Three beautiful versions of Robert Schumann’s “Arabeske” (Arabesque) in C major, Op. 18, from pianists Anna Zassimova, Vladimir Horowitz, and Wilhelm Kempff.
Accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra, Polish American classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein plays the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, by Edvard Grieg. Conductor: André Previn. Recorded in April 1975 at London’s Fairfield Hall.
Maria Callas’ “London Farewell Concert” at the Royal Festival Hall with the Italian operatic tenor Giuseppe di Stefano, 1973. They were accompanied by English pianist Ivor Newton, who was particularly noted as an accompanist to international singers and string players.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker), Conductor & Soloist: Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990); the American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. Recorded at the Wiener Musikverein in 1970.
Conducted by Valery Gergiev, Saint Petersburg-based Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra plays Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. Recorded at the Salle Pleyel, Paris in January 2010.
Two beautiful versions of the “Polovtsian Dances” or Polovetsian Dances, from an exotic scene in Alexander Borodin’s long opera Prince Igor (premiered in 1890).
Accompanied by the Staatskapelle Dresden, Italian classical pianist Maurizio Pollini performs Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15. Conductor: Christian Thielemann. Recorded at Semperoper, Dresden in June 2011.
Conducted by Christian Thielemann, The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker) plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93.
Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza sings “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Love is a rebellious bird), also known as “Habanera”; one of the most famous arias from Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera “Carmen”. Theatre Nationale L´opera de Paris; May 14, 1980. Director: Pierre Dervaux.
Accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), Dutch violinist Janine Jansen performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35. Performed and broadcast on April 19th, 2013, with Paavo Järvi conducting in the Alte Oper Frankfurt. Encore: “Mélodie” from “Souvenir d’un lieu cher” (arranged by Alexander Glazunov).