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Tchaikovsky: The Seasons - Grigoryan Brothers

“...guitar playing of uncommon originality and authority. Musicality, expressivity and daring...” - The New York Times

ABC Classics are thrilled to announce the reissue of three albums by acclaimed Australian guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan.

The Seasons is a twelve-movement composition originally written for solo piano by the great Russian composer Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky. These mini-melodic showpieces were written around the time Tchaikovsky was composing the ballet Swan Lake and were commissioned to be printed as monthly installments for readers of the music magazine Nouvellist in 1876.

Each movement represents a month of year, from the bracing cold of a Russian winter in January to the vitality and energy of the June harvest. Beautifully lyrical and full of character, these beloved pieces have been arranged for two guitars by Slava and Leonard's father Edward Grigoryan.

“Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons has been on the Grigoryan family ‘to do list’ for 15 years,” says Slava Grigoryan. “Many years ago I’d performed a few movements which dad had arranged for me but you really need two guitars to cover the full dynamic range and detail. Since then Leonard and I have been planning to record the complete set.”

The Grigoryan Brothers, individually and as a duo, are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation. Between them, they have clocked up an incredible 21 ARIA Award nominations and their recording and performing careers – and popularity – continue to flourish.

TRACKLISTING:

PYOTR IL’YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

The Seasons, Op. 37a

Arranged for guitar duo by Edward Grigoryan

1. January

2. February

3. March

4. April

5. May

6. June

7. July

8. August

9. September

10. October

11. November

12. December

Slava Grigoryan

Leonard Grigoryan

guitars

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What did the early Australian colony sound like? Apart from ‘Bound for Botany Bay’, it’s not a question we ask ourselves very often. But it’s a question that Shane Lestideau has set about trying to answer. Having just completed a master’s degree on music in eighteenth-century Scotland, Shane was curious to know how much of this repertoire had been brought to Australia during the early years of European colonisation. The opportunity to research the topic was presented in the form of the 2019 National Folk Fellowship. It allowed her full access to the National Library of Australia’s music collection, and she spent several weeks digging out the oldest and most interesting examples of Scottish baroque, classical and folk music as played and cherished by European immigrants in Australia. The stylistic distinctions between these three genres of music are particularly blurred in Scotland where one commonly finds traditional Scottish airs used in chamber and orchestral music.When it came to recording these works, Shane needed a band of brilliant, versatile performers who could move seamlessly between styles and musical periods, who could play these works as they were intended to be played.And what a band it is, featuring the beautiful voice and harp playing of Claire Patti (The Velvetones), Shane Lestideau andBen Dollman (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra) on period violins, Rachel Johnston on cello (formerly of the Australian String Quartet), and Emily-Rose Šárkova (from the genre-blending ensemble Chaika) on piano and piano-accordion.The result is One Hundred Days Away, a haunting album focusing on songs and tunes that are linked to the sea, a nostalgia for ‘home’, or the struggle to settle in unfamiliar lands. Part classical, part folk, part Scottish, part Australian, this album captures the musical – and emotional – landscape of the early Australian settlement.Evergreen EnsembleClaire Patti soprano & Celtic harpEmily-Rose Šárkova piano accordion & pianoRachel Johnston celloShane Lestideau violin, violin d’amoreBen Dollman violin & viola
