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Classical & Opera

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    Sonata for a Scoundrel

    A Spicy Victorian Romance

    by Anthea Lawson ...
    Narrated by Hollis McCarthy ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 22 min

    ~USA Today bestselling, RITA-nominated romance~Life in London’s poorest quarter is hard, but gifted composer Clara Becker scrapes a living writing music under her brother’s name. When celebrated musician Darien Reynard notices her work, it seems fortune is smiling on the Becker siblings at last. But Clara must keep her distance from Darien if she hopes to protect their secret—and her heart.Set ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained Il trovatore

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 19 min

    Il trovatore has been ruthlessly parodied. It is a tale of murder and mayhem, burned babies, roasted hags, would-be nuns, strolling minstrels and bad baritones. And indeed the libretto does call for a willing suspension of disbelief. The reward is in the music, a score as prodigally melodic as only the mature Verdi could write: the ‘Anvil’ Chorus, the ‘Miserere’ scene, two great tenor arias, a ... Read more

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    Opera Explained Così fan tutte

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 18 min

    Così fan tutte contains some of Mozart’s most sublime music. On one level, the opera is purely a social anecdote about young people falling in and out of love; but Mozart was a supreme sensualist and a great humanist, and invested the tale with all his understanding of humanity and young love. In this title, David Timson refutes the charge that Mozart squandered his genius on a work full of ... Read more

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    The Railroad Hour, Volume 2

    by Jean Holloway ...
    Narrated by Gordon MacRae ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 54 min

    Hop on the star-studded show train as Radio Archives brings you singing star Gordon MacRae in “The Railroad Hour”, a lush and tuneful series of musical programs offering vest-pocket versions of musical comedies and operettas - everything from the romantic melodies of Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg right through to the musical comedies of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. In these stylish and ... Read more

    $34.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained Pagliacci

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 1 min

    Pagliacci may be the most completely compelling short opera in the repertory and owes much of its impact to a brilliant story based, it is said, on true life and told through the device of a play-within-a-play. The action is set in Calabria in the deep south of Italy where the jealousies and illicit passions of a troupe of strolling actors precisely intersect with the play they are performing to ... Read more

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    Opera Explained The Magic Flute

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 10 min

    The Magic Flute almost defines a masterpiece, because it can be enjoyed on every level. It is a superb fairy story, complete with dragons, demons, a handsome prince, and a lovely maiden seriously in need of rescue; it is a political satire, social commentary, and psychological drama; it is full of tunes from the playful to the heart-stopping, jolly songs, and deeply spiritual outpourings. It is, ... Read more

    $19.45 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Bach's Musical Universe

    The Composer and His Work

    Narrated by Paul Heitsch ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 22 min

    A concentrated study of Johann Sebastian Bach's creative output and greatest pieces, capturing the essence of his art. Throughout his life, renowned and prolific composer Johann Sebastian Bach articulated his views as a composer in purely musical terms; he was notoriously reluctant to write about his life and work. Instead, he methodically organized certain pieces into carefully designed ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Keyboard Conversations®: The Romance of the Piano

    Narrated by Jeffrey Siegel ...

    Unabridged

    1 hour 5 min

    Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel combine the virtuosity and poetry of a world-class pianist with entertaining commentary to create a magical concert experience. His lively, engaging insights and captivating performances make listening an enthralling experience for all music lovers.For information about the other titles in this series please visit www.randomhouse.com/audio. ... Read more

    $11.22 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained The Ring of the Nibelung

    Narrated by Stephen Johnson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    2 hours 39 min

    Wagner’s Ring cycle is the most ambitious work in the history of music: four operas that combine to tell a single epic story. Based in legend, it has become a legend in its own right: a supreme challenge for conductors, singers, opera producers, and indeed for audiences. But for all its grandeur and complexity, The Ring is far more accessible than many music lovers think. This two-CD guide ... Read more

    $26.93 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    History of Opera

    Narrated by Tracy Tupman ...

    Unabridged

    39 min

    Blending music, dance, visual arts and drama seamlessly to create one of the most interesting things that millions of audiences enjoy is what opera is all about. Its 400 year old history is rich with instances of rise and fall of opera.With its roots in the Renaissance period, opera gradually spread across the world and today it has become a highly acclaimed form of art which is enjoyed by ... Read more

    $5.98 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained Tristan und Isolde

    Narrated by Christopher Cook ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 19 min

    Tristan und Isolde centres around two lovers who dream of romantic love and yearn for oblivion. No composer had written such a work before. Turning his back on traditional tonality, Wagner changed the course of Western music with Tristan und Isolde. But there’s also fact behind the fiction: while he wrote his opera Wagner was in love with another’s man’s wife, Mathilde Wesendonk. So Tristan and ... Read more

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    Junge, Beethoven!

