance from ‘The Pasefika Vitoria Choir’ and is followed up by features from Hip Hop MC Mirrah (L-Fresh The Lion), Soul music royalty Joshua Tavares and spoken word artist Lay the Mystic.   This time around Juju has taken her eclectic influences and created a seamless and authentically original sound, continuing her dedication to bucking labels, bending genres and doing her own thing. Perhaps the manifold musical incarnations of Juju are symbolic of the manifold pieces that make up her identity. Perhaps this unique blend of Soul, RnB, Blues & Hip Hop is in fact her ‘Native Tongue’.Through the telling of family history and her own personal experiences, Juju explores her relationships with Elders and Ancestry and how that informs her own identity. Contemplating her Mother’s Indigenous heritage, her Father’s experience as a Filipino immigrant and her own place in the cultural landscape of modern Australia, it is an album about self-discovery and it is her most personal offering to date. It is honest, emotional and intrinsically political. Track Listing:1. Native Tongue (Feat. Pasefika Vitoria Choir2. Papa (Tagalog Interlude)3. Something Wrong4. Think Twice5. Bound To6. Cold Condition (Feat. Joshua Tavares)7. Shut Your Mouth8. Never Again9. I Just Wanna Know10. Pidge (Jackie Interlude)11. Far Too Late12. 1000 Years13. History14. Hurricane15. Don’t Stop Me Now16. Native Tongue Reprise (Feat. Lay the Mystic)
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Modern music for the modern man.ABC Classics presents Bespoke Classics: New Classics for Cool Dads. Featuring the very best new music and a handful of the old, this hand-picked collection of classics is the perfect Father’s Day gift for the modern man – in all his variation and complexity.There’s no ‘right’ way to be a dad in 2018, just like there is no ‘right’ music to listen to. This compilation blurs the lines between genres and traditions, never burdened by the weight of the past and instead forging a new path. Neo-classical, post-classical, chilled classics, contemporary music – call it what you want, it’s undeniably cool and modern.Featuring new school masters such as Einaudi, Glass, Michael Nyman, Arvo Part and Yann Tiersen, plus old school favourites by Debussy, Bach, Schubert, this is the perfect compilation for the fathers in your life.This isn’t your dad’s classical music – it’s yours. TRACKLISTINGCD11 EINAUDI I giorni2 PELĒCIS Concertino bianco: II. Con venerazione3 KATS-CHERNIN Tuesday Suit4 WESTLAKE Hinchinbrook Riffs5 VASKS Cantabile6 KINGS OF LEON Revelry7 CHAN Forever #18 GLASS Metamorphosis No. 39 ABBOTT Re-Echo10 DEBUSSY Clair de lune11 BARBER Adagio for Strings (Original string quartet version)12 KATS-CHERNIN Eliza Aria13 BACH Cello Suite No. 1: I. Prelude CD2 1 NYMAN The Piano: Here to There2 KATS-CHERNIN Unsent Love Letters3 VINE Knips in Brixton4 BADALAMENTI Twin Peaks: Falling5 GÓRECKI Three Pieces in Olden Style: No. 16 WILLIAMS Escapades: I. Closing In7 BOULANGER Nocturne8 SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat major9 SOLLIMA Alone10 PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel11 PELĒCIS All in the Past12 TIERSEN The Argument from Amélie13 FALCONIERI Ciaccona14 BACH Prelude in C major from The Well-Tempered Clavier15 GLASS Opening16 HINDSON Technologic 135: III. Cantabile17 ORTIZ Recercada segunda  Artists include:Slava Grigoryan guitar • Amy Dickson saxophoneGenevieve Lacey recorder • James Crabb accordionSally Maer and Umberto Clerici cello • Claire Edwardes percussionSally Whitwell, Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Roger Woodward pianoGoldner String Quartet • Nat Bartsch TrioMelbourne and Tasmanian Symphony OrchestrasAustralian Brandenburg Orchestra
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Travis Collins returns with his anticipated new album, 'Brave & The Broken!' The new album continues on from 2016's stellar 'Hard Light,' and EP team-up with Amber Lawrence ('Our Backyard Ep').
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Best Queensland band of all time” - ABC Radio Brisbane Rain Lover was co-produced by Nashville art rock recording legend Mark Nevers. HALFWAY have previously recorded with renowned producers Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens), Peter Jesperson (The Replacements) andMark Nevers (Lampchop). With a long history in the local and national music scene, fans can look forward to an album packed with tracks that are broadly universal yet remain devastatingly personal; the album is a story of big dreams, conflict, addiction and disappointment with the narrative using central characters which are real people from Rockhampton in the 60’s, 70s, 80s.  Previous albums ‘Any Old Love’ (2014) and ‘The Golden Halfway Record’ (2016) both received 5 star reviews in national press, an AIR Award for Country album of the year (2015) and received a nomination for an APRA award and won three QMA awards including Song of the year in 2015 for the song Dulcify from the album ‘Any Old Love’. Halfway describe themselves: “The band is like a face, showing all the stuff that the years have piled on. One day you’re just a kid, screaming around in the summer dark, and then you do what you do, roads less travelled or waking up in the ditch, but keeping on.Then every now and then, in the midst of it all, you look in the mirror and it’s all there. These albums are like those mirror moments.