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Music by Dr Allan Zavod | Words by Dr Alan FinkelNarrated by Sir Richard BransonMelbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey“…delivering such an important message in a language that is as accessible as possible is key to The Environmental Symphony’spotential to communicate with a broad audience.” – Limelight (2015)ABC Classic presents The Environmental Symphony, an ambitious and epic work that spans five billion years, from the formation of the planet through to the devastation of our current age.Released on United Nations World Environment Day, Wednesday June 5, The Environmental Symphony sounds a warning of what will happen if we don’t act boldly and decisively to address our climate crisis, but ends with an optimistic vision of a greener, cleaner future.With music by the genre-bending Dr. Allan Zavod, words by Dr. Alan Finkel, narrated by Sir Richard Branson, and performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Northey, this recording is a major international release that lends some musical muscle to the ongoing political and environmental fight against climate change. Known for his unique creative blend of improvised jazz and classical music, Dr. Allan Zavod wasone of Australia’s most exciting pioneers of fusion music – a pianist, composer, arranger, producer, and conductor, he broke down barriers between genres alongside international superstars such as Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, Sting, Nigel Kennedy and many more. The Environmental Symphony was his last major work before his death in 2016.Dr Alan Finkel, a friend and admirer of Allan Zavod’s performance and creative prowess, was honoured when Zavod asked him to provide the storyline and the libretto for The Environmental Symphony. They shared the belief that music and science could unite to provide a fresh insight into the problem of global warming. Currently Australia’s Chief Scientist and a former Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Finkel has had a long and successful career in industry. He has received many accolades and awards, and is passionate about science education.Since starting youth culture magazine Student at aged 16, Sir Richard Branson has found entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. In 2004 Richard established Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, which unites people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world. Most of his time is now spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world and working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The Carbon War Room, The B Team and Ocean Unite. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the Ocean Elders.Australian conductor Benjamin Northey is the Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Highly active in the performance of Australian orchestral music, Northey is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, his awards include the prestigious 2010 Melbourne Prize Outstanding Musician’s Award and the 2002 Brian Stacey Memorial Scholarship, as well as multiple awards and nominations for his numerous CD recordings with ABC Classic.The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is a leading cultural figure in the Australian arts landscape, bringing the best in orchestral music and passionate performance to a diverse audience across the nation and around the world. Each year the MSO engages with more than 5 million people through live concerts, TV, radio and online broadcasts, international and regional tours, recordings and education programs. From its home at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, to free summer concerts at Melbourne’s largest outdoor venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the MSO evolves and inspires a broad range of audiences with more than 160 concerts a year. Sir Richard Branson narratorMelbourne Symphony OrchestraBenjamin Northey conductor
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ABC Jazz is proud to release a new album from Judy Bailey’s Jazz Connection. This iconic Sydney outfit has been led by award-winning pianist Judy Bailey oam – one of Australia’s most highly regarded jazz artists, composers, arrangers and educators – since the 1990s. Made up primarily of emerging artists, most of them studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jazz Connection is an elite jazz orchestra that fosters talented young jazz musicians, giving them the opportunity to perform live at prestigious festivals and venues such as the Sound Lounge (Seymour Centre), Jazz Groove Association (Club 505) and the Sydney Opera House.Judy Bailey is one of Australia`s leading musical identities, with numerous awards, including the inaugural APRA award for Jazz Composition, an Australian Entertainment award for Jazz Performance, the Order of Australia Medal for services to Jazz and Education, and the Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music. She continues to teach at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.This studio album, recorded in December 2018 at Sydney’s Studio 301, showcases Bailey’s compositional talent, featuring both new works and new big band arrangements of some of her classics hits. Recorded in a single day, the album captures the energy and creative flair of the band - which features up-and-coming soloists including Tom Avgenicos, Lachy Hamilton and 2018 National Jazz Award winner Alex Hirlian.All tracks written and arranged by Judy BaileyJudy