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Sugar plums and snowflakes, dreams and spells – The Nutcracker is one of the most enchanting stories ever told.In this new CD from The Australian Ballet and ABC Classics, favourite moments from Tchaikovsky’s beloved music are combined with the evocative story-telling of legendary Australian actor Geoffrey Rush. This album is both the perfect introduction to this charming tale, and essential listening as a new take on an ageless classic. Geoffrey Rush narratorThe Australian BalletOrchestra VictoriaNicollette Fraillon conductor
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The art of the nude is fascinating because it is all about what is revealed: the glimpse of skin, the body in full, the things we don’t usually see. But the nude in art is also gets us thinking about big questions at the heart of who we are today: questions about beauty, desire, truth, mortality and power.From the tenderness of a solo violin to the raw emotion of a symphony orchestra, this album showcases music of total intimacy and wild abandon, giving glimpses into human emotion – and our responses to those questions – from the Baroque to the present day.A musical companion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ exhibition The Nude.The Nude runs at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 5 November 2016 to 5 February 2017. Visit http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/nude/ for more details.
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The Omega Ensemble present their debut recording on ABC Classics, surveying music for clarinet from across three centuries.When Mozart composed his iconic Clarinet Quintet in 1789 it was the first time in chamber music that the clarinet had been employed as a solo voice. In this performance, David Rowden performs on the basset clarinet – the instrument Mozart intended.This popular classic is accompanied by two new Australian pieces. George Palmer’s It Takes Two is a three-movement piece celebrating friendship, love, energy and fun. A rich and varied work that includes moments of jubilation, high octane energy and virtuosity, and also deeply tender and lyrical moments, the piece celebrates the very essence of human bonds and friendship. On this recording, Omega Ensemble and Rowden are joined by clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy, who premiered the work with the group in 2008.Munro’s Songs from the Bush – a concerto for two clarinets – has a very different inspiration. As the composer himself says, ‘I use both [Australian] folk material and Indigenous music in two distinct ways: more or less simply stated, close to its ‘original’ form, and highly developed and re-imagined and re-combined with other tunes and motifs.’ Munro weaves these two musical sources together to create ‘a link and a sympathy between the two cultures in ways that words can struggle to, and history might tend to deny'.The Omega Ensemble is one of Australia’s most dynamic chamber groups, with a dedication to commissioning new works and reviving lost ones.TRACKLISTINGWOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV5811.I. Allegro2. II. Larghetto 3.III. Menuetto – Trio I – Trio II4.IV. Allegretto con variazioniDavid Rowden basset clarinet IAN MUNRO b.1963Songs from the Bush – Clarinet Quintet5.I. Country Dance6.II. Campfire & Night Sky7.III. Drover’s LamentDavid Rowden clarinet GEORGE PALMER b.1947It Takes Two – Concerto for Two Clarinets 8.I. Adagio – Allegro con spirito 9.II. Lento arioso 10.III. Molto vivace Dimitri Ashkenazy & David Rowden clarinets
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ABC Classics is proud to present the official CD featuring highlights of the 67th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, live from the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.With its spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been thrilling audiences since 1950. Since then over 14 million people have seen this military extravaganza, as it performs to a live audience of 220,000 in Edinburgh every August.2016 marks its 67th production, with a wealth of talent taking to the Esplanade to showcase their musical skills and intricate displays. 1,200 performers from all over the world came together as we commemorated Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th year.Acts from Australia, Canada, Jordan, Nepal, New Zealand and Norway joined forces to rejoice in the rich history of military music and the relationship between monarchies and their armed forces.Together with bands from the British Armed Services, cultural groups from across the globe, alongside home grown talent from across the United Kingdom, performers shared this iconic stage as we celebrated ‘Tunes of Glory’.It’s no wonder The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is regarded as the greatest show on earth!
