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Sacred Music of the Renaissance [1000 Years of Classical Music, vol. 3]

Thomas Tallis defied the authorities and the limits of music itself to create the 40-part motet Spem in alium. It’s one of twelve Renaissance masterpieces presented on this album: from Palestrina and Josquin des Prez to Allegri’s Miserere – music so precious it was kept under lock and key.

This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website; www.1000YearsofClassicalMusic.com.

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Recorded at a packed Sydney Opera House, this album represents a significant musical milestone: the first recording of a Beethoven Piano Concerto under the baton of legendary pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, featuring the brilliant young Australian pianist Jayson Gillham.The performance, given in October 2016, marked Gillham’s debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and came as part of a national tour that launched his debut album Bach | Schubert | Chopin. That album reached number one in the Australian Classical Charts, while his performance at the Sydney Opera House received unanimous critical acclaim.Gillham grew up in rural Queensland, and is now well established as one of the finest pianists of the new generation. Already renowned for the eloquence of his playing, his performance of Beethoven’s magisterial Piano Concerto No.4 engages with the full resonance and beauty of the music whilst offering fresh poetry and nuance. As conductor, Ashkenazy brings all the insight and coherence he has gained through multiple recordings and performances of the work as one of the most respected pianists of our time.The recording is presented here as an album available exclusively for digital download and streaming.Praise for the concert performance:“Jayson Gillham’s Beethoven is a delight” The Australian“There was a natural poetry evident from Gillham’s opening motive onwards…” Limelight Magazine“Smooth, clear and polished…” – Sydney Morning Herald
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Peg + Cat is an animated series that follows an adorable spirited little girl, Peg, and her sidekick, Cat, as they encounter unexpected problems that require fun and creative solutions. In order to solve the problems, Peg and her Cat must add, subtract and apply basic arithmetic.‘Really Big Album’ is a collection of 22 songs from the show, designed to help further the series’ maths and problem-solving curriculum.As the school holidays wind down, this album will help the little ones get in the mood for learning before the big school year ahead, with tunes such as “100 Is One Zero Zero,” “Sorty Sort Sort” and the series’ popular theme song.
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As the summer holidays wind down, ABC Music will release ‘Sing and Learn’, new collection of playful educational tunes that will help ease children back to school. Featuring many much-loved ABC KIDS personalities, this compilation is designed to captivate and entertain children, and prepare them for the year of learning ahead.
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All children love to sing, and all children are fascinated with animals of all sorts. Now acclaimed children’s songwriter John Field brings the two together with an album of ‘Animal Songs and Sounds’, a collection that’s great fun for all creatures big and small.It’s a musical zoo where you can sing along with monkeys, kookaburras, elephants, alligators, puppies, platypuses and other shaggy, furry, hairy animals! Perfect for young children, ‘Animal Songs and Sounds’ is ideal for the home or car and will keep kids singing and dancing for hours.John Field is one of the most successful writers of children’s music in the world today. A true creative spirit with an entertainer’s soul, John has received a plethora of awards in recognition of the success and quality of his writing. He has penned more than 400 songs for The Wiggles, all music for the hit ABC Kids TV series SplashDance, and his music features within televisions series, movies and advertising campaigns around the globe.
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Hit Country is one of Australia’s leading country compilation series. This specially themed version celebrates Australia Day with all the big names and rising stars of Aussie country (and a few Kiwis as well). Featured artists include The Wolfe Brothers, Troy Cassar Daley, Sunny Cowgirls, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Drew McAlister, Adam Harvey and so much more!Marketing will include a strong Facebook driven campaign, press advertising and retail presence. There will be special focus on the compilation at the upcoming Tamworth Music Festival across the trade.
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For decades Australia’s own "sorceress of percussion” Claire Edwardes has been collaborating with Australia’s top instrumentalists and commissioning chamber works by Australia’s foremost composers.Kammerbox brings together a high quality collection of sparkling Australian chamber music written for and championed by Claire throughout her career. These musical gems showcase the very best of Australian percussion music with works by legendary Australian composers including Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe, Elena Kats-Chernin, and Gerard Brophy; and performed by Claire alongside Australia’s foremost chamber performers including Karin Schaupp (guitar), Julian Smiles (cello), and Bernadette Harvey (piano).1. COLE Glocken Blocken (Claire Edwardes marimba & almglocken) 2. EDWARDS Djanaba (Claire Edwardes marimba, Karin Schaupp guitar) 3. ABBOTT Re-Echo (Claire Edwardes vibraphone, Julian Smiles cello) 4. EDWARDS Binyang (Claire Edwardes claves, Jason Noble clarinet) 5. PSATHAS Fragment (Claire Edwardes vibraphone, Bernadette Harvey piano) 6. BROPHY We Bop (Claire Edwardes vibraphone, Christina Leonard alto saxophone) 7. KATS-CHERNIN Blue Silence (Claire Edwardes marimba, Jason Noble bass clarinet) 8-10. GRENFELL Di Primavera (Claire Edwardes marimba, Karin Schaupp guitar) 11. ORD War and Peace: II. No Man’s Land (Claire Edwardes percussion, Anna McMichael violin) 12. SCULTHORPE Djilile (Claire Edwardes marimba, Julian Smiles cello) 13. CHARLTON Carpentaria: II. Distant Shores (Claire Edwardes vibraphone, Karin Schaupp guitar) 14. DARGAVILLE Invisible Dance (Claire Edwardes marimba, Christina Leonard soprano saxophone) 15-16. GREENBAUM Two Interludes in Space (Claire Edwardes vibraphone, Bernadette Harvey piano, Anna McMichael violin)
