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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Accompanied by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, the American violinist and conductor Joshua Bell performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35; considered one of the most technically difficult works for the violin. Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Recorded during the BBC Proms 2013.
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Conducted by Valery Gergiev, National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 in E minor (Op. 93). Recorded in London during the BBC Proms 2013.
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Accompanied by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Japan-born (naturalized in Britain) classical pianist Mitsuko Uchida performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58. Conductor: Mariss Jansons. Recorded during the BBC Proms 2013 in London.
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Conducted by the British-Italian conductor and pianist Sir Antonio “Tony” Pappano, Orchestra and Chorus of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma perform selected works of the famous Italian composer of operas, Giuseppe Verdi (9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901). Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London on July 20, 2013 (during the BBC Proms). Soloist: Maria Agresta, the Italian soprano.
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Conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees and Collegium Vocale Gent perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626). Soloists: Carolyn Sampson, soprano; Ingeborg Danz, alto; Mark Padmore, tenor; Alfred Reiter, bass. Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London during the BBC Proms 2006. The celebration concert of the composer’s 250th anniversary.
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Conducted by Valery Gergiev, the World Orchestra for Peace performs Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 at the BBC Proms 2010.
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Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, also known as the “Resurrection Symphony” at the BBC Proms 2011. It was written between 1888 and 1894, and first performed in 1895. Soloists: Swedish soprano Miah Persson and the Swedish contralto/mezzo-soprano Anna Larsson. Chorus: National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. A brilliant interpretation of one of Mahler’s most popular and successful works. Enjoy!
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Accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra (the British orchestra based in London), French classical pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs Maurice Ravel’s “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major”. Composed between 1929 and 1930, the piece was commissioned by the Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (May 11, 1887 – March 3, 1961), who lost his right arm during World War I. Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen.
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Accompanied by the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, German classical violinist and pianist Julia Fischer performs Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53 (B.108). Conductor: David Zinman. Recorded during the BBC Proms 2014. Encore: Paul Hindemith – Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 11 No. 6, the 3rd movement.
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