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ABC Classics is proud to present the official DVD featuring full coverage of the 67th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, live from the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.With its spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been thrilling audiences since 1950. Since then over 14 million people have seen this military extravaganza, as it performs to a live audience of 220,000 in Edinburgh every August.2016 marks its 67th production, with a wealth of talent taking to the Esplanade to showcase their musical skills and intricate displays. 1,200 performers from all over the world came together as we commemorated Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th year.Acts from Australia, Canada, Jordan, Nepal, New Zealand and Norway joined forces to rejoice in the rich history of military music and the relationship between monarchies and their armed forces.Together with bands from the British Armed Services, cultural groups from across the globe, alongside home grown talent from across the United Kingdom, performers shared this iconic stage as we celebrated ‘Tunes of Glory’.It’s no wonder The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is regarded as the greatest show on earth!
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2016 marks 20 years since iconic ABC TV show Recovery was first broadcast on our screens. To celebrate this anniversary, ABC Music have assembled a very special ‘Best Of’ collection, featuring Recovery’s most memorable performances, courtesy of the finest local and international artists of the era.The release includes performances from a galaxy of local and international stars including Powderfinger, Silverchair, Kate Ceberano, Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Something For Kate, The Whitlams, Natalie Imbruglia, The Living End, You Am I, Sonic Youth, Spiderbait and many more.The DELUXE edition features a 56 page booklet with rare archival photos and liner notes from the bands that were there, as well as extra performances and bonus footage. Track Listing:CD 1:1. Jebediah – Leaving Home2. Happyland – Don’t You Know Who I Am?3. Sonic Youth – Sunday4. The Dandy Warhols – Every Day Should Be A Holiday5. Dave Graney ‘n’ The Coral Snakes – Feelin’ Kinda Sporty6. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Wail7. Silverchair – The Door8. Even – No Surprises9. Spiderbait – Calypso10. The Fauves – Surf City Limits11. Grinspoon – Champion12. Snout – Hey Hey Hey13. Rebecca’s Empire – Atomic Electric14. Midnight Oil – Redneck Wonderland15. The Mavis’s – Naughty Boy16. Frank Yamma – Make More Spear17. Ben Lee – Shirtless18. Swervedriver – 99th Dream19. You Am I – Heavy Heart20. The Dirty Three – Sue’s Last RideCD 21. Regurgitator – ! (The Song Formerly Known As)2. Paul Kelly – Nothing On My Mind3. Powderfinger – The Day You Come4. Custard – Caboolture Speed Lab5. CAKE – I Will Survive6. Clouds – Never Say Forever7. Ben Folds Five – Underground8. Tumbleweed – Silver Lizard9. Frenzal Rhomb – There’s Your Dad10. The Living End – Second Solution11. The Whitlams – No Aphrodisiac12. Screamfeeder – Hi-Cs13. Underground Lovers – She Thinks Her Revenge14. Magic Dirt – What Have I Done15. Big Heavy Stuff – Big Mouth16. Something for Kate – Captain (Million Miles an Hour)17. They Might Be Giants – S-E-X-X-Y18. Bluebottle Kiss – Helping You Hate Me19. Kim Salmon & The Surrealists – You’re Such A Freak20. The Blackeyed Susans – Blue Skies, Blue SeaDVD 11. You Am I – Good Mornin’2. Grinspoon – Just Ace3. Sonic Youth – Wildflower Soul4. Gerling – Death To The Apple Gerls5. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 2 Kindsa Love/Flavor6. Spiderbait – Buy Me a Pony7. Magic Dirt – She-Riff8. Dave Graney ‘n’ The Coral Snakes – Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Where I Hide9. TISM – Whatareya?10. The Fauves – Dogs Are The Best People11. Far Out Corporation – Don’t Blame The Beam12. Custard – Girls Like That (Don’t Go For Guys Like Us)13. They Might Be Giants – Till My Head Falls Off14. The Cardigans – Been It15. Frank Yamma – Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Me16. Deadstar – Don’t Let It Get You Down17. The Living End – Prisoner Of Society18. Bad Religion – Come Join Us19. Fini Scad – Coppertone20. The Blackeyed Susans – Smokin’ Johnny Cash21. Nick Cave – Into My Arms22. Bluebottle Kiss – Tap Dancing On The Titanic23. Midnight Oil – Concrete24. Yothu Yindi – Superhighway25. Frenzal Rhomb – Mr Charisma26. Happyland – Hello!27. Tumbleweed – Fang It28. Natalie Imbruglia – Torn29. The Whitlams – I Make Hamburgers30. Front End Loader – Pulse31. The Saints – Good Friday32. The Mavis’s – Cry33. Pangaea – Smile34. CAKE – Frank Sinatra35. Chris Knox – Not Given Lightly36. Clouds – Here Now37. Big Heavy Stuff – May38. Underground Lovers – Starsigns39. The