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Johann Sebastian Bach – Air on the G-String (With original instruments)

The second movement, Aria, from Bach’s orchestral suite in D Major, BWV 1068, performed on original instruments from the time of Bach by the Early Music ensemble Voices of Music.

Air on the G String is German violinist and teacher August Wilhelmj‘s (21 September 1845 in Usingen – 22 January 1908 in London) arrangement of the second movement in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068.

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Benjamin Britten – The Young Person’s Guide to the orchestra

Kölner Philharmonie – WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln plays Benjamin Britten‘s “The young people’s guide to the orchestra“. Conducted by: Jukka Pekka Saraste (Chefdirigent).

One of the most well-known orchestral works written especially for the young listener is The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra; a musical composition by English composer, conductor and pianist Benjamin Britten (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976), with a subtitle “Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell“. It is composed in 1946. It was originally commissioned for an educational documentary film called Instruments of the Orchestra, directed by Muir Mathieson and featuring the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Sargent. The work is one of the best-known pieces by the Britten.

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Ah! Mes Amis (La Fille du Régiment) – Juan Diego Flórez and Luciano Pavarotti versions

The best versions of Ah! Mes Amis from Gaetano Donizetti‘s La Fille du Regiment. Juan Diego Flórez sings in Vienna (2007), and Luciano Pavarotti version is from 17 February 1972, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) is an opéra comique in two acts by Donizetti. It was written while the composer was living in Paris, with a French libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard.

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Juan Diego Flórez sings Granada

Peruvian operatic tenor Juan Diego Flórez sings Granada, the famous Mexican song written in 1932 by Agustín Lara. The song is about the Spanish city of Granada, the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain; and has become a “standard” in music repertoire.

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Pink Martini – La Soledad

La Soledad is a Latin ballad, recorded on Pink Martini’s first album Sympathique (1997). It is one of the songs which is sung by the guest singer Emilio Delgado on the album.

The band’s leader Thomas Lauderdale is a brilliant pianist who does justice to the classical pieces that he sometimes incorporates into their music. One such piece is the Andante Spianato, opus 22 by Chopin, included in “La Soledad” (means “the loneliness” in English).

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Charles Aznavour – La Bohème

Four different versions of “La Bohème” from Charles Aznavour. I don’t know from what year the first version is (black/white), probably the late 60s. The second version is from 1991 and the third version is from 2004.

La Bohème is a song written by French songwriter Jacques Plante and Armenian-French artist Charles Aznavour.

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Pink Martini – ¿Dónde estás, Yolanda?

“¿Dónde estás, Yolanda?” is a beautiful Latin American song, from Pink Martini’s 1997 album titled “Sympathique”. It is sung by the guest singer Emilio Delgado.

“¿Dónde estás, Yolanda?” is a song composed by Peruvian musician Manuel Jimenez Fernandez and made popular in the 1960s by Afro-Cuban singer Orlando Contreras and the Mexican group Sonora Santanera (an orchestra founded in 1955, still active and playing tropical music from Mexico with over 55 years of history).

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Malagueña (Sabicas)

One of the best flamenco guitarists of the 20th century, Sabicas (b. 16 March 1912 in Pamplona, Spain; d. 14 April 1990 in New York.) is playing the famous “Malagueña”, a song by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona; written in 1928, it was originally the sixth movement of Lecuona’s Suite Andalucia.

The song has since become a popular, jazz, marching band, and drum corps standard and has been provided with lyrics in several languages.

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Jorge Cardoso – Milonga

“Milonga” is probably the best-known work of the Argentine guitarist and composer Jorge Cardoso. I first listened to it on a CD titled “Latin American Guitar Festival” while I was working as a tonmeister at a radio station, in 1997.

Jorge Cardoso (Posadas, 1949) is an Argentine composer, primarily for guitar. He is also a medical doctor.

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