It doesn’t get much better than this – Pianist Rudolf Serkin playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy. The appropriate superlatives do not exist.
Here is perhaps the most famous opera aria of all “Largo al factotum” (i.e. Figaro, Figaro, Figaro) from The Barber of Seville by Giaochino Rossini. I chose this version from the Netherlands because it had subtitles.
Here is the song “Let it go” from the Disney movie “Frozen” performed by Idina Menzel. This is not “classical music” per se, although there is a long tradition of classical music in films. However, the real reason I picked it is because it may be the first and only use of the word “fractal” in a pop song.
Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez played by guitarist John Williams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel at the BBC Proms 2005.
The ever exciting and eclectic Kronos Quartet on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. Kronos has been a champion of contemporary music for the past forty years. Here they play three pieces. Click on the link for descriptions.
Violinist Hilary Hahn, who hails from Baltimore, and pianist Valentina Lisitsa, play the first movement of American composer Charles Ives’s Fourth Sonata.