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Pavarotti sings Granada (Lara)

The legendary Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti sings Agustín Lara’s Granada, a song about the Spanish city of Granada written in 1932 by the Mexican composer. Conductor: Leone Magiera, the Italian pianist, and conductor. He was Luciano Pavarotti’s childhood friend and was his piano accompanist and the preferred conductor.

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Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen (Mandolin: Izumi Toru, Piano: Fujii Yumi)

Accompanied by Fujii Yumi on the piano, the Japanese mandolin virtuoso Izumi Toru play Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20, a musical composition for violin and orchestra written in 1878 by the Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate. At Lutheran Ichigaya Hall,Tokyo.
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Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, James Levine)

Conducted by the American conductor and pianist James Levine, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Berliner Philharmoniker) plays “Ride of the Valkyries”, (German: Walkürenritt or Ritt der Walküren), the beginning of act 3 of Die Walküre, (The Valkyrie), WWV 86B, an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner with a German libretto by the composer himself. From the Waldbühne Berlin – A Romantic Opera Night (1999).
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Pavarotti sings Un’aura amorosa (Mozart)

Luciano Pavarotti sings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Un’aura amorosa (English: “A loving breath”), a famous aria from Mozart’s Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers), K. 588 an Italian-language opera buffa in two acts. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte, who also wrote Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. From the 1988 Lincoln Center recital with James Levine on the piano.
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