Category Archives: Classical

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (Friedrich Gulda)

Austrian pianist and composer Friedrich Gulda performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the Emperor Concerto. Gulda also conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Live recording from the Munich Piano Summer Festival, 1989.
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Mozart – Flute Concerto No. 1 (Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir)

Accompanied by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir, the Principal Flutist of the orchestra, performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major (K. 313). Conductor: Leo Hussain. Recorded during a concert in Harpa, Reykjavik, March 20th, 2014. Published by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra channel.

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Bach – Magnificat (Savall, Le Concert des Nations)

Conducted by Jordi Savall, the orchestra with period instruments, Le Concert des Nations and La Capella Reial de Catalunya perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243, a musical setting of the biblical canticle Magnificat and one of Bach’s most popular choral works. Soloists: Hanna Bayodi-Hirt and Johannette Zomer (soprano), Damien Guillon (countertenor) (alto), David Murderloh (tenor), Stephan MacLeod (baritone).
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Mozart – Great Mass (Nathalie Stutzmann)

Conducted by the contemporary French classical and opera singer and orchestral conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Symphony – OSESP) and Coro Acadêmico e Coro da OSESP perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor (German: Große Messe in c-Moll), K. 427/417a. Soloists: Ekaterina Siurina (soprano), Emöke Barath (soprano), Marcos Thadeu (tenor), Sabah Teixeira (bass-baritone). Recorded at Sala São Paulo, Brazil, 17 September 2016. Published by Nathalie Stutzmann channel.

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Di Quella Pira and Anvil Chorus (Flashmob)

A beautiful flashmob: the members of Opera Națională Română Cluj-Napoca (Romanian National Opera Cluj-Napoca) in the co-production of the Hungarian Opera of Cluj enter a shopping mall, and sing publicly “Di Quella Pira”, a popular tenor aria (or more specifically cabaletta) sung by Manrico in Act 3, Scene 2 of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera in four acts, “Il Trovatore”. Soloist: Héctor López Mandoza, the Mexican tenor. The chorus then performs Anvil Chorus, the English term for the Coro di zingari (Italian Gypsy chorus), a piece of music from Act 2, Scene 1 of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore (The Troubador, 1853) which depicts Spanish Gypsies striking their anvils at dawn -hence its English name- and singing the praises of hard work, good wine, and their Gypsy women.
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Mozart – “Divertimento” (Eberle, Grosz, Gabetta)

German violinist Veronika Eberle (violin), Israeli violinist & violist Amihai Grosz (viola) and Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta (cello) perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat major, K. 563. Recorded during the 2016 Solsberg Festival and published by the Hochrhein Musikfestival channel. Producer: Thomas Märki; sound: Joël Cormier; post-production: Amaury Berger; cameras: Yves de Pra, Jonathan Hug.

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Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Olga Scheps)

Accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, the German-Russian classical pianist Olga Scheps performs Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11. Conductor: Agnieszka Duczmal. Recorded live at Tonhalle Dusseldorf on January 22, 2014.
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Bach – Air (Vienna Philharmonic Women’s Orchestra)

Conducted by Izabella Shareyko, Vienna Philharmonic Women’s Orchestra performs the second movement, Aria, from Johann Sebastian Bach’ orchestral suite in D Major, BWV 1068, commonly known as “Air on the G String” or simply as “Bach’s Air”. Performed at St. Thekla Church, Vienna Wieden.
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Dvořák – Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81 – Harriet Krijgh & Friends

Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh and friends perform Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81. B. 155, a quintet for piano, 2 violins, viola, and cello. The piece was composed between August 18 and October 8 of 1887, and was premiered in Prague on January 6, 1888. Performers: Harriet Krijgh, cello; Nikki Chooi: violin, Baiba Skride: violin, Amihai Grosz: viola, Magda Amara: piano. Recorded on June 30, 2017, during the Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival (International Chamber Music Festival) Utrecht in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. Published by AVROTROS Klassiek channel.
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Gregory Kunde sings Nessun Dorma

American operatic tenor Gregory Kunde (born on February 24, 1954) has been singing for decades at not only a high level but also high tessitura. Having conquered the high F (above tenor high C), he now is conquering the spinto repertoire. He already has entered his 60s, yet sounds remarkably fresh. Here he sings perhaps the most famous of all tenor arias, “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. Recorded on July 12, 2015, inside Carrara Cathedral. Piano: Giulio Zappa.

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