Bailey’s Jazz ConnectionSaxophones:          Lachlan Hamilton                                Jack Stoneham                                Michael Avgenicos                                Chris Higgins                                Anthony TummilloTrumpets:               James Power                                Tom Avgenicos                                James Sarno                                Tom ArblasterTrombones:           Ellie Shearer                                Jacob Parks                                Lawson McGuinness                                Des CanningsRhythm Section:     Matt Harris (piano)                                Yutaro Okuda (guitar)                                Sarah Evans (bass)                                Alex Hirlian (drums)
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“Australia’s greatest composer” Limelight magazinePeter Sculthorpe created an Australian classical music that for the first time spoke directly of the land, the people and the spirit of this country.Released to coincide with what would have been his 90th birthday, The Best of Peter Sculthorpe brings together more than two hours of his best-loved and most iconic works, from solo piano works played by Tamara-Anna Cislowska, to orchestral works and concertos performed by great soloists William Barton, Karin Schaupp and Amy Dickson, and his 18th and final string quartet.Born in Launceston on 29 April 1929, Sculthorpe rose to international recognition by creating a uniquely Australian style of music. From the wet season of the Northern Territory in Kakadu to the brutality of the southern summer in Sun Music IV, from the seaside war memorial that inspired Small Town to the timeless connection between Indigenous people and their land represented in Earth Cry, Sculthorpe captured the extremes of the country’s natural landscape, and stirred the imagination of its people.Sculthorpe was made an officer of the Order of Australia in 1990, and an Australian National Living Treasure in 1998. He died in 2014, at the age of 85. TRACKLISTING  PETER SCULTHORPE 1929–2014 CD11.       Music for Bali2.       Earth Cry          William Barton didgeridoo         Island Songs – Concerto for Saxophone3.       I.     Song of Home4.       II.    Lament and Yearning          Amy Dickson saxophone5.       Small Town6.       Sun Music IV7.       Djilile          Tamara-Anna Cislowska piano8.       On High Hills9.       Irkanda IV          Richard Tognetti violin10.     New Norcia CD21.       Left Bank Waltz          Tamara-Anna Cislowska piano2.       Nourlangie – Concerto for Guitar          Karin Schaupp guitar3.       Evocation          Tamara-Anna Cislowska piano4.       From Ubirr          William Barton didgeridoo         String Quartet No. 185.       I.     Prelude6.       II.    A Land Singing7.       III.   A Dying Land8.       IV.   A Lost Land9.       V.    Postlude          Flinders Quartet10      Kakadu
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Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestrafeaturing Katie Noonan vocals ABC Classic invites you on a magical journey into a world of fairies, dreams and enchanted trees, where love and music are more powerful than anything. Join us on The Little Green Road to Fairyland.Two small children, Maykin and her brother Robin, are being settled in their beds by their mother, who is reading their favourite book, The Little Green Road to Fairyland. Slowly they fall asleep, when a Fairy appears through their bedroom window, sprinkles her magic fairy dust over the sleeping children, and takes them on a magical journey!Based on the beloved children’s book by author Annie R. Rentoul and illustrator Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, this album features gorgeous music by composer Elena Kats-Chernin performed by one of Australia’s greatest singers, five-time ARIA Award-winner Katie Noonan, and Camerata - Queensland’s acclaimed chamber orchestra.This timeless tale and beautiful music will spark the imagination of audiences young and old with a tale of love, hope, compassion and a touch of fairy magic.Originally commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival in 2011, The Little Green Road to Fairyland was recommissioned in 2019 as a co-production between Queensland Music Festival and Queensland Ballet. The Little Green Road to Fairyland will be performed at the Playhouse, QPAC and will tour regional Queensland throughout June and July 2019. TRACKLISTING The Little Green Road to FairylandOriginal ballet score by Elena Kats-Chernin, orchestrated by Steve Newcomb1     ‘Long Ago’2     Fairy3     The Dream Begins4     Robin and Maykin in the Magic Forest5     Mary6     Tree of Love7     Hopscotch Frolicking8     Travelling9     Meeting Jasper10   Fairy’s Flute11   Jasper’s Flute12   Mesmerised13   Travelling14   Tree of Music15   Flute Travel16   Meeting Sylvie17   ‘Hush-a-Bye Possum’18   Travelling19   Tree of Compassion20   Sylvie’s New Dress21   Tree of Magic: ‘Fairy Child’22   Time to Depart23   Butterfly and the Little Green Road24   The Door to Fairyland25   ‘Beyond the Little Door’26   Fairyland27   Waking from the Dream
