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Classic 100: Beethoven

Australia has voted Ludwig van Beethoven’s epic Ninth Symphony featuring the “Ode to Joy” as their number one in the Classic 100: Beethoven.

ABC Classic’s annual Classic 100 countdown was set amidst the global backdrop of coronavirus lockdowns, with the Ninth Symphony a fitting choice for top spot as people have sought to connect through music across the world.

This 8CD set contains music from all 100 of the best-loved works by Australia’s favourite composer, Ludwig van Beethoven: the easy grace and charm of his youth, his groundbreaking symphonies and string quartets, the anguish and triumph of his struggles with deafness, and the visionary genius of his final years.

It includes a brand new recording of the famous ‘Für Elise’ by Tamara-Anna Cislowska, ABC Classic presenter and internationally-celebrated pianist. She joins a Who’s Who of Australian performers, including Jayson Gillham, Nicole Car, Gerard Willems, Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Anna Goldsworthy, the Goldner String Quartet, the Seraphim Trio and more.

In 2019, Beethoven was revealed as Australia’s favourite composer, topping the Classic 100: Composer countdown. And so in 2020, to celebrate his 250th birthday, we dedicated the Classic 100 to Beethoven.

Beethoven epitomises the hope and humanity at the core of music’s purpose, from the inspiring story of the deaf man who became the greatest composer of all time, to the moments when Beethoven has provided a soundtrack to the great events of history, to the comfort and joy of his music in our everyday lives.

Classic 100: Beethoven by the numbers

Favourite Forms 26 Sonatas 13 String Quartets 10 Concertos 9 Symphonies 4 Overtures • Trios 3 Romances • Sets of variations 2 Fantasias • Fugues • Sets of incidental music Masses • Quintets • Rondos 1 Adagio • Allegro and minuet • Bagatelle Ballet score • Battle piece • Concert aria Set of dances • Octet • Opera • Oratorio Septet • Serenade • Sextet • Sonatina Song • Song cycle Dark horses The highest-placed works making their Classic 100 debuts: · Egmont Overture (#13) · Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 (#24) · Coriolan Overture (#30) Earliest piece: Fugue in D major for organ (1782 – aged 12) Latest piece: String Quartet Op.130: Finale (1826 – aged 56) 22 Solo pieces (1 musician) 41 Chamber works (2–7 musicians) 37 Orchestral works 51 pieces featured a piano Beethoven in previous Classic 100 countdowns 48 unique works across 13 countdowns The Choral Symphony has featured 7 times; the Emperor Concerto 6 times Five #1s: · Classic 100 Piano (2004): Moonlight Sonata · Classic 100 Concerto (2007): Emperor Concerto · Classic 100 Ten Years On (2010): Choral Symphony · Classic 100 Voice (2016): Choral Symphony Classic 100 Composer (2019): Beethoven

Can’t get enough Beethoven? ABC Classic have also made a playlist featuring all the movements of all the works in the Top 100 – every single note from Australia’s favourite Beethoven pieces! Head here to listen.

Classic 100 Beethoven – Track List

CD1

1 Symphony No. 9 ‘Choral’: IV. Finale (Ode to Joy)

2 Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’: II. Adagio un poco mosso

3 Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’: I. Pleasant, cheerful sensations awakened on arrival in the countryside

4 Symphony No. 7: II. Allegretto

5 Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio

6 Piano Sonata No. 14 ‘Moonlight’: I. Adagio sostenuto

7 Violin Concerto in D major: III. Rondo

8 Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’: III. Scherzo

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9 Piano Sonata No. 8 ‘Pathétique’: II. Adagio cantabile

