Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 “Pathétique” [Fortepiano: Shuann Chai]

Classical pianist Shuann Chai performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as the Sonata Pathétique. Chai plays a fortepiano built by the German piano maker Michael Rosenberger (1766-1832) in 1820. The piece is one of Beethoven’s most celebrated compositions. Recorded at Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh Utrecht on October 3, 2012.

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Thibaut Garcia plays Asturias (Leyenda) by Isaac Albéniz

Franco-Spanish classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia plays Asturias (Leyenda), a famous musical work written by the Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz (29 May 1860 – 18 May 1909). Recorded at the Chapelle des Carmélites de Toulouse, France.

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Lea Desandre & Cecilia Bartoli: De Bottis: “Io piango” – “Io peno”

Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli joins the French-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre with Thomas Dunford and the ensemble Jupiter in the world premiere recording of the delicate mezzo-soprano duet “Io piango” – “Io peno” by Giuseppe de Bottis (1678-1753), from his 1707 opera Mitilene, Regina delle Amazzoni.

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Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D minor, RV 242 [Enrico Onofri, Il Giardino Armonico & Giovanni Antonini]

Italian early music ensemble Il Giardino Armonico (English: The Harmonious Garden) performs Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in D minor, RV 242, “per Pisendel”. Soloist: Enrico Onofri, the Italian violinist and conductor specializing in Baroque music. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini. In this performance, which took place in 2000 at the Musikverein, Vienna, period instruments were used.

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Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 [Janine Jansen, Paavo Järvi]

Accompanied by the Tokyo-based NHK Symphony Orchestra, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216. Conductor: Paavo Järvi. Encore: Sarabande (Bach).

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 [Paul Lewis, Iceland Symphony Orchestra]

Accompanied by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, English classical pianist Paul Lewis performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37. Conductor: Matthew Halls. A wonderful rendition of the famous piece. Recorded on March 9, 2017.

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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 [Hilary Hahn, 2013 recording]

Accompanied by the RTVE Symphony Orchestra (also known as the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra), American classical violinist Hilary Hahn performs Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op 19. Conductor: Víctor Pablo Pérez.

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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 [Menahem Pressler, Gulbenkian Orchestra & Leo Hussain]

Accompanied by the Gulbenkian Orchestra, German-born Israeli-American pianist Menahem Pressler performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 as part of the “Pianomania!” concert series. Conductor: Leo Hussain. This performance took place in 2018 in the Grand Auditorium at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in the Portuguese capital Lisbon, when Pressler was 94 years old.

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