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On his new album, Australia’s ‘Prince of the Violin’, Patrick Roberts pays tribute to the beloved music of soft rock legends Air Supply, alongside Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.All Out of Lovereimagines Air Supply’s timeless songs on classical violin – sometimes with orchestra, sometimes with piano, but always with an outpouring of emotion. Iconic hits ‘Even the Nights Are Better’, ‘All Out of Love’ and ‘Making Love Out of Nothing at All’, plus covers of beloved favourites ‘Unchained Melody’ and ‘Without You’ (made famous by Mariah Carey) make this an album packed full of beautiful new versions of classic tunes.In 2018 Patrick was invited to record on Air Supply’s new orchestral album alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Secret Garden, The Carpenters, Joshua Bell and many more. Following these sessions, Graham and Russell offered to appear on Patrick’s next album, recording the serene, intimate versions of ‘All Out of Love’ and ‘Lost in Love’that you hear on this record. Air Supply also invited Patrick to perform with them on their 2019 Australian Tour.Formed in Australia in 1975 by Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, Air Supply had a string of worldwide smash hits in the late 70s and early 80s. A string of singles reached the very top of the charts in America, Australia and Canada, establishing Air Supply as household names. The band were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2013.Patrick Robertshas been entertaining audiences for over 25 years. Picking up the violin at the tender age of five, he has been classified as a true violin genius and has transformed some of the much-loved classics into contemporary masterpieces. Best known to audiences through his appearances on Carols By Candlelight and on Channel 7’s Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. His recent album, Pink, debuted at #1 on the ARIA Classical chart. TRACKLISTING 1     All Out Of Love2     Even The Nights Are Better3     Love And Other Bruises4     The One That You Love 5     Lost In Love6     Without You7     Here I Am11   Unchained Melody12   Making Love Out Of Nothing At All13   The Power Of Love (You Are My Lady)14   Two Less Lonely People In The World  Patrick Roberts violin withGraham Russell and Russell Hitchcockvocals (tks 1, 5)Prague Symphony Orchestra(tks 2, 3)
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Experience ultimate relaxation with Classical Chill.These albums feature some of the most beautiful and peaceful music ever written, perfect for concentration or relaxation. Be swept away by 500 years of gorgeous, calming music, from Bach to Beyoncé, hand-picked by the team at ABC Classic.With over two hours of music in each collection, you can hit ‘play’ on the Classical Chill series and float away with the most beautiful music ever written. These albums will put you at ease and help you focus on what’s at hand – whether that’s studying for exams, racing towards a work deadline, or simply curling up on the couch with your favourite book.Classical Chill: Guitar offers over two hours of acoustic, resonant beauty: from classical favourites to timeless folk tunes, South American flavours to beloved Beatles songs. With a who’s who of Australian guitarists including the Grigoryan Brothers, Tim Kain, Matt Withers, Karin Schaupp andGareth Koch, this album will carry you away with beautiful music. TRACKLISTING  CD1 MYERS Cavatina from The Deer HunterLOVELADY Incantation No. 2BACH Sinfonia from Cantata No. 156CHARLTON The Beauties of the World Are Revealed for the First Time from The Rainbow SerpentKOCH The Unveiled QueenORFFAmor volat undique (Love flits everywhere) from Carmina buranaSCHUBERT In Praise of TearsGREENBAUM Sonata for Guitar: II. ElatedTRAD. Wild Mountain ThymeBACH Cello Suite No. 6: II. AllemandeMcLEAN Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)LENNON–McCARTNEY YesterdayRACHMANINOFF VocaliseCHARLTON ReverieTRAD. Banana Boat SongALBÉNIZ TangoMONTES Preludio de AdiosRODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez: II. AdagioCD2 BACH Cello Suite No. 1: I. PreludeVIVALDI Lute Concerto in D major: II. LargoGRIGORYAN DistanceBREL Chanson des vieux amantsMOZART Divertimento in D major: II.AndanteBRAHMS Intermezzo, Op. 118 No. 2DEBUSSY Clair de lune (Moonlight)PIAZZOLLA Tango Suite: II. AndanteSOR L’Encouragement: I. CantabileRIGNEY Two Swings in the Heart-Shaped GardenTRAD. Slow, Slow, Slow Your BoatHOUGHTON DriftTRAD. The Salley GardensISAACS AngelFALLA AsturianaFALLA NanaPONCE EstrellitaBACARISSE Romanza   Artists include:Slava & Leonard GrigoryanKen Murray • Matt Withers • Karin SchauppGareth Koch • Guitar Trek
