Conducted by Tomáš Brauner, the Prague Symphony Orchestra (Symfonický orchestr hlavního města Prahy FOK) performs Antonín Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, a series of 16 orchestral pieces written in 1878 and 1886 and published in two sets as Opus 46 and Opus 72 respectively. Concertmaster: Rita Čepurčenko. Recorded on January 1, 2021.
Conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen, the Dutch Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Radio Philharmonic Orchestra) plays Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27. Recorded on October 3, 2010, at the Royal Concertgebouw te Amsterdam (Royal Concert Building of Amsterdam).
Conducted by Valery Gergiev, one of the premier orchestras in the world, the London Symphony Orchestra plays Maurice Ravel’s most famous musical composition, “Boléro”, the one-movement orchestral piece originally composed as a ballet.
Conducted by Valery Gergiev, the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) plays Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” (French: L’oiseau de feu; Russian: Zhar-ptitsa); a ballet and orchestral concert work, written for the 1910 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company, with choreography by Michel Fokine. Recorded during the Salzburg Festival in 2000.
Conducted by Christian Thielemann, The Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92.
Conducted by Frans Brüggen, one of the foremost experts in the performance of eighteenth-century music, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (Dutch: Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw) plays Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, commonly known as the Italian.
The Sonata for flute, viola, and harp (French: Sonate pour flûte, alto, et harpe), L. 137, was written by the French composer Achille-Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) in 1915. Here it is played by the “Formosa Trio”, Pei-San Chiu (flute), Tze-Ying Wu (viola), and Joy Yeh (harp). Along with Maurice Ravel, …
Polish American classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein plays Chopin nocturnes, 21 short pieces for solo piano written by Frédéric Chopin between 1827 and 1846.
American operatic soprano Angel Blue sings Heimliche Aufforderung (The secret invitation), Op. 27 No. 3, one of a set of four songs composed by Richard Strauss in 1894, the German composer of the late Romantic and early modern era.
Probably the best-loved classical ballet, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” Op. 20. It tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. Here the naturally gifted Russian ballet dancer Yulia Makhalina dances the challenging role of Odette/Odile while the part of Prince Siegfried is danced by Igor Zelensky. …