Ukrainian concert pianist Anna Fedorova plays Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 at the opening of the season of Sunday Morning Concerts series at the Great hall of the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, September 1st, 2013. Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie o.l.v., conductor: Martin Panteleev. It is one of Rachmaninoff’s most enduringly popular pieces, and established his fame as a concerto composer.
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American operatic tenor Lawrence Brownlee sings the famous aria “Ah! mes amis” from Donizetti’s opera “La fille du régiment” (English: The Daughter of the Regiment). London, May 25, 2010. On this evening Brownlee performed songs and arias by composers including Mozart, Duparc, Rossini, Liszt and Donizetti, accompanied by pianist Iain Burnside.
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French classical pianist Hélène Grimaud plays Sergei Rachmaninoff, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky: “A Russian Night”. Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Recorded live at Lucerne Festival in Summer, on 22 August 2008.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, Freiburger Mozart-Orchester, Conductor: Michael Erren. Piano: Valentina Lisitsa, a Ukrainian-born (Kiev, 1973) and trained classical pianist who resides in North Carolina. Filmed live May 20, 2012, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.
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Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelić (Ivo Pogorelich, born 20 October 1958) plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59 and Bia 515) for solo piano, commonly known as “Für Elise” or “Fuer Elise” (English: “For Elise”). Recorded at the Schloss Eckartsau, Vienna in 1987. One of the most delicate and sensitive performances of the famous piece.
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Accompanied by the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg), French classical pianist Hélène Grimaud performs Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15. Conductor: Michael Gielen. Recorded on April 17, 2005.
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The Gnossiennes are several piano compositions written by the French composer Erik Satie (born Éric Alfred Leslie Satie; 17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925; he signed his name Erik Satie after 1884 in the late 19th century). Satie composed Gnossienne No.1 in 1890, and dedicated it to Alexis Roland-Manuel (22 March 1891 – 1 November 1966), the French composer and critic, in 1913.
Being an eccentric, Satie composed this Gnossienne with no time signature and no bar markings.
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Latvian pianist Olga Jegunova plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331. Recorded during a piano recital by Jegunova at the Bishopsgate Institute (London), October 2012.
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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 Rellstab who, in 1832, had this inspiration on a moon lit night on the banks of the Lucerna River.
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