10 Piano Concerto No. 4: II. Andante con moto

11 Triple Concerto: III. Rondo alla Polacca

12 Piano Sonata No. 23 ‘Appassionata’: I. Allegro assai

13 Egmont Overture

14 Für Elise

15 Missa Solemnis: I. Kyrie

16 Piano Sonata No. 21 ‘Waldstein’: I. Allegro con brio

17 Piano Concerto No. 3: III. Rondo

18 Choral Fantasy: Excerpt

CD3

19 Piano Trio No. 7 ‘Archduke’: II. Scherzo

20 Fidelio: Prisoners’ Chorus

21 Violin Sonata No. 5 ‘Spring’: IV. Rondo

22 Violin Sonata No. 9 ‘Kreutzer’: III. Finale

23 Symphony No. 8: I. Allegro vivace e con brio

24 Violin Romance No. 2

25 String Quartet No. 15: III. Heiliger Dankgesang: Excerpt

26 Symphony No. 4: III. Allegro vivace

27 Piano Concerto No. 1: III. Rondo

28 String Quartet No. 13: V. Cavatina

29 Mass in C major: I. Kyrie

CD4

30 Coriolan Overture

31 String Quartet No. 14: I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo

32 Piano Sonata No. 17 ‘The Tempest’: III. Allegretto

33 Piano Sonata No. 15 ‘Pastoral’: IV. Rondo

34 Piano Concerto No. 2: III. Rondo

35 Piano Sonata No. 29 ‘Hammerklavier’: I. Allegro

36 Symphony No.1: III. Menuetto

37 Rondo a capriccio ‘Rage over a Lost Penny’

38 Violin Romance No. 1

39 Wellington’s Victory: II. Victory Symphony

40 Piano Sonata No. 32: I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato

CD5

41 Leonore Overture No. 3

42 Große Fuge

43 Violin Concerto in C major (Fragment)

44 Symphony No. 2: III. Scherzo

45 Cello Sonata No. 3: II. Scherzo

46 String Quartet No. 16: II. Vivace

47 The Ruins of Athens: Turkish March

48 String Quartet No. 7 ‘Rasumovsky No. 1’: IV. Thème russe

49 Septet: III. Tempo di Menuetto

50 Piano Trio No. 5 ‘Ghost’: I. Allegro vivace e con brio

51 Cello Sonata No. 2: I. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo

52 Piano Sonata No. 31: I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo

53 String Quartet No. 9 ‘Rasumovsky No. 3’: IV. Allegro molto

CD6

54 The Creatures of Prometheus Overture

55 Piano Sonata No. 26 ‘Les Adieux’: I. Das Lebewohl

56 Diabelli Variations: Excerpts

57 Piano Sonata No. 30: I. Vivace, ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo

58 String Quartet No. 8 ‘Razumovsky No. 2’: IV. Finale

59 Oboe Concerto (Fragment: Largo)

60 Octet: IV. Finale

61 String Quartet No. 12: I. Maestoso – Allegro

62 Rondo for Piano and Orchestra

63 Horn Sonata: III. Rondo

64 Mandolin Sonatina in C major

65 Fantasia in G minor

66 Mandolin Adagio

67 String Quartet No. 10 ‘Harp’: IV. Allegretto con variazioni

CD7

68 Leonore Overture No. 2

69 Leonore Overture No. 1

70 An die ferne Geliebte: VI. Nimm die hin denn, diese Lieder

71 Piano Sonata No. 12: III. Funeral March

72 Cello Sonata No. 1: III. Allegro vivace

73 Christ on the Mount of Olives: Wir haben ihn gesehen

74 Romance Cantabile (Fragment)

75 String Quartet No. 2: IV. Allegro molto quasi presto

76 Adelaide

77 Wind Quintet: III. Minuetto

78 Piano Sonata No. 1: III. Menuetto

79 String Quartet No. 11 ‘Serioso’: IV. Larghetto espressivo – Allegretto agitato

80 Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola: V. Allegro scherzando e vivace