Dirty Three – Authentic Celestial Music40. Screamfeeder – Bridge Over NothingDVD 21. TISM – Thunderbirds Are Coming Out2. Powderfinger – Don’t Wanna Be Left Out3. Regurgitator – Black Bugs4. Paul Kelly – How To Make Gravy5. Kate Ceberano – Pash6. Antenna – Come On Spring7. Ben Lee – Eight Years Old8. Even – Stop And Go Man9. The Mark Of Cain – Interloper10. Luna – IHOP11. Jebediah – Harpoon12. Silverchair – Freak13. Nancy Vandal – Bikini High Pool Party Massacre III14. The Dandy Warhols – Boys Better15. Erasure – In My Arms16. Crow – Animal Husbandry17. Rebecca’s Empire – So Rude18. Ed Kuepper – All Of These Things19. Kim Salmon & The Surrealists – I Won’t Tell20. The Lucksmiths – Punchlines21. Snout – Winning Smile22. Xylouris Ensemble – My Mind The Boatman23. Something for Kate – Working Against Me24. John Reed Club – Stamp Duty25. Dinosaur Jr. – Sure Not Over You26. Unwritten Law – Superman27. Pollyanna – Peachy Keen28. Ben Folds Five – One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces29. The Porkers – X-Factor30. The Superjesus – Down Again31. Mental As Anything – The Nips Are Getting Bigger32. Ammonia – Sleepwalking33. The Tea Party – Temptation34. Sarah McLachlan – Building A Mystery35. Swervedriver – Duel36. Knievel – Something Good Must Come37. Secret Chiefs 3 – Renunciation38. Eskimo Joe – Sweater39. Midnight Oil – Advance Australia Fair / Birdman
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Guitarist Slava Grigoryan embarks on a major new recording series surveying the music of JS Bach, beginning with the beloved Cello Suites.This album is the result of Grigoryan’s decades-long love affair with the Suites, music which has accompanied him throughout his life. Reflecting on Bach’s music, he says: ‘I’m constantly staggered by the universe of ideas in each movement of every Suite. The simplicity, the elegance, the structure and the spirit are simply breathtaking’.Bach’s Cello Suites were composed around 1720, and contain some of the most popular music ever written – but much of their history, including the instrument for which they were originally intended, is shrouded in mystery. What we do know for certain is that Bach arranged one of the Suites for the lute, a fore-father of the guitar.This is believed to be the world-premiere recording of the Bach Cello Suites on baritone guitar, whose lower pitch allows the Suites to be played in their original keys. ‘The moment I picked up a baritone,’ says Grigoryan, ‘I thought of Bach’s Cello Suites. The resonance and sustain were so entirely different to what I was used to on a regular instrument – it was impossible not to play lyrically. I was immediately smitten and full of ideas.’ The use of the guitar also allows a fresh perspective on these baroque masterpieces, including bringing out some of the rhythmic grooves inherent in the music – an aspect that has led to Bach being described as the original inspiration behind jazz.Grigoryan is renowned as one of the world’s most talented, sought-after and versatile instrumentalists. He collaborates with orchestras globally, and forms a long-standing duo with his brother Leonard. He has won ARIA Awards for Best Classical Album, and has also received significant acclaim for his performances in world and jazz music.The album was recorded at the UKARIA Cultural Centre, the state-of-the-art new concert hall in the Adelaide Hills founded by Ulrike Klein. Future albums in Slava Grigoryan’s Bach series include volume II of the Cello Suites, and an album of concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACHCello Suites · Volume I1–6. Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV10077–12. Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV100813–18. Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV1009Slava Grigoryanbaritone guitarDownload the album booklet here
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The Field Brothers are Australian music industry legends and best known from their time as key members of The Cockroaches and their current work with the Wiggles.As The Cockroaches, John and Paul recorded three albums in the 1980’s and 1990’s; one album surpassing Platinum status. They had 8 songs reach the Top 40 including “She’s the One” and “Some Kind of Girl”; and they toured Australia non stop for 6 years. They were voted the hardest working band in show business when they played 340 gigs in one year. They were ARIA and APRA nominated. They played grand finals, telethons, inner city pubs, massive outdoor shows, many Bachelor and Spinster Balls, Cruise ships, dingy skanky dives and rockin’ fantastic sweaty pubs.Then in 2011, the brothers teamed up to form The Field Brothers and record their debut album entitled, 1964. Now they are back in 2016 with a new release, Every Day Is Like An Elvis Movie. The latest release is jam packed with rock n roll and feel good new hits.
