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Deutsche Grammophon and Decca have recorded such artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan and Renée Fleming among many others. They have put together a best-of album filled with ten great classical compositions in fantastic and unbeatable performances specifically for your Sonos system.

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Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel

Track 5: Shostakovich: Festive Overture in A major – 5:57 from Discoveries

Gustavo Dudamel, the young and charismatic conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic is perhaps the most recognizable face in classical music today. He has brought new life and energy to the concert stage and has brought audiences around the world to their feet. On this track, he conducts the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, the premiere orchestra of the music education program, El Sistema, in which he was brought up.

Yuja

Yuja Wang

Track 11: Chopin Waltz in c minor – 3:49 from Fantasia

Yuja Wang is one of today’s most dynamic and talked about young pianists. She shot to fame as a last minute replacement for some high profile pianists and has since then been steadily circling the globe performing with orchestras and giving solo recitals. After recitals she generally likes to give the audience a few encores, which was the inspiration for the disc this selection is taken from.

Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti

Track 18: Presto from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: Summer – 2:42 from Italia

The Scottish-Italian violinist Nicola Benedetti has been steadily gaining more attention with her fiery playing. Since being named the BBC Young Artist of the Year 2004, she has won numerous awards for her playing including the Best Female Artist Classic Brit Award in 2012. This track is taken from a recent album of Baroque violin music and includes Vivaldi’s justly famous The Four Seasons.

Milos

Miloš

Track 2: RECUERDOS DE LA ALHAMBRA – 3:47 from Mediterraneo

Written by the father of the modern guitar, Francisco Tárrega, this track is a favorite of guitarists and audience around the world. It’s beautifully evocative sound, unique to the guitar, takes one to the palace of Alhambra located near Granada, Andalusia, Spain.

Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor

Track 4: Chopin Nocturne no. 19 in E Minor – 4:02 from Chopin, Liszt, Ravel

British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and penetrating interpretations. An exquisite technique and ingenious flair for tonal color are the hallmarks which make Benjamin Grosvenor one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world. Benjamin recently received two Gramophone Awards: ‘Young Artist of the Year‘ and ‘Instrumental Award‘ for this album – the youngest artist to ever do so.

Beethoven/Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim

Track 2: Scherzo from Symphony no. 3 – 6:13 from Beethoven for All

Beethoven may be the most popular composer on the planet and certainly everyone has heard any number of his most famous works. Conductor Daniel Barenboim leads the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (made up of musicians from all countries of the Middle East) in a complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies, from which this track is taken.

Avi Avital

Avi Avital

Track 5: Largo from Concerto in G Minor – 2:42 from Bach

Avi Avital overflows with charm, intelligence and enthusiasm as he describes his dreams of bringing the mandolin to its widest audience yet. His debut album for Deutsche Grammophon is, he says, “a dream come true”. He has devoted it to the music of J.S. Bach, one of his greatest musical passions. This track is a simple but exquisitely beautiful slow movement from one of Bach’s concertos which Avi has arranged for the mandolin and strings.

Blechacz

Rafał Blechacz

Track 6: Jardins sous la pluie from Estampes – 5:36 from Debussy & Szymanowski

The young Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz was the youngest winner ever at the Chopin International Piano Competition. In fact, the judges were so overwhelmed with his playing that they didn’t even award a second place! Since that win in 2005 Rafał has performed around the world. For this album, his fourth on Deutsche Grammophon, he has focused on two composers, including Debussy. Famous for his gorgeous orchestral works, Debussy also wrote some fiendishly difficult and energetic piano music, of which this track is an excellent example.

Jansen

Janine Jansen

Track 3: Finale from Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor – 4:34 from Beau Soir

Dutch violinist Janine Jansen was one of the first classical artists to achieve great success has regular debuted new albums in Top 10 of the pop charts in her home country. She has released a number of albums for Decca and this was her first recital disc, which was devoted entirely to French music. Along with her pianist, she has recorded works by such well known composers as Debussy (this track), Ravel and others.

Lisiecki

Jan Lisiecki

Track 5: Andante from Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 21 – 6:12 from Mozart Piano Concertos

Pianist Jan Lisiecki is one of the most recent signings at Deutsche Grammophon. A star in Canada, and one of the youngest as well, he has recently started traveling the world to perform. While his playing is mature beyond his seventeen years, he still takes time to update his Facebook page while on the road and responds to his fans comments after ever concert. This track is from his Deutsche Grammophon debut and is a well-known movement from one of Mozart’s most famous piano concertos.