Life Cycle traces the emotional journey of impending motherhood through the music of highly regarded composer Emily Hall and the words of acclaimed poet Toby Litt. It's presented by Gian Slater (vocals), Sonya Lifschitz (piano), Zoe Knighton (cello)
Hymne à l’amour is an exquisite collection of art songs sung by soprano Siobhan Stagg and accompanied by Amir Farid. The songs illustrate the frailty of the human condition through flirtation, deep love and heartbreaking truths.
The album explores the many combinations throat singing can be presented with. Dean Frenkel has combined his throat singing with a 27 piece childrens choir, guitar and mandolin, with Australian birds, with contemporary piano, in duet with vibraphone, and with a female vocal duo in song format.
This very special disc from Australia's best known harpsichord virtuoso, Elizabeth Anderson, and her son, boy soprano, Jacob Lawrence features the much loved Anna Magdalena notebook including many well known tracks such as the timeless 'Bist du bei mir'.
In 1978 George Dreyfus performed a live show of his music with the assistance of Paul Grabowski. It was released on a long-out-of-print LP which has now been remastered and is available on CD.
Years in the making, the music on this debut album Prism blends thought-provoking lyrics with a strikingly original combination of classical, Celtic and jazz music with Spanish influences and Brazilian rhythms.
With favourites such as The white cliffs of Dover, Smile and I fall in love too easily, this beautiful duet album between pianist Tony Gould and vocalist Emma Gilmartin is a masterpiece in spontaneous musical invention to be enjoyed again and again. Just you wait and see!
An album full of tried-and-true jazz standards, fashioned around the singular theme of angels. With a top lineup, this wonderful CD features the talents of vocalist Debra Blaquiere, together with award-winning jazz pianist Joe Chindamo and his bass player extraordinaire, Phil Rex.
Ambient Voice features Dean Frenkel's haunting harmonic vocals strategically placed over and within the music of outstanding Australian composers, including Mark Clement Pollard, George Dreyfus, Andrew MacGregor and the group Invention in Time.
Counter-tenor Christopher Field joins the outstanding viol player Miriam Morris to present Tobias Hume's The First Part of Ayres, the first collection of music to appear in England devoted exclusively to the lyra viol and bass viol.
Blake Fischer, with accompanist Claire Cooper won the 1998 Song Recital Award and here presents an exciting collection of English and American folk, traditional and art songs.
This recording is a comprehensive collection of the vocal music of Richard Peter Maddox. It bears the impramatur of the composer (playing the Australian-designed Stuart & Sons piano), and he is joined by his talented brother Graham Maddox on oboe and Sydney-based vocalist, Samantha Smith.
The Orpheus Ensemble with Vivien Hamilton. Songs for soprano, harpsichord, baroque cello (viol and baroque violins on occasion), each written for famous singers and actresses in popular Restoration dramas of late 17th century England.
Melanie Duncan blitzed the 1999 Mietta Song Recital Award, winning the Popular Choice award and the Musical Partnership with her accompanist Claire Cooper, in addition to the Award itself. This is her recital CD of 20th century American art song.
17th century Italian composer Girolamo Frescobaldi was conservative in style and yet an innovator in many ways. La Romanesca presents some of his improvisatory toccatas, imitative polyphonic instrumental music, and songs from his 'arie musicale' of 1630.
This CD features the 1997 winner of the City of Melbourne Song Recital Award, Adele Johnston singing Korngold and Wagner lieder accompanied by Andrew Greene.
Love songs through the ages. A Classic Case of Love is a collection of intimate, embracing, exquisite and well-known melodies crossing many centuries expressing in all its variety the many flavours and colours of the experience of love.
Elizabeth Anderson and friends put a new twist into Christmas carols and CDs: eight Christmas tracks neatly packaged as a Christmas card with a vibrant front cover and room for a personal inscription.
Tenor John Heuzenoroeder, with pianist Jennifer Marten-Smith, performs both well-loved and rarely heard Mozart lieder. Winner of the 1996 City of Melbourne Song Recital Award.
Songs of the Australian Bush, including the first ever recording of the original version of Waltzing Matilda. Another disc of Australian bush songs? You bet - and brought to life by one of Australia's most respected folk singers, Denis Gibbons.
Soprano Louise Page, accompanied by pianist Phillipa Candy, performs a collection of lyrical, expressive and romantic songs by Richard Strauss. Winner of the 1995 City of Melbourne Song Recital Award.
