Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Gewandhaus Quartet with Steffen Adelmann [double bass] [2005 recording]

Gewandhaus Quartet and contrabassist Steffen Adelmann perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (also known as the Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525. The German title of the piece literally means “a little night music”. Composed in 1787, it is one of the most emblematic pieces of classical music. Recorded in 2005 in the stunning surroundings of the Rammenau Baroque Castle, e only fully preserved manor in Saxony.

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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 [Barenboim, Celibidache] [1991 recording]

Accompanied by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23. Conductor: Sergiu Celibidache. Recorded at the Gasteig (Philharmonie, München) in 1991.

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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto [Hadelich, Dallas Symphony Orchestra]

Accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Italian-German-American Grammy-winning classical violinist Augustin Hadelich performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35. Conductor: Gemma New. Recorded live in Dallas on April 23, 2021.

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Top 5 most expensive violins in the world in 2022

What is the most expensive violin in the world? And why the best violins are so expensive?

First of all, Making a violin is a real art. Violin is an instrument that requires tremendous craftsmanship to produce the perfect sound that a classical piece needs.

Furthermore, the best luthiers, including Guarneri del Gesù and Antonio Stradivari can customize the instrument make according to the musician’s sound requirements by choosing the ideal wood and the right combination of varnish and other chemicals. It takes a long time to make a perfect violin, sometimes even decades.

So, it’s no surprise violin is an expensive instrument. But, how expensive can a violin get? Here are the top five most expensive violins in the world, as of 2022. [You can also hear them!]

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Jakub Józef Orliński sings Vedrò con mio diletto (Vivaldi)

Accompanied by the early music ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński sings Antonio Vivaldi’s “Vedrò con mio diletto” (English: I will see with joy). Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.

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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 [Yulia Miloslavskaya]

Accompanied by the PreCollege Orchestra Zürich, classical pianist Yulia Miloslavskaya performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen. Recorded on October 1, 2017, in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Hilary Hahn: The Lark Ascending [Ralph Vaughan Williams]

Accompanied by the Camerata Salzburg, an Austrian chamber orchestra based in Salzburg, Austria, American classical violinist Hilary Hahn performs the popular Ralph Vaughn Williams masterpiece “The Lark Ascending”. Conductor: Louis Langrée. Recorded at the 2013 George Enescu Festival.

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Sibelius: Violin Concerto [Hilary Hahn, 2010 recording]

Accompanied by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO), American classical violinist Hilary Hahn performs Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47. Conductor: Pietari Inkinen. This performance was recorded live in 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 [Hilary Hahn, Mariss Jansons]

Accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), the American classical violinist Hilary Hahn performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.

Encores: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77: IV. Burlesca by Dmitri Kogan and the 4th movement (presto) of Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 [Malofeev, Altinoglu] and Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade [hr-Sinfonieorchester, Alain Altinoglu]

Accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), young Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev (b. 2001) performs Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30. In the second part of the concert, hr-Sinfonieorchester performs Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous symphonic suite Scheherazade, Op. 35. Conductor: Alain Altinoglu. Recorded at the Alte Oper Frankfurt on September 15, 2022.

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