The Flower Duet (Sumi Jo & Ah-Kyung Lee)

A very beautiful rendition of “The Flower Duet” (French: Duo des fleurs / Sous le dôme épais), a famous duet for sopranos from Léo Delibes’ opera Lakmé, where the two singers’ voices perfectly complement each other. Lakmé: Sumi Jo (soprano), Mallika: Ah-Kyung Lee (mezzo-soprano). Philharmonic Orchestra Seoul, Conductor: Francesco Colombo.

Sándor Lakatos plays Csárdás (Monti)

Hungarian violin virtuoso Sándor Lakatos and his Gipsy Band play Csárdás, a composition by Italian composer Vittorio Monti (6 January 1868 – 20 June 1922). Czárdás is actually a traditional Hungarian folk dance, the name derived from csárda (old Hungarian term for tavern). Monti’s piece is based on that form of folk music, written around …

Leonid Kogan plays Paganini’s Nel cor più non mi sento

A preeminent Soviet violinist of the 20th century, Leonid Kogan plays Niccolò Paganini’s “Nel cor più non mi sento“. It is actually a soprano aria from act 2 in Giovanni Paisiello’s 1788 opera L’amor contrastato, ossia La molinara, usually known as La molinara. Paganini is one of the composers who wrote variations based on Paisiello’s …

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 [Sofia Vasheruk]

Accompanied by the Noord Nederlands Orkest (NNO; English, North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra), Russian concert pianist Sofia Vasheruk plays Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23. Conductor: Stefan Asbury. Recorded during the Young Pianist Festival in Amsterdam on 24 November 2013.