Valentina Lisitsa plays Beethoven’s The Piano Sonata No. 14 “Quasi Una Fantasia” Opus 27 No. 2, also known as the “Moonlight Sonata”. Completed in 1801 and dedicated in 1802 to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, it is one of Beethoven’s most popular compositions for the piano.
It is named “The Moonlight Sonata” by poet Ludwig Rellstab who, in 1832, had this inspiration on a moon lit night on the banks of the Lucerna River.
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Georges Moustaki sings “Le Flamenco, una España sin Franco” (The Flamenco, a Spain without Franco), in French. The guitars are played by the Spanish flamenco guitarist José Pisa.
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John Williams plays Carlo Domeniconi‘s most well known 1985 piece Koyunbaba.
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Luciano Pavarotti sings “Caruso” a song written by Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla. Live in Paris.
Lucio Dalla (4 March 1943 – 1 March 2012) composed this beautiful song dedicated to legendary Italian tenor Enrico Caruso in 1986. The version sung by Pavarotti sold over 9 million copies, and another version was a track on Andrea Bocelli‘s first international album, Romanza, which sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
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Spanish guitarist Narciso Yepes plays Joaquín Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un Gentilhombre (English translation: Fantasia for a Gentleman); Madrid, 1987. A beautiful interpretation.
Yepes is using his ten-string guitar here.
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Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes), a very famous Russian-Ukrainian folk song. Live in Japan, 2005.
Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes) is probably the most famous Russian romance. The lyrics of the song were written by the Ukrainian poet and writer Yevhen (Evgeny) Hrebinka. The first publication of the poem was in Hrebinka’s own Russian translation in Literaturnaya gazeta on 17 January 1843.
The words were subsequently set to Florian Hermann’s Valse Hommage (in an arrangement by S. Gerdel’) and published on 7 March 1884.
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Three famous chazzans (cantors), Naftali Herstik, Alberto Mizrahi, Benzion Miller with the Neimah Singers sing Tumbalalaika. From the concert “Cantors; A Faith in Song” recorded in the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam in 2003.
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Previously, I published a post about Vesti la Giubba’s 1902, 1904 and 1907 Enrico Caruso versions, 1904 recording has been sold more than one million copies, the first “million seller” in history. Here, another two opera giants of the 20th century, Franco Corelli and Luciano Pavarotti singing Vesti la giubba (English: put on the costume), a famous tenor aria from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s 1892 opera Pagliacci (Clowns).
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John Williams plays Sonata in D minor by Domenico Scarlatti on the guitar, inside the Reales Alcázares in Seville, Spain.
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Casta Diva is one of the most famous soprano arias of the nineteenth century. It is in act 1 of Norma, a tragedia lirica or opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani.
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