- Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1- Martha Argerich
Widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the second half of the 20th century, the Argentinian-Swiss pianist Martha Argerich plays Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23. Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Charles Dutoit. Year of the recording: 1975.
- Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta)
Daniel Barenboim plays Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23. Zubin Mehta conducts Berliner Philharmoniker (The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) in this 1990’s live outdoor concert. The sound and acoustics are well preserved for this not unexpectedly, excellent performance by Barenboim.
- Ah! Mes Amis (La Fille Du Régiment) – Juan Diego Flórez And Luciano Pavarotti Versions
Ah! Mes Amis from Gaetano Donizetti‘s La Fille du Regiment. Juan Diego Flórez sings in Vienna (2007), and Luciano Pavarotti version is from 17 February 1972, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
- John Williams plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concierto En D-mayor
One of the most beautiful pieces of the Baroque music: John Williams plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concierto en D mayor.
Vivaldi wrote many concertos for various instruments, including lute and mandolin. This Concerto in D major for Lute and Orchestra has been transcribed for guitar. It remains one of the finest examples of the Baroque music, it has been recorded by many artists. John Williams version is one of the best examples of these.
- Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’ (Karl Böhm, Maurizio Pollini)
Accompanied by the Wiener Philharmoniker (the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), famous Italian classical pianist Maurizio Pollini plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the Emperor Concerto. Composed between 1809 and 1811 in Vienna, it was the German composer’s last piano concerto. Conductor: Karl Böhm.
- Elgar – Cello Concerto (Jacqueline Du Pré)
Accompanied with the London Symphony Orchestra, regarded as one of the most talented cellists of the second half of the twentieth century, Jacqueline du Pré performs Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85. Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli. Du Pré’s interpretation of the work has been described as “definitive” and “legendary”.
- Daniel Barenboim Plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21 Waldstein
Daniel Barenboim plays Ludwig Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, known as the Waldstein. From the Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas Nos 1-32 cycle recorded in 1983-84.
- Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue – Makoto Ozone, New York Philharmonic
Accompanied by the New York Philharmonic orchestra, Japanese jazz pianist Makoto Ozone performs George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Composed in 1924, the work is for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. Conductor: Alan Gilbert.
- Dmitri Shostakovich – The Second Waltz
The Second Waltz, Op. 99 of Dmitri Shostakovich is a Music to the Soviet feature film “The First Echelon” (1955). Here it is played by André Rieu’s “Johann Strauss Orchestra”.
- Barenboim Plays Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 8 Op. 13 (Pathétique)
Daniel Barenboim plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique. Live in Berlin (2005). The piece is one of composer’s most celebrated compositions.