The legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings Franz Schubert’s “Ellens dritter Gesang” (“Ellens Gesang III”, D. 839, Op. 52, No. 6, 1825, English: “Ellen’s Third Song”), popularly known as “Ave Maria”. From the Three Tenors concert in Los Angeles, 1994.
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Conducted by the Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestre de Paris performs La mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre (English: The sea, three symphonic sketches for orchestra), or simply La mer (i.e. The Sea), an orchestral composition (L 109) by the French composer Claude Debussy. Recorded at the Salle Pleyel (Paris) on 8 March 2011. Published by the EuroArts channel.
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A beautiful painting by the Italian painter Giovanni Antonio Canal (17 or 18 October 1697 – 19 April 1768), better known as Canaletto: “The Grand Canal and the Church of the Salute” (completed in 1730, Italian: Il Canal Grande e la chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute). It is a Rococo (or “Late Baroque”) landscape painting.
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Conducted by Edward Gardner, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) plays Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead, Op. 29, a symphonic poem inspired by Arnold Böcklin’s painting, Isle of the Dead, which the composer saw in a black-and-white reproduction in Paris in 1907. Recorded live at Alte Oper Frankfurt on September 25, 2015.
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A beautiful painting by Marguerite Gérard: “Painter when painting a portrait of a lute player”. Around the year 1790 (we are sure that it is before 1803).
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The Wedding at Cana (or The Wedding Feast at Cana) is a massive oil painting (666 cm × 990 cm – 262 in × 390 in) by Paolo Veronese, the Italian late-Renaissance or Mannerist painter. He is most famous for large history paintings of both religious and mythological subjects. The painting is on display in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, where it is the largest painting in that museum’s collection.
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