Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 [Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim]

Accompanied by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the great Argentine pianist Martha Argerich performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19. Conductor Daniel Barenboim. This performance was recorded at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015. Encore: “Bailecito” by the Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino.

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Chopin: Études, Op. 10 & Op. 25 [Sviatoslav Richter]

The legendary pianist of the 20th century, Sviatoslav Richter performs Frédéric Chopin’s Études Op. 10 (Nr. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 12) and Études Op. 25 (Nr. 5, 6, 8, 11). This performance was recorded in London in 1989.

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Christopher Morrongiello performs “Lachrimae” [John Dowland]

The British musicologist, performer, teacher, luthier, impresario, and director who specializes in early music, Christopher Morrongiello performs Flow My Tears (Lachrimae), a lute song (specifically, an “ayre”) by the Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer John Dowland (c. 1563 – buried 20 February 1626). Originally composed as an instrumental under the name “Lachrimae pavane” in 1596, it is Dowland’s most famous ayre, and became his signature song. This performance was filmed in the Chapel from Le Château de la Bastie d’Urfé at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 15, 2015.

Featured Instrument: This lute, attributed to Wendelin Tieffenbrucker, a German craftsman active between 1570 and 1610, dates from the late 16th century. It was made in Padua, Italy, using yew, spruce, ebony, and maple. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York acquired this piece through a purchase, which was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Freedman, by exchange, in 1989 (1989.13).

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Telemann: Trumpet Concerto in D major [Reinhold Friedrich]

Accompanied by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks), the German trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich performs Georg Philipp Telemann’s Trumpet Concerto in D major, TWV 51:D7. Conductor: Reinhard Peters. This performance was recorded on September 2, 1986, during the 35th ARD International Music Competition, where Reinhold Friedrich won the second prize in the trumpet competition.

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Gershwin: An American in Paris [hr-Sinfonieorchester, Giedrė Šlekytė]

Conducted by Giedrė Šlekytė, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs performs George Gershwin’s jazz-influenced symphonic poem (or tone poem) An American in Paris. This performance was recorded at the hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt on October 6, 2023.

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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto [Maxim Vengerov, Oxford Philharmonic]

Accompanied by the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Maxim Vengerov performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35. Conductor: Marios Papadopoulos. This performance was recorded at the Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford, England) in December 2014.

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Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 [Antti Siirala, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie]

Accompanied by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie (German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra), the Finnish pianist Antti Siirala performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K. 482. Conductor: Pietari Inkinen. This performance was recorded at the Saarbrücken (Germany) Congress Hall on September 12, 2021.

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Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez [Narciso Yepes in Chile, 1988]

Accompanied by the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago (Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra), the legendary Spanish classical guitarist Narciso Yepes performs Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez on his 10-string guitar. Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Also known as “Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto”, the piece is perhaps the most popular guitar concerto ever written. This performance was recorded at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile in 1988. The concerto was followed by three encores: Francisco Tárrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”, “Brian Boru’s March” (a traditional Irish tune), and David Kellner’s “Phantasia No. 2”.

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Schubert: Du bist die Ruh’ [Philippe Jaroussky, Jérôme Ducros]

Accompanied by the French pianist and composer Jérôme Ducros, the French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky sings Franz Schubert’s Du bist die Ruh’ (You are rest and peace), D. 776, Op. 59, No. 3, a Lied composed in 1823. The text is from a set of poems by the German poet Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866). It is the third poem in a set of four. This song is set for solo voice and piano.

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