Some great new arrivals include recent releases and acquisitions in popular, rock, musical theatre and film music, classical, jazz, chamber, ballet and opera on CD and Blu-Ray. 

All CDs listed and many more are currently available on Listening Posts in Arts, and now also in the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, during normal opening hours.

Pulse : Quartet by Steve Reich. (CD)

Nonesuch, 2018

Pulse is the latest release by American minimalist composer, Steve Reich, featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble—four violins, two violas, two flutes, and two clarinets, all supported by the persistent plunk of the piano and electric bass.

Diva Eterna by Montserrat Caballé, soprano. (CD)

Sony Classical, 2019

Diva Eterna is a double CD compilation tribute to the late, great Spanish soprano, Montserrat Caballé, featuring some of her most significant and versatile performances, including works by Rossini, Puccini and Verdi. Popular pieces such as Hijo de la Luna by José María Cano, Quiroga’s Ojos Verdes and Palabras de Amor by Joan Manuel Serrat, are also included in this stunning release by Sony Classical.

Rooster Cogburn : original motion picture soundtrack : the deluxe edition. Composed and conducted by Laurence Rosenthal. (CD)

Universal – Varese Sarabande, 2019

Rooster Cogburn is the 1975 sequel to the 1969 Western classic, True Grit. Both movies featured screen legend, John Wayne, with Katharine Hepburn co-starring in the sequel. Laurence Rosenthal composed and conducted the sweeping symphonic score, on this first ever release on CD in a limited deluxe edition.

Sardinian liturgy by Paolo Angeli, Robert Burke, Mirko Guerrini, Jordan Murray, Stephen Magnusson, Stefano Tamborrino. (CD)

Jazz Head, 2016

Sardinian Liturgy was recorded in December 2015 in the small but beautiful Tuscan town of Prato. Rob Burke (coordinator of jazz and popular music at Monash University) initiated and led a project to combine the music of Italian musician, Paolo Angeli, who is often associated with traditional Sardinian folk music, with three Australian jazz musicians and an Italian rhythm section.

The group used traditional Sardinian tunes as a base to experiment, improvise and collaboratively create new music that shimmers into unexpected and innovative directions. Tracks range from the dreamy saxophone driven Northern Light to the bustling chaos of Market. Well worth a listen.

Jacques Loussier Trio play Bach…and more. (Blu-Ray)

EuroArts [2014]

In celebration of renowned French pianist and composer, Jacques Loussier‘s 70th birthday, this Blu-Ray features a highly enjoyable jazz performance of works by Bach and several other classical composers, in a live concert recorded in 2004 in Bach’s ‘own’ church at St Thomas’s in Leipzig. Well known for his jazz interpretations, arranged for trio, of many of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, such as the Goldberg Variations, The Jacques Loussier Trio, founded in 1959, played more than 3,000 concerts and sold more than 7 million recordings—mostly in the Bach series.

This Blu-Ray is available on request for use at AV Stations in Arts Reading Room during normal opening hours.

Frampton Comes Alive! by Peter Frampton. (CD)

A & M Records, 1998, c1976

Live from Australia : the Reformation Tour 2012 by The Tea Party. (CD)

Eternal Music, 2012

In popular and rock music there is a 1998 remastered release of the chart-topping multi-platinum 1976 live album, Frampton Comes Alive!, by British rock musician, Peter Frampton.

Another live album features Canadian rock band, The Tea Party, performing live in Australia as part of their 2012 Reformation Tour. The album cover notably features a shot of the Palais Theatre, St.Kilda.

Moulin Rouge! : the musical : original Broadway cast recording. (CD)

RCA, 2019

Moulin Rouge is a jukebox musical that premiered last year on Broadway, based on the 2001 hit movie, directed by Baz Luhrmann. Due to open in Melbourne in 2021, this cast recording includes many popular songs that are also featured in the film version, such as Come What May, Your Song, as well as a bubbling collection of disco-inspired tunes.

Ibsens’s Ghosts by The Norwegian National Ballet. (Blu-Ray)

BelAir Classiques, 2019

Ghosts is a ballet based on the classic play by Henrik Ibsen, featuring the work of critically acclaimed Choreographer, Cina Espejord, and composer, Nils Petter Molvaer. Filmed at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet (Oslo Opera House), Oslo, in 2017, this production captures the psychological thriller that is Ibsen’s story, pitted against the power of dance. It features The Norwegian National Ballet and The Norwegian National Ballet School. Incredible!

This Blu-Ray is available on request for use at AV Stations in Arts Reading Room during normal opening hours.

Enjoy!

All of the CDs listed and many more are currently available on listening posts in the Arts Reading Room and the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall during normal opening hours, as indicated on the online catalogue. There are eight listening post stations in Arts, and now also four in IPQH (i.e. located in the two northern corners on Ground Floor of IPQH), where you can listen to a mixed choice of up to 70 CDs from the audiovisual collection.

  • On each Listening Post, just press the View Current Titles box on touch screen panel to access full list of CD titles.  
  • Select title for list of disc tracks.  Select track and use on-screen controls to playback.

BYO headphones or use ours.

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