Freddie De Tommaso sings Nessun Dorma [Puccini]

Accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra, a British orchestra based in London, the British-Italian tenor Freddie De Tommaso sings Nessun Dorma, a very famous tenor aria from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot. This performance is from a recording session for De Tommaso’s 2022 album “Il Tenore” (The Tenor). Conductor: Paolo Arrivabeni.

Philippe Hirschhorn plays Sauret Cadenza [Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1]

Latvian virtuoso violinist Philippe Hirschhorn (11 June 1946, Riga – 26 November 1996, Brussels) plays the French violinist and composer Émile Sauret’s (22 May 1852 – 12 February 1920) famous cadenza for the first movement of Niccolò Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Orchestre National de Belgique conducted by René Defossez. Recorded during the Queen Elisabeth …

Manuel de Falla: Danse Espagnole [Galy, González-Buajasán]

French violinist Manon Galy and the Cuban-born French pianist Jorge González-Buajasán perform Manuel de Falla’s Danse Espagnole (Spanish Dance), originally the Dance from Falla’s 1913 opera La vida breve (Spanish Life is Short or The Brief Life), which was arranged for violin and piano by the Austrian-born American violinist and composer Friedrich “Fritz” Kreisler (February …

2023 Nobel Prize Concert [Soloist: Julia Fischer]

This year’s Nobel Prize Concert brings together world-renowned conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and acclaimed violinist Julia Fischer, together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. On 8 December, works by Boccherini, Brahms, and Ravel were performed on the Konserthuset Stockholm stage. The audience also heard a work by the exciting young American composer Gabriella Smith (b. 1991). …

Janine Jansen and Jean-Yves Thibaudet perform Debussy, Grieg, and Chausson

Dutch violinist Janine Jansen and the French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet perform “Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L. 140” (Claude Debussy), “Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13” (Edvard Grieg), and “Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21” (Accompanied by the Dover Quartet) (Ernest Chausson). This …

Ravel: Tzigane [Renaud Capuçon]

Accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), the French violinist Renaud Capuçon performs Maurice Ravel‘s Tzigane, a rhapsodic composition that was commissioned by and dedicated to Hungarian violinist Jelly d’Arányi (1893-1966). Conductor: Alain Altinoglu. This performance was recorded on June 10, 2022, at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez [Narciso Yepes]

Accompanied by the USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Spanish classical guitarist Narciso Yepes performs Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez on his 10-string guitar. Conductor: Yevgeny Svetlanov. Also known as “Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto”, the piece is perhaps the most popular guitar concerto ever written. This performance was broadcast on Soviet TV in 1980, from the Great …

Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region [Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Groot Omroepkoor]

Conducted by Sir Mark Elder, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, and Groot Omroepkoor (Netherlands Radio Choir) perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, a setting for chorus and orchestra of a poem by the American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892), from his collection “Leaves of Grass”. This performance was recorded during an AVROTROS Friday concert on …