Two versions of the anonymous Venezuelan folk song Montilla. The first version is from Christina Pluhar and the L’arpeggiata, singer: Luciana Mancini. The second version is performed by the Chilean group Inti-Illimani Histórico, from their 2006 album titled “Esencial”.
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Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player and arranger Astor Piazzolla’s Concerto for Bandoneón, Guitar and String Orchestra (“Hommage à Liege”). Orchestre de Paris conducted by Alondra de la Parra. Soloists: Richard Galliano (Bandoneón), Yamandu Costa (Guitar).
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Accompanied by Vienna Symphony Orchestra, José Carreras sings Alfonsina y el mar, a beautiful song composed by the famous Argentine composer, pianist and music director Ariel Ramírez. Lyrics by Félix Luna, the prominent Argentine writer, lyricist and historian. Published by EuroArts channel.
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Accompanied by Das Kölner Rundfunk-Orchester, the Argentine tango composer, bandoneón player and arranger Astor Piazzolla (March 11, 1921 – July 4, 1992) performs his own Bandoneón Concerto “Aconcagua”. Conductor: Pinchas Steinberg.
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Spanish tenor José Carreras sings Quando sento que mi ami (When you tell me that you love me), a song written by the Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat (b. 1943). Carreras and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra perform at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. Published by the EuroArts channel.
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The legendary Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti sings Agustín Lara’s Granada, a song about the Spanish city of Granada written in 1932 by the Mexican composer. Conductor: Leone Magiera, the Italian pianist, and conductor. He was Luciano Pavarotti’s childhood friend and was his piano accompanist and the preferred conductor.
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The “Little Orchestra” from Portland, Oregon; Pink Martini performs Malagueña. Written in 1928 by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, it was originally the sixth movement of Lecuona’s Suite Andalucia. Live in Portland, 2006.
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Misa Criolla is the most famous work of the Argentine composer, pianist and music director Ariel Ramírez (4 September 1921 – 18 February 2010). The Misa, a mass for tenor, chorus and orchestra, is based on folk genres such as chacarera, carnavalito and estilo pampeano, with Andean influences and instruments. It is also one of the first masses to be celebrated in a modern language. Ramírez wrote the piece in 1963-1964. Almost 25 years after its birth, millions of CD’s of the piece were sold when the famous Spanish classical tenor José Carreras recorded it (1988).
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The great German lyric tenor Fritz Wunderlich sings Granada, a song written in 1932 by Mexican composer Agustín Lara, in German. It was the fashion during Wunderlich’s career for German theaters to perform operas in the local rather than original language. Symphonie-Orchester Graunke conducted by Hans Carste. Munich, May 31, 1965.
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The most famous tenor of his generation, Beniamino Gigli (March 20, 1890 – November 30, 1957) sings “La Paloma” (English: the dove), a popular Spanish song which was composed and written by the Spanish composer from the Basque region Sebastián Iradier (aka Sebastián Yradier – 20 January 1809 – 6 December 1865) after he visited Cuba in 1861.
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