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Classic 100: Composer

Classic 100: Composer

8CD box set

Who is your favourite composer?

In 2019, the Classic 100 asked the ultimate musical question: who is the composer you can’t live without?

There were those for whom this was an impossible task. One listener compared the process to choosing ‘a favourite child’; another, ‘which limb I couldn't live without’. But Australia did choose – in record numbers. Over 120,000 votes were cast, and every one had a story behind it. We heard the reasons why certain composers are an indelible part of your life: because of memories associated, or the feelings their music evokes, or often a reason beyond words.

Beethoven was perhaps an unsurprising winner. For many, he is so important because he reflects the full palette of our own lives. ‘He understands,’ said one voter, deftly capturing his ineffable genius in two words. And while your votes put the top four – rounded out with JS Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky – in a league of their own, other composers in the top 100 were often just a handful of votes apart.

This boxset brings together music by all 100 of the top composers – more than 10 hours of music across 8 CDs. Celebrate your favourites, and explore some new ones!

VOLUME I

CD1

1     BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio

2     JS BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro

3     MOZART Symphony No. 40: I. Molto allegro

4     TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

5     HANDEL Zadok the Priest

6     VIVALDI The Four Seasons: Spring: I. Allegro

7     CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

8     SCHUBERT Trout Quintet: IV. Theme and Variations

9     RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2: I. Moderato

10   ELGAR Enigma Variations: Nimrod

11   VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending – excerpt

CD2

12   MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto No. 2: III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace

13   DVOŘÁK New World Symphony: II. Largo

14   BRAHMS Symphony No. 4: I. Allegro non troppo

15   WILLIAMS Raiders of the Lost Ark: Main Title

16   KATS-CHERNIN Wild Swans:Eliza Aria

17   SIBELIUS Finlandia

18   SCULTHORPE Left Bank Waltz

19   PUCCINI La bohème:O soave fanciulla

20   MAHLER Symphony No. 5: IV. Adagietto

21   VERDI Nabucco:Va’, pensiero

22   DEBUSSY Clair de lune

CD3

23   SAINT-SAËNS Organ Symphony: IIb. Maestoso - Allegro

24   SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8: II. Allegretto

25   HAYDN Trumpet Concerto: III. Allegro

26   PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel

27   GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

28   RAVEL Boléro

29   GRIEG Piano Concerto: I. Allegro molto moderato

CD4

30   EDWARDS Maninyas: III. Second Maninya

31   WESTLAKE Antarctica: Penguin Ballet

32   PROKOFIEV Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet

33   HILDEGARD OF BINGEN O tu suavissima virga

34   BIZET The Pearl Fishers: Duet

35   WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries

36   GLASS Violin Concerto No. 1: First movement

37   SATIE Gymnopédie No. 1

38   BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture

39   FAURÉ Pavane

40   MORRICONE The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe

41   R STRAUSS Four Last Songs: Frühling

42   HOLST The Planets: Mars, the Bringer of War

43   COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man

44   MONTEVERDI Orfeo: Prologue – excerpt

VOLUME II

CD5

45   PURCELL Dido and Aeneas: Dido’s Lament

46   STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring – excerpt

47   SCHUMANN Träumerei

48   TELEMANN Tafelmusik: Conclusion

49   BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1: III. Finale

50   BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes: I. Dawn

51     BORODIN Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

52     TALLIS Spem in alium

53     LISZT Liebestraum No. 3

54     RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spirito

55     ROSSINI The Barber of Seville: Largo al factotum

56     RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade: I. The Sea and Sinbad's Ship

CD6

57     BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique: March to the Scaffold

58     GRAINGER Handel in the Strand

59     ZIMMER Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

60     CPE BACH Trio Sonata in A major: I. Allegretto

61     BARBER Adagio for Strings

62     C SCHUMANN Romance No. 1

63     KHACHATURIAN Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

64     PIAZZOLLA Libertango

65     EINAUDI I giorni

66     J STRAUSS II Blue Danube Waltz

67     JENKINS Benedictus

68     RUTTER For the Beauty of the Earth

69     BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7: III. Scherzo

70     BOCCHERINI Minuet

CD7

71     SMETANA Vltava (The Moldau) – excerpt

72     SULLIVAN The Gondoliers: Overture

73     ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor: II. Adagio

74     MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade and Gnomus

75     J STRAUSS I Radetzky March

76     BYRD Ave verum corpus

77     BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra: II. Giuoco delle coppie

78     PACHELBEL Canon

79     CORELLI Christmas Concerto: Pastorale

80     RICHTER Vivaldi Recomposed: Spring 1

81     SHORE The Fellowship of the Rings: The Fellowship

82     PALESTRINA O beata et benedicta

83     FANNY MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio: II. Andante espressivo

84     RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances: Bergamasca

85     BARRY Out of Africa: Theme

86     ALLEGRI Miserere – excerpt

CD8

87     BARTON Kalkadungu Yurdu

88     PAGANINI Violin Concerto No. 1: II. Adagio espressivo

89     MASSENET Thais: Meditation

90     GLANVILLE-HICKS Etruscan Concerto: III. Scherzo

91     NYMAN: The Piano: The Heart Asks Pleasure First

92     KORNGOLD Die tote Stadt: Glück, das mir verblieb

93     KOEHNE Tivoli Dances: I. Santa Ana Freeway

94     RAMEAU Les Indes galantes: Overture

95     GÓRECKI Symphony of Sorrowful Songs: II. Lento e largo

96     WHITWELL She Walks in Beauty

97     D SCARLATTI Piano Sonata in G major, Kk454

98     VINE Piano Concerto No. 1: 2nd movement

99     ORFF Carmina burana: O Fortuna

100         POULENC Mélancolie

Release
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.
Release
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   
Release
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