The legendary Luciano Pavarotti sings “Una furtiva lagrima” (English: A furtive tear), a romanza from act 2, scene 8 of Gaetano Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” (English: The Elixir of Love), an 1831 comic opera (melodramma giocoso) in two acts. The opera premiered on 12 May 1832 at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan.
Twice Olympic gold medalist German figure skater Katarina Witt’s exceptional performance with Habanera in Carmen on Ice, a 1990 dance film with a choreography for figure skaters made in Germany. The music of the film is based on Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen, in an orchestral version arranged especially for this film.
Accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
Conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34. Recorded during “Europe Open Air” by hr-Sinfonieorchester and European Central Bank at Weseler shipyard, Frankfurt on 24 August 2017. Published by the hr-Sinfonieorchester channel.
Austrian pianist and composer Friedrich Gulda performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the Emperor Concerto. Gulda also conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Live recording from the Munich Piano Summer Festival, 1989.
Conducted by Jakub Hrůša, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Dutch abbreviation RFO) plays “Also sprach Zarathustra” (Thus Spoke Zarathustra or Thus Spake Zarathustra), a tone poem composed by Richard Strauss in 1896. Recorded in 2013 at Vredenburg, Utrecht.
Accompanied by the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker (Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra), the Russian violinist Alena Baeva performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovski’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35. Written in 1878, it is one of the best known and most performed violin concertos and is considered one of the most technically difficult works for the violin. In the second […]
Accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio, the German-Russian classical pianist Olga Scheps performs Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11. Conductor: Agnieszka Duczmal. Recorded live at Tonhalle Dusseldorf on January 22, 2014.
Conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest (The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s famous two-act ballet “The Nutcracker”. Guest performers: Jongenskoor (Boy’s choir) Rijnmond, Jongenskoor Rivierenland en Jongenskoor Waterland conducted by Arie Hoek. Recorded on December 23, 2010, in De Doelen te Rotterdam. Published by AVROTROS Klassiek channel.
Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh and friends perform Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81. B. 155, a quintet for piano, 2 violins, viola, and cello. The piece was composed between August 18 and October 8 of 1887, and was premiered in Prague on January 6, 1888. Performers: Harriet Krijgh, cello; Nikki […]