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Classic Countdown

Countdown epitomised music culture in Australia for over a decade, and is renowned around the world as one of the all-time great music TV shows.

One of the most loved programs ever produced and broadcast by the ABC, Countdown spanned 13 years from 1974-1987 and provided the soundtrack to an entire generation of Australians. Regarded as one of the world’s all-time great music shows, it influenced a generation of Australians, and kick-start the careers of some of the world’s great musical artists. Returning to its original Countdown timeslot, Classic Countdown will launch on Sunday 17 September at 6pm on ABC TV, airing 13 one-hour episodes over consecutive weeks.

Joining the tribute, ABC Music are proud to present Classic Countdown, a massive 4CD collection and digital album featuring the biggest and most influential hits from the iconic original series including classic tracks from ABBA, Skyhooks, Iggy Pop, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Cold chisel, John Farnham , and many, many more. Unashamedly nostalgic and playful, Classic Countdown will celebrate the explosion in youth culture and Aussie music that was the driving force of the show’s success.

Watch the show on iview now: http://ab.co/Countdowniview 

Track Listing:

CD 1: 1975-79

1. Countdown – Countdown Theme
2. John Paul Young – Yesterday’s Hero
3. Abba – Waterloo
4. Skyhooks – Horror Movie
5. Stevie Wright – Guitar Band
6. Hush – C’mon We’re Taking Over
7. Marty Rhone – Denim & Lace
8. Marcia Hines – From The Inside
9. Bay City Rollers – I Only Want To Be With You
10. Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
11. Ted Mulry Gang – Jump In My Car
12. Sherbet – Howzat
13. Supernaut – I Like It Both Ways
14. Jon English – Hollywood Seven
15. Little River Band – Help Is On Its Way
16. The Ferrets – Don’t Fall In Love
17. Graham Parker & The Rumour – Don’t Ask Me Questions
18. The Two-Man Band – Up There Cazaly
19. Rose Tattoo – Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw
20. Cheap Trick – Dream Police

CD 2: 1979-81

1. Countdown – Countdown Theme
2. Cold Chisel – Breakfast At Sweethearts
3. The Angels – Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?
4. Iggy Pop – I’m Bored
5. Mi-Sex – Computer Games
6. The Sports – Don’t Throw Stones
7. Australian Crawl – Hoochie Gucci Fiorucci Mama
8. The B-52’s – Rock Lobster
9. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Kiss On My List
10. The Police – Walking On The Moon
11. Ramones – Rock ‘N’ Roll High School
12. The Scientists – Last Night
13. Ian Dury and the Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
14. Adam & The Ants – Antmusic
15. Men At Work – Down Under
16. Joe Dolce – Shaddap You Face
17. Mondo Rock – Cool World
18. Simple Minds – Love Song
19. The Reels – Quasimodo’s Dream

CD 3: 1981-84

1. Countdown – Countdown Theme
2. The Church – The Unguarded Moment
3. The Cure – Primary
4. Devo – Whip It
5. Duran Duran – My Own Way
6. Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance
7. Goanna – Solid Rock
8. The Go-Betweens – Cattle And Cane
9. Moving Pictures – What About Me?
10. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
11. Haysi Fantayzee – Shiny Shiny
12. Kids In The Kitchen – Change In Mood
13. Pat Wilson – Bop Girl
14. Sharon O’Neill – Maxine
15. Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting
16. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
17. Elton John – Kiss The Bride
18. Eurogliders – Heaven (Must Be There)
19. The Saints – Imagination

