Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 [Martha Argerich]

Accompanied by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the second half of the 20th century, the Argentine pianist Martha Argerich performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23. Conductor: Charles Dutoit. Year of the recording: 1975.

Liszt: Liebesträume No. 3 [Seeli and Kalle Toivio]

Finnish virtuosa cellist Seeli Toivio and her brother, pianist Kalle Toivio perform Liebesträume No. 3 (Liebesträume means “Dreams of Love” in English), the third of a set of three solo piano works (S.541/R.211) by Franz Liszt. The work was published in 1850. Recorded during the Festival Servais 2007 at Halle Basilica, Belgium on June 6, …

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” [Maurizio Pollini]

Accompanied by the Wiener Philharmoniker (the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), famous Italian classical pianist Maurizio Pollini plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the Emperor Concerto. Composed between 1809 and 1811 in Vienna, it was the German composer’s last piano concerto. Conductor: Karl Böhm. This performance was …

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue [Makoto Ozone, New York Philharmonic]

Accompanied by the New York Philharmonic orchestra, Japanese jazz pianist Makoto Ozone performs George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Composed in 1924, the work is for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. Conductor: Alan Gilbert.

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Kirill Gerstein]

Accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), Kirill Gerstein performs “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43”, a concertante (a mixture of the symphony and the concerto genres) work written for solo piano and symphony orchestra by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Conductor: Edward Gardner. Recorded live at Alte Oper Frankfurt on September 25, 2015.

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 [Mitsuko Uchida]

Accompanied by the Austrian chamber orchestra Camerata Salzburg, Japanese naturalised-British classical pianist Mitsuko Uchida performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 with Ludwig van Beethoven’s cadenza. Uchida also conducts the orchestra. Recorded in March 2001 in Salzburg.