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In the three practices on this CD Gillian’s voice guides you into beautiful spaces of inner peace that will relax, uplift and rejuvenate you.The first practice uses a breath awareness technique and is perfect for time-out recuperation during a busy day. The second practice is a classic half-hour whole body relaxation known as yoga nidra. The third practice is a sitting meditation practice with healing sounds and visualizations of inner light. All three practices are suitable for both experienced and inexperienced meditators and for people of any age, religious or spiritual persuasion.Dr Gillian Ross has an Honours Science Degree, a Doctorate in Behavioural Sciences and is a trained yoga teacher (IYTA). She has published books on spirituality and self transformation as well as many relaxation, meditation and yoga CDs. She has been a dedicated student of meditation practices, East and West, for over 30 years. Her beautiful 40-acre home in northern NSW has become a venue for meditational retreats and workshops.
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This album is about the intimate and secret path of spirituality that we can walk while living our ordinary lives of jobs, marriage, children, mortgages, neighborhoods and friendship. This is an album about the quest for the liberation of consciousness within everyday life.
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When Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital made his debut with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the magic was instant. A musician of electrifying virtuosity, Avi’s sensitivity drew audiences towards the emotional heart of his music, and created a palpable chemistry with the musicians on stage.Now this extraordinary music-making can be re-lived with a stunning high-definition recording, filmed live at City Recital Hall in Sydney. Avi, the musicians of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and their Artistic Director Paul Dyer celebrate the music of baroque greats Vivaldi, JS Bach, Albinoni and Pachelbel, revel in the Bulgarian folk music of Bartok, and thrill the audience with the Spanish dances of de Falla.
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The Australian Chamber Orchestra is a national treasure, and a world-beating musical force. This album celebrates the ACO’s history of superlative and ambitious music-making, presenting the recordings that have thrilled music-lovers for decades.The album opens with Irkana IV by Peter Sculthorpe, recorded in 1996 and drawn from one of the most highly award-winning recordings in Australian classical history. Two other Australian composers with whom the ACO has a close history – Elena Kats-Chernin and Joseph Tawadros – are also represented. The album showcases the stunning breadth of the Orchestra’s music-making by delving back into the Baroque (Bach’s beloved double violin concerto), the Classical (Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ symphony), and into the Romantic era (Brahms, Wagner and Tchaikovsky). Each work is introduced in the booklet by the ACO’s Artistic Director Richard Tognetti.Celebrating 40 Years is a companion to ACO40: The Fortieth Year, a large-format prestige book that beautifully captures the ACO in pictures and words, on stage, in rehearsal, and in their private lives. With revealing text by Margaret Throsby and deluxe photography by Anthony Browell, ACO40 is a sumptuous souvenir of Australia’s national orchestra’s 40th Anniversary year together, offering fascinating insight into the busy lives and music-making of Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. To find out more, visit www.aco.com.au/aco40.