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.

There are eight jukebox listening posts in the Arts Reading Room, where you can listen to CDs from the audiovisual collection.

 Great Wagner Singers by Richard Wagner.

Deutsche Grammophon, 2013
Deutsche Grammophon, 2013

 

Claude Monet : the magic garden : music by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie and Saint-Saëns.

ABC, c2013
ABC, 2013

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 : rare collectable jazz from the archive.

Victorian Jazz Archive, 2004
Victorian Jazz Archive, 2004

 

Everybody wants to rule the world : smooth jazz versions of pop classics.

ABC, 2013
ABC, 2013

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.

The marvelous wonderettes : original off-Broadway cast recording.

PS Classics, 2008
PS Classics, 2008

 

Leap of faith : original Broadway cast recording.

Ghostlight, 2012
Ghostlight, 2012
 

The pirates of Penzance : 1994 Australian Cast.

Gallaher & Essgee Entertainment, 1995
Gallaher & Essgee Entertainment, 1995

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 MartinThe 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 : under the Milky Way by Ian Simpson & John Kane.

ABC, 2013
ABC, 2013

 

Lovegrass by Sara Storer.

ABC, 2013
ABC, 2013

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.

 

Group of people using listening post in Arts room © Andrew Lloyd
Group of people using listening post in Arts room © Andrew Lloyd

 

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