Vivaldi: Il Favorito, RV 277 [Huggett, New York Baroque Incorporated]

Vivaldi’s Concerto for violin, strings, and figured bass in E minor, “Il Favorito,” RV 277; performed by New York Baroque Incorporated & Monica Huggett. Recorded on 23 March 2013 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

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Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola, and harp

The Sonata for flute, viola, and harp (French: Sonate pour flûte, alto, et harpe), L. 137, was written by the French composer Achille-Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) in 1915. Here it is played by the “Formosa Trio”, Pei-San Chiu (flute), Tze-Ying Wu (viola), and Joy Yeh (harp). Along with Maurice Ravel, Debussy was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself disliked the term when applied to his compositions.

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Angel Blue sings Heimliche Aufforderung (Richard Strauss)

American operatic soprano Angel Blue sings Heimliche Aufforderung (The secret invitation), Op. 27 No. 3, one of a set of four songs composed by Richard Strauss in 1894, the German composer of the late Romantic and early modern era.

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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Full) [The Kirov Ballet, 1990]

Probably the best-loved classical ballet, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” Op. 20. It tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. Here the naturally gifted Russian ballet dancer Yulia Makhalina dances the challenging role of Odette/Odile while the part of Prince Siegfried is danced by Igor Zelensky.

This classic Kirov production includes the familiar happy ending in the final act where Siegfried fights and ultimately defeats the evil magician von Rothbart and at dawn is reunited with Odette. Artistic director: Oleg Vinogradov. Choreography: Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov.

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Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 [Arthur Rubinstein]

Accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra, widely regarded as one of the greatest Chopin interpreters of his time, the Polish American classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein (January 28, 1887 – December 20, 1982) plays Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21. Conductor: André Previn.

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Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries [Berliner Philharmoniker, Barenboim]

Conducted by Daniel Barenboim, The Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) plays Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. Recorded at the Berlin State Opera House in 1998.

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Hymel sings “Asile héréditaire” from Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell”

American operatic tenor Bryan Hymel (born 8 August 1979) sings “Asile héréditaire” from Gioachino Rossini’s opera “William Tell” (French: Guillaume Tell, Italian: Guglielmo Tell). Live recording of the premiere of Guillaume Tell at the Bayerische Staatsoper on June 28, 2014.

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