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After securing both the CMC New Oz Artist of the Year 2015 and CMAA New Talent of the Year 2016, rising star, Christie Lamb, is set to release a brand new album in 2017!‘Loaded’ – released 24 Feb, 2017- comes off the back of her previous album ‘All She Wrote’; which spurned three #1 hit singles and two top 5 singles.Christie has been touring with Lee Kernaghan and previously joined Aussie Rock legend Jon English for ‘The Rock Revolution’ tour, along with Amber Lawrence and Aleyce Simmonds for ‘The Girls of Country’ tour, plus The Wolfe Brothers for the ‘This Crazy Life’ tour. Most recently she performed a duet with Keith Urban at the 2016 Deni Ute Muster.
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What do you get when you combine Australia’s finest classical musicians with the pop hits from the 70s to the 90s? The best kind of Mixtape!Alongside their acclaimed performances of standard and contemporary chamber music repertoire, the Benaud Trio have gained international fame for their encore performances of pop covers. Beginning in 2007, a long term collaboration between the Benaud Trio and composer / arranger Nicholas Buc has resulted in a string of hits covering some of the 20th century’s greatest popular music. Youtube footage of their live performance of Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin has been viewed more than 500,000 times.Whilst the fusion of popular music with classical ensembles is not new, such a comprehensive undertaking has never been made by a piano trio. The combination of strings and pianos established by Joseph Haydn in the 18th century lends itself remarkably well to contemporary popular music – and particularly to those songs which have been crafted by the great song-writers of our times, the Haydns of the 20th century. Without backing tracks, the Benauds acoustically recreate all the power, intimacy and optimism of the mixtape era.The album is a survey of ‘top shelf’ popular music made famous by Simon and Garfunkel, ABBA, Billy Joel, The Buggles and Michael Jackson among others. It demands to be heard – as a trip down memory lane, but also as a realisation of the inherent musical brilliance of these songs, brought to life by some of Australia’s best-regarded classical musicians.'Giving a mixtape was a ritual for a generation' said Lachlan Bramble, violinist with the Benaud Trio. 'We wanted to capture that sense of generosity and fun in the album'. BENAUD TRIOAmir Farid pianoLachlan Bramble violinEwen Bramble cello Arrangements by Nicholas Buc
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From the Palace of Versailles grew one of the richest cultures the world has ever known. Music was at the centre of this extraordinary artistic flowering, as the finest composers in the land gathered to celebrate the splendour of Louis XIV, the Sun King.This album takes in the composers who worked in Versailles, from Jean-Baptiste Lully – the son of an Italian miller who became the Sun King’s favourite composer – to Pierre-Danican Philidor, who performed for the King every Sunday in the intimate surrounds of his royal apartments. It also surveys music by composers associated with the court, including Mozart, who visited as a young boy. From grand choral works of the French high baroque to intricate chamber music for two or three instruments, Versailles: Music from the Palace brings alive the music that rang out in the halls of one of the world’s most astonishing cultures.A musical companion to the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, which runs 9 December 2016 to 17 April 2017.Performers include Richard Tognetti, Taryn Fiebig, Fiona Campbell, Rosalind Halton, Benjamin Northey, Ensemble Battistin, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Adelaide, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.
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World-class opera in a spectacular setting: Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns with Turandot, in a lavish production that draws on contemporary cinema and traditional Chinese acrobatics to present a world of splendour and passion.With Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop, and brilliant fireworks lighting up the night sky, Puccini’s sublime music rings out in glory and cuts straight to the heart. This is ‘Nessun dorma’ as never heard before – and so much more.Dragana Radakovic stars as Turandot, the beautiful Chinese princess with a heart of ice. Riccardo Massi is Calaf, the mysterious prince who watches the princess behead a rival suitor and falls instantly in love. Hyeseoung Kwon is Liù, the slave girl in love with Calaf, who knows the secret that will destroy him. In a land of executioners, riddles and fear, can love conquer death?PRODUCTION CREDITSTurandot Dragana RadakovicCalaf Riccardo MassiLiù Hyeseoung KwonTimur Conal CoadPong John LongmuirPang Benjamin RasheedPing Luke GabbedyEmperor David LewisMandarin Gennadi DubinskyPrince of Persia Jin Tea KimOpera Australia ChorusChorus Master Anthony HuntAssistant Chorus Master Thomas JohnsonAustralian Opera and Ballet OrchestraGuest Concertmaster and Leader Sun YiConductor Brian Castles-OnionStage Director Chen Shi-ZhengDesigner Dan PotraLighting Designer Scott ZielinskiChoreographer Chen Shi-ZhengSound Designer Tony David CrayVideo Designer Leigh Sachwitz / flora&faunavisionsSite Designer Adrienn Lord
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Take the majesty of a symphony orchestra, add a 100-voice choir, stir in your favourite festive tunes and sprinkle over a large pinch of musical magic. The result? The very finest kind of Symphonic Christmas.Recorded live at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, and featuring conductor, arranger and pianist Bramwell Tovey, this is a truly delightful album that captures the Christmas spirit with an incredible range of music – from a tear-jerking and intimate I’ll Be Home for Christmas (with violin and piano), to the rousing chorus in God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen – with an expected twist! Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ChorusMelbourne Symphony OrchestraBramwell Tovey conductor & piano