Classic 100 – Voice: 8 CD Set

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It’s over for another year – The Classic 100 – ABC Classic FM’s annual survey of listener favourites – which this year, compiled a list of the most popular 100 vocal works as voted in by listeners of ABC Classic FM.

Topping the selections was the last movement from Beethoven’s Symphony 9, featuring the Ode to Joy, closely followed by the tenor/baritone duet Au fond du temple saint from Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers. In third place was Handel’s oratorio Messiah.

Despite not featuring in the top 5, JS Bach and Mozart were the most popular composers, each with 8 works in the top 100. Around one-third of the works chosen were operas; a quarter were composed in the 20th century; and three Australian composers – Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin and Nigel Westlake – were voted in.

The Classic 100 – Voice is now available digitally and as an 8 CD set, featuring 10 hours of music, from ABC Classics (4826018). It contains highlights from all 100 of Australia’s best-loved vocal works: the grand oratorios of Bach, Handel and Haydn, opera arias by Puccini, Verdi and Wagner, the sparkling wit of Gilbert and Sullivan, contemporary classics by John Rutter, Elena Kats-Chernin and Karl Jenkins, and the timeless beauty of Arvo Pärt and Hildegard of Bingen.

The performers on the album include:

Joan Sutherland • Nicole Car • Emma Matthews • Yvonne Kenny • Elizabeth Connell • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau • Teddy Tahu Rhodes • Academy of Ancient Music • The King’s Consort • Brandenburg Choir • Gondwana Voices • Cantillation • Sydney Philharmonia Choirs • Opera Queensland Chorus • The Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne.

THE CLASSIC 100 – VOICE: Complete track list

1. BEETHOVEN Choral Symphony
2. BIZET The Pearl Fishers
3. HANDEL Messiah
4. FAURÉ Requiem
5. ALLEGRI Miserere
6. MOZART Requiem
7. DELIBES Lakmé
8. R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs
9. ORFF Carmina burana
10. PUCCINI Madama Butterfly
11. J.S. BACH St Matthew Passion
12. HANDEL Coronation Anthems
13. MOZART Ave verum corpus
14. DVOŘÁK Rusalka
15. PURCELL Dido and Aeneas
16. PUCCINI Turandot
17. CANTELOUBE Songs of the Auvergne
18. PUCCINI La bohème
19. BIZET Carmen
20. VIVALDI Gloria
21. MOZART Così fan tutte
22. MOZART The Magic Flute
23. GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess
24. VERDI Nabucco
25. PARRY Jerusalem
26. MOZART The Marriage of Figaro
27. J.S. BACH Cantata BWV147 ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’
28. KATS-CHERNIN Wild Swans
29. TALLIS Spem in alium
30. BACH Mass in B minor
31. ELGAR Sea Pictures
32. MOZART Exsultate, jubilate
33. LLOYD WEBBER Requiem
34. GÓRECKI Symphony No. 3 ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’
35. SCHUBERT Winterreise
36. PUCCINI Gianni Schicchi
37. BRAHMS A German Requiem
38. JENKINS The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
39. PUCCINI Tosca
40. VERDI La traviata
41. PERGOLESI Stabat mater
42. MONTEVERDI Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
43. RACHMANINOFF Vespers (All Night Vigil)
44. WAGNER Tristan and Isolde
45. VERDI Requiem
46. HANDEL Xerxes
47. BARBER Agnus Dei
49. GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice
50. VERDI Aida
51. FAURÉ Cantique de Jean Racine
52. EDWARDS Dawn Mantras
53. BELLINI Norma
54. FRANCK Panis angelicus
55. J.S. BACH Cantata BWV208 ‘Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd’ (feat. Sheep may safely graze)
56. MAHLER Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’
57. SAINT-SAËNS Samson et Dalila
58. HANDEL Rinaldo
59. SULLIVAN The Pirates of Penzance
60. MAHLER The Song of the Earth
61. SCHUBERT Erlkönig
62. MOZART Don Giovanni
63. R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier
64. KORNGOLD Die tote Stadt
65. SULLIVAN The Mikado
66. BRITTEN A Ceremony of Carols
67. RUTTER For the Beauty of the Earth
68. TAVENER Song for Athene
70. WESTLAKE Missa Solis: Requiem for Eli
71. VERDI Rigoletto
72. J.S. BACH St John Passion
73. BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis
74. DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor
75. SCHUBERT An die Musik
76. HAYDN The Creation
77. LAURIDSEN O Magnum Mysterium
78. J.S. BACH Christmas Oratorio
79. MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream
80. HANDEL Samson
82. J.S. BACH Magnificat in D major
83. RUTTER The Lord Bless You and Keep You
84. WAGNER Die Walküre
85. LEHÁR The Merry Widow
86. VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
87. BRITTEN War Requiem
88. PARRY I Was Glad
89. ANONYMOUS Greensleeves
90. SCHUBERT Ave Maria
91. ROSSINI The Barber of Seville
92. MOZART Zaide
93. MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana
94. SCHUBERT Die schöne Müllerin
95. HUMPERDINCK Hansel and Gretel
96. BEETHOVEN Fidelio
97. R. STRAUSS Morgen!
98. J.S. BACH Cantata BWV140 ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme’
99. HANDEL Julius Caesar
100. BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy


Available 14 June 2016 | 8CD box | Digital album | ABC 4826018

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