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The Classic 100: Baroque and Before

ABC Classic FM’s annual Classic 100 survey is always a highlight of the music year, and this year’s category – Baroque and Before – promises to be the most popular yet. Even before the voting began, Classic FM listeners were eagerly proposing their favourite works to add to the list: sacred music and secular, vocal and instrumental, from whole operas and concertos to individual songs, motets and keyboard pieces.

The Baroque age was a time of musical discovery and adventure, of beauty and symmetry, of elegance and passion, of grand gestures and intimate caresses. Its music speaks to the heart and to the spirit, fascinating us with its genius while it stirs our souls.

This 8CD box set contains highlights from every work in the complete top 100, creating an indispensable collection of the finest music from the Baroque period and before. It’s the perfect introduction to 700 years of sublime music, the perfect gift for any music lover, and the perfect indulgence for any lover of beauty.

Includes performances by Australian favourites Sara Macliver, Yvonne Kenny, David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Diana Doherty, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Richard Tognetti, Erin Helyard, Neal Peres Da Costa, Geoffrey Lancaster, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes and The Song Company, plus international stars Andreas Scholl, Håkan Hardenberger, Ton Koopman, Trevor Pinnock, Sequentia, The Tallis Scholars, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, The Monteverdi Choir, The Sixteen, The King’s Singers, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Talens Lyriques, Musica Antiqua Köln, New London Consort, English Baroque Soloists and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.



1 HANDEL Messiah (highlights):

Comfort ye

Ev’ry valley

And the glory of the Lord

Thus saith the Lord

But who may abide

For unto us a child is born

There were shepherds

And lo, the angel of the Lord

And the angel said unto them

And suddenly there was with the angel

Glory to God

Rejoice greatly

Then shall the eyes of the blind

He shall feed His flock

He was despised

Surely He hath borne our griefs

Why do the nations

Let us break their bonds asunder


I know that my Redeemer liveth

Behold, I tell you a mystery

The trumpet shall sound

Worthy is the Lamb



2 VIVALDI The Four Seasons (complete):  Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

3 ALLEGRI Miserere

4 HANDEL Water Music: Suite No. 1 in  F major


5 BACH St Matthew Passion: Final chorus ‘Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder’

6 PACHELBEL Canon in D major

7 PURCELL When I Am Laid in Earth (Dido’s Lament) from Dido and Aeneas

8 HANDEL Zadok the Priest

9 HANDEL Music for the Royal Fireworks: La Réjouissance

10 TALLIS Spem in alium

11 BACH Concerto for Two Violins: I. Vivace

12 BACH Goldberg Variations: Aria and Variation I

13 VIVALDI Gloria: Opening chorus

14 BACH Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude

15 PERGOLESI Stabat Mater: Opening duet

16 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3:  I. Allegro

17 BACH Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata No. 147

18 BACH Mass in B minor: Et incarnatus est

19 CORELLI Christmas Concerto: Pastorale

20 MONTEVERDI Vespers of the Blessed Virgin: Laudate pueri Dominum

21 BACH Toccata in D minor


22 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5:  I. Allegro (excerpt)