Elizabethan lute songs and Ayres sung by founding member of the Deller Consort, Gerald English.
This CD and the accompanying booklet is designed to introduce children to basic concepts in music.
Songs by Mozart, Schubert's Serenade and Nacht und Träume, plus some wonderful Spanish and Argentinian folksongs.
La Romanesca presents a portrait of the musical diversity of Spanish song in the period immediately preceding both the great expulsion and Columbus' great voyages. Music of christian, moorish, jewish Spain before 1492.
Nursery rhymes and other songs for little folk. Some are traditional rhymes, some written by Lorraine Milne, Malvina Reynolds and others. Produced by Bill Armstrong.
Renowned jazz singer Linda Cable performs a collection of scintillating moody ballads and up-tempo jazz songs.
In 1983 Australia won the America's Cup, the first time a non-American yacht took home the trophy in the 132-year history of the race.
Poet and songwriter Sydney Carter visited Australia in 1972. He gave concerts and workshops all over the country, and this recording captures one of those events in full.
The Music of the Fourteenth Century Series presents some of the earliest and most significant polyphonic settings of the lyric poetry of the late middle ages. Music for the Feast of the Annunciation performed by Les Six.
The Music of the Fourteenth Century Series presents some of the earliest and most significant polyphonic settings of the lyric poetry of the late middle ages. Songs by Landini performed by The Ensemble of the Fourteenth Century.
Music from northern Italy written between the second decade of the 14th century and the early years of the 15th century. Contains anonymous works from the Rossi manuscript and songs by Maestro Piero and Bartolino da Padova.
Two Gentlemen of Verona is an anthology of recordings of the secular music of medieval France and Italy. This volume contains works by Jacopo da Bologna and Giovanni da Firenze.
Features 'De Profundis' based on texts by Oscar Wilde, in addition to 'Violin Concerto No.2', 'Fantasia No.2' and 'Petra'.
Many of these songs will be remembered from the ABC's famous "Kindergarten of the Air" radio program. The 25 songs are relevant to a child's day, beginning at dawn and ending at bed-time.
Recorded between 1907 and 1914, these 23 songs present a fascinating historical overview of the career of one of Australia's first pop recording stars.
Composed by Barry Conyngham, Fly tells the story of inventor and explorer Lawrence Hargraves. Performed by the Victoria State Opera.
Margaret Lynch, soprano, and Peter Lynch, guitar, perform works from the 16th to the 20th century. It was recorded in the natural acoustic of the Great Hall at Montsalvat in Eltham, Victoria, Australia.
The Phones were described as an a cappella group with a comedic bent.
Music from 12th and 13th century Spain. Features songs by Martin Codax, Marcabru and other unknown composers.
The Australian Rosny Childrens Choir presents A DOZEN OF DENNIS - arrangements of poems from A BOOK FOR KIDS by C.J. Dennis. Accompanied by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Alan Light was a foundation baritone of the Australian Opera in 1956, and was one of the country's best-known singers through the sixties and seventies.
A favourite since 1968, this recording comes from Canada featuring the dramatic vocals of Rob Gillespie.
A CD reissue of a live recording of Margaret Roadknight with band. The tracks were recorded at Frank Taylor's Folk Club, Melbourne, on 26 and 27 February 1973. The first twelve songs appeared on the original release of People Get Ready. Seven more songs were performed on the two nights that were recorded but never released until now.
Franciscus Henri presents songs from Sydney Carter, Elton John, Arlo Guthrie, and three originals. Produced by Brian Cadd, the style of the album is gentle folk-rock.
The songs of Sydney Carter are an enigma. To fit them neatly into one of the accepted categories – folk, religious, satire or protest is not adequate. They have depth, integrity, and make us face and question our innermost thoughts and conflicts. This is the man who wrote "Lord of the dance", but also "I want to have a little bomb like you".
Seven whole days is a mixed collection of religious songs with music composed by Jim Minchin. Originally released in the late 1960s this wonderful LP has been re-released on CD.
A selection of songs and poems by Sydney Carter performed by a variety of singers including Sheila Hancock, Franciscus Henri and Nadia Cattouse, and featuring Sydney Carter himself.
Move Two Mix is a collection of religious songs with music composed by Jim Minchin. Originally released in the late 1960s this pioneering recording is now available again. 'I moved for the spirit of it and I mixed the two, old words and new settings, jazz/folk and traditional music,' says Jim Minchin.
