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Cardio Classics
Orchestral Workout
ABC Classics cat. no. ABC 476 3223

Great music will transform your exercise experience! This carefully constructed album offers a real alternative to the standard gym 'doof-doof'. It includes tracks for warming up and cooling down. The disc features a 25-minute 'walk' set, at a steadier pace than the 25-minute 'run' bracket, either of which could also be a suitable accompaniment for a floor class. Power up hills to the beat of Carmina burana, or be inspired to stride out to the joyful strains of Vivaldi. This disc is a perfect opportunity to capitalise on those New Year good intentions!


JARRE - Building the Barn from Witness

RESPIGHI - Italiana from Ancient Airs and Dances
PURCELL - Symphony IV from The Fairy Queen
BIZET - Serenade
RODRIGO - Canario from Fantasía para un gentilhombre (excerpt)
MONTEVERDI - Chiome d’oro from the Seventh Book of Madrigals
VIVALDI - Gloria (excerpt)
PURCELL - Prelude from The Fairy Queen
MENDELSSOHN - Overture (excerpt) from A Midsummer Night's Dream
HANDEL - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon
RODRIGO - Fanfarre from Concierto Madrigal
MOZART - Overture from The Marriage of Figaro

ALBINONI Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D minor

GLUCK - Dance of the Furies from Orphée et Euridice
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV - Flight of the Bumblebee from Tsar Saltan
VINE - Microsymphony (excerpt)
GRIEG - Praeludium from Holberg Suite
ORFF - O Fortuna from Carmina burana
VIVALDI - Summer: Presto from The Four Seasons
ROSSINI - Overture from The Thieving Magpie
RAMEAU - Bruit de guerre from Dardanus
MOZART - Dies Irae from Requiem
GLINKA - Overture from Ruslan and Ludmila
VERDI - Dies Irae (excerpt) from Requiem
ROSSINI - Overture from William Tell (excerpt)

MORRICONE - Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission

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Music details: MicroSymphony  
See also: Orchestral  

Carl Vine - Complete Symphonies 1-6
2-CD set
ABC Classics cat. no. ABC 476 7179

Carl Vine’s six symphonies trace concisely the evolution that brought him back to the original symphonic tradition that modernity temporarily curtailed.

Carl Vine’s metaphor for his own symphonic practice is drawn from the natural sciences: composition begins with a ‘crystal’, a musical idea whose characteristic angles and planes are explored and transformed in the course of the work’s creation. This process of transformation, of presenting material in varying lights, coupled with the composer’s sense of timing, makes for a series of works whose inherent drama is considerable.

These recordings feature the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Edo de Waart and the late Stuart Challender, with the assistance of Synergy percussion ensemble ("Percussion Symphony") and the Sydney Philharmonia Choir ("Choral Symphony").


  • Symphony No. 1 'MicroSymphony'
  • Symphony No. 2
  • Symphony No. 3
  • Celebrare Celeberrime
  • Symphony No. 4.2
  • Symphony No. 5 (Percussion)
  • Symphony No. 6 (Choral)

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Music details: MicroSymphony   Symphony No. 2   Symphony No. 3   Symphony No. 4.2   Percussion Symphony   Choral Symphony   Celebrare Celeberrime  
See also: Orchestral   Vocal  

Carl Vine String Quartets
ABC Classics cat. no. ABC 476 5168

Carl Vine's music for string quartet spans nearly three decades, so acts as an album of snapshots that document the development of his musical language. His earliest mature works date from the 1970s, when he first came to prominence as a composer for dance, particularly in collaboration with Graeme Murphy and the Sydney Dance Company on works such as the legendary 1978 tribute to Jean Cocteau, Poppy.

The five works on this recording range from Vine's first quartet, Knips Suite, composed and premiered (by the Arditti Quartet) in 1979, through to his fifth, composed and first performed (by the Goldner String Quartet) in 2007. This is the first commercial recording of those two works, as well as of the second quartet (1984).


String Quartet No. 3 (1994)
String Quartet No. 2 (1984)
String Quartet No. 4 (2004)
Knips Suite (1979) – IV. Deco Knips (a tango)
Knips Suite (1979) – VI. Knips del Fuego (a finale)
String Quartet No. 5 (2007)

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Music details: Knips Suite   String Quartet No. 2   String Quartet No. 3   String Quartet No. 4   String Quartet No. 5  
See also: Chamber Music  

Carl Vine - Choral Symphony
cat. no. ABC 456 698-2

Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Michael Kieran Harvey (piano)
Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir
Edo de Waart (conductor)

This CD marked the first commercial release of Vine's "Piano Concerto", and the first complete recording of his first six symphonies. The completely renovated version of Sypmhony No. 4 was written expressly for the release of this recording. Symphonies 1 to 6 have since been released together as a two-CD anthology, The Complete Symphonies (2006).

