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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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a Swiss physicist, and Gilles Bencimon from Radio France Internationale, a passionate musician, have discovered an unpublished photographic portrait of Frédéric Chopin, the Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era.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 […]
Notos Quartett performs the Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47, by Robert Schumann. Recorded live in Madrid Auditorio Sony on October 16th, 2015.
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.