Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto No. 1 (Viloteau, Sala, and John Williams versions)

Three great versions of the Italian composer, painter, and writer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 99, by classical guitarists Thomas Viloteau, Flavio Sala, and John Williams.

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Le Consort: Baroque Cantatas (Eva Zaïcik, Justin Taylor)

Accompanied by the French chamber ensemble Le Consort, the French mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik performs Baroque cantatas. Harpsichord and conductor: Justin Taylor. A very beautiful Baroque music performance from young, talented musicians. Enjoy.

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Bruch: Violin concerto No. 1 (Hilary Hahn)

Accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), American violinist Hilary Hahn performs Max Bruch’s (6 January 1838 – 2 October 1920) Violin concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, one of the most popular violin concertos in the classical repertoire. Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

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Performing Beethoven – what it feels like to embody a master on today’s stage

Scott Davie, Australian National University

In a series marking the 250th year of his birth, we analyse the brilliance of Ludwig van Beethoven.

When Beethoven died in 1827, thousands of pages of highly notated music were bequeathed to posterity. Yet unlike arts such as painting and sculpture, which communicate directly from the artist to the observer, these otherwise silent pages demand resuscitation. They require performance.

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Dvořák – Piano Quintet No. 2 – Leschenko, Jansen, Brovtsyn, Rachlin, and Maisky (Utrecht, 2007)

Stunning live performance of Antonín Dvořák’s chef-d’œuvre Piano Quintet No. 2 by an all-star ensemble of musicians: Polina Leschenko (piano), Janine Jansen (violin), Boris Brovtsyn (violin), Julian Rachlin (viola), and Mischa Maisky (cello). Recorded during the Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival (International Chamber Music Festival, Janine Jansen was the artistic leader of the festival) on December 28, 2007, in Utrecht, Netherlands.

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Bach: Piano Concerto in D-Minor (Beatrice Rana)

Accompanied by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, led by violinist Candida Thompson, the Italian pianist Beatrice Rana performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Piano Concerto in D-Minor, BWV 1052 (originally Harpsichord Concerto in D-minor, BWV 1052). Recorded on Friday the 5th of April 2019, during Het AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Ahead of his time, Beethoven still inspires

Peter McCallum, University of Sydney

In a series marking the 250th year of his birth, we analyse the brilliance of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Around 1806, Beethoven sought advice on violin fingering from the Italian violinist Felix Radicati in connection with the three great string quartets of his middle period, the so-called “Razumovsky” Quartets, Opus 59.

Radicati impertinently asked whether Beethoven really considered these pieces to be music, to which he airily replied, “Oh, they are not for you, but for a later age!”

And Beethoven was right. His music was for a later age in ways he could scarcely have imagined.

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Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D-minor by Gert van Hoef

Dutch organist Gert van Hoef performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D-minor, BWV 565. The piece is Bach’s signature work for organ solo. Performed on the organ at the church Stephanuskerk at Hasselt, Netherlands. The organ was built in 1802.

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Tartini: Devil’s Trill Sonata – Ray Chen and Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Accompanied by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Taiwanese-Australian violinist Ray Chen performs the Italian Baroque-era composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini’s Violin Sonata in G minor, B.g5, more familiarly known as the Devil’s Trill Sonata (Italian: Il trillo del Diavolo), actually a piece for solo violin (with figured bass accompaniment). Here the piece is arranged for solo violin and strings. Published by the AVROTROS Klassiek channel.

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Giuliani – Guitar Concerto No. 1 (Pavel Steidl)

Accompanied by the State symphony orchestra Novaya Rossiya (New Russia), the Czech virtuoso guitarist Pavel Steidl performing Mauro Giuliani’s Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A major, Op. 30, on Moscow International “Guitar Virtuosos” 2011 festival. Conductor: Yuri Bashmet.

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