Some recent CD arrivals feature on the Listening Posts in Arts. They include new releases in opera & classical, country & folk, jazz, and musical theatre. The online catalogue indicates which Listening Post the CD is available on.
As performances of Wagner’s mammoth Ring Cycle commence at the Arts Centre in November, this new compilation from Deutsche Grammophon celebrates Great Wagner Singers. It includes highlights from operas in the Cycle such as Siegfried and Das Rheingold, as well as other great Wagner works such as The Flying Dutchman and The Mastersingers of Nuremburg. Monet’s Garden was the fantastic winter exhibition at the NGV this year and inspires this new release from the ABC, Claude Monet : the magic garden. It features composers associated with impressionist music such as Debussy, Ravel, Faure and Saint-Saens.
Sampler is a 2004 release by the Victoria Jazz Archive featuring selected performances recorded between 1942 and 1987 at various locations. Musicans and bands include Graeme Bell, Frank Traynor’s Jazz Preachers, Fred Parkes’ New Rhythm Kings and the Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band. Everybody wants to rule the world is a new two-disc compilation featuring jazz interpretations of pop classics, and includes live performances at the Melbourne Jazz Festival.
In musical theatre new Broadway cast albums include The Marvellous Wonderettes which uses pop songs from the ’50s and ’60s as a vehicle to tell its story, and pay homage to the American high school Songleader squads of the 1950s. Leap of Faith is a new musical based on the 1992 movie of the same name which starred Steve Martin. The Pirates of Penzance features the 1994 Australian Cast including Jon English and Toni Lamond, in the G&S favourite. Pirates will be revived again in November this year by The Production Company at the Arts Centre.
Banjo Australis features a cross section of tunes across time and genre including themes from TV classics such as Rush and Skippy, Waltzing Matilda and a Seekers medley resulting in a great repertoire of Australian banjo music perfomed by Ian Simpson and John Kane. Lovegrass features 12 original tracks including songs with John Williamson and Greg Storer performed by Australian country music singer, Sara Storer.