There is something so pure, so elemental in the violin concertos of Mozart, and in the playing of the inimitable Hilary Hahn. Put them together, and -- magic!
Tenor Stuart Skelton loves Mahler's uproarious love song to life, Das Lied von der Erde, especially the moments when he gets to sing of the joys of wine! But there is so much tenderness here, too, and Skelton is a master at evoking these and many other moods in Mahler's masterpiece.
Schumann's Symphony No. 2 has moments of such gorgeous song -- though no words -- that the strings of the orchestra can feel for a moment like the world's greatest opera stars. Heart-melting music from Amsterdam.
The Dutch artist Janine Janson wins new fans whenever she puts her fiddle under her chin to play. She does it night after night in music capitols all over the world -- but the results are especially magical when she's back on home turf and playing with one of the world's greatest orchestras.