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Experience ultimate relaxation with Classical Chill.These albums feature some of the most beautiful and peaceful music ever written, perfect for concentration or relaxation. Be swept away by 500 years of gorgeous, calming music, from Bach to Beyoncé, hand-picked by the team at ABC Classic.With over two hours of music in each collection, you can hit ‘play’ on the Classical Chill series and float away with the most beautiful music ever written. These albums will put you at ease and help you focus on what’s at hand – whether that’s studying for exams, racing towards a work deadline, or simply curling up on the couch with your favourite book.Classical Chill: Pianofeatures the most famous works from across the history of classical music, from legendary composers (Bach, Beethoven) to modern masters (Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt), plus new recordings of iconic pop songs including Beyoncé’s Halo, Flume’s Never Be Like You, The Knife’s Heartbeats, and Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball.Featuring beloved Australian pianists such as Jayson Gillham, Simon Tedeschi, Sally Whitwell, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Stephanie McCallum, Gerard Willems and Roger Woodward, this album is both a beautiful, relaxing compilation and also the perfect introduction to the world of the piano, whether you’re a classical aficionado or a pop enthusiast. TRACKLISTING  CD1 DEBUSSY Clair de luneGRIEG Morning MoodROWLAND The Man from Snowy River: Jessica’s ThemeTRAD. Amazing GraceFLUME Never Be Like YouMILEY CYRUS Wrecking BallEDWARDS A Flight of Sunbirds:IV. Poco lentoVIII. Andante con motoTIERSEN Amélie: La DisputeROTA Romeo and Juliet: Love ThemeCHAPLIN Mandolin SerenadeVINE Love Me SweetBARTSCH Here I Am, Just for YouKATS-CHERNIN ButterflyingBACH / HESS Jesu, Joy of Man’s DesiringJUSTIN BIEBER SorryTHE KNIFE HeartbeatsBARTSCH RockabyeISAAC BarcarolleGERSHWIN Prelude No. 2  CD2 BEYONCÉ HaloNYMAN The Piano: Big My SecretBEETHOVEN ‘Moonlight’ SonataDEBUSSY The Girl with the Flaxen HairTIERSEN Amélie: Comptine d’un autre été: L’Après-midiLISZT Consolation No. 3 GLASS OpeningTHE XX IslandsDUDLEY Poldark: ThemeCHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat majorKATS-CHERNIN The Rain PuzzleROWLAND The Man from Snowy River: Tom Fool’s KnotVANGELIS Missing: Main ThemeBRAHMS Intermezzo, Op. 118 No. 2SCULTHORPE Left Bank WaltzPÄRT Spiegel im SpiegelKATS-CHERNIN All Things ConspireROSENMAN East of Eden: Main ThemeSATIE Gymnopédie No. 1MORRICONE Cinema Paradiso: Main ThemeArtists include:Jayson Gillham • Tamara-Anna CislowskaSimon Tedeschi • Stephanie McCallum • Gerard WillemsRoger Woodward • Sally Whitwell • Duncan Gifford • Ewa Kupiec 
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ARIA Award-winning musician Dan Sultan has today announced Nali & Friends, a new album of children’s music and stories to be released April 12. Nali & Friendsis a tale about unconventional, oddball animals from different parts of the world. Co-written with longtime friend and collaborator, filmmaker Rhys Graham, the stories were inspired by the pair’s journey through Uganda and Kenya working with The Thin Green Line Foundation - an international organization that provides welfare and support to Wildlife Rangers. It was during this trip that Dan & Rhys had the opportunity to get up close with baby animals and observe their quirky personalities. The resulting album is bursting with playful, upbeat songs, interwoven with heart-warming stories about growing up, protecting our natural world, and learning to accept difference. Whilst Nali & Friends is Dan’s first full-length kids album, he is no stranger to the genre - having previously collaborated with children’s music icons The Wiggles and Play School. 
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Amy Dickson saxophonewith William Barton didgeridoo • Daniel de Borah pianoAdelaide Symphony Orchestra, cond. Nicholas Carter Grammy-nominated superstar saxophonist Amy Dickson returns with her most personal album yet, exploring connections between classical composers and the folk music of their homelands.From the red dirt of the Australian desert to the rolling green hills of the Scottish Highlands, In Circles unapologetically celebrates folk music and the tremendous influence it has had on music around the world and throughout history.As Dickson says, “Folk music breathes the very identity of a country, and in troubled times can be a source of solace, over and over again. At the core of folk music lies a beating heart of humanity