Jorge Cardoso – Milonga

“Milonga” is probably the best-known work of the Argentine guitarist and composer Jorge Cardoso. I first listened to it on a CD titled “Latin American Guitar Festival” while I was working as a tonmeister at a radio station, in 1997.

Jorge Cardoso (Posadas, 1949) is an Argentine composer, primarily for guitar. He is also a medical doctor.

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Pavarotti sings La Donna È Mobile

The “king” Luciano Pavarotti sings “La donna è mobile” as Il Duca di Mantova in the screen movie “Rigoletto” (1983) based on Giuseppe Verdi‘s opera with the same name (1851).

“La donna è mobile” (The woman is fickle) is the Duke of Mantua’s canzone from the beginning of act 3 of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto (1851). Composed between 1850 and 1851, Verdi’s Rigoletto is a twisted tale of lust, desire, love, and deceit. The inherent irony is that the Duke, a callous playboy, is the one who is mobile (“inconstant”). Its reprise towards the end of the opera is chilling, as Rigoletto realizes from the sound of the Duke’s lively voice coming from within the tavern (offstage), that the body in the sack over which he has grimly triumphed is not that of the Duke after all: Rigoletto had paid Sparafucile, an assassin, to kill the Duke but Sparafucile deceived him by killing Gilda, Rigoletto’s beloved daughter, instead.

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John Williams plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D-major

One of the most beautiful pieces of the Baroque music: John Williams plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D-major.

Antonio Vivaldi wrote many concertos for various instruments, including lute and mandolin. This Concerto in D major for Lute and Orchestra has been transcribed for guitar. It remains one of the finest examples of Baroque music, it has been recorded by many artists. John Williams version is one of the best examples of these.

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Green Grass – Cibelle

Green Grass is a beautiful Tom Waits song. Here it is sung by Cibelle, the Brazilian multi-media performance artist, singer-songwriter and music producer.

The clip of the song is filmed, edited and then Adams Carvalho drew on each frame.

Album: The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves
Song by Tom Waits, vocals, production and percussion by Cibelle, harp by Serafina Steer, male vocals by Spleen.

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Vivaldi – Four Seasons

Ahhh, Vivaldi and the beautiful Venice. The great videos below, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, from “I Musici“, a film by Anton van Munster, probably one of the best classical/baroque music performances on the Internet. Enjoy.

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Malagueña Salerosa

One of the best versions of Malagueña Salerosa on the Internet. I don’t know who the performers are, unfortunately.

Malagueña Salerosa (also known as La Malagueña) is a well-known Son Huasteco or Huapango song from Mexico, which has been covered more than 200 times by recording artists. The song is that of a man telling a woman (from Málaga, Spain) how beautiful she is, and how he would love to be her man, but that he understands her rejecting him for being too poor.

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Pink Martini – Ninna nanna (live in Stuttgart)

Ninna nanna is a Neapolitan ballad, sung by Pink Martini in the album “Splendor in the Grass” (2009). Here the band performs the song live in 2010 at Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany.

“Ninna nanna” is a stunning lullaby sung for a sleeping sailor who “dreams in the blue” written for the band by longtime friends Alba Clemente (actress of Italian stage and wife of the Italian painter Francesco Clemente who co-authored the band’s hit “Una Notte a Napoli“) and New York art dealer Massimo Audiello.

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Three great versions of “Concierto de Aranjuez” (Joaquín Rodrigo)

Three great versions of “Concierto de Aranjuez“, a composition for classical guitar and orchestra by the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. The first version is from Paco de Lucia, the famous Flamenco guitarist. The second version is from Spanish classical guitarist Narciso Yepes, and the third version is from Australian classical guitarist John Williams.

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The second waltz (Shostakovich)

The Second Waltz of Dmitri Shostakovich is a Music to the 1955 Soviet feature film “The First Echelon“. It is actually only the “Waltz” (eighth movement) from The First Echelon (suite from the film score), Op. 99a. Its popular name is coming from “Suite for Variety Orchestra” (also named Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra); a suite in eight movements, written after 1956 by the Russian composer. The “waltz” is the seventh movement of the suite, and it is the “second” waltz in the work, hence the name “The second waltz”. Here it is played by André Rieu‘s “Johann Strauss Orchestra“.

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