The following description is provided by ABC Classics Records:

The long-awaited new recording from one of Australia’s most popular composers. Carl Vine, composer of much-loved concert works and film scores, has produced a Choral Symphony in the grand tradition of Beethoven and Vaughan Williams and as heard on ABC Classic FM. This popular work has been performed by orchestras and choirs all over Australia, and is finally available on CD in a scintillating performance by the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Vine's dark and dramatic Choral Symphony tells the story of Creation using the myths of ancient Babylonia. In a completely different and lighter style, the Piano Concerto is a virtuosic work written for the gifted Michael Kieran Harvey. The slow movements is one of the most lyrical that Carl Vine has ever composed, evoking sophisticated and piquant ‘French’ harmonies to beautiful effect.

The disc is rounded off by a brand new revision of Carl Vine’s Symphony No. 4, now called Symphony No. 4.2, which is a single movement juxtaposing many moods, from brooding and shadowy to brilliant and songful.


Piano Concerto (1997) 23:11
Symphony No. 4.2 (1998)19:26
Choral Symphony (1996)
(Symphony No. 6)

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Music details: Choral Symphony   Piano Concerto No. 1   Symphony No. 4.2  
See also: Concertos   Orchestral  

Come With Us
ABC Classics cat. no. ABC 476 6190

Anna Goldsworthy has created a travelogue with her piano - each piece is from a different part of the world. Rare pieces by Tan Dun, China's most famous living composer and Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis are heard alongside more familiar pieces by Janacek and Ravel. The CD is illustrated with magnificent photographs by renowned photographer Nicholas Purcell. An evocative and stimulating global musical voyage.


TAN DUN (b. 1957): Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op. 1
Missing Moon
Staccato Beans
Herdboy's Song
Blue Nun
Red Wilderness
Ancient Burial
Floating Clouds

MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937): Jeux d'eau

MANOS HADJIDAKIS (1925-1994): Conversation with Sergei Prokofiev from For a Little White Seashell, Op. 1

SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953): Sarcasms, Op. 17
No. 1 Tempestoso
No. 2 Allegro rubato
No. 3 Allegro precipitato
No. 4 Smanioso
No. 5 Precipitosissimo

LEOS JANACEK (1854-1928): On an Overgrown Path, Book 1 (Nos. 1-5)
Our Evenings: Moderato
A Blown-Away Leaf: Andante
Come With Us!: Andante
The Madonna of Frydek: Grave
They Chattered Like Swallows: Con moto

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959): Choros No. 5 'Alma Brasileira'

SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981): Un poco allegro from Excursions, Op. 20

CARL VINE (b. 1954): Red Blues
Red Blues

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Music details: Red Blues  
See also: Piano   Solos and Duos  

ABC Classics cat. no. ABC 476 9093

Gondwana Voices is made up of young singers aged 10 to 16 from every state and territory in Australia and is internationally acclaimed as one of the world's finest children's choirs. In this 2006 recording with ABC Classics, the choir performs works by some of Australia's greatest composers including Carl Vine, Paul Stanhope, and Elena Kats-Chernin.

Gondwana Voices, Charlotte Betts-Dean (soloist), Maxime Bibeau (double bass), Lorna Cumming (violin), Rosemary Curtin (viola), Nicole Forsyth (viola), Aiko Goto (violin), Paul Jarman (whistle), Clare Kenny (soloist), Jemima Littlemore (violin), Madeleine Lush (soloist), Sally Maer (cello), Marshall McGuire (harp), Jennifer McPherson (soloist), Alexandre Oguey (oboe), Rosamund Plummer (flute), Shaun Pryor (soloist), Helena Rathbone (violin), Paul Stanhope (whistle and chamber organ), Sally Whitwell (piano), Daniel Yeadon (cello).
Michael Atherton, Giulio Caccini, David Childs, Brett Dean, Neil Finn, Elena Kats-Chernin, Stephen Leek, John Rutter, Paul Stanhope, Carl Vine, Daniel Walker, Christopher Willcock, John Williams.
Conductors: Lyn Williams, Mark O'Leary.