to which we return again and again. The creation itself of this music requires personal, family and social connections – in a word: kinship.”This sense of community and togetherness is amplified by the collaborations on this album. With celebrated composer and didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton, Dickson explores music by Australian composers Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe and Barton himself. With acclaimed pianist Daniel de Borah she traverses Europe, from Brahms to Falla, Pessard and Vaughan Williams. And Nicholas Carter and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra explore archetypes of traditional Scottish music in a world premiere recording of Sir James MacMillan’s Saxophone Concerto, written specifically for Dickson.Dickson continues, “In today’s frenetic digital age, folk music offers us a refuge: the enduring simplicity and nostalgia embodied in this music provides timeless sanctuary from the relentless surge of modernity.” We invite you to take a deep, relaxing breath and join us at our table, our fireplace, and with our family. Twice nominated for a Grammy™ award, Amy Dickson made history by becoming the first saxophonist to win a Classic BRIT Award, as Breakthrough Artist of the Year. In January 2016 she was named Young Australian of the Year in the UK; she has since been acknowledged by BBC Music Magazine as one of the world’s six best classical saxophonists, both past and present. Recognised for her remarkable, distinctive tone and exceptional musicality, Amy Dickson has performed throughout the world in such prestigious venues as The Wigmore Hall, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and theBerliner Philharmonie. TRACKLISTING 1     PESSARD Andalouse2     SCULTHORPE Djilile3     FALLA Jota4     MACMILLAN From Galloway5     TRADITIONAL She Moved through the Fair       MACMILLAN Saxophone Concerto 6     I. March, Strathspey and Reel 7     II. Gaelic Psalm 8     III. Jigs        with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra        conducted by Nicholas Carter (Live Recording)9     GRAINGER Shepherd’s Hey10   BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 411   ANONYMOUS Discovery12   FALLANana13   BARTON Kalkadunga Yurdu       VAUGHAN WILLIAMS        Six Studies in English Folk-Song 14   I. Adagio 15   II. Andante sostenuto 16   III. Larghetto 17   IV. Lento 18   V. Andante tranquillo 19   VI. Allegro vivace20   EDWARDS Yanada
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Out in early 2019, Jenny Queen’s new album Baby it Was Real and We Were the Best, is her first studio album since 2014 and does not disappoint, bursting with tales of the unloved and uncertain.  Lead single, 50 Dollars $ilver, is available October 5 and is a study in the profound tension that comes from the push and pull between fatalism and the idea that humans can change their own future. Produced by the ARIA award-winning Shane Nicholson, Baby it Was Real and We Were the Best showcases Queen’s celebrated poetic lyricism and versatile vocal powers as never before, commanding attention from the get go. 
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Omega Ensemble • Paul Meyer  A magical journey through some of Mozart’s most memorable musical moments.Under the direction of renowned French clarinettist and conductor Paul Meyer, the Omega Ensemble, appearing for the first time in an expanded chamber orchestra configuration, delivers a glowing rendition of three Mozart masterpieces, beginning with his exquisite Clarinet Concerto – the last instrumental piece written by this musical genius before his death in 1791, at the age of just 35. Meyer as soloist blends grace and elegance with quicksilver virtuosity in a sparkling yet sensitive performance.New Zealand bassoonist Ben Hoadley brings Mozart’s youthful Bassoon Concerto to life, beautifully capturing the sonorous tones of this too often neglected instrument. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 brings the disc to a triumphant close, amply justifying the Omega Ensemble’s reputation as ‘Sydney’s chamber music all-stars’. This live recording, direct from the superb acoustic of Sydney’s City Recital Hall, captures the thrill of a unique performance experience. TRACKLISTING WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZARTClarinet Concerto in A major, KV6221    I.    Allegro2    II.   Adagio3    III.  Rondo (Allegro) Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, KV1914    I.    Allegro5    II.   Andante ma adagio6    III.  Rondo (Tempo di menuetto) Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV5507    I.    Molto allegro8    II.   Andante9    III.  Menuetto (Allegretto)10   IV.  Allegro assai Omega Ensemble Ben Hoadley bassoonPaul Meyer clarinet and director Recorded live in City Recital Hall, Sydney