Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Nishimoto)

Conducted by Tomomi Nishimoto (see notes 1), the Russian Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra plays Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms.

The Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms (WoO 1), are a set of 21 lively dance tunes based mostly on Hungarian themes, completed in 1869. They are among Brahms’s most popular works and were certainly the most profitable for him.

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (Thielemann)

Conducted by Christian Thielemann, the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op 67. Written in 1804-1808, Beethoven’s fifth is one of the best-known compositions in classical music. It was first performed in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien (see notes 1) in 1808. Then, it became one of the most frequently played symphonies.

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Aram Khachaturian: “Masquerade: Waltz” and “Sabre Dance”

Aram Khachaturian was a Soviet Armenian composer and conductor (6 June 1903 – 1 May 1978). The “Waltz” is from the 1944 Masquerade Suite based on the Mikhail Lermontov play of the same name. Here André Anichanov conducts the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in this performance on the 1997 Naxos album.

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Teresa Berganza sings “Anda Jaleo” by Federico García Lorca (Guitar: Narciso Yepes)

Anda Jaleo is probably the best remembered and the most frequently performed song of the many Spanish canciones (songs) compiled, arranged, recorded, and popularized by Federico García Lorca and La Argentinita.

Here is the Teresa Berganza & Narciso Yepes version of the song:

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Francisco Tárrega’s Lágrima, played by César Amaro

Lágrima is a piece by Francisco Tárrega, and certainly a little gem in the guitar’s repertoire. It’s called “lágrima” (tear, or teardrop) because of the sadness in the second section, and isn’t a piece difficult to play: the feeling is much more important than technique with this one.

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Top 14 best versions of “Je crois entendre encore”

The best versions of “Je crois entendre encore” (I still believe I hear), a beautiful aria from Georges Bizet‘s Les pêcheurs de perles.

Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers) is an opera in three acts by the French composer Georges Bizet, to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré. It was first performed on 30 September 1863 at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris and was given 18 performances in its initial run.

Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon, the opera tells the story of how two men’s vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their love for the same woman, whose own dilemma is the conflict between secular love and her sacred oath as a priestess.

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Caruso: Vesti la giubba (1902, 1904, 1907 editions)

Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was the first gramophone star to sell more than a million copies with his 1904 recording of “Vesti la giubba” from the opera “Pagliacci” (Clowns) by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Here are his recordings from the 30th of November 1902, the 1st of February 1904, and the 17th of March 1907.

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