81 Andante and Variations for Mandolin

82 Organ Fugue

CD8

83 Trio for Two Oboes and Cor Anglais: III. Menuetto

84 German Dances, WoO 8: No. 1 in C major

85 Andante favori

86 Cello Sonata No. 4: I. Andante

87 Quintet for Piano and Winds: III. Rondo

88 String Quartet No. 4: III. Menuetto

89 Sonata for Piano Four Hands: I. Allegro molto

90 Cello Sonata No. 5: III. Allegro fugato

91 Piano Sonata No. 18 ‘The Hunt’: III. Menuetto

92 Piano Sonata No. 5: III. Finale

93 Piano Trio No. 4 ‘Gassenhauer’: II. Adagio

94 String Quartet No. 6: III. Scherzo

95 Piano Concerto No. 0: III. Rondo allegretto

96 Piano Sonata No. 13: II. Allegro molto e vivace

97 Flute Duo: I. Allegro

98 See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes: Variation No. 12

99 Wind Sextet: III. Menuetto quasi allegretto

100 Ah! perfido

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ABC Jazz presents Kiri, an exquisite and ravishing new album from Australian trumpeter Niran Dasika and Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi.Recorded live at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz in 2018, Kiri captures two exciting young artists utterly in synch with each other, demonstrating the sort of chemistry that only comes from a deep musical connection.Dasika met Kuribayashi met in Tokyo in 2015, shortly after he moved to Japan, and over the following years they played together in various combinations. Says Dasika, “As with all good musical collaborations it started from an unlikely chance meeting and was sustained by a combination of friendship and shared musical vision.”The compositions on this album are inspired by the ‘nihonga’ paintings of renowned Japanese author and painter Kaii Higashiyama, which occupy a special place in Dasika and Kuribayashi’s relationship.“When I moved back to Australia at the end of 2017,” Dasika recalls, “Sumire gave me a book of Higashiyama prints as a parting gift. This book remained open on my piano music stand in Perth for about three months, during which I would sporadically open to a page that caught my interest and improvise, playing the piano and singing melodies, until it started to sound like how the painting feltto me. I don’t consider myself at all knowledgeable about art, but Higashiyama’s paintings seem to me, with only some simple colours and geometric shapes, to really capture the feeling of being in nature.“The first sketch I wrote was for the painting ‘Kiri’ (Mist) which forms the cover artwork for the album. ‘Kiri’ depicts just a few tree trunks fading into the distance, but there’s something about the textures that conveys the feeling of cool, damp mist on my skin. ’Evening Tide’ shows a shoreline at night with barely anything visible yet I can hear the sounds of the waves crashing unseen on the shore.”Most of the compositions on the album fill no more than a single page when written out, but such is the connection between these two that these outlines can become over ten minutes of music in a performance.“Both Sumire and I approach improvising in this project from a very compositional angle. By playing together over several years we’ve been able to develop enough trust and mutual understanding that we anticipate each other’s reactions and can create longer spontaneous forms in the moment.”Born in Canada and raised in Melbourne with Indian and German heritage, Niran Dasika is a trumpeter gaining increasing attention around Australia and abroad for his distinctive, ethereal trumpet sound and compositions. Niran’s virtuosic trumpet playing has placed him in high demand both in Australia and in Japan, where he spent some years performing and recording on albums from Blue Note Records, Sony Music, Diskunion Records and more. Awarded 2nd place at the 2017 National Jazz Awards, in 2019 Niran was the recipient of the APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award and the Jazz Bell Awards Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, in addition to being nominated for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship.Sumire Kuribayashi is a Japanese pianist and composer gaining increasing renown within Japan and overseas. She has performed with Japanese jazz legends Hino Terumasa, Hideaki Kanazawa, Naoko Terai and has released four critically acclaimed albums under her own name. Jazzconvention.net said of Sumire, ”Belonging to the young generation of Japanese jazz scene, Kuribayashi has become in the last few years one of the most appreciated pianists both for her noteworthy creative qualities and the remarkable storytelling that crosses the textures of her music.”TRACKLISTING1. Kiri (Mist) 11’572. Seikyou (Green Echoes) 7’133. Wildflower / Iku Haru (Passing Spring) 12’464. Hana Akari (Bright Cherry Blossoms) 7’155. Bochou (Evening Tide) 9’576. Spring Hymn 5’08Niran Dasika trumpetSumire Kuribayashi piano
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Building on the success of our first Women of Note album last year, ABC Classic is thrilled to be releasing the second volume in our now annual celebration of Australia’s female composers.This 2CD album, released in time for International Women’s Day (8 March), begins with music from pioneers of Australia’s musical heritage: Margaret Sutherland, Miriam Hyde, Dulcie Holland, and introducing Linda Phillips, whose work as a critic and as chief adjudicator of the prestigious Sun Aria competition across three decades helped to shape this country’s musical landscape, but whose compositions – prized by such artists as Dame Joan Sutherland – have been unjustly neglected in Australia’s recorded music catalogue. Her quartet Exaltation, a swirling mixture of melancholy and exuberance, shows the composer exploring the musical legacy of her family’s Jewish background.Five other world premiere recordings feature on the album. Multiple award-winning composer Mary Finsterer is represented by a live concert recording of her double