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Art Songs
Ballads of the Pleasant Life. Kurt Weill, Weimar and Exile

Artist/s: Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone). Nexas Quartet: Michael Duke (soprano saxophone), Andrew Smith (alto saxophone), Nathan Henshaw (tenor saxophone), Jay Byrnes (baritone saxophone), Benjamin Burton (piano)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music, Musical Theatre
Label: ABC Classics 576 2204
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Baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and the Nexas Quartet bring us a fascinating glimpse into the period of the fall of the Weimar Republic, when music was the language of defiance and protest, as well as of love and beauty in a world on the brink of catastrophe…

Musical Theatre
King Of The Air. The Charles Kingsford Smith Musical

Artist/s: Music and lyrics by Gavin Lockley, book and lyrics by Ann Blainey. Cast principals, Daniel Belle, Renae Martin, David Hooley, Meredith O’Reilly, Philip Dodd, Yvonne Kenny AM, Simon Tedeschi, piano. The Metropolitan Orchestra, Sarah-Grace Williams conductor
Category: Musical Theatre
Label: Fish Fine Music
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 It is not unusual for a musical to be recorded long before its appearance on a full stage. It’s a great way to test the waters of popular opinion, or to see if there’s anyone out there who is willing…

My Hero

Artist/s: Greta Bradman, soprano, with the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Boynnge
Category: Arias, Classical, Music, Musical Theatre
Label: Decca 481 1894
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Adelaide audiences have been listening to Greta Bradman live for many years. With Christie Anderson and Emma Horwood she formed the enlightening and entertaining trio Eve. She was a surefire drawcard at concerts mounted by The Firm, dedicated to promoting…

Musical Theatre
The Flood. Music by Michael Hannan, lyrics by Janis Balodis

Artist/s: Isabella A Cappella, The Flood Band
Category: Musical Theatre, Soundscape
Label: Wirripang Wirr 073
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Soundscapes and song, heartbreak, hope and humour accompany an aural promenade through the streets of Lismore. The town of Lismore lies in a flood-prone area of the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Those floods are illustrated here in…

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 Rabbits

Artist/s: Performed by Opera Australia, Musical Director Isaac Hayward. Full cast and ensemble list at the end of the review. Composed by Kate Miller-Heidke, librettist Lally Katz, arrangements and additional music Iain Grandage. Based on the book by John Marsden, illustrated by Shaun Tan
Category: Classical, Musical Theatre, New Music, Opera
Label: ABC Classics 481 2535
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“When is an opera not an opera? Who cares? The Rabbits is a nicely-crafted, beautifully executed show of great charm.” In the thoughtful program note that accompanies this live recording, singer and scholar Michael Halliwell poses two questions. The first,…