Camerata Salzburg and Maria João Pires at Sion Festival 2011

American conductor and opera administrator Kent Nagano conducts the Camerata Salzburg in Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto (from the 5th Symphony) and continues with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 7, KV 595. Soloist: Maria João Pires. Recorded at the Sion Festival on August 13, 2011.

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 23 “Apassionata” (Pierre-Laurent Aimard)

French classical pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (popularly known as the Appassionata, meaning “passionate” in Italian), one of the greatest and most technically challenging piano sonatas of the composer. Recorded at Alte Oper Frankfurt on 12 February 2016. Published by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio […]

Tchaikovsky – The Seasons (Valentina Lisitsa)

Ukrainian classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays The Seasons, Op. 37a, a set of twelve short character pieces for solo piano by the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Recorded at the Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig in 2016. Lisitsa also reads the poetic epigraphs contained in the Russian edition (all chosen by the publisher Nikolay Matveyevich Bernard, the […]

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No. 21 “Waldstein” (Lucas Jussen)

Dutch classical pianist Lucas Jussen plays Ludwig Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, commonly known as the “Waldstein”. Recorded at the Seoul Arts Center in Korea in 2014.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Khatia Buniatishvili)

Accompanied by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Georgian classical pianist Khatia Buniatishvili performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15. Conductor: Zubin Mehta. Recorded in July 2015.

Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 23 (Maurizio Pollini, Karl Böhm)

Accompanied by the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Italian classical pianist Maurizio Pollini performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K. 488). Conductor: Karl Böhm.

Mozart – Piano Concerto No 5 (Sviatoslav Richter)

Accompanied by the Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra, the legendary Ukrainian-born Soviet classical pianist Sviatoslav Richter performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in D major, K. 175. Composed in 1773, when he was only 17 year-old, the piece is Mozart’s first fully original piano concerto (his previous efforts were based on works by other […]

An unpublished photographic portrait of Frédéric Chopin is discovered

Two researchers, Dr. Alain Kohler, a Swiss physicist, and Gilles Bencimon from Radio France Internationale, a passionate musician, have discovered an unpublished photographic portrait of Frédéric Chopin, the Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era. According to the researchers, it was certainly performed in 1847 in the studio of the 19th-century French photographer […]

Chopin – Four Ballades (Krystian Zimerman)

Polish virtuoso pianist Krystian Zimerman performs Frédéric Chopin’s four ballades. Composed between 1831 and 1842, four ballades are one-movement pieces for solo piano. They are widely considered some of the most challenging pieces in the standard piano repertoire.