Yepes plays Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un Gentilhombre (1987)

Spanish guitarist Narciso Yepes plays Joaquín Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un Gentilhombre (English translation: Fantasia for a Gentleman); Madrid, 1987. A beautiful interpretation of the piece.

Yepes is using his ten-string guitar here.

Continue reading “Yepes plays Rodrigo’s Fantasía para un Gentilhombre (1987)”

Hvorostovsky sings Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes)

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (16 October 1962 – 22 November 2017) sings Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes), a very famous Russian-Ukrainian folk song. Live in Japan, 2005.

Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes) is probably the most famous Russian romance. The lyrics of the song were written by the Ukrainian poet and writer Yevhen (Evgeny) Hrebinka (see notes 1). The first publication of the poem was in Hrebinka’s own Russian translation in Literaturnaya Gazeta on 17 January 1843.

The words were subsequently set to Florian Hermann’s Valse Hommage (in an arrangement by S. Gerdel’) and published on 7 March 1884.

Continue reading “Hvorostovsky sings Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes)”

Tumbalalaika: Naftali Herstik, Alberto Mizrahi, Benzion Miller with the Neimah Singers

Three famous chazzans (cantors, see notes 1), Naftali Herstik, Alberto Mizrahi, Benzion Miller with the Neimah Singers sing Tumbalalaika. From the concert “Cantors; A Faith in Song” recorded in the Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam in 2003.

Continue reading “Tumbalalaika: Naftali Herstik, Alberto Mizrahi, Benzion Miller with the Neimah Singers”

Casta Diva, Renée Fleming and Maria Callas versions

Casta Diva is one of the most famous soprano arias of the nineteenth century. It is in act 1 of Norma, a tragedia lirica or opera in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini with libretto by Felice Romani. Here are the Renée Fleming and Maria Callas versions of Casta Diva.

Continue reading “Casta Diva, Renée Fleming and Maria Callas versions”

The Oldest Song in the World

Written about 3,400 years ago, this Sumerian hymn is the oldest song ever discovered in the world.

According to an article published on RichardDawkins.net, several clay tablets from the 14th-century B.C.E which are unearthed by archaeologists in the early 1950s turned out to be the oldest known piece of music ever discovered, a 3,400-years-old Sumerian hymn.

Continue reading “The Oldest Song in the World”

Eliot Fisk and Paco Peña mini concert

Two masters of the guitar, Eliot Fisk, a great classical guitarist, and Paco Peña, one of the greatest flamenco guitarists ever: in a tiny concert presented by NPR Music, they’re playing two classical and two flamenco pieces.

The repertoire here ranges from Baroque compositions by Bach and Domenico Scarlatti to present-day flamenco. And what happens when these two master players get together is a mix of meticulous and improvised, with Fisk leaning toward the former and Peña toward the latter.

Continue reading “Eliot Fisk and Paco Peña mini concert”

Zequinha de Abreu’s “Tico Tico” – with two guitars, eight hands

4tissimo, a Russian-Ukrainian guitar quartet is playing Zequinha de Abreu‘s “Tico Tico”, with two guitars and eight hands. With the talented Ukrainian classical guitarist Nadja Kossinskaja‘s arrangement, they did a really good job. Enjoy!

Continue reading “Zequinha de Abreu’s “Tico Tico” – with two guitars, eight hands”

Schubert: Unfinished Symphony (Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti)

Conducted by Riccardo Muti, the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) performs Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759, commonly known as the “Unfinished Symphony”. A 1992 recording of the piece.

Continue reading “Schubert: Unfinished Symphony (Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Muti)”