23 HANDEL The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon

24 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1:  I. Allegro

25 BACH Prelude in C major from  The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I

26 ANON. Greensleeves

27 PURCELL Sound the Trumpet from Come, Ye Sons of Art

28 HANDEL Ombra mai fù from Xerxes

29 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4:  I. Allegro

30 DOWLAND Flow My Tears

31 BACH Christmas Oratorio: Opening chorus ‘Jauchzet, frohlocket’

32 HANDEL Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo

33 BACH St John Passion: Final chorus 'Ruht wohl'

34 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2:  I. Allegro

35 BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 6:  I. Allegro

36 CLARKE The Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary)

37 VIVALDI Concerto for Two Guitars in  G major, RV532: I. Allegro

38 HANDEL Piangerò la sorte mia from Julius Caesar



39 MONTEVERDI Pur ti miro from  The Coronation of Poppea

40 BACH Zion Hears the Watchmen Singing from Cantata No. 140

41 BACH Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata No. 208

42 BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3: Air

43 MONTEVERDI Toccata...Dal mio Permesso amato (excerpt) from L’Orfeo

44 HANDEL Dixit Dominus: Opening chorus

45 ANON. Veni, veni Emmanuel

46 MARAIS The Bells of St Genevieve

47 ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9 No. 2: II. Adagio

48 HANDEL Where’er You Walk from Semele

49 PURCELL Funeral Music for Queen Mary: March – Canzona – March

50 BACH Magnificat: Opening chorus

51 ANON. The Coventry Carol

52 BYRD Ave verum corpus

53 BACH We Hasten with Weak, but Eager Steps from Cantata No. 78


54 BACH Violin Partita No. 2: Ciaccona


56 PURCELL If Love’s a Sweet Passion  from The Fairy Queen

57 CHARPENTIER Te Deum: Prelude


59 PRAETORIUS Terpsichore: Ballets

60 BACH Ich habe genug from Cantata  No. 82

61 BACH The Art of Fugue: Contrapunctus IX

62 CPE BACH Magnificat: Opening chorus

63 MONTEVERDI Magnificat primo

64 PALESTRINA Missa Papae Marcelli: Kyrie

65 PURCELL Trumpet Tune and Air

66 HANDEL Mourn, Ye Afflicted Children from Judas Maccabaeus

67 STÖLZEL Bist du bei mir


68 BACH Cello Suite No. 3: Sarabande

69 BACH Toccata in D minor ‘Dorian’

70 BACH Violin Concerto in A minor: I. Allegro

71 TELEMANN Trumpet Concerto in D major: I. Adagio

72 HANDEL Concerto grosso in A major, Op. 6 No. 11: I. Andante larghetto e staccato

73 HANDEL Harpsichord Suite No. 5 ‘Harmonious Blacksmith’: Air and Variations

74 BACH Cello Suite No. 6: Gavottes I & II

75 CORELLI Violin Sonata, Op. 5 No. 12 ‘La Follia’

76 TELEMANN Tafelmusik: Ouverture from Suite in E minor

77 BACH Cello Suite No. 2: Menuets I & II

78 VIVALDI Guitar Concerto in D major, RV93: II. Largo

79 PALESTRINA Stabat Mater

80 BYRD Mass for Four Voices: Sanctus – Benedictus

81 RAMEAU Les Indes galantes: Overture


82 HANDEL Tornami a vagheggiar from Alcina

83 VIVALDI Stabat Mater: Opening aria

84 PURCELL Rejoice in the Lord Alway

85 VIVALDI Concerto for Two Trumpets, RV537: I. Allegro

86 MONTEVERDI Chiome d’oro

87 HANDEL The Trumpet’s Loud Clangour from Ode for St Cecilia’s Day

88 TARTINI Violin Sonata ‘The Devil’s Trill’: III. Andante – Allegro

89 LULLY Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

90 BACH Fugue in C minor, BWV582

91 VIVALDI Dixit Dominus: Virgam virtutis tuae

92 COUPERIN Les Baricades mistérieuses

93 BACH Violin Concerto in E major:  III. Allegro assai

94 BYRD Mass for Five Voices: Agnus Dei

95 ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in B-flat major, Op. 9 No. 11: I. Allegro

96 BACH Keyboard Partita No. 1: Sarabande

97 ANON. Mariam matrem virginem from Llibre Vermell

98 BIBER Rosary Sonata No. 11 ‘The Resurrection’: II. Surrexit Christus hodie

99 ALBINONI Concerto for Two Oboes,  Op. 9 No. 6: I. Allegro

100 ANON. Sumer Is Icumen In

       “250 years ago, Ludwig van Beethoven, the Grand Mogul from Bonn (as Haydn cheekily referred to him) was born. The German composer, whose own extraordinary story famously includes suffering from profound deafness from his late 20s, would become regarded as the great musical liberator, forging the course of the Romantic movement and beyond.” Richard TognettiIn 2020 the Australian Chamber Orchestra will celebrate two monumental anniversaries: 30 years of fearless leadership with ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and 250 years since the birth of the great Ludwig van Beethoven.To celebrate both milestones, ABC Classic is releasing a collection of the ACO’s legendary Beethoven recordings – including never-before released recordings of two of his greatest works: Symphonies 5 and 6.These recordings represent some of the orchestra’s finest performances, including two #1 albums and three ARIA Award-nominees, and feature collaborations with some of Australia’s finest artists – soprano Nicole Car, and pianistsTamara Anna Cislowska andErin Helyard.Beethoven has endured for centuries as one of the most popular and beloved composers around the world, with his music found everywhere from concert halls, to film soundtracks, to disco-era chart-toppers. He was a true musical revolutionary and is credited with paving the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras. His music has always been a mainstay of the ACO’s core repertoire, but this marks the first time that they have recorded these two monumental symphonies.Since its establishment in November 1975, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has become one of the world’s most daring and exciting ensembles, renowned globally for its inspired programming, unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality, showcased through an extensive and ongoing program of international touring and recordings for many of the world’s top labels.★★★★★“The Australian Chamber Orchestra was splendid in its all-Beethoven concert… [achieving] revealing clarity that gleamed like the colours of an old master newly restored.” – Sydney Morning Herald“[Beethoven’s] Fifth is always a crowdpleaser, and the ACO made it exceptionally so. This was the stuff of dreams.” – LimelightTRACKLISTING  CD1Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 *1   I.   Allegro con brio2   II.  Andante con moto3   III.Allegro –4   IV.AllegroSymphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’ *5   I.   Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside6   II.  Scene by the brook7   III.Merry gathering of country folk –8   IV.Thunder, Storm –9   V.  Shepherd’s song. Cheerful and thankful feelings after the stormCD2String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (arr. for string orchestra by Richard Tognetti)1   I.   Adagio ma non troppo – Allegro2   II.  Presto3   III.Poco scherzoso4   IV.Alla Danza tedesca5   V.  Cavatina6   VI.Grosse Fuge7   Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F major, Op. 50      Satu Vänskä– violin8   Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’: II. Adagio un poco mosso     Tamara-Anna Cislowska– piano9   Ah! perfido ... Per pietà, non dirmi addio, Op. 65     Nicole Car – sopranoCD3Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 30, No. 3 1   I.   Allegro assai2   II.  Tempo di Minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso3   III.Allegro vivaceSonata for Violin and Piano in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer’ 4   Ia.Adagio sostenuto –5   Ib.Presto6   II.  Andante con Variazioni7   III.Presto     Richard Tognetti – violin     Erin Helyard– fortepiano8   Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: I. Allegro ma non troppo     Richard Tognetti– violin* Never previously released
The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)