Malagueña (Sabicas)

One of the best flamenco guitarists of the 20th century, Sabicas 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 …

John Williams plays Vivaldi’s Concerto for Lute in D-major

One of the most beautiful pieces of Baroque music: John Williams plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Lute in D-Major, RV 93. Antonio Vivaldi wrote many concertos for various instruments, including lute and mandolin. This Concerto in D major for Lute and Orchestra has been transcribed for guitar. It remains one of the finest examples of …

Malagueña Salerosa

One of the best versions of Malagueña Salerosa on the Internet. I don’t know who the performers are, unfortunately. Malagueña Salerosa (also known as La Malagueña) is a well-known Son Huasteco or Huapango song from Mexico, which has been covered more than 200 times by recording artists. The song is that of a man telling …

Pink Martini – Ninna nanna (live in Stuttgart)

Ninna nanna is a Neapolitan ballad, sung by Pink Martini in the album “Splendor in the Grass” (2009). Here the band performs the song live in 2010 at Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany. “Ninna nanna” is a stunning lullaby sung for a sleeping sailor who “dreams in the blue” written for the band by longtime friends …

Three great versions of “Concierto de Aranjuez” (Rodrigo)

Three great versions of “Concierto de Aranjuez“, a composition for classical guitar and orchestra by the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. The first version is from Paco de Lucia, the famous Flamenco guitarist. The second version is from Spanish classical guitarist Narciso Yepes, and the third version is from Australian classical guitarist John Williams.

The Second Waltz (Shostakovich) by André Rieu’s Johann Strauss Orchestra

The Second Waltz of Dmitri Shostakovich is a Music to the 1955 Soviet feature film “The First Echelon“. It is actually only the “Waltz” (eighth movement) from The First Echelon (suite from the film score), Op. 99a. Its popular name is coming from “Suite for Variety Orchestra” (also named Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra); a …

Bach: Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051 (Richter)

Conducted by the German conductor, choirmaster, organist, and harpsichordist Karl Richter, the Münchener Bach-Orchester performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-1051). The Brandenburg concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1046-1051, original title: Six Concerts à plusieurs instruments) are a collection of six instrumental works. They considered masterful examples of the balance between assorted groups of …