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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Gabriel Fauré: Pavane [France National Orchestra, Cristian Măcelaru]

Conducted by Cristian Măcelaru, the Orchestre National de France (France National Orchestra) performs the Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50, a short work by the French composer Gabriel Fauré written in 1887. An excerpt that was recorded on May 16, 2024, at the Auditorium of the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique.

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Chopin: Étude Op. 25, No. 11 “Winter Wind” [Hayato Sumino]

The Japanese pianist and composer known for his Chopin performances, Hayato Sumino plays Frédéric Chopin’s Étude Op. 25, No. 11 in A minor, a solo piano technical study composed in 1836. The piece is often referred to as the Winter Wind in English.

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 [Oslo Philharmonic, Herbert Blomstedt]

Conducted by Herbert Blomstedt, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67. This performance was recorded on November 18, 2021, at the Oslo Concert Hall. Blomsted was 94 years old at the time.

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Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 [Yuja Wang, Leonidas Kavakos, Gautier Capuçon]

Yuja Wang (piano), Leonidas Kavakos (violin), and Gautier Capuçon (cello) perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67. This performance was recorded during the Verbier Festival on July 29, 2022.

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 [Netherlands Philharmonic, Elim Chan]

Conducted by Elim Chan, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64. This performance was recorded during the Sunday Morning Concert on January 19, 2020, in Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

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Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 13 [Anna Fedorova]

Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major, K. 333 (315c), also known as the “Linz Sonata”. Mozart composed this piece in the Austrian city of Linz at the end of 1783, hence the name.

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