Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as the Pastoral Symphony (German Pastoral-Sinfonie). Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
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Russian concert pianist Sofia Vasheruk (b. 14th of May in 1988) plays Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23. Young Pianist Festival in Amsterdam, 24 November 2013. Noord Nederlands Orkest (NNO; English, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra) conducted by Stefan Asbury.
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One of the finest orchestras in the World, the Vienna Philharmonic plays Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov‘s Scheherazade, Op. 35, a symphonic suite composed in 1888. Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Salzburg Festival, 2005.
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Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. The symphony marks the beginning of the creative middle-period of the German composer. It also known as Sinfonia Eroica (Italian), meaning Heroic Symphony in English. It was first performed privately in early August, 1804. The first public performance was on 7 April 1805 in Vienna.
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Accompanied by the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg), French classical pianist Hélène Grimaud performs Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15. Conductor: Michael Gielen. Recorded on April 17, 2005.
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Conducted by Guillermo Garcia Calvo, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE performs Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg‘s Peer Gynt Suites, Op. 23 (1895). It is the incidental music to a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet Henrik Ibsen’s (20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) 1867 play of the same name.
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One of the best versions of Georges Bizet’s famous opera Carmen, by Vienna Opera, 1978. Carmen, the gypsy girl is played by the Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova and Don José, Corporal of Dragoons is played by the Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber. Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli.
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That’s beautiful… A little girl drops a coin in a musician’s hat, then the magic starts to happen: the orchestra starts playing Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125 in the street!
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Year 1964, in Moscow, 29-year-old Luciano Pavarotti sings the famous canzone from the beginning of act 3 of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, “La Donna è Mobile”. He was not “the king” yet.
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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. The piece 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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