Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords & Strings in C Major, BWV 1061 [Katia & Marielle Labèque, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini]

Accompanied by the Italian early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico (English: The Harmonious Garden), the French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for 2 Harpsichords & Strings in C Major, BWV 1061 on fortepianos. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini. The piece is played here on period instruments. The only difference is instead of harpsichords, the Labèque sisters play fortepianos. This concert took place in 2000 at the Musikverein in Vienna.

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Mozart: Flute Concerto in D Major [Henrik Wiese]

Accompanied by the CHAARTS Chamber Artists, German flutist Henrik Wiese performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D major, K.314/285d (“No.2”). Leader: Robin Peter Müller (violin). Special guest: Sebastian Manz (clarinet). This performance was recorded during the Festival Boswiler Sommer on July 6, 2017.

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Lea Desandre & Thibault Cauvin perform Sì dolce è’l tormento [Monteverdi]

Accompanied by the French classical guitarist Thibault Cauvin, French-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre sings Claudio Monteverdi’s Sì dolce è’l tormento (English: So sweet is the torment) from Quarto scherzo delle ariose vaghezze, published in Venice in 1624.

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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 [Khatia Buniatishvili, 2022]

Accompanied by the Orchestre de Paris, Georgian classical pianist Khatia Buniatishvili performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23. Conductor: Klaus Makela. Recorded at Philharmonie de Paris in 2022.

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Alice Sara Ott plays La Campanella [Franz Liszt]

German classical pianist Alice Sara Ott Franz Liszt’s La Campanella (Italian for “The little bell”). It is the nickname given to the third of Franz Liszt’s six Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141, which were published in 1851. Recording date: June 6, 2008.

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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 [Rosalía Gómez Lasheras]

Accompanied by the Noord Nederlands Orkest (North Netherlands Orchestra), Spanish pianist Rosalía Gómez Lasheras performs Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21. Conductor: Stefan Asbury. Recorded at the finale of the Young Pianist Festival in Amsterdam on November 24, 2013. Lasheras won the competition.

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Mozart: Symphony No. 38 “Prague” [hr-Sinfonieorchester, Philippe Herreweghe]

Conducted by the Belgian conductor and choirmaster Philippe Herreweghe, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504. Recorded at the hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt on December 3, 2021. The piece, composed in 1786, is popularly known as the Prague Symphony, because it was premiered in Prague on January 19, 1787.

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Evgeny Kissin plays La Campanella [Franz Liszt]

Evgeny Kissin plays Franz Liszt’s La Campanella (Italian for “The little bell”). It is the nickname given to the third of Franz Liszt’s six Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141, which were published in 1851. Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London, August 1997.

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