    Hörspiel von Arnd Pohlmann nach dem Buch "Auch ich bin ein König" von Margret Steenfatt. Mit Rainer Strecker und dem Musikwerk Kinderchor. Version Sonntag

    Unabridged

    54 min

    Margret Steenfatts Buch "Auch ich bin ein König" basiert auf Tagebucheintragungen eines Bäckers, in dessen Haus die Familie Beethoven eine Zeit lang lebte. Durch dessen Schilderungen bekommen wir einen lebendigen Einblick in den Alltag eines kleinen Jungen, der musikalisch hochbegabt, aber andererseits eben auch ein einfacher Lausbub war. Mit dem Einverständnis der Autorin verfasste Arnd Pohlmann ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    For the Love of Music

    A Conductor's Guide to the Art of Listening

    by John Mauceri ...
    Narrated by John Mauceri ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 8 min

    With a lifetime of experience, profound knowledge and understanding, and heartwarming appreciation, an internationally celebrated conductor and teacher answers the questions: Why should I listen to classical music? How can I get the most from the listening experience?A protegee of Leonard Bernstein - his colleague for eighteen years - and an eminent conductor who has toured and recorded all over ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained Pelléas et Mélisande

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 18 min

    Dating from the last decade of the nineteenth century, Pelléas et Mélisande points the way into the twentieth century. The score is hauntingly beautiful, but there is more to the work than shifting panels of elusive, impressionistic sound. Debussy retains the text of Maeterlinck’s play, and the linguistic subtleties of the French text are matched perfectly by the musical detail. Taking a little ... Read more

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    Hansel and Gretel, The Full Cast Audioplay with Music - Opera for Kids, Classic for everyone

    Unabridged

    45 min

    Hansel and Gretel are sent into the forest by their mother to collect berries as a punishment. The siblings get lost in the twilight and discover the gingerbread house of an old ugly witch. She enchants the children and wants to bake them into gingerbread. Hansel and Gretel use their wits to save themselves and push the wicked old woman into her own oven. The children are finally found by their ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach

    Abridged

    1 hour 15 min

    Professor Peter Schickele's account of the life of little-known composer P.D.Q. Bach. ... Read more

    $15.68 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Wagner's Ring Motifs

    Unabridged

    2 hours 32 min

    This release lists the leitmotifs in Wagner's "Ring" and explains what they mean with the help of an expert commentary. The motifs are presented in the order in which they appear in the cycle. Wagner's music will be communicated in a simple and intelligible way, helping listeners to decode and understand the musico-dramatic language of the composers's mythical world. ... Read more

    $35.91 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained Tancredi

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 17 min

    Rossini’s comic operas, like The Barber of Seville, are better known than his tragedies though he wrote in fact many more tragedies than comedies. One of them, his last, William Tell, is actually credited with launching the whole age of Grand Opéra. Tancredi is an early work indeed his first smash hit and it established his international fame. It has all the youthful verve of the comedies allied ... Read more

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    Tales from the Stave

    The extraordinary stories behind classical musical manuscripts

    Unabridged

    27 hours 40 min

    Frances Fyfield and Clemency Burton-Hill explore the tales and tribulations behind the scores of well-known pieces of music'Endlessly fascinating' New StatesmanCrime writer Frances Fyfield and classical music broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill pore over the hand-written scores of great composers to decipher the hidden tales of creativity locked within. Behind the hieroglyphics, scribbles and ... Read more

    $30.29 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Opera Explained La Bohème

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour

    La Bohème is one of the three operas the others are Carmen and Aida believed to be the most popular ever written. In the case of La Bohème the reason is that it virtually defines the term ‘romantic’. The poignant story of Mimì and Rodolfo is told in music of such tender beauty, allied, as always, to Puccini’s intuition of what works in the theatre, resulting in an opera that readily appeals to our ... Read more

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    Opera Explained La Traviata

    Narrated by David Timson ...
    series Opera Explained 

    Unabridged

    1 hour 5 min

    La Traviata owes its enduring popularity to a superb story of young love and fatal sacrifice, set to music by Italy’s master melodist at the peak of his powers. Interest and poignancy are added by the fact that this is a true story the baritone ‘heavy’ is Alexander Dumas who wrote The Count of Monte Cristo. But it is the central figure, the heroine Violetta, the archetypal ‘whore with the heart of ... Read more

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    Klassiker für die Kleinsten - Hörspiel mit Musik, Der Nussknacker

    Unabridged

    48 min

    Clara bekommt von ihrem Patenonkel Drosselmeyer am Weihnachtsabend einen Nussknacker geschenkt. Nachts träumt sie, dass der Nussknacker mit Spielzeugsoldaten gegen das Heer des Mausekönigs kämpft. Clara hilft ihm und der Nussknacker verwandelt sich in einen Prinzen. Gemeinsam reisen sie ins Süßigkeitenland und feiern ein süßes Fest mit der Zuckerfee. War alles nur ein Traum - oder etwa doch nicht? ... Read more

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    Beethoven Unleashed

    The music, the man and how he became an icon

    Narrated by Donald Macleod ...

    Unabridged

    20 hours 43 min

    He was a revolutionary, an innovator, a disruptor. A man who accomplished incredible success, but endured serious personal hardships. A legend who changed the way audiences listen to music and whose melodies still resonate today, 250 years after his birth.Go on a journey to explore the life and works of arguably the greatest composer in history: Ludwig van Beethoven.Join Donald Macleod, presenter ... Read more

    $30.29 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The King and I

    The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti's Rise to Fame by His Manager, Friend and Sometime Adversary

    by Anne Midgette ...
    Narrated by Chris Lutkin ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 56 min

    This is the story of the thirty-six-year-old business relationship between Luciano Pavarotti and his manager, Herbert Breslin, during which Breslin guided what he calls, justifiably, “the greatest career in classical music.” During that career, Breslin moved Pavarotti out of the opera house and onto the concert (and the world) stage and into the arms of a huge mass public. How he and Pavarotti ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial