Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)

Conducted by Nejc Bečan, the Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra performs Bedřich Smetana’s famous symphonic poem “Vltava”, also known by its English name “The Moldau”. The piece is from the symphonic cycle Má Vlast (“My Homeland”), which portrays the history, legends, and landscape of the composer’s native Bohemia. It was composed between 20 November and 8 […]

How Beethoven’s ‘mistake’ became one of our most famous tunes

Scott Davie, University of Sydney In our series Decoding the music masterpieces, music experts explain key works of classical music. Without question, the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony contains one of the most famous tunes ever written. Since its first performance in 1824, the “Ode to Joy” has been repurposed in endless ways, both […]

Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1 (Argerich)

Accompanied by the NHK Symphony Orchestra (a Japanese broadcast orchestra based in Tokyo), Argentine classical concert pianist Martha Argerich performs Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11. Conductor: Charles Édouard Dutoit. Recorded on November 21, 1996.

Brahms: Violin Concerto (Kavakos)

Accompanied by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DRSO), Greek violinist and conductor Leonidas Kavakos performs Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, a piece composed in 1878 and dedicated to the composer’s friend, the Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim (8 June 1831 – 15 August 1907). Conductor: Fabio Luisi. Recorded in 2017.

Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1- Anna Fedorova – Live Concert HD

Accompanied by the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (North West German Philharmonic), Ukrainian concert pianist Anna Fedorova performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23. Conductor: Yves Abel. A High-Definition recording of a live concert in The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, which is part of the NPO Radio 4-series The Sunday Morning Concert. Published by the AVROTROS […]

Janine Jansen plays Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending”

Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Janine Jansen plays the popular Ralph Vaughn Williams masterpiece “The Lark Ascending”. From the BBC Proms 2003, Royal Albert Hall.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Alice Sara Ott)

Accompanied by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, German-Japanese classical pianist Alice Sara Ott performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37. Conductor: Mikko Franck. Live recording on January 27th, 2018, in the auditorium of Radio France (Paris). Encore: Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) for solo […]

Beethoven – Missa Solemnis (Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Capella Amsterdam)

Conducted by Daniel Reuss, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Cappella Amsterdam perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123. Soloists: Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Marianne Beate Kielland (alto), Thomas Walker (tenor) and David Wilson-Johnson (bass). Recorded during the AVROTROS Friday concert on October 14, 2016 at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. Published by […]

Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings (Metamorphose String Orchestra)

Conducted by Pavel Lyubomudrov, the Metamorphose String Orchestra (based in Minsk, Belarus) performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48. An HD video published by the Halidon Music channel.