Benjamin Britten – The Young Person’s Guide to the orchestra

Kölner Philharmonie – WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln plays Benjamin Britten‘s “The young people’s guide to the orchestra“. Conducted by: Jukka Pekka Saraste (Chefdirigent). One of the most well-known orchestral works written especially for the young listener is The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra; a musical composition by English composer, conductor and pianist Benjamin Britten (22 […]

Ah! Mes Amis (La Fille du Régiment) – Juan Diego Flórez and Luciano Pavarotti versions

The best versions of Ah! Mes Amis from Gaetano Donizetti‘s La Fille du Regiment. Juan Diego Flórez sings in Vienna (2007), and Luciano Pavarotti version is from 17 February 1972, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) is an opéra comique in two acts by Donizetti. It was written […]

Juan Diego Flórez sings Granada

Peruvian operatic tenor Juan Diego Flórez sings Granada, the famous Mexican song written in 1932 by Agustín Lara. The song is about the Spanish city of Granada, the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain; and has become a “standard” in music repertoire.

Pink Martini – La Soledad

La Soledad is a Latin ballad, recorded on Pink Martini’s first album Sympathique (1997). It is one of the songs which is sung by the guest singer Emilio Delgado on the album. The band’s leader Thomas Lauderdale is a brilliant pianist who does justice to the classical pieces that he sometimes incorporates into their music. […]

Jorge Cardoso – Milonga

“Milonga” is probably the best-known work of the Argentine guitarist and composer Jorge Cardoso. I first listened to it on a CD titled “Latin American Guitar Festival” while I was working as a tonmeister at a radio station, in 1997. Jorge Cardoso (Posadas, 1949) is an Argentine composer, primarily for guitar. He is also a […]

Pavarotti sings La Donna È Mobile

The “king” Luciano Pavarotti sings “La donna è mobile” as Il Duca di Mantova in the screen movie “Rigoletto” (1983) based on Giuseppe Verdi‘s opera with the same name (1851). “La donna è mobile” (The woman is fickle) is the Duke of Mantua’s canzone from the beginning of act 3 of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto […]

John Williams plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D-major

One of the most beautiful pieces of the Baroque music: John Williams plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D-major. 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 Baroque music, it […]

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

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 […]