Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes)

Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes), a very famous Russian-Ukrainian folk song. Live in Japan, 2005. Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes) is probably the most famous Russian romance. The lyrics of the song were written by the Ukrainian poet and writer Yevhen (Evgeny) Hrebinka]. The first publication of the poem was in Hrebinka’s own Russian […]

Tumbalalaika – Naftali Herstik, Alberto Mizrahi, Benzion Miller with the Neimah Singers

Three famous chazzans (cantors) Notes 1, Naftali Herstik, Alberto Mizrahi, Benzion Miller with the Neimah Singers sing Tumbalalaika. From the concert “Cantors; A Faith in Song” recorded in the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam in 2003.

Vesti la Giubba – Pavarotti and Corelli versions

Previously, I published a post about Vesti la Giubba’s 1902, 1904 and 1907 Enrico Caruso versions, 1904 recording has been sold more than one million copies, the first “million-seller” in history. Here, another two opera giants of the 20th century, Franco Corelli and Luciano Pavarotti singing Vesti la giubba (English: put on the costume), a […]

Casta Diva (Norma by Bellini), Renée Fleming, Anna Netrebko and Maria Callas versions

Casta Diva is one of the most famous soprano arias of the nineteenth century. It is in act 1 of Norma, a tragedia lirica or opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani.

The Oldest Song in the World

Written about 3,400 year ago, this Sumerian hymn is the oldest song ever discovered in the world. According to an article published on, several clay tablets from the 14th-century B.C.E which are unearthed by archaeologists in the early 1950s turned out to be the oldest known piece of music ever discovered, a 3,400-year-old Sumerian […]

Eliot Fisk & Paco Peña (NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert)

Two masters of the guitar – Eliot Fisk, a great classical guitarist, and Paco Peña, one of the greatest flamenco guitarists ever. In a tiny concert presented by NPR Music, they’re playing two classical and two flamenco pieces. The repertoire here ranges from Baroque compositions by Bach and Domenico Scarlatti to present-day flamenco. And what […]

Zequinha de Abreu’s “Tico Tico” – with two guitars, eight hands

Probably the most beautiful thing I’ve seen recently: 4tissimo, a Russian-Ukrainian guitar quartet is playing Zequinha de Abreu‘s “Tico Tico”, with two guitar and eight hands! With the talented Ukrainian classical guitarist Nadja Kossinskaja‘s arrangement, they did a really good job. Enjoy!

Schubert – Unfinished Symphony (Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti)

Conducted by Riccardo Muti, the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) performs Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759, commonly known as the “Unfinished Symphony”. A 1992 recording of the piece.

Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Nishimoto)

Conducted by Tomomi Nishimoto Notes 1, the Russian Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra plays Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms. The Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms (WoO 1), are a set of 21 lively dance tunes based mostly on Hungarian themes, completed in 1869. They are among Brahms’s most popular works and were certainly the most […]