Aram Khachaturian was a Soviet Armenian composer and conductor (b: 6 June 1903 – d: 1 May 1978). The “Waltz” is from the 1944 Masquerade Suite based on the Mikhail Lermontov play of the same name. Here André Anichanov conducts the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in this performance on the 1997 Naxos album.
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Anda Jaleo is probably the best remembered and the most frequently performed song of the many Spanish canciones compiled, arranged, recorded and popularized by Federico García Lorca and La Argentinita.
Continue reading Teresa Berganza sings “Anda Jaleo” by Federico García Lorca (Guitar: Narciso Yepes)
Francisco Tárrega is the composer of what has been claimed to be “probably the world’s most heard tune”: the Nokia ringtone, Nokia tune, also used in advertising spots, is based on Tárrega’s Gran Vals.
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Lágrima (tear) is a piece by Francisco Tárrega, and certainly a little gem in the guitar’s repertoire. It’s called “lágrima” (tear) because of the sadness in the second section, and isn’t a piece difficult to play: feeling is much more important than technique with this one.
Continue reading Francisco Tárrega’s Lágrima – played by César Amaro
The best versions of “Je crois entendre encore” (I still believe I hear), a beautiful aria from Georges Bizet‘s Les pêcheurs de perles.
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Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125 – Vienna Singverein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
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Australian-born British classical guitarist John Williams plays Agustín Barrios Mangoré’s Vals op.8 No. 4.
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Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was the first gramophone star to sell more than a million copies with his 1904 recording of “Vesti la giubba” from the opera “Pagliacci” (Clowns) by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Here are his recordings from 30th of November 1902, 1st of February 1904 and 17th of March 1907.
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Probably the most beautiful versions of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Di quella pira”. The first version is sung by Enrico Caruso, the second one is sung by Franco Corelli, and the third one is sung by Luciano Pavarotti. Three of the greatest tenors of the 20th history.
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The second movement, Aria, from Bach’s orchestral suite in D Major, BWV 1068, performed on original instruments from the time of Bach by the Early Music ensemble Voices of Music.
Continue reading Johann Sebastian Bach – Air on the G-String (With original instruments)