Kathleen Battle – 5 Japanese Love Songs

Kathleen Battle (1948 -)

Kathleen Battle is a black operatic soprano. Her music career began in 1972 when she auditioned for the conductor Thomas Schippers and sang in a performance of the Brahms Requiem as the soprano soloist. in 1974 Kathleen Battle met conductor James Levine which was the beginning of a professional relationship that lasted 20 years. She has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras.

Here is a recording of 5 Japanese Love Songs sung by Kathleen Battle in Japanese. The names of the pieces are Hatsukoi (First Love), Hana (Cherry Blossom Time), Kono Michi (a folk song), Hamabe-no-uta, and Sakura, Sakura. I hope that you enjoy these pieces.


Pietro Locatelli – Violin Sonata no.12 op.6 – Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante

Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764)

Pietro Locatelli was an Italian baroque violin virtuoso and composer. Locatelli’s playing was noted for its virtuosity and sweet tone.

Locatelli wrote mostly sonatas and concertos.

Fabio Biondi (1961 -)
Fabio Biondi is an Italian violinist and conductor. He specializes in early music. Fabio Biondi has performed with many baroque music ensembles. He founded his own early music ensemble Europa Galante in 1990.

Here is a recording of Fabio Biondi and a few musicians from his group Europa Galante playing the Violin Sonata op.6, no.12 by Pietro Locatelli.

Mozart Sonata in C Major, K.303 for Piano and Violin – Gil Shaham (violinist), Orli Shaham (pianist)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) published his first set of sonatas for piano and violin in 1778 in Paris. They were dedicated to the Palatine Princess Maria Elizabeth. There are six sonatas in the set (K.301-K.306).

Gil Shaham (1971- )
Gil Shaham is an Isreali-American violin virtuoso. He made his debut with the Jerusalem Symphony when he was 10 years old. A year later he performed with the Israel Philharmonic. Gil went on to study violin at