Valentina Lisitsa plays Beethoven’s The Piano Sonata No. 14 “Quasi Una Fantasia” Opus 27 No. 2, also known as the “Moonlight Sonata”. Completed in 1801 and dedicated in 1802 to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, it is one of Beethoven’s most popular compositions for the piano. It is named “The Moonlight Sonata” by poet Ludwig […]
John Williams plays Carlo Domeniconi‘s most well known 1985 piece Koyunbaba. Carlo Domeniconi (born 1947) is an Italian guitarist and composer known as a concert artist in both the classical and jazz idioms.
Luciano Pavarotti sings “Caruso”, a song written by Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla. Live in Paris.
Spanish guitarist Narciso Yepes plays Joaquín Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un Gentilhombre (English translation: Fantasia for a Gentleman); Madrid, 1987. A beautiful interpretation. Yepes is using his ten-string guitar here.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes), a very famous Russian-Ukrainian folk song. Live in Japan, 2005. Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes) is probably the most famous Russian romance. The lyrics of the song were written by the Ukrainian poet and writer Yevhen (Evgeny) Hrebinka]. The first publication of the poem was in Hrebinka’s own Russian […]
Previously, I published a post about Vesti la Giubba’s 1902, 1904 and 1907 Enrico Caruso versions, 1904 recording has been sold more than one million copies, the first “million-seller” in history. Here, another two opera giants of the 20th century, Franco Corelli and Luciano Pavarotti singing Vesti la giubba (English: put on the costume), a […]
John Williams plays Sonata in D minor by Domenico Scarlatti on the guitar, inside the Reales Alcázares in Seville, Spain.
Casta Diva is one of the most famous soprano arias of the nineteenth century. It is in act 1 of Norma, a tragedia lirica or opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani.
Two masters of the guitar – Eliot Fisk, a great classical guitarist, and Paco Peña, one of the greatest flamenco guitarists ever. In a tiny concert presented by NPR Music, they’re playing two classical and two flamenco pieces. The repertoire here ranges from Baroque compositions by Bach and Domenico Scarlatti to present-day flamenco. And what […]
Probably the most beautiful thing I’ve seen recently: 4tissimo, a Russian-Ukrainian guitar quartet is playing Zequinha de Abreu‘s “Tico Tico”, with two guitar and eight hands! With the talented Ukrainian classical guitarist Nadja Kossinskaja‘s arrangement, they did a really good job. Enjoy!