American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist Leonard Bernstein performs George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Composed in 1924, the work is for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. Bernstein also conducts the New York Philharmonic. Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1976.
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Accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker (the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), French classical pianist Hélène Grimaud plays Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, a piano concerto in three movements and is heavily influenced by jazz, which the French composer had encountered on a concert tour of the United States in 1928. Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev.
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Conducted by the Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko, hr-Sinfonieorchester (the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op. 58. Recorded at the Alte Oper Frankfurt on March 18, 2016.
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Accompanied by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Japanese naturalised-British classical pianist Mitsuko Uchida performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
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Accompanied by the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome; Chinese classical pianist Yuja Wang performs Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Sz. 95, BB 101. Conductor: Antonio Pappano.
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Accompanied by Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim performs Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
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Accompanied by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the German cellist Maximilian Hornung perform Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102, a concerto for violin, cello and orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
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Belcea Quartet performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18. Recorded live at the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2012. The quartet was written between 1798 and 1800 and published in 1801. It is actually the second string quartet that Beethoven composed.
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Accompanied by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Israeli classical clarinetist Sharon Kam, one of the world’s leading clarinet soloists performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622. Conductor: Manfred Honeck. Recorded live at the Estates Theatre in Prague on 27 January 2006.
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Accompanied by the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Georgian classical concert pianist Alexander Toradze performs Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16. Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Recorded on 16 April 2012 at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
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