Some great new arrivals include latest releases and favourite titles in pop, rock, film soundtracks, opera, classical, musical theatre and the visual arts, on CD, DVD and online database.
Molly is the 2-disc soundtrack from the recently televised mini-series on the life of local pop music legend, Ian “Molly” Meldrum. It includes many songs and artists featured on the long-running weekly pop music ABC-TV show Countdown, which he presented. Tracks include The Real Thing by Russell Morris, Devil Gate Drive by Suzi Quatro, Howzat by Sherbert, April Sun in Cuba by Dragon, Your Song by Elton John, and many others.
Pinups is the 2015 remastered version of the 7th studio album, and No. 1 chart-topper by David Bowie, originally released in 1973. It contains cover versions of Bowies favourite songs from mid-1960s London. The albums front cover also features a photo of Bowie with 1960s supermodel Twiggy.
All of these CDs are currently available on the Listening Posts in Arts. 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.
1000 Masterworks is a 10-DVD box set from one of the most successful TV series ever produced on art history. It includes renowned authors taking a close-up and personal look at various masterpieces by artists from Durer to Warhol. Ten minutes is devoted to each work of art, and questions asked include – What does this work of art convey? What was the intention of the painter? What is the context of the work, relative to the period in which it originated?
Renowned composers of film music are featured in a great selection of original motion picture soundtracks.
These include scores to classic movies such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo by Bernard Hermann, David Lean’s A Passage to India by Maurice Jarre, and a single release of two scores for the Billy Wilder films – The Apartment and The Fortune Cookie by Adolph Deutsch and Andre Previn. Two popular children’s movies are also featured – Home Alone by John Williams and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by John Barry.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland : original motion picture soundtrack, music composed by John Barry, lyrics by Don Black. / Petulia : original motion picture soundtrack, composed and conducted by John Barry.
The history of the world famous opera house, La Scala, in Milan is told through a series of interviews by Italian journalist, Enzo Biagi, with the artists and stars (conductors, singers and dancers) from its golden years in this recent DVD release, Teatro Alla Scala, Vol. 1.
Hamilton is the original Broadway cast recording of the musical with a hip hop music score, that recently dominated the 2016 Tony Awards with 16 nominations, winning 11 including one for Best Musical.
The show is about American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also composed In the Heights, recently produced at Chapel off Chapel in Melbourne. An Australian season of Hamilton is due in 2017.
Two London Cast recordings from different periods also feature.
There is the Masterworks Broadway re-release of the 1954 London Cast of Salad Days, the classic musical by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade, and American Psycho : the musical based on the controversial 1991 novel, with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik.
The above album featuring 40 Most Beautiful Winter Classics is also available through the Naxos Music Library database. It is available free online in the Library, or from home if you are one of our Victorian registered users. In a selection geared more to the northern Winter the album includes favourites by Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi, as well as popular songs such as Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!, and Winter Wonderland.