Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune [Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, James Gaffigan]

Conducted by James Gaffigan, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra performs Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (L. 86), known in English as Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, a symphonic poem for orchestra. This performance was recorded during an AVROTROS Friday Concert on September 20, 2019, at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.

Pavarotti sings Fra poco a me ricovero [Milano, 1990]

Legendary Italia tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings Fra poco a me ricovero, a tenor aria from Lucia di Lammermoor, a dramma tragico (tragic opera) in three acts by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. Recorded during the 1990 FIFA World Cup presentation concert in Milan at the Palatrussardi. Conductor: Leone Magiera.

Smetana: The Moldau (Vltava) [Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Urbański]

Conducted by Krzysztof Urbański, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest performs Bedřich Smetana’s famous symphonic poem “Vltava”, also known by its English name “The Moldau”. Recorded during the Sunday Morning Concert of April 2, 2017, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Mario Lanza sings “Because” [From The Great Caruso]

The great American tenor and Hollywood star of Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “Because”, a song with music and lyrics by the French composer Guy d’Hardelot (1858-1936) and English lyrics by the English lyricist Edward Teschemacher (1876-1940), originally published in 1902. An excerpt from the 1951 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film “The Great Caruso”, starring Mario Lanza as …

Grieg: Piano Concerto [Liv Glaser, Herbert Blomstedt, Oslo Philharmonic] – Wonderful Historic Performance

Accompanied by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian pianist Liv Glaser performs Edward Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt. A wonderful historic performance of the famous piece. Recorded at the Bergen International Festival in 1961.

Desandre and Davies sing Händel: To thee, thou glorious son of worth [from Theodora, HWV 68]

Accompanied by the French lutenist Thomas Dunford and his Jupiter ensemble, the Franco-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre and the British countertenor Iestyn Davies sing “To thee, thou glorious son of worth”, Theodora and Didymus’ duet from George Frideric Händel‘s Theodora (HWV 68), a dramatic oratorio in three acts.