Bizet/Waxman/Kugel: Carmen Fantasie [Dana Zemtsov & Anna Fedorova]

Violist Dana Zemtsov and pianist Anna Fedorova perform Carmen Fantasie, part of Franz Waxman’s score to the 1946 movie Humoresque, arranged for viola and piano by the Ukrainian violist and composer Michael Kugel. Recorded during the Afternoon concert at the International Chamber Music Festival 2021 on July 1, 2021, at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.

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Dowland: In Darkness Let Me Dwell [Jaroussky, Garcia]

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the Franco-Spanish classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia perform “In darkness let me dwell”, a beautiful song ascribed to the lutenist and composer John Dowland (1563-1626). Published in 1610, late in Dowland’s career, the song shows the influence of Italian music of the early baroque.

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Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata (Full) [Eric Zivian, fortepiano]

Eric Zivian performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, marked Quasi una fantasia, Op. 27, No. 2, popularly known as the “Moonlight sonata” on fortepiano, the original instrument.

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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue [Yuja Wang]

Accompanied by the Austrian chamber orchestra Camerata Salzburg, the Chinese classical pianist Yuja Wang performs George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Conductor: Lionel Bringuier. Composed in 1924, the work is for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. Recorded during the Salzburger Festspiele on August 12, 2016.

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Erik Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1 [Kalnciema: organ, Circenis: clarinet]

Latvian organist Liene Andreta Kalnciema and clarinetist Mārtiņš Circenis perform Gymnopédie No. 1, the first of the three piano compositions written by French composer and pianist Erik Satie (17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925). This performance was recorded live on the great Walcker organ (1883) at Riga Cathedral in Latvia in 2019. Assistant: Arnold Dimas.

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Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21 [Janine Jansen, Sunwook Kim, Opus13]

Dutch violinist Janine Jansen, South Korean pianist Sunwook Kim, and the string quartet based in Oslo, Norway, Opus13 perform Ernest Chausson’s Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21. Recorded on December 30, 2022, during the final concert of the Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht (International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht) in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.

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Vivaldi: Four Seasons [Complete, Voices of Music]

Award-winning San Francisco-based early music ensemble Voices of Music performs Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Italian: Le quattro stagioni), a group of four violin concertos, each of which gives musical expression to a season of the year. Soloists (violin): Alana Youssefian (spring), Miller Freivogel (summer and winter), and Carla Moore (autumn). The ensemble performs on original period instruments.

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Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor [Liene Andreta Kalnciema]

Latvian organist Liene Andreta Kalnciema performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565. In this video, Kalnciema is playing the great Walcker organ (1883) at Riga Cathedral in Latvia. The performance was recorded live on July 7, 2019.

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Dvořák: Cello Concerto [Jacqueline du Pré, Barenboim, 1968]

Accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra, regarded as one of the most talented cellists of the second half of the twentieth century, Jacqueline du Pré performs Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim. A recently re-discovered recording of a concert held in tribute to the people of Czechoslovakia days after the Soviet Union invaded. Filmed live at the Royal Albert Hall in September 1968.

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