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Film Music
Babe: orchestral soundtrack. Composed by Nigel Westlake

Artist/s: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nigel Westlake
Category: Film Music
Label: ABC Classics 481 1819
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The orchestral score composed by Nigel Westlake for the highly acclaimed Australian feature film, Babe (Chris Noonan, 1995), is a delight. It is full of attractive melodies supported by scintillating orchestrations. When Westlake scored Babe, he had only a few…

Dancing with Somebody. Music by Joe Twist

Artist/s: Acacia Quartet, Sally Whitwell (piano), with Louise Prickett (soprano)
Category: Classical, Film Music, Jazz, New Music
Label: Self-release CD (3 tracks), available as download or hardcopy from CD Baby
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Composer Joe Twist’s Dancing with Somebody shows his penchant for engaging in an entertaining way with popular cultural forms and contains admirable performances by the Acacia Quartet and pianist Sally Whitwell.

Paper Planes. Film score by Nigel Westlake

Artist/s: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Westlake. Performers include Michael Keiran Harvey, Riley Lee, Hannah Coleman, Cold Chisel, Lior. Film directed by Robert Connolly, starring Ed Oxenbould, Sam Worthington.
Category: Classical, Contemporary, Film Music, New Music
Label: ABC Classics 481 1477
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Based somewhat loosely on a true story, Paper Planes is a film for children scored by Nigel Westlake. It’s the highest grossing Australian children’s film ever. The original true account described on the ABC’s Australian Story (see link below) is…

The Gershwin Collection

Artist/s: Simon Tedeschi, with James Morrison, Sarah McKenzie, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey
Category: Arrangements, Classical, Film Music, Musical Theatre, Popular
Label: 2 CDs - ABC Classics 481 1872
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Gershwin Take Three? Two previously released CDs of the music of George Gershwin – the top-selling Gershwin and Me (2012) and Gershwin Take Two (2013) are here combined in a double album featuring pianist Simon Tedeschi, who not only seems…

The Good, the Bad and the Awkward

Artist/s: Sally Whitwell, piano, toy piano, recorder, melodica, harpsichord
Category: Classical, Film Music, New Music
Label: ABC Classics 476 4898
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Albums of film-score music dished up for piano, played by classically trained musicians, can be tedious. Partly, this is because one sometimes senses that the performer (and/or their record company) is just using the hit-movie connection to sell CDs rather…

Film Music
The Secret River. Film music by Burkhard Dallwitz

Artist/s: Erkki Veltheim, Ceridwen Welsh, Charlotte Jacke, Jon Heilbron, Yinuo Mu, John Barrett, Rebecca Simpson, David Herzog, Burkhard Dallwitz, The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jan Chalupecky. TV miniseries of the novel by Kate Grenville
Category: Film Music
Label: ABC Classics 481 1824
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The Secret River is a two-part television series based on the novel of the same name by Australian author Kate Grenville. It provides a devastating account of the brutality of life for first white settlers in Sydney and along the…