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Classic 100 Dance

Music That Makes You Move

Dance is a universal human activity; something that everyone can do. From toddlers to nonagenarians, everyone in the world can feel a beat and move in some form to music that moves them. The Classic 100 Dance is a celebration of that wordless expression, of flinging your body through space.

When ABC Classic FM asked listeners to nominate the music that makes them move, their responses were as varied as their nominations: this music is the soundtrack to doing the ironing, ‘air conducting’ – even shearing sheep! The only constant was that sense of release and freedom that only comes from dance and movement.

This 8CD set presents the results of this Classic 100 Countdown – Australian’s favourite classical music event. Featuring highlights from all 100 works in this 15th Classic 100 Countdown, it includes beloved ballet numbers by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky, swirling waltzes by Chopin and Strauss, concert favourites by Beethoven, Berlioz, Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Elena Kats-Chernin and Nigel Westlake, and an irresistible array of marches, mazurkas, polonaises, pavanes, fandangos and more!

Classic 100 Dance

Number of composers: 62

Number of Australian composers: 5

Most popular composer (by number of tracks): Tchaikovsky and Beethoven (5 works each)

Most popular country (by composer): France (20 works)

Most-popular era: 20th Century (38 works)

Earliest work: Praetorius’s Terpsichore (1612)

Most recent work: Elena Kats-Chernin’s Dance of the Paper Umbrellas (2013)

Classic 100 Dance – The Complete List


2 TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker

3 PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet

4 BERNSTEIN West Side Story

5 BIZET Carmen


7 RAVEL Boléro

8 J. STRAUSS II On the Beautiful Blue Danube

9 COPLAND Appalachian Spring

10 SAINT-SAËNS Danse macabre

11 BORODIN Prince Igor

12 TCHAIKOVSKY The Sleeping Beauty

13 BRAHMS Hungarian Dances

14 SCULTHORPE Left Bank Waltz

15 COPLAND Rodeo

16 PIAZZOLLA Libertango

17 DELIBES Coppélia

18 GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

19 WESTLAKE Antarctica

20 STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

21 KATS-CHERNIN Wild Swans

22 DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances

23 LEHÁR The Merry Widow

24 GRIEG Peer Gynt

25 STRAVINSKY The Firebird


27 RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

28 OFFENBACH Orpheus in the Underworld

29 GERSHWIN An American in Paris

30 ADAM Giselle

31 MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night's Dream

32 J. STRAUSS II Emperor Waltz

33 TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin

34 BACH Brandenburg Concertos

35 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7


37 RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances


39 ORFF Carmina Burana

40 J. STRAUSS I Radetzky March

41 ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance Marches

42 SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals

43 TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio italien

44 CHOPIN Les Sylphides

45 SATIE 3 Gymnopédies

46 R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier

47 JOPLIN The Entertainer

48 WALDTEUFEL The Skaters' Waltz

49 CHOPIN Waltzes

50 BERNSTEIN Candide

51 KHACHATURIAN Masquerade

52 PIAZZOLLA Oblivion

53 GLUCK Orpheus and Euridice

54 BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 14 ‘Moonlight’

55 VERDI Aida

56 STRAVINSKY Petrushka

57 PRAETORIUS Dances from Terpsichore

58 FAURÉ Pavane

59 JOPLIN Maple Leaf Rag

60 BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

61 J. STRAUSS II Tales from Vienna Woods

62 RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

63 CHOPIN Polonaises

64 WILLIAMS Star Wars

65 RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez

66 WEBER Invitation to the Dance

67 SIBELIUS Valse triste

68 DAVIS Pride and Prejudice

69 OFFENBACH Gaîté parisienne


71 RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances

72 SULLIVAN The Gondoliers

73 SIBELIUS Karelia Suite

74 WAGNER The Valkyrie

75 BARTÓK Romanian Folk Dances

76 HANDEL Water Music

77 HOLST The Planets

78 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9

79 DEBUSSY Prelude to 'The Afternoon of a Faun'

80 ROSSINI William Tell

81 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

82 VIVALDI The Four Seasons

83 SAINT-SAËNS Samson and Delilah

84 HANDEL Music for the Royal Fireworks

85 GRAINGER Country Gardens

86 FALLA El Amor brujo (Love, the Magician)

87 SULLIVAN arr. MACKERRAS Pineapple Poll

88 KATS CHERNIN Dance of the Paper Umbrellas

89 RAVEL La Valse

90 BACH Suites for Solo Cello

91 BEETHOVEN Piano concerto No. 5 'Emperor'

92 BOCCHERINI Guitar Quintet No. 4 'Fandango'

93 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral'

94 RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol

95 MYERS Cavatina

96 J. STRAUSS II Die Fledermaus

97 VERDI La traviata

98 EDWARDS Arafura Dances

99 CHOPIN Mazurkas

100 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS English Folk Song Suite

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.
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