  1. LYN WILLIAMS - Festive Alleluia
  2. ELENA KATS-CHERNIN - Deep Sea Dreaming
  3. DANIEL WALKER - The Wanderer
  4. PAUL STANHOPE - Songs of Innocence and Joy
  5. STEPHEN LEEK - Ngana
  6. NEIL FINN - Little Fish
  7. JOHN RUTTER - What Sweeter Music
  8. DAVID CHILDS - Weep No More
  9. LYN WILLIAMS - Lilly Pilly Leonardo
  10. BRETT DEAN - To Look Yet Not Find
  11. DANIEL WALKER - The Arafura
  12. MICHAEL ATHERTON - Shall We Dream
  13. GIULIO CACCINI (arr. Daniel Walker) - Ave Maria
  14. JOHN RUTTER - King Jesus Hath a Garden
  15. DANIEL WALKER - The Unicorn
  16. CARL VINE (arr. Mark O’Leary) Love Me Sweet
  17. CHRISTOPHER WILLCOCK - Southern Star (excerpts)
  18. ELENA KATS-CHERNIN - Butterflying

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Music details: Love Me Sweet  
See also: Vocal  

The Enchanted Loom
ABC Classic cat. no. ABCL0021

This album of Carl's recent orchestral music features world premiere recordings of his Eighth Symphony (The Enchanted Loom), Concerto for Orchestra and the orchestral fanfare "V". The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Sir Andrew Davis in a series of live concert recordings made during Carl's 2018 residency with the orchestra. Produced by ABC Classic.


Orchestral music by Carl Vine"V"
Concerto for Orchestra (20:30)
MicroSymphony (12:09)
Smith's Alchemy (17:14)
The Enchanted Loom (24:52)

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Music details: Enchanted Loom, The   Concerto for Orchestra   V   MicroSymphony   Smith's Alchemy  
See also: Concertos   Orchestral  

Four Hands
Australian Music for Piano
ABC Classics cat. no. ABC 481 4591

Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo

Described as 'unforgettable' by The Australian and 'barnstorming' by The New York Times, the Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo enjoy a stellar international profile. In their new album on ABC Classics, they survey recent music by Australian composers for piano four-hands, much of it receiving its world-premiere recording.

Music for piano four-hands began in the latter half of the 18th century, as the piano itself gained popularity. In the words of the pianists themselves, 'the five Australian compositions on this disc grow and build on that tradition, with ambitious largescale works of complexity and virtuosity, as well as miniatures that deal with the interior world of the human heart and mind. Despite the diversity of music on this disc – a fascinating variety of responses to the musical opportunities afforded by piano four-hand performance – there is also a unifying thread of dynamism and spirited energy.'

Ross Edwards' A Flight of Sunbirds showcases a seemingly effortless affection; Carl Vine and Stuart Greenbaum's Sonatas explores the potential for four-handed counterpoint. Peter Sculthorpe's 'delicate and wistful quartet of beautiful tableaux' follow the tradition of arranging existing works for piano four-hands. And Elena Kats-Chernin's Victor's Heart uses the warm resonance of the form to create a touching musical tribute.


ROSS EDWARDSA Flight of Sunbirds: Nine Bagatelles for piano duet
CARL VINE Sonata for Piano Four-Hands
PETER SCULTHORPE Four Little Pieces for Piano Duet
STUART GREENBAUM Sonata for Piano Four-Hands

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Music details: Sonata for Piano Four Hands  
See also: Chamber Music   Piano   Solos and Duos  

Love Me Sweet
ABC Classics cat. no. ABC 476 9108

Jane Edwards (soprano)
Marshall McGuire (harp)

This ravishing collection showcases the extraordinary beauty of Jane Edwards' voice and the brilliance of harpist Marshall McGuire. Included are some enchanting early English and Italian songs, several delightful 20th century English folk and art songs, three 19th century German lieder and two French classics by Reynaldo Hahn, all brought together and united by the accompaniaments which are all arranged by Marshall. Not to be forgotten is the contribution from Australian composer Carl Vine whose Love me sweet was first performed by Jane on the soundtrack to the television mini-series "The Battlers".

This album was recorded in the superb acoustics of a convent chapel utilising the Artworks state-of-the-art Direct-to-disc process. It was originally released on the Artworks label as catalog number AW019.


