Brahms: Violin Concerto [María Dueñas]

Accompanied by the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Spanish classical violinist María Dueñas performs Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77. Encore: Gabriel Fauré’s Après un rêve (After a Dream). Conductor: Joshua Weilerstein. Recorded on April 23, 2023.

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Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C-sharp minor [Evgeny Kissin]

Russian-born British and Israeli pianist Evgeny Kissin performs Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2, one of the composer’s most famous compositions. Recorded at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, on September 19, 2014. Kissin played the piece as an encore after Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto.

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The Three Tenors: Around the World [Medley]

The most celebrated operatic singing trio of the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Three Tenors (Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, and Plácido Domingo) perform an “Around The World” medley at their legendary concert at the Los Angeles Dodger Stadium in July 1994. With the L.A. Philharmonic and the L.A. Music Center Opera Chorus conducted by Zubin Mehta, the Three Tenors sing “America” (from West Side Story), “All I Ask of You” (from The Phantom of the Opera), “Funiculì, funiculà“, “Sous les ponts de Paris”, “Brazil”, “Be my love“, “Marechiare”, “Lippen schweigen” (from Die lustige Witwe / The Merry Widow), “Santa Lucia Luntana”, “Those were the days”, “Te quiero dijiste”, and “Torna a Surriento“. Arranged and orchestrated by composer/arranger Lalo Schifrin.

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Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 [Fazıl Say]

Accompanied by the Orchestre National de France, Turkish classical pianist Fazıl Say performs Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22. Conductor: Kristjan Järvi. Recorded on October 6, 2014 at the Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris).

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Ravel: Piano Concerto [Argerich, Gorelik]

Accompanied by the RTS Symphony Orchestra, the legendary Argentine classical concert pianist Martha Argerich performs Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. Conductor: Luis Gorelik. Recorded on July 9, 2022, at the Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade.

The piece was composed between 1929 and 1931. It is in three movements and is heavily influenced by jazz, which the French composer encountered on a concert tour of the United States in 1928.

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Morricone: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly [Danish National Symphony Orchestra]

Conducted by Sarah Hicks, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir performs Ennio Morricone’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the title song of the 1966 Western film of the same name, directed by the Italian director Sergio Leone (3 January 1929 – 30 April 1989).

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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto [Julia Fischer, London Philharmonic]

Accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the German classical violinist and pianist Julia Fischer performs Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.

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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 [Menahem Pressler]

Accompanied by the Orchestre de Paris, German-born Israeli-American pianist Menahem Pressler performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595. Conductor: Paavo Järvi. Recorded on October 17, 2012, just before Pressler’s 90th birthday. Pressler passed away on May 6, 2023, aged 99.

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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue [Hayato Sumino]

Accompanied by the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Japanese pianist Hayato Sumino performs Rhapsody in Blue, a 1924 musical composition written by George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. Conductor: Kanade Yokoyama. In addition to piano, Sumino also plays melodica. Recorded on February 3, 2021, at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo.

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