bass concerto Lake Ice, an exploration of music as storytelling and as journey, guided by the beautiful yet rarely heard sonorities of the bass as solo instrument. From Miriama Young we have a re-imagination of the historical soundworld of Sydney Harbour in Time and Tide, blending field recordings ancient and modern with brass and percussion instruments. We are also delighted to be presenting the first commercial recording of music by rising star Ella Macens: her soaring orchestral work The Space Between Stars.The other two world premiere recordings are by Indigenous Australian composers. From Yorta Yorta woman, opera singer, composer and educator Deborah Cheetham comes Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace: a powerful and poignant response to the resistance war fought by the Gunditjmara people in southwest Victoria and to the troubled spirits of all who fell in those battles, on both sides. And Yuwaalaraay composer Nardi Simpson gives us Wilga’s Last Dance, honouring the only traditional melody from her people that was ever recorded.Moya Henderson takes us to the Tasmanian wilderness with her transcendent string quartet Kudikynah Cave, evoking moments of ecstatic stillness during the raft journey to the cave’s entrance, along the Franklin River. Katia Tiutiunnik draws inspiration from the moment a mother first feels her baby move inside her womb for her flute and piano duet The Quickening. Katy Abbott, always alert to the quirks and foibles of humanexistence, applies wit and humour to the multiple meanings of the word Punch in a work for brass ensemble. Amanda Cole marries marimba and cowbells in her energetic percussion solo Glocken Blocken. Rachel Bruerville (Dancing on Tiptoes) and Natalie Nicolas (We Won’t Let You Down) worked with teenagers in hospital mental health wards to create music of joy and profound optimism. And Elena Kats-Chernin’s beloved Eliza Aria is presented in its original version for quizzical soprano solo over delicately plucked stringsTRACKLISTINGCD 1DULCIE HOLLAND 1913–2000 Sonata for violin and piano 1 I. Quasi recitativo – Andante – Vivo 2 II. Slow and somewhat rubato 3 III. AllegroAsmira Woodward-Page violin, Scott Davie pianoLINDA PHILLIPS 1899–2002 4 Exaltation (Chassidic Air and Dance)*Anne Gilby oboe, Isin Cakmakcioglu violin, Rachel Atkinson cello, Robert Chamberlain piano LIVE RECORDINGMIRIAM HYDE 1913–2005 5 Village FairSydney Symphony Orchestra, Dobbs Franks conductorMARGARET SUTHERLAND 1897–1984 6 Haunted HillsMelbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins conductorMOYA HENDERSON born 1941 7 Kudikynah CaveAcacia QuartetKATIA TIUTIUNNIK born 1967 8 The QuickeningLaura Chislett flute, Stephanie McCallum pianoELENA KATS-CHERNIN born 1957 9 Eliza Aria from Wild Swans – Concert SuiteJane Sheldon soprano, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ola Rudner conductorCD2KATY ABBOTT born 1971 1 PunchBrass ensembleMARY FINSTERER born 1962 2 Lake Ice: Missed Tales No. 1*Kees Boersma double bass, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Cottis conductor LIVE RECORDINGAMANDA COLE born 1979 3 Glocken BlockenClaire Edwardes marimba and Almglocken (cowbells)MIRIAMA YOUNG born 1975 4 Time and Tide*2018 Sydney Symphony FellowsRACHEL BRUERVILLE born 1991 5 Dancing on TiptoesACO CollectiveNATALIE NICOLAS born 1992 6 We Won’t Let You DownACO CollectiveELLA MACENS born 1991 7 The Space Between Stars*Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Cottis conductor LIVE RECORDINGDEBORAH CHEETHAM born 1964 Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace* – excerpts 8 IV. Kooyeen-wanoong (Liber scriptus) 9 V. Tyookooyong-ee (Agnus Dei)Libretto by Deborah Cheetham, translated into Gunditjmara dialects by Gunditjmara language custodian Vicki Couzens and linguist Travers Eira.Deborah Cheetham soprano (Yorta Yorta), Linda Barcan mezzo-soprano, Don Bemrose baritone (Gungarri), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, The Consort of Melbourne, Dhungala Children’s Choir, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey conductor LIVE RECORDINGNARDI SIMPSON born 1975 10 Wilga’s Last Dance*Royal Australian Navy Band* World premiere recording
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“This was a superb concert. 5 stars.” Artshub“The idea of pairing Australia’s finest up and coming pianist with our finest contemporary conductor to perform and record a cycle is a great one.”LimelightABC Classic is thrilled to announce the release of the complete piano concertos by Beethoven, performed by pianist Jayson Gillham, with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Carter.This cycle – the first in twenty years recorded with an Australian pianist, conductor and orchestra – is a major contribution to the ongoing celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary.Beethoven’s five piano concertos stand at the very pinnacle of classical music. Written between 1795 and 1809, they trace the evolution of Beethoven’s music from the inheritor of the Classical style perfected by Mozart and Haydn, to the inventor of a style that was entirely his own: dramatic, expressive, and revolutionary.Recorded in five concerts performed over 10 days at Adelaide’s Elder Hall in June 2019, these recordings capture a soloist, conductor and orchestra totally in synch with each other, with a shared vision for the sound world and rhetoric of these mighty works. Reviews of the concert remarked at the “chamber music-like intimacy” between the performers, with a “sense of balance and support… often never heard before within these well-known and much listened to works” (Limelight).Internationally praised for his compelling performances, Australian-British pianist Jayson Gillham is recognised as one of the finest pianists of his generation. His debut album, released in 2016, immediately reached the No. 1 spot in both the Core Classical and Classical Crossover ARIA charts, while