GIULIO CACCINI Amarilli, mia bella (My Beautiful Amaryllis)
GIROLAMO FRESCOBALDI Se l'aura spira (At the Graceful Dancing of the Breeze)
Can She Excuse My Wrongs?
CARL VINELove Me Sweet
ROGER QUILTER Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, Op. 3 No. 2
Music, When Soft Voices Die, Op. 25 No. 5
Barbara Allenrink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
FELIX MENDELSSOHN Auf Flugeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), Op. 34 No. 2
MAX REGER Maria Wiegenlied (Mary's Cradle-Song), Op. 76 No. 52
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Mit einem gemalten Band Op. 83 No. 3
(With a Painted Ribbon)
SAMUEL BARBER The Daisies, Op. 2 No. 1
Full Fathom Five
Where the Bee Sucks
JOHN DOWLANDA Shepherd in a Shade
A Chloris (To Chloris)

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Music details: Love Me Sweet  
See also: Chamber Music   Film/Television   Vocal  

sublime music for the oboe
ABC Classics cat. no. ABC 980 046-3

Diana Doherty is one of the world's most spectacular oboists. Since she returned from Europe to take the post of Principal Oboe with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, she has released two albums to fantastic acclaim – Romantic Oboe Concertos and Blues for DD. This new album, Souvenirs, is her most personal and popular album to date. A ravishing collection of slow and sublime pieces, each work holds special memories for Diana, from the earliest piece she ever learned to music that was played at her wedding. Many major composers have also written for her, and these pieces are included here.

This CD includes a special arrangement of Carl Vine's Love Me Sweet, created especially by the composer for this recording as a duet for Diana and her husband, Alexandre Ogey, on Cor Anglais.


Music by: Albinoni, JC Bach, JS Bach, Bernstein, Ross Edwards, Graeme Koehne, Kosma, Marcello, Ennio Morricone, Mozart, Piazzolla, Rachmaninov, Carl Vine, Vivaldi, Reinhardt Wagner.

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Music details: Love Me Sweet  

Storm Sight
Michael Kieran Harvey - piano
ABC Classics cat. no. ABC 461 723-2

One of Australia's leading pianists, Michael Kieran Harvey burst on to the world scene after winning the world's richest piano competition, the 1993 inaugural Ivo Pogorelich International Solo Piano Competition. This CD presents him playing some of the repertoire for which he is famous, including both of Carl Vine's monumental Piano Sonatas. The first of these was dedicated to Harvey and performed by him at the Ivo Pogorelich Competition in 1993. The second was commissioned by Harvey with Graeme and Margaret Lee and the Sydney Festival of the Arts (1998).


CARL VINEPiano Sonata No. 1
TIM DARGAVILLE Alba for solo piano
FRANK ZAPPARuth is Sleeping
CARL VINEPiano Sonata No. 2

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Music details: Piano Sonata No. 1   Piano Sonata No. 2  

ABC Classics cat. no. ABC 476 3164

Carisma was founded by co-directors Anna Stoddart (flute) and Janice Preece (harp), who have a history of superb music-making together. They have teamed up with Louise King (cello) to create this enigmatic trio, which makes eclectic and alluring music. The recording features arrangements of works by Offenbach, Bizet, and John Rutter, along with new works written especially for the album.


Autumn LeavesJoseph Kosma arr. Sharny Russell van Herp
carismaSharny Russell van Herp
May It BeEnya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan arr. Janice Preece
All Love Can BeWill Jennings and James Horner arr. Craig Allister Young
The Salley GardensTrad. Irish arr. Benjamin Britten, adapted by Louise King and Janice Preece
CantilenaSharny Russell van Herp
Castle on a CloudClaude-Michel Schonberg arr. Craig Allister Young
Chanson a bercerRobert Clerisse arr. Craig Allister Young
Love Me SweetCarl Vine (arr. Craig Allister Young)
ChansonJohn Rutter arr. Janice Preece
Love Theme from Cinema ParadisoAndrea and Ennio Morricone arr. Janice Preece
Promenade a l'automneMarcel Tournier
Barcarolle from The Tales of HoffmannJacques Offenbach arr. Janice Preece
Just a Single VoiceSally K. Albrecht and Jay Althouse arr. Janice Preece
SerenadeMary Mageau
RomanceGeorges Bizet arr. Craig Allister Young
The Night Gently WaitsSean O'Boyle arr. Craig Allister Young
Irish Tune from County DerryTrad. Irish arr. Percy Grainger adapted by Craig Allister Young
OblivionAstor Piazzolla arr. Janice Preece

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Music details: Love Me Sweet  
See also: Chamber Music   Solos and Duos  

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