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Classical Hugs (2CD)

With so many of us cut off from loved ones, ABC Classic is reaching out to music lovers across the country and around the world with this album of musical hugs: gentle, reassuring classical favourites that speak straight to the heart, no matter the miles that may keep us apart.

Classical Hugs has become a regular feature of the Breakfast program on ABC Classic: shortly after 8am each morning, listeners are treated to a piece of music specially chosen for its warm, encouraging, calming qualities. This is music that puts its arm around us to offer sympathy and understanding, music that steadies us and cheers us, music full of contentment and hope.

With intimate piano music by Bach, Brahms and Chopin, luxuriant orchestral classics by Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams and Samuel Barber, choral gems by Fauré and Puccini, and featuring performances by Jayson Gillham, Karin Schaupp, Slava Grigoryan, Diana Doherty, Emily Sun, Sara Macliver, Gondwana Voices and some of Australia’s finest symphony orchestras, this is an album to bring comfort, inspiration and joy.

CD1 1. BACH Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No. 3 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra 2. BACH / HESS Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Jayson Gillham 3. FAURÉ Pavane, Op. 50 Sydney Symphony Orchestra 4. CANTELOUBE Baïlèro from Songs of the Auvergne Sara Macliver 5. ANNE CAWRSE Songs Without Words: II. Lied Benaud Trio 6. FAURÉ Requiem: Sanctus Cantillation 7. MASCAGNI Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana Orchestra Victoria 8. BACARISSE Guitar Concertino in A Minor: II. Romanza Karin Schaupp 9. VINE Love Me Sweet Gondwana Voices 10. BRAHMS Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118 No. 2 Roger Woodward 11. GLUCK Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orphée et Eurydice Australian Brandenburg Orchestra 12. FAURÉ Cantique de Jean Racine Cantillation 13 BEETHOVEN Cavatina from String Quartet, Op. 130 Goldner String Quartet 14 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on Greensleeves Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra CD2 1. BACH Vergnügte Ruh' (Contented Rest) Sally-Anne Russell 2. MONTEVERDI Pur ti miro (I gaze on thee) from The Coronation of Poppea Sara Macliver and Sally-Anne Russell 3. DEBUSSY Clair de lune Emily Sun 4. BACH /GOUNOD Ave Maria Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra 5. PUCCINI Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly Opera Queensland Chorus 6. RACHMANINOFF Vocalise Diana Doherty 7. CHOPIN Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2 Roger Woodward 8. BACH Concerto for Two Violins: II. Largo ma non tanto Richard Tognetti and Helena Rathbone 9. VIVALDI Lute (Guitar) Concerto in D major, RV93: II. Largo Slava Grigoryan 10. VAVILOV (CACCINI) Ave Maria Gondwana Voices 11. LILI BOULANGER Nocturne Emily Sun 12. GLANVILLE-HICKS Gymnopédie No. 1 Sydney Symphony Orchestra 13. TCHAIKOVSKY Andante cantabile, Op. 11 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra 14. BARBER Adagio for Strings Melbourne Symphony Orchestra