Australian dramatic coloratura soprano Joan Sutherland, American mezzo-soprano Isola Jones, the legendary Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the Italian operatic baritone Leo Nucci perform “Bella figlia dell’amore” (English: Beautiful daughter of love), a vocal quartet from act 3 (No. 18) of Rigoletto, a 1851 opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto of the opera was written by Francesco Maria Piave (18 May 1810 – 5 March 1876), the Italian opera librettist, based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo.
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Accompanied by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (Galicia Symphony Orchestra), Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire performs Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83. Conductor: Dima Slobodeniouk. Recordied at the Palacio de la Ópera de A Coruña (Opera Palace of A Coruña) on March 31, 2017. Published by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia channel.
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Croatian Baroque Ensemble performs pieces for flutes, violin and Pardessus de viole by Marin Marais (31 May 1656, Paris – 15 August 1728, Paris), the French composer and viol player.
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Accompanied by the Göteborgs Symfoniker (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra), Scottish classical violinist Nicola Benedetti performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Opus 77. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård. Recorded in Gothenburg in April 2017.
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hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) in concert: the German Premiere of Fazıl Say’s Preludes for saxophone quartet, string orchestra and percussion. Fazıl Say: piano, Peter Oundjian: conductor. Guest musicians: Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. Streamed live on April 28, 2017 by the hr-Sinfonieorchester channel.
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Italian early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico (English: The Harmonious Garden) performs Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin in D minor ‘Per Pisendel’, RV 242. Soloist (Baroque Violin): Enrico Onofri. Recorded at the Große Musikvereinssaal, or Goldene Saal (Golden Hall) in Musikverein, Vienna.
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Accompanied by the Kammerakademie Potsdam (Chamber Academy of Potsdam), Dutch classical violinist Liza Ferschtman performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. Conductor: Antonello Manacorda. Recording: The Sunday Morning Concert of April 23, 2017 in The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Published by the AVROTROS Klassiek channel.
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Accompanied by the Orchestra Santa Cecilia, German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann performs Nessun Dorma from Turandot, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano, set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. Conductor: Antonio Pappano. Taken at the recording session of “Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album”. Jonas Kaufmann dedicates his new album to the most popular Italian opera composer of all time, Giacomo Puccini. This brand new recording features one of the most famous and loved arias of all time, ‘Nessun Dorma’, alongside stunning pieces from Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca and more.
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Conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (Galicia Symphony Orchestra) and the Youth Orchestra of OSG perform Richard Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra” (Thus Spoke Zarathustra or Thus Spake Zarathustra), a tone poem composed in 1896. Recorded at the Palace of the Opera of A Coruña on February 26, 2016. Published by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia channel. The work is inspired by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical novel of the same name, and has been an important part of the classical repertoire since its first performance in 1896. The initial fanfare – titled “Sunrise” in the composer’s program notes – became particularly well-known after its use in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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Accompanied by the New York Philharmonic, the British-born classical pianist Stephen Hough performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the “Emperor Concerto”. Conductor: Alan Gilbert. Originally streamed live to Facebook on January 14, 2017, published by the New York Philharmonic channel.
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