CD 4: 1985-87

1. Countdown – Countdown Theme
2. a-ha – Take On Me
3. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
4. The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
5. Nik Kershaw – Wide Boy
6. The Hooters – And We Danced
7. Boom Crash Opera – Hands Up In The Air
8. GANGgajang – Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia)
9. Hunters & Collectors – Say Goodbye
10. John Farnham – You’re The Voice
11. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – We Love You
12. Wa Wa Nee – Sugar Free
13. Painters and Dockers – Nude School
14. Pseudo Echo – A Beat For You
15. Rockmelons – Rhymes
16. Redgum – Roll It On Robbie
17. Swing Out Sister – Breakout
18. The Chantoozies – Witch Queen
19. The Cockroaches – She’s The One
20. Noiseworks – Take Me Back

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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
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Richard Strauss: Violin Concerto | Don QuixoteJames Ehnes violin | Daniel Müller-Schott cello | Christopher Moore violaMelbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and their Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis continue their acclaimed survey of the orchestral music of Richard Strauss, with this latest volume featuring three world-class soloists – James Ehnes, Daniel Müller-Schott and Christopher Moore – performing two of his finest early works: the Violin Concerto, and the tone poem Don Quixote.Performed here by dual Grammy Award-winning Canadian violinist James Ehnes, Strauss’s Violin Concerto is a beautiful and inventive work, remarkably mature considering Strauss wrote it when he was still a teenager. Strangely seldom performed today, it is full of melody and of virtuoso fireworks, very much of its Romantic time but hinting at the recent Classical masters Beethoven and Mozart.Don Quixoteis inspired by Cervantes’s iconic novel, and Strauss demonstrates every bit of his flair for the dramatic (which would be fully realised in his great operasDer Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten andSalome). With Daniel Müller-Schott’s cello representing the famous man of La Mancha, and Christopher Moore’s viola cast as his trusty sidekick Sancho Panza, Strauss takes us on an incredible journey into the mind of this deluded nobleman, and across the rustic landscape of the Don’s native Spain.The MSO’s Strauss series was launched in 2014 with a major European tour including the BBC Proms and the Concertgebouw, and has so far included Four Last Songs with Erin Wall, Ein Heldenleben, Four Symphonic Interludes, Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and An Alpine Symphony. The recordings have won significant acclaim from the international press, with BBC Music Magazine describing Also sprach Zarathustra as ‘a benchmark recording’.TRACKLISTING  RICHARD STRAUSS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 8 1     I. Allegro2     II. Lento ma non troppo3     III. Rondo (Prestissimo) Don Quixote – Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme, Op. 354     Introduction: Don Quixote Loses His Sanity after Reading Novels        about Knights, and Decides to Become a Knight-Errant5     Theme: Don Quixote, Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance6     Theme: Sancho Panza7     Variation I: Adventure at the Windmills8     Variation II: The Victorious Struggle against the Army of the Great        Emperor Alifanfaron9     Variation III: Dialogue between Knight and Squire10   Variation IV: Unhappy Adventure with a Procession of Pilgrims11   Variation V: The Knight’s Vigil12   Variation VI: Meeting with Dulcinea13   Variation VII: The Ride through the Air14   Variation VIII: The Unhappy Voyage in the Enchanted Boat15   Variation IX: Battle with the Magicians16   Variation X: Duel with the Knight of the Bright Moon17   Finale: Coming to His Senses Again James Ehnes violinDaniel Müller-Schott cello Christopher Moore violaMelbourne Symphony Orchestra Sir Andrew Davis conductorRecorded live in concert at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
