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Classic 100: Composer – Top 10 and Selected Highlights

Classic 100: Composer

The Top Ten & Selected Highlights

Who is your favourite composer?

TheClassic 100, Australia’s favourite classical music countdown, this year asked Australia the big question. The votes poured in: for the household names, the ‘one-hit wonders’ and for the unsung heroes, for the giants of the past and the voices of today. Composers of mighty symphonies, grand operas and intimate piano jewels; of timeless meditations, enchanting ballets and stirring film scores. The result was a dazzling array of 100 composers from 15 countries, stretching across nine centuries of music.

The full list of names was announced live on air over the long weekend in June, counting down from No. 100 to the ‘winner’, Ludwig van Beethoven, at No. 1. It’s the definitive ranking of Australia’s favourite composers.

This 2CD album offers a handy ‘field guide’ to that list: the top ten composers, plus a selection of highlights from across the full hundred, giving a taste of the extraordinary variety of styles, eras and genres. The timeless purity of medieval abbess Hildegard of Bingen; the sultry tangos of Astor Piazzolla. The irrepressible good humour of Haydn; the solemn beauty of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; the towering might of Wagner and the delicate flight of Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending.

It’s a wonderful way to dip your toe into the vast ocean of classical music, or introduce a friend to the glories of these magnificent composers.

TRACKLIST

CD1

Rank

1     BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio

1

2     JS BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro

2

3     MOZART Symphony No. 40: I. Molto allegro

3

4     TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

4

5     HANDEL Zadok the Priest

5

6     VIVALDI The Four Seasons: Spring: I. Allegro

6

7     CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

7

8     SCHUBERT Trout Quintet: IV. Theme and Variations

8

9     RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2: I. Moderato

9

10    ELGAR Enigma Variations: Nimrod

10

11    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending – excerpt

11

CD2

1     MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto No. 2: III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace

12

2     WILLIAMS Raiders of the Lost Ark: Main Title

15

3     KATS-CHERNIN Wild Swans:Eliza Aria

16

4     MAHLER Symphony No. 5: IV. Adagietto

20

5     HAYDN Trumpet Concerto: III. Allegro

25

6     HILDEGARD OF BINGEN O eterne Deus

33

7     WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries

35

8     FAURÉ Pavane

39

9     RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spirito

54

10    BARBER Adagio for Strings

61

11    KHACHATURIAN Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia

63

12    PIAZZOLLA Libertango

64

13    EINAUDI I giorni

65

14    PACHELBEL Canon

78

15    ORFF Carmina burana: O Fortuna

99

Release
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)