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101 Relaxing Classics

Over six hours of gentle, calming classical music to help you unwind and de-stress. 
‘Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,’ said the German poet Berthold Auerbach. And science has shown he was right: music helps us to recharge, physically as well as emotionally. It can lower our blood pressure, calm a racing heart rate, boost our immune systems, clarify our thoughts, and help us sleep. Music can, quite literally, heal us, body and mind. 
Whether you're racing to beat a deadline, tired of the constant pressures of modern living, or simply curling up on the couch with your favourite book, this beautiful 5CD album will help you to relax, and breathe again. 
Let yourself float away in the company of the great composers: Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams and much, much more.



1    BACH Concerto for two violins: Largo ma non tanto

2    MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4: Romanza

3    DVOŘÁK New World Symphony: Largo

4    SCHUMANN Evening Song

5    TOURNIER Autumn Promenade

6    BEETHOVEN Cavatina

7    DELIBES Coppélia: Night

8    TRAD An Eriskay Love Lilt

9    WILDEREffie Sings a Lullaby

10 MONTES Preludio de Adios

11 FALLA Nana

12 O’BOYLE Sheep Are Soft and Curly

13 TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker: Arabian Dance

14 ADAM Giselle: Myrtha’s Entrance

15  BACH Actus Tragicus: Sonatina

16  TRAD Rock-a-Bye Baby

17  EDWARDS A Flight of Sunbirds: Andante

18  JENKINS Fantasia

19  RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte

20  TRAD Skye Boat Song


1    MASSENET Méditation

2    HORNER A Gift of a Thistle

3    BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 6: Adagio ma non tanto

4    DEBUSSY Clair de lune

5    ELGAR Nimrod

6    MASSENET Last Sleep of the Virgin

7    BACH Violin Sonata No. 1: Andante

8    BRITTEN Corpus Christi Carol

9    RODRIGO Concierto madrigal: Pastoral


11  VAUGHAN WILLIAMS English Folk-Song Study No. 4

12  PURCELL The Fairy Queen: Act IV Largo

13  BERNIER Le Caffé: Prélude

14  KOCH Reverie

15 BACH Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

16  ADAM Giselle: Peasant Pas de deux

17 VIVALDI Concerto for two mandolins: Andante

18 O’BOYLE The Night Gently Waits

19 HUMPERDINCK Evening Prayer

20 DOWLAND A Galliard to Lachrimae

21 HANDEL Largo


1    BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3: Air

2    COOMAN Island Gloaming

3    JOHNSON Full Fathom Five

4    KATS-CHERNIN Butterflying

5    SATIE Gymnopédie No. 1

6    GEMINIANI Concerto IV: I. Andante

7    FARRELLY Isle of Innisfree

8    RESPIGHI Italiana

9    BACH Oboe Concerto in D minor: Adagio

10 DELIUS Serenade

11 LISZT Consolation No. 3

12 ELGAR Dream Children: Allegretto piacevole

13 VIVALDI Lute Concerto in D major: Andante

14 HANDEL Messiah: Pifa

15 MOZARTAdagio for Glass Harmonica

16 O’BOYLE Sunrise on the Coast

17 COPLAND Corral Nocturne

18 BACH Prelude in C major

19 FAURÉ Sicilienne

20 BEETHOVEN Emperor Concerto: Adagio un poco moto


1    GRIEG Morning Mood

2    GRIEG Last Spring

3    TELEMANN Flute and Violin Concerto: Adagio

4    CLÉRISSE Cradle Song

5    HAYDN Cello Concerto: Adagio

6    BOCCHERINI Minuet

7    PURCELL Fairest Isle

8    BACH Cello Suite No. 1: Menuets

9    ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor: Adagio

10 BRAHMS Intermezzo in A major

11 TRADITIONAL Irish Tune from County Derry

12 VINE Love Me Sweet

13 MOZART Divertimento in D major: Andante

14 HAYDN Nocturne No. 3: Andante

15 BACH Arioso

16 BLAKE Berceuse

17 FAURÉ Pavane

18 BIZET L’Arlesienne: Adagietto

19 RAVEL Sleeping Beauty Pavane

20 MASCAGNI Intermezzo


1    SAINT-SAËNS The Swan

2    VIVALDI The Goldfinch: Larghetto cantabile

3    KATS-CHERNIN The Rain Puzzle

4    PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel

5    SCHUMANN Träumerei

6    BRUCH Nocturne

7    BRAHMS Es steht ein Lind

8    DEBUSSY The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

9    KELLY Idyl

10 BEETHOVEN Gassenhauer Trio: Adagio

11 BACH Concerto for Violin & Oboe: Adagio

12 CAMPION Oft Have I Sighed for Him

13 SHOSTAKOVICH Dances of the Dolls: Romance

14 MOZART Clarinet Quintet: Larghetto

15 RUTTER Close Thine Eyes

16 BEETHOVEN Pathétique Sonata: Adagio cantabile

17 VIVALDI Recorder Concerto in C major: Largo

18 MASCITTI Violin Sonata in F major: Adagio

19 KELLY Monograph No. 5

20 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending: excerpt

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