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ABC Classic and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra today announce the launch of WASO LIVE!, a new series of digital albums that will showcase the very best of this powerhouse ensemble’s live concerts, vividly recorded by ABC Classic’s team of live music engineers.The series will launch with Anton Bruckner’s monumental Symphony No. 8, conducted by WASO’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser Asher Fisch. A renowned conductor in both the operatic and symphonic worlds, Fisch is especially celebrated for his interpretative command of core German and Italian repertoire of the Romantic and post-Romantic era. Mahler, Richard Strauss, Wagner and Verdi all feature among the plans for future volumes.“Asher is one of the world’s finest conductors – almost unsurpassed in this repertoire – and the sound that he elicits from this orchestra is incredibly powerful,” says Hugh Robertson, Label Manager of ABC Classic. “I’m so excited that these scintillating live performances are now going to be available for everyone in the world to hear at any time.””WASO LIVE! is an exciting new collaboration and we are delighted to partner with ABC Classic to capture WASO’s exceptional performances,” says Mark Coughlan, WASO’s Chief Executive. “I am especially thrilled that the initial release showcases the outstanding artistic relationship that exists between Asher Fisch and his orchestra and the exhilarating music making that results.”The WASO LIVE! series artwork will feature bright, bold and iconic images of the unique natural landscapes of WASO’s home, Western Australia.Having celebrated its 90th year in 2018, WASO is already looking forward to its centenary. ABC Classic and WASO LIVE! will be there to bring you the very best from one of Australia’s great orchestras. The final symphony completed during Bruckner’s lifetime, the 8th is quite simply one of the most thrilling orchestral works ever written.Mahler once famously said, ‘My symphonies represent the contents of my entire life’; Bruckner seems to go one step further, as if fitting the entire sweep of the universe into his epic orchestral works. His Eighth Symphony is the ultimate example of this: the hellish, dissonant nightmare of the first movement, the counterpoint of that sublime, radiant adagio before – finally – we reach a state of cosmic bliss and serenity as motifs from all four movements are brought together in one perfect C major chord.  TRACKLISTINGANTON BRUCKNER 1824­–1896 Symphony No. 8 in C minor (1890 version) Allegro moderatoScherzo (Allegro moderato) – Trio (Solemnly)Adagio (Solemnly slow, but without dragging)Finale (Solemnly, not fast)  West Australian Symphony Orchestra Asher Fisch conductor Recorded live at the Perth Concert Hall
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Sydney-based rockin’ soul and funky pop band, The Soul Movers, are readying the release of their new album, Bona Fide, out March 15 through ABC Music/Universal.  Fans will get a taste of the new album with the first single ‘You Better Believe It!’ released this Friday-January 25. The Soul Movers features soul singer Lizzie Mack on lead vocals, ex-Red Wiggle and ARIA Hall of Famer Murray Cook on lead guitar, bass player Andy Newman (The Visitors), Marko Simec (Waiting For Guiness) on keys, and drummer Stuart Wilson (Loose Pills). Last year, the band traversed the US to record the tracks for Bona Fide at seven historic studios including FAME Studios, Royal Studios, Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Sun Studio to name a few. Not only did they record in these hallowed studios, they were also lucky enough to play with some of the greatest session players. Bona Fidecrackles with the intensity of a band at the peak of their powers and is sure to wow audiences with its powerful, upbeatand memorable tracks. A highlight of their US recording odyssey was their two days at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio when The Soul Movers recorded with the legendary Swampers, Spooner Oldham and David Hood.  The Swamperswere part of the in-house band playing on over 500 recordings. These include 75 gold and platinum worldwide hits like Mustang Sallyfor Wilson Pickett, Respect for Aretha Franklin, Mainstreetfor Bob Seger and Tell Mamafor Etta James, just to name a few. “For me, the most amazing and surreal moment was playing guitar on our song, If I Could Ever, looking over and seeing two giants of modern music, Spooner Oldham and David Hood grooving along”says Murray Cook. “Here were two men who have played on many ofmy favourite records and some of thegreatest music ever recorded -and they were playing keyboards and bass on OUR record!”Here’s a currentEPKof The Soul Movers live shows plus a peek behind the scenes while touring and recording in the US.Bona Fide is The Soul Movers’ third album. It exemplifies soul music as seen through the Australian experience. The remarkable collaborations they had with their American musicians and singers, the hallowed studios they recorded in are all powerfully present in the resulting musical experiment. Studio imagery and jovial banter from the recording process bring the experience to life for the listener -Bona Fide-listen for yourself -it’s the real deal.