his latest album, 2018’s Romantic Bach, was described as “exceptional” and “a supremely satisfying recital from start to finish” by Limelight, and Gramophone said that, “many of these performances must bear comparison with famous recordings of the past by Rachmaninov, Myra Hess and Dinu Lipatti. Gillham comes up trumps every time.”Nicholas Carter was appointed Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2016 – the first Australian to be chosen as Principal Conductor of an Australian orchestra in over 30 years – and has established a reputation as a conductor of exceptional versatility, equally at home in the concert hall and opera house, and fluent in a diverse repertoire. Newly appointed as Chief Conductor of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester, Nicholas Carter will lead three new productions per season and appear regularly in the orchestra’s concert series.With a reputation for vitality and versatility, the much loved Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is South Australia’s largest performing arts organisation, established in 1936. For over 80 years, the ASO has been there to corroborate life and contribute to South Australia’s identity. Today the ASO plays a major role in Adelaide’s cultural and economic vibrancy, and enriches the community through a diverse program of world-class performances to more than 100,000 concertgoers each season.TRACKLISTING LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN CD1Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 151 I. Allegro con brio2 II. Largo3 III. Rondo: Allegro scherzandoPiano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 194 I. Allegro con brio5 II. Adagio6 III. Rondo: Molto allegroCD2Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 371 I. Allegro con brio2 II. Largo3 III. Rondo: AllegroPiano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 584 I. Allegro moderato5 II. Andante con moto6 III. Rondo: VivaceCD3Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’1 I. Allegro2 II. Adagio un poco mosso3 III. Rondo: AllegroJayson Gillham pianoAdelaide Symphony OrchestraNicholas Carter conductor
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       “250 years ago, Ludwig van Beethoven, the Grand Mogul from Bonn (as Haydn cheekily referred to him) was born. The German composer, whose own extraordinary story famously includes suffering from profound deafness from his late 20s, would become regarded as the great musical liberator, forging the course of the Romantic movement and beyond.” Richard TognettiIn 2020 the Australian Chamber Orchestra will celebrate two monumental anniversaries: 30 years of fearless leadership with ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and 250 years since the birth of the great Ludwig van Beethoven.To celebrate both milestones, ABC Classic is releasing a collection of the ACO’s legendary Beethoven recordings – including never-before released recordings of two of his greatest works: Symphonies 5 and 6.These recordings represent some of the orchestra’s finest performances, including two #1 albums and three ARIA Award-nominees, and feature collaborations with some of Australia’s finest artists – soprano Nicole Car, and pianistsTamara Anna Cislowska andErin Helyard.Beethoven has endured for centuries as one of the most popular and beloved composers around the world, with his music found everywhere from concert halls, to film soundtracks, to disco-era chart-toppers. He was a true musical revolutionary and is credited with paving the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras. His music has always been a mainstay of the ACO’s core repertoire, but this marks the first time that they have recorded these two monumental symphonies.Since its establishment in November 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has become one of the world’s most daring and exciting ensembles, 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.★★★★★“The Australian Chamber Orchestra was splendid in its all-Beethoven concert… [achieving] revealing clarity that gleamed like the colours of an old master newly restored.” – Sydney Morning Herald“[Beethoven’s] Fifth is always a crowdpleaser, and the ACO made it exceptionally so. This was the stuff of dreams.” – LimelightTRACKLISTING  CD1Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 *1   I.   Allegro con brio2   II.  Andante con moto3   III.Allegro –4   IV.AllegroSymphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’ *5   I.   Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside6   II.  Scene by the brook7   III.Merry gathering of country folk –8   IV.Thunder, Storm –9   V.  Shepherd’s song. Cheerful and thankful feelings after the stormCD2String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (arr. for string orchestra by Richard Tognetti)1   I.   Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro2   II.  Presto3   III.Poco scherzoso4   IV.Alla Danza tedesca5   V.  Cavatina6   VI.Grosse Fuge7   Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 50      Satu Vänskä– violin8   Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’: II. Adagio un poco mosso     Tamara-Anna Cislowska– piano9   Ah! perfido ... Per pietà, non dirmi addio, Op. 65     Nicole Car – sopranoCD3Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 30, No. 3 1   I.   Allegro assai2   II.  Tempo di Minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso3   III.Allegro vivaceSonata for Violin and Piano in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’ 4   Ia.Adagio sostenuto –5   Ib.Presto6   II.  Andante con Variazioni7   III.Presto     Richard Tognetti – violin     Erin Helyard– fortepiano8   Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: I. Allegro ma non troppo     Richard Tognetti– violin* Never previously released
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The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)