A recital album full to the brim with exquisite art song, this recording is a compilation of hidden treasures and classic favourites performed by Opera Australia star, Stacey Alleaume.
Barefoot in the Sky is a fusion of ancient and contemporary; rhythmic, melodic and harmonic, organic and electronic, choral and tribal and more. It traverses many moods that could embody five albums rather than just this one. Its genre title could be ‘ambient space-world jazz’.
Since the release of Shu-Cheen's other CDs, Lotus Moon, Willow Spirit Song and Serenade with ABC Classics, many music lovers have suggested that they would like to hear her sing Lieder and other styles of repertoire. This CD is a collection of her favourite songs and ballads.
The winning combination of voice, clarinet and piano delighted intimate gatherings and inspired many lovely works… Australian Soprano, Elena Xanthoudakis is joined by clarinettist Jason Xanthoudakis and pianist Clemens Leske.
This is Jonathan's first solo album. It contains many of his favourite songs from his favourite genre English art song.
In 2012 one of Australia’s most-loved groups, Pot-Pourri, is celebrating 25 years! Silver is the group’s seventh recording and celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
This superb new song cycle by Roger Heagney sets the poetry of Graeme Ellis to music. Soprano Merlyn Quaife is joined by pianist Andrea Katz.
This recording Burns and Beyond comprises a selection of songs written for voice and modern piano, and includes a performance of Percy Grainger's Three Scotch Folksongs which use ancient tunes of Scotland as inspiration.
Louise Page and Phillipa Candy's highly successful musical partnership of soprano and pianist has been delighting audiences for over a decade with varied and entertaining performances for groups such as Musica Viva, the ABC, and many other organisations throughout Australia
Inspired by the work of writers Apolilnaire, Lorca and Hardarson, Cool Black features three contrasting chamber song cycles from the visionary mind of composer Rosalind Page, performed by Halcyon.
Magic Sounds traverses through many music genres - meditation, ambient, chill-out, fine world, soundtrack, spiritual (non-religious) and contemporary choral music.
A passion for all kinds of love is conveyed in Emma Sidney's remarkable debut jazz CD Love Rhapsody. By song selection and interpretation, Emma leads you on a journey from one relationship to the next. With every emotive note you are drawn deep into her private world; intimately engaged one moment in the delight and ardour of love triumphant and in the next caught up in frustration, devastation and the rage of love lost.
Jeff Pressing's Zalankara is a multicultural symphony, a wide-ranging and ambitious work dedicated to the refugees and displaced people of the world.
On their first disc for Move, titlewave, Loco Tempo (vocalist Colleen Hunt and pianist/arranger Rick Freeman) are joined by a first-rate jazz combo - including guitarist Mark Viggiani and trombonist Jordan Murray - in a collection of standards chosen because of their timeless quality.
Beautiful lullabies and cradle songs by Australian composers from 1890-1999. Featuring soprano Linda Thompson (Australian Opera and VSO Young Artist) and pianist Deviani Segal, this delightful collection features world premiere recordings of Australian lullabies and cradle songs.
Unique because of its sound qualities, melodies, harmonies, polyphony and modes, Georgian music was declared by composer Igor Stravinsky to be a stimulus for the development of modern Western music. The Australian vocal ensemble Golden Fleece performs, collects, teaches and researches Georgian music and here paints a vivid portrait of a rich cultural heritage.
The intimate sounds of the cabaret come to life in this collection of entertaining, humorous and seductive pieces from musical theatre, opera, operetta, cabaret and the jazz repertoire.
A wonderful program of much-loved favourites, including African melodies and chants. With stunning performances from past 'Singers of the Year'.
Coinciding with the choir's concert tour of South Africa, this CD features an eclectic mix of new songs and old favourites.
For over ten years Pot-Pourri, one of Australia's most exciting and highly sought after performance groups have been committed to bringing a highly accessible and entertaining blend of musical theatre and opera to audiences both nationally and internationally.
All the colour and mystique of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance come alive with a presentation that is rich in music and drama.
The Melbourne Welsh Male Voice Choir celebrate Victoria's architectural heritage in song.
Some of the finest sacred music ranging from 16th century through Baroque, Romantic to Afro-American spirituals performed by one of Melbourne's finest choirs.
A delicious blend of highlights from Broadway shows, popular music theatre, traditional songs and operatic hits.
Volume two of Hymns and traditional Welsh songs in commemoration and celebration of St. David.
Hymns and traditional Welsh songs in commemoration and celebration of St. David.