Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 [Martha Argerich, Charles Dutoit & the Verbier Festival Orchestra]

Accompanied by the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the great Argentine pianist Martha Argerich performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23. Conductor: Charles Dutoit. Recorded at the Verbier Festival in 2014. Encore: Robert Schumann: “Scenes from Childhood,” Op. 15, No. 1.

Beethoven: Kreutzer Sonata [Polina Osetinskaya, Maxim Vengerov]

Russian classical pianist Polina Osetinskaya and Soviet-born Israeli violinist Maxim Vengerov perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 in A major, commonly known as the Kreutzer Sonata. Recorded at Sala Verdi, Milano, on November 15, 2022. It is an 1803 sonata for piano and violin notable for its technical difficulty. The piece …

Bizet/Waxman/Kugel: Carmen Fantasie [Dana Zemtsov & Anna Fedorova]

Violist Dana Zemtsov and pianist Anna Fedorova perform Carmen Fantasie, part of Franz Waxman’s score to the 1946 movie Humoresque, arranged for viola and piano by the Ukrainian violist and composer Michael Kugel. Recorded during the Afternoon concert at the International Chamber Music Festival 2021 on July 1, 2021, at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.

Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21 [Janine Jansen, Sunwook Kim, Opus13]

Dutch violinist Janine Jansen, South Korean pianist Sunwook Kim, and the string quartet based in Oslo, Norway, Opus13 perform Ernest Chausson’s Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21. Recorded on December 30, 2022, during the final concert of the Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht (International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht) in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.

Dvořák: Cello Concerto [Jacqueline du Pré, Barenboim, 1968]

Accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra, regarded as one of the most talented cellists of the second half of the twentieth century, Jacqueline du Pré performs Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim. A recently re-discovered recording of a concert held in tribute to the people of Czechoslovakia …

Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria [Elsa Dreisig, soprano, Thibaut Garcia, guitar]

Accompanied by the Franco-Spanish classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia, French-Danish operatic soprano Elsa Dreisig sings Ave Maria, a popular and much-recorded setting of the Latin prayer Ave Maria. The piece consists of a melody by the French Romantic composer Charles Gounod that he superimposed over only a very slightly changed version of Bach’s Prelude No. 1 …

Chopin: Nocturne No. 20 [Violin: Caroline Adomeit]

Accompanied by Nadiya Kholodkova on piano, young violinist Caroline Adomeit plays Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor, Op. posth., Lento con gran espressione, P 1, No. 16, KKIVa/16, WN 37, a solo piano piece composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1830 and published in 1870.