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The Best Classical Music of All Time

The world’s favourite classical music, played by the great Australian symphony orchestras!

From Mozart to Massenet, Beethoven to Brahms, Chopin to Tchaikovsky, this 3CD box set is a treasure chest of classical gems. All the great composers are here, with the music you know and love: the blazing brilliance of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyrie, the melting beauty of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, the wit and humour of Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Elgar’s mighty Nimrod, from the Enigma Variations, the elegant delights of Boccherini’s Minuet, Hoffstetter’s Serenade and the Barcarolle from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, the sublime simplicity of Satie’s Gymnopédies, and the sheer pleasure of Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals, and much, much more.

Treat yourself or your loved ones with this superb collection.

Track Listing:

CD 1:

1. ROSSINI Galop from William Tell: Overture

2. MOZART Clarinet Concerto: Adagio

3. WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries from The Valkyrie

4. TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake:

Scene, Act II

5. TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake:

Waltz (Act I)

6. BIZET The Toreador Song from Carmen Suite No. 1

7. ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4

8. SCHUBERT Marche Militaire No. 1

in D major

9. BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7: Allegretto

10. DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

11. PIERNÉ Entrance of the Little Fauns

12. LIADOV A Musical Snuffbox

13. MASSENET Aragonaise from Le Cid

14. BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 5

15. TCHAIKOVSKY The Sleeping Beauty: Waltz

16. WAGNER Entry of the Guests (Grand March) from Tannhäuser

CD 2:

1-5. RESPIGHI The Birds 18’18

6. HANDEL Hornpipe (Water Music) 3’11

7. HANDEL Air (Water Music) 6’08

8. BACH Air (‘Air on the G String’) from Orchestral Suite No. 3 3’22

9. ELGAR ‘Enigma’ Variations: Nimrod 3’17

10. MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo 3’29

11. SUPPÉ Light Cavalry: Overture 7’28

12. FAURÉ Spanish Dance from Dolly 2’20

13. MENDELSSOHN Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3’55

14. BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus: Overture 4’40

SAINT-SAËNS The Carnival of the Animals:

15. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion

16. Hens and Roosters

17. Wild Asses

18. Tortoises

19. The Elephant

20. Kangaroos

21. Aquarium

22. Persons with Long Ears

23. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods

24. Aviary

25. Pianists

26. Fossils

27. The Swan

28. Finale

CD 3:

1. HANDEL Largo (Ombra mai fù)

2. BIZET Séguidille from

Carmen Suite No. 1

3. HOFFSTETTER Serenade

4. GRIEG Norwegian Dance

5. ELGAR Chanson de matin

6. WALDTEUFEL The Skaters’ Waltz

7. OFFENBACH Barcarolle from

The Tales of Hoffmann

8. BORODIN Nocturne from

String Quartet No. 2

9. BOCCHERINI Minuet from String Quintet in E major, G275

10. SATIE Gymnopédie No. 1

11. SATIE Gymnopédie No. 3

12. MOZART Gran Partita: Adagio

GRIEG Holberg Suite

13. I. Praeludium

14. II. Sarabande

15. III. Gavotte

16. IV. Air

17. V. Rigaudon

18. SIBELIUS Karelia Suite: Intermezzo

19. KHACHATURIAN Spartacus: Adagio

20. KREISLER Schön Rosmarin

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Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.
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ABC Jazz is excited to announce the very first commercial release of a recording by Paul Cutlan's Coltrane Project, including a complete performance of John Coltrane's unfathomable masterpiece, Ascension.   The Coltrane Project was formed by Paul Cutlan and John Mackey as a one-off tribute concert in 1997 to mark the 30th anniversary of Coltrane's death. Gathering together some of Australia's finest improvisers, the popularity of the concept and the transformative energy of the ensemble has seen it regroup for a number of very special shows over the years, unique gatherings, never to be repeated, and never to be heard beyond those lucky few in the room - until now.    This release chronicles the highpoint of the project, when the ensemble swelled to 10 people in order to perform Ascension, that gigantic opus of Coltrane’s late repertoire, at the Side On Café in Annandale, in Sydney's inner-west.    "To me," says Cutlan, "Coltrane has always represented many things: an unreachably high standard of saxophone playing, the complexity and mystery of his harmonic and technical innovations, the inspiration of his untiring quest to always be better, to always be searching for greater spiritual and technical modes of expression, and an honest, human, universal quality which inspires my own efforts to discover what makes me unique and worthwhile as a musician."   Recorded for Radio National's Live on Stage program, this concert featured two sets: the first featured a sextet of Adam Ponting (piano), Steve Elphick and Steve Arié (basses), Toby Hall (drums), Andrew Robson (alto sax) and Paul Cutlan on tenor sax, bass clarinet and E-flat clarinet, performing both Coltrane compositions and originals by members of the project inspired by Coltrane’s output.    This gig began with Cutlan's own Blue Step, a piece in the style of Coltrane Plays the Blues, fused with a progression from his iconic Giant Steps. Equinox follows in a minor key with a slower, moodier blues: it gives the two basses plenty of space to interact, blending with bass clarinet. Then the key shifts up a semitone, unleashing a searing alto sax solo from Andrew Robson, before sinking back to the depths.    Naima is John Coltrane’s best known and loved ballad, written for his first wife. In this version, the bass clarinet and two basses once again create a dark, velvety texture, before a sublime piano solo from Adam Ponting. Kaleidoscope is a quirky, Calypso melody built on the harmonic progression to Giant Steps, written by Tony Gorman. Alto sax and piccolo clarinet duet before trading choruses, then the two basses also trade choruses.   Then came the second set - Ascension itself: a massive piece of intense expression, in which the players collectively create walls of sound. Each performer is featured in turn against this visceral environment, galvanised to transcend themselves in sound. For this set, the sextet is joined by Sandy Evans (tenor sax), Mathew Clare (alto sax), Phillip Slater (trumpet) and Jeremy Borthwick (trombone) - an incredible lineup featuring some of the most creative and accomplished jazz performers in Sydney.    "Among the inspiring line up of players on this performance," says Cutlan, "I want to make special mention of alto saxophonist Mathew Clare. This special musician died tragically young and isn’t documented on many recordings. I’m thrilled that audiences will now be able to hear Mathew’s highly emotive solo on Ascension, starting at 16:30."   "I’ve often wondered what to do with these recordings over the years, wanting to make them publicly available, but reticent to commit to producing an album or compilation. I think there are some incredible performances among all three recordings, but the original Coltrane albums are a daunting yardstick to be measured against. I’m really happy that this last ABC recording is finally being released - this seems to be the most appropriate way to share the accomplishments of a band which certainly developed an exciting and individual identity, as it came to grips with this awe-inspiring repertoire."   Tracklisting: 1. Blue Step (Paul Cutlan) 2. Equinox (John Coltrane) 3. Naima (John Coltrane) 4. Kaleidoscope (Tony Gorman) 5. Ascension (John Coltrane)   Paul Cutlan – tenor saxophone (1, 5), bass clarinet (2, 3), E-flat clarinet (4) Andrew Robson – alto saxophone Adam Ponting – piano Steve Elphick & Steve Arié – bass Toby Hall – drums   Plus (track 5 only): Sandy Evans – tenor saxophone  Matthew Clare – alto saxophone Phillip Slater – trumpet Jeremy Borthwick – trombone   
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WINNER OF TWO HELPMANN AWARDS 2019:• BEST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT (WASO) • BEST INDIVIDUAL CLASSICAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE (ASHER FISCH) ABC Classic is proud to announce the release of a landmark new recording of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, one of the towering creations in the history of music.This recording – captured live in concert in August 2018 – features a remarkable cast of singers including Stuart Skelton, one of the world’s greatest Wagner singers, who makes his long-awaited debut recording as Tristan. One of his signature roles, Skelton has performed Tristan to great acclaim all over the world, from The Metropolitan Opera in New York to the English National Opera and Germany’s Baden-Baden Festival, hailed as “a Tristan for the ages”, his performance “an unflagging, glorious lighthouse of Wagnerian singing, with inexhaustible power, vibrant resonance allied to warmth, subtlety and grace, and committed dramatic expression”.Isolde is sung by German soprano Gun-Brit Barkmin, acclaimed over her glittering career for her interpretation of leading roles in works by Janáček, Britten, Berg, Wagner and Richard Strauss. Her Isolde was hailed as “thrilling”, “an extraordinarily complete portrayal” that was “a revelation”.They are joined on this recording by an all-star cast includingEkaterina Gubanova, Boaz Daniel and Ain Anger, alongside theWest Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by their Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, one of today’s supreme Wagner interpreters.Tristan und Isoldechanged forever the rules about what music should and could be, and introduced concepts – including chromaticism, dissonance and even atonality – which would define the development of music throughout the 20th century.But it is above all a work of staggering beauty, of love unfulfilled, where singers and orchestra come together in some of the most sublime music ever written. “Life and death, the whole import and existence of the outer world,” wrote Wagner himself, “here hang on nothing but the inner movements of the soul.”Praise for the concerts at which this recording was made:“An astonishing gift to audiences and a triumph of music making… WASO has never sounded better, and you’ll not encounter this stunning cast again.” –Limelight “I was there — and knew I was in the presence of greatness.” –The West Australian“Superlative” – BachTrack“There was a loud and universal standing ovation, richly deserved after this unforgettable account of Wagner’s masterpiece.” –Australian Book Review“One of the most revelatory Wagner experiences I’ve had in my life.” –Daily Review“As impressive a cast as you’d be lucky to find at Covent Garden or The Met.” – Limelight Album available to preview here Tristan und IsoldeMusic and libretto by Richard Wagner 1813–1883 Stuart Skelton TristanGun-Brit Barkmin IsoldeEkaterina Gubanova BrangäneBoaz Daniel KurwenalAin Anger King MarkeAngus Wood MelotPaul O’Neill Young Sailor / ShepherdAndrew Foote Steersman WASO ChorusSt George’s Cathedral Consort West Australian Symphony OrchestraAsher Fisch Conductor Recorded live in concert, 16 & 19 August 2018