Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 [Martha Argerich]

Accompanied by the Polish-based early music orchestra {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, the legendary Argentine pianist Martha Argerich performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15. Conductor: Václav Luks. Both the orchestra and Argerich play on period instruments. Argerich plays on an Erard grand piano built in 1858. The Erard firm was …

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings [Boris Brovtsyn and friends at the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht 2022]

Violinist Boris Brovtsyn and friends perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48. This performance was recorded during the 2022 Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht (International Chamber Music Festival) on December 30, 2022, at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3 [Janine Jansen and Friends]

Janine Jansen (violin), Timothy Ridout (Viola), Daniel Blendulf (Cello), and Denis Kozhukhin (piano) perform Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60. This performance was recorded during the Opening concert of the Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht (International Chamber Music Festival) on December 27, 2023, at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.

Libiamo, ne’ lieti calici [Kurzak, Popov] [From Verdi’s La Traviata]

Accompanied by the MET orchestra and chorus, the Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and the Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov sing “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” (English: “Let’s drink from the joyful cups”), a famous duet with a chorus from Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, an 1853 opera in three acts. It is one of the best-known opera songs. …