Mozart: Oboe Concerto (Moscow Virtuosi, Alexey Utkin, Vladimir Spivakov)

Conducted by Vladimir Spivakov, Russian State Chamber orchestra Moscow Virtuosi performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314. Soloist (oboe): Alexey Utkin.

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Researchers discovered the oldest known piece of polyphonic music

The oldest known piece of polyphonic music, a piece of choral music written for more than one part, was recently found at the bottom of a 10th century manuscript in the British Library, London. It is believed to date back to the start of the 10th century and is the setting of a short chant dedicated to Boniface, patron Saint of Germany.

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Sutherland and Pavarotti sing “Parigi, o cara” from Verdi’s La traviata

Australian dramatic coloratura soprano Joan Sutherland and the Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti sing “Parigi, o Cara” (Paris, o dear) from Giuseppe Verdi’s 1853 opera “La Traviata”. Sutherland & Pavarotti Gala Concert in the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House in 1983 with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge.

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Pavarotti and Lanza duet: Lamento di Federico

A duet by Luciano Pavarotti and Mario Lanza: they sing “Lamento di Federico”, “È la solita storia del pastore“, a famous aria taken from Act II of the opera L’arlesiana by Francesco Cilea. Well, they are not actually singing together, but the two different versions have been mixed together wonderfully and the result is the video below:

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Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto in C Major [Il Giardino Armonico]

Italian early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico performs one of the most famous mandolin pieces; Antonio Vivaldi’s Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425. Mandolin: Duilio Galfetti. A really good rendition, enjoy!

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