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 …

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 [Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Bas Wiegers]

Conducted by Bas Wiegers, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra) performs Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, an orchestral suite in three movements. Completed in 1940, it is Rachmaninoff’s last composition. Recorded on March 17, 2023, at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 [Maxim Vengerov]

Accompanied by the Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Orchestra, Maxim Vengerov performs Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77. Conductor: Thomas Sanderling, a Shostakovich specialist, and principal conductor and artistic director of the orchestra. Recorded at the at Arnold Kats State Concert Hall, Novosibirsk, on September 3, 2019.

Ravel: Boléro [Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y Léon, Thierry Fischer]

Conducted by Thierry Fischer, a Spanish symphony orchestra based in Valladolid, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y Léon performs Maurice Ravel’s “Boléro”, a one-movement orchestral piece, originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein (1885-1960). Recorded on August 18, 2023, at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.