Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Margarita Höhenrieder, Staatskapelle Dresden & Fabio Luisi)

Accompanied by the Staatskapelle Dresden, German classical pianist Margarita Höhenrieder performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15. Conductor: Fabio Luisi. Recorded in 2008 at the Philharmonie im Gasteig Munich.

Camille Thomas plays Una furtiva lagrima (from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore)

Accompanied by the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Franco-Belgian cellist Camille Thomas plays the tenor part of 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., on cello. Recorded at Le Musée des …

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” (hr-Sinfonieorchester, Ariane Matiakh)

Conducted by Ariane Matiakh, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as the “Pastoral Symphony”. Recorded at the Alte Oper Frankfurt on October 1, 2021.

Beethoven: Violin Concerto (Isabelle Faust, Bernard Haitink, and the Berliner Philharmoniker)

Accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), German classical violinist Isabelle Faust performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. Conductor: Bernard Haitink. The concert was held in the Festspielhaus Baden Baden in 2015 as part of the city’s Easter Festival.

Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy (Hilary Hahn, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orozco-Estrada)

Accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), American classical violinist Hilary Hahn performs Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25, a violin fantasy on themes from Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen. Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Recorded at the Alte Oper Frankfurt on June 17, 2021. Yet another brilliant performance by Hilary Hahn.

Concert for Peace: Beethoven’s Eroica and Schubert’s Unfinished. Barenboim & the Staatskapelle Berlin

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Eroica as a symbol against the war in Ukraine: Conducted by Daniel Barenboim, the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Staatsopernchor perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”), Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished Symphony”) and Mykhailo Verbytsky’s Ukrainian national anthem at the Concert for Peace. Recorded on March 6, 2022 at the Berlin Staatsoper …

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Anna Fedorova)

Accompanied by the Strijkers van de Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Ukrainian classical pianist Anna Fedorova performs Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21. Conductor: Yves Abel. Recorded on September 6, 2020 at the Het Concertgebouw (The Royal Concertgebouw, a concert hall in Amsterdam).

Mario Lanza sings La Donna è Mobile (Rigoletto)

American tenor and Hollywood film star of Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings “La donna è mobile”, the Duke of Mantua’s canzone from the beginning of act 3 of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto (1851). Clip from The Great Caruso, a 1951 biographical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Mario Lanza as the great Italian tenor Enrico …