Pieces by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky [Grimaud, Abbado]

Conducted by the legendary Italian conductor Claudio Abbado (26 June 1933 – 20 January 2014), the Lucerne Festival Orchestra performs pieces from the Russian composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky [The Tempest], Sergei Rachmaninoff [Piano Concerto No. 2], and Igor Stravinsky [The Firebird]. Soloist (piano): Hélène Grimaud [Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2]. Recorded live at the Lucerne …

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) – Karajan

Conducted by Herbert von Karajan, the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55. The symphony marks the beginning of the creative middle-period of the German composer. It is also known as Sinfonia Eroica (Italian), meaning Heroic Symphony in English. It was first performed privately in …

Beethoven: Für Elise (Ivo Pogorelić)

Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelić plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59 and Bia 515) for solo piano, commonly known as “Für Elise” or “Fuer Elise” (English: “For Elise”). Recorded at the Schloss Eckartsau, Vienna in 1987. One of the most delicate and sensitive performances of the famous piece.

Moscow Nights – Anna Netrebko & Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Russian operatic soprano Anna Netrebko and Russian operatic baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky sing “Moscow Nights”, live in Moscow. The Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing”, conductor Lev Kontorovich with State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, conductor Constantine Orbelian. Red Square Concert, June 19, 2013.

William Tell Overture (Karajan)

Conducted by Herbert von Karajan, the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) performs the “overture” from Gioachino Rossini’s last opera, William Tell (French: Guillaume Tell, Italian: Guglielmo Tell). It is an opera in four acts, with a French libretto by Étienne de Jouy and Hippolyte Bis based on Friedrich Schiller‘s play William Tell. The overture, featuring …