Classical Music to Lift Your Spirits [2CD]

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Classical Music to Lift Your Spirits [2CD]

The coronavirus pandemic has really shown music’s ability to bring us together and provide comfort in difficult times: whether it’s through singing on balconies during lockdown to entertain our neighbours, professional musicians performing online to bolster spirits, or providing the soundtrack to keep us moving at home.

When ABC Classic asked listeners to recommend the music that gives them an instant mood boost, the response was almost overwhelming, with hundreds of different suggestions. For this CD album, we’ve gathered together some of the pieces that featured on many people’s lists – Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, the triumphant finale from Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, the calming simplicity of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, the transcendent beauty of Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe, Nigel Westlake’s delightful Penguin Ballet, the joyous energy of Bach and Handel and the irrepressible good humour of Mozart and Mendelssohn.

There are old favourites and new discoveries; gentle, soothing music and cheerful, upbeat dance numbers. Music that stops us in our tracks with its beauty and music that gets our toes tapping. Music that shines through tears and music that bubbles up with joy. Performed by Australia’s top orchestras, choirs and ensembles, from the full symphonic glory of our state symphony orchestras to the intimacy of Ensemble Offspring and the Australia Ensemble, and including soloists Sally Whitwell, Diana Doherty and Lin Jiang, this is music to lift your spirits – in these strange and difficult times, or just at any time!



1.MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’:
II. Vivace non troppo
2.WESTLAKE Penguin Ballet from Antarctica
3.BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’:
I. Pleasant, cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside
4.MASSENET Méditation from Thaïs
5.JEFFES Music for a Found Harmonium
6.MOZART The Magic Flute: Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena
7.VERDI Va’, pensiero from Nabucco
8.VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
9.HANDEL Zadok the Priest
10.BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro
11.EDWARDS Madagascan Song from Animisms
12.GIFFORD Bardju (Footprints)
13.LITOLFF Scherzo
14.MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto No. 2: III. Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace
1.GREENBAUM The Rotation of the Earth
2.VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
3.ELGAR Nimrod from Enigma Variations
4.KOEHNE Forty Reasons to be Cheerful
5.RESPIGHI Bergamasca from Ancient Airs and Dances
6.MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4: III. Rondo
7.GLANVILLE-HICKS Etruscan Concerto: I. Promenade
8.HANDEL Alla hornpipe from Water Music Suite No. 2
9.VIVALDI Gloria: Opening chorus
10.PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel
11.MORRICONE Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission
12.WHITWELL Road Trip
13.GOW The Fairy Dance Set
14.SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’: IIb. Maestoso – Allegro