Subject: Music plugs part 3: Still going classical, guys
Posted on: 2021-09-03 16:43:14 UTC

Am I gonna stop anytime soon? Well, am I gonna stop discovering the most incredible takes on classical music on Youtube completely by accident? Nnope. So enjoy a medley (heh) of my new favorite classical content from the past few days.

  • Martynas's accordion version of Vittorio Monti's Czardas, and a more traditional violin performance by Jennifer Jeon - Did you know that the violin solo at the beginning of Lady Gaga's Alejandro is actually from a very popular and absolutely gorgeous classical violin piece? Well, now you (and I) know! And for bonus making-Oculus-swoon, it's based on the csárdás, a.k.a. one of the most famous Hungarian folk dances out there. I do love to see the music of my people getting represented in the classical scene.
  • Maria Callas performing Habanera in Hamburg, 1962 - That. Voice. What an incredible artist.
  • Sabine Devieilhe and Marianne Crebassa recording The Flower Duet from the opera Lakmé - When I first heard this aria/duet, I was completely floored. Not only are these ladies incredible singers and perfect duet partners, but the aria itself is honestly the most beautiful one I've ever heard. I really need to listen to more opera.
  • La stravaganza by Antonio Vivaldi - If you want to hear any sacrilegious music opinions (that's a little joke for y'all TwoSet fans), I prefer this composition to Four Seasons.
  • The performances of the Gimnazija Kranj Youth Orchestra with maestro Nejc Bečan conducting - I love this Slovene orchestra so much, guys - an incredibly talented young ensemble with a great conductor (he's also a composer! Heart eyes, y'all) who have done some of my favorite musical performances ever. The ones I like the most are their renditions of The Moldau (heart eyes intensifies) and a very... unorthodox version of Offenbach's Can Can (a.k.a. the one where the audience is actually meant to clap along), but I've liked everything I've seen them play.
  • Herbert von Karajan conducting Boléro with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Hilary Hahn performing Paganini's Caprice No. 24
  • Lang Lang playing Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca
  • The Tempus Quartet's modernized version of Palladio by Karl Jenkins
  • And as a bonus, my favorite short by TwoSet Violin. I always wheeze at the dab conducting.

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