Pavarotti sings La Girometta [Sibella] at the Central Park in 1993

The legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings La Girometta, a charming Italian art song composed by Gabriele Sibella, during a concert at New York’s Central Park on June 28, 1993. New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leone Magiera. More than 500,000 listeners gathered for Pavarotti’s free performance on that day.

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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 [Leonard Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker]

Accompanied by the Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernstein performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, KV. 453. Bernstein also conducts the orchestra. This performance was recorded on October 11, 1981, at the Wiener Musikverein.

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Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 2 [Tiffany Poon]

Hong-Kong born pianist Tiffany Poon plays Robert Schumann’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22. This performance was recorded during the 2023 Dresden Music Festival on June 17, 2023, at the Palais im Großen Garten (The Grand Garden Palace), Dresden, Germany.

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Rimski-Korsakov: Schéhérazade [Philharmonique de Radio France, Pietari Inkinen]

Conducted by Pietari Inkine, the Philharmonique de Radio France performs Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Op. 35, a symphonic suite composed in 1888 and based on One Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights), a collection of Middle Eastern folktales compiled in the Arabic language during the Islamic Golden Age.

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Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata [Dominik Wagner, Aurelia Vişovan]

Dominik Wagner (double bass) and Aurelia Vişovan (piano) perform Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821, also known as the “Arpeggione Sonata”. The sonata is originally written for arpeggione, a six-stringed musical instrument, fretted and tuned like a guitar, but bowed like a cello, and thus similar to the bass viola da gamba. Here, Wagner performs the piece on double bass. This performance was recorded in April 2019 at the Mozartsaal of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

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Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 [Martha Argerich]

The great Argentine pianist Martha Argerich plays Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58. The piece was composed in 1844 and dedicated to Countess Emilie de Perthuis. This performance was recorded in Hamburg on June 25, 2020.

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” [Peter Tiboris, Pan-European Philharmonia]

Conducted by Peter Tiboris, the Pan-European Philharmonia performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as the “Pastoral Symphony” (German: Pastorale). This performance was recorded at the Polish Radio Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio on March 23, 2023.

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Telemann: Concerto for Traverso and Recorder in E minor, TWV 52:e1 [Bremer Barockorchester]

The Bremer Barockorchester performs Georg Philipp Telemann’s Concerto for Recorder and Flute, TWV 52:e1. Soloists: Anninka Fohgrub, recorder; Felipe Egaña, traverso. This performance was recorded during Bremer Barockorchester’s “Music without Borders” concert at the Unser Lieben Frauen Church in Bremen on November 21, 2015.

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Rachmaninoff: The Bells [Kolokola] [Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Groot Omroepkoor, Karina Canellakis]

Conducted by Karina Canellakis, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and Groot Omroepkoor perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Bells Op. 35 (Rusian: Kolokola), a choral symphony written in 1913. Soloists: Olga Kulchynska, soprano; Pavel Petrov, tenor; Mikhail Petrenko, bass. This performance was recorded during an AVROTROS Friday Concert on September 15, 2023, at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio [Kantorow, Petrova, Pascal]

Alexandre Kantorow (piano), Liya Petrova (violin), and Aurélien Pascal (cello) perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50. This performance was recorded during the Festiv’Elmire 2020.

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