Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Nishimoto)

Conducted by Tomomi Nishimoto (see notes 1), the Russian Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra plays Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms. The Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms (WoO 1), are a set of 21 lively dance tunes based mostly on Hungarian themes, completed in 1869. They are among Brahms’s most popular works and were certainly the …

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (Thielemann)

Conducted by Christian Thielemann, the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op 67. Written in 1804-1808, Beethoven’s fifth is one of the best-known compositions in classical music. It was first performed in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien (see notes 1) in 1808. Then, it became one …

Francisco Tárrega’s Lágrima, played by César Amaro

Lágrima is a piece by Francisco Tárrega, and certainly a little gem in the guitar’s repertoire. It’s called “lágrima” (tear, or teardrop) because of the sadness in the second section, and isn’t a piece difficult to play: the feeling is much more important than technique with this one.

Top 14 best versions of “Je crois entendre encore”

The best versions of “Je crois entendre encore” (I still believe I hear), a beautiful aria from Georges Bizet‘s Les pêcheurs de perles. Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) is an opera in three acts by the French composer Georges Bizet, to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré. It was first performed on …

Caruso: Vesti la giubba (1902, 1904, 1907 editions)

Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was the first gramophone star to sell more than a million copies with his 1904 recording of “Vesti la giubba” from the opera “Pagliacci” (Clowns) by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Here are his recordings from the 30th of November 1902, the 1st of February 1904, and the 17th of March 1907.

Di quella pira (Verdi): Caruso, Corelli and Pavarotti versions

Three beautiful versions of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Di quella pira“. The first version is sung by Enrico Caruso, the second one is sung by Franco Corelli, and the third one is sung by Luciano Pavarotti. Three of the greatest tenors of the 20th history. Di quella pira is a popular tenor aria (or more specifically cabaletta) sung …