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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.


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
from Songs of the Auvergne
Sara Macliver
5. ANNE CAWRSE Songs Without Words:
II. Lied
Benaud Trio
6. FAURÉ Requiem: Sanctus
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
13 BEETHOVEN Cavatina
from String Quartet, Op. 130
Goldner String Quartet
14 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on Greensleeves
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

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
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
Gondwana Voices
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