Katarina Witt in Carmen On Ice (Habanera)

Twice Olympic gold medalist German figure skater Katarina Witt’s exceptional performance with Habanera in Carmen on Ice, a 1990 dance film with a choreography for figure skaters made in Germany. The music of the film is based on Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen, in an orchestral version arranged especially for this film.

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Beethoven – Violin Concerto (Itzhak Perlman)

Accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
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Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol (hr-Sinfonieorchester)

Conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34. Recorded during “Europe Open Air” by hr-Sinfonieorchester and European Central Bank at Weseler shipyard, Frankfurt on 24 August 2017. Published by the hr-Sinfonieorchester channel.

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Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (Friedrich Gulda)

Austrian pianist and composer Friedrich Gulda performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the Emperor Concerto. Gulda also conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Live recording from the Munich Piano Summer Festival, 1989.
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Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Radio Filharmonisch Orkest)

Conducted by Jakub Hrůša, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Dutch abbreviation RFO) plays “Also sprach Zarathustra” (Thus Spoke Zarathustra or Thus Spake Zarathustra), a tone poem composed by Richard Strauss in 1896. Recorded in 2013 at Vredenburg, Utrecht.

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Mozart – Flute Concerto No. 1 (Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir)

Accompanied by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir, the Principal Flutist of the orchestra, performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major (K. 313). Conductor: Leo Hussain. Recorded during a concert in Harpa, Reykjavik, March 20th, 2014. Published by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra channel.

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Vivaldi – Four Seasons (Karajan, Anne-Sophie Mutter)

Accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performs Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a group of four violin concerti. The opening concert of the Berlin Philharmonie Chamber Hall in 1987. Conductor (and harpsichord): Herbert von Karajan.

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Bach – Magnificat (Savall, Le Concert des Nations)

Conducted by Jordi Savall, the orchestra with period instruments, Le Concert des Nations and La Capella Reial de Catalunya perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243, a musical setting of the biblical canticle Magnificat and one of Bach’s most popular choral works. Soloists: Hanna Bayodi-Hirt and Johannette Zomer (soprano), Damien Guillon (countertenor) (alto), David Murderloh (tenor), Stephan MacLeod (baritone).
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Mozart – Great Mass (Nathalie Stutzmann)

Conducted by the contemporary French classical and opera singer and orchestral conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Symphony – OSESP) and Coro Acadêmico e Coro da OSESP perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor (German: Große Messe in c-Moll), K. 427/417a. Soloists: Ekaterina Siurina (soprano), Emöke Barath (soprano), Marcos Thadeu (tenor), Sabah Teixeira (bass-baritone). Recorded at Sala São Paulo, Brazil, 17 September 2016. Published by Nathalie Stutzmann channel.

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Di Quella Pira and Anvil Chorus (Flashmob)

A beautiful flashmob: the members of Opera Națională Română Cluj-Napoca (Romanian National Opera Cluj-Napoca) in the co-production of the Hungarian Opera of Cluj enter a shopping mall, and sing publicly “Di Quella Pira”, a popular tenor aria (or more specifically cabaletta) sung by Manrico in Act 3, Scene 2 of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera in four acts, “Il Trovatore”. Soloist: Héctor López Mandoza, the Mexican tenor. The chorus then performs Anvil Chorus, the English term for the Coro di zingari (Italian Gypsy chorus), a piece of music from Act 2, Scene 1 of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore (The Troubador, 1853) which depicts Spanish Gypsies striking their anvils at dawn -hence its English name- and singing the praises of hard work, good wine, and their Gypsy women.
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