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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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581. A live concert from the Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht (International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht) 2017. Musicians: Annelien van Wauwe (clarinet), Boris Brovtsyn (violin), Nikita Boriso-Glebsky (violin), Lise Berthaud (viola) and Maximilian Hornung (cello). Recorded on Friday 30 June 2017, in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. Published by AVROTROS Klassiek.
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Croatian Baroque Ensemble performs Georg Philipp Telemann’s Concertos for Four Violins No. 2 in D major TWV 40:202. Recorded on November 22, 2015. Violins: Laura Vadjon, Tanja Tortić, Lada Magdalenić, Saša Reba. Published by the Croatian Baroque Ensemble channel.
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Accompanied by the Arthur Rubinstein School of Music Symphony Orchestra, the young Polish pianist Maja Babyszka performs George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a work for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. Conductor: Henryk Wierzchoń. Composed in 1924, the work was premiered in an afternoon concert on Tuesday, February 12, 1924, held by Paul Whiteman and his band Palais Royal Orchestra, entitled An Experiment in Modern Music, which took place in Aeolian Hall in New York City.
This performance is recorded during the 3rd Polish Nationwide Music Schools’ Symphonic Orchestras Competition at the Pomeranian Philharmonic Concert Hall in Bydgoszcz on June 21, 2015. Published by the Akademia Filmu i Telewizji channel.
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American opera singer and soprano Renée Fleming and the legendary Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo perform Love Duet from Act I of Otello, a 1887 opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by the Italian poet, journalist, novelist, librettist and composer Arrigo Boito (24 February 1842 – 10 June 1918), based on William Shakespeare’s play Othello (believed to have been written in 1603). The video below is from a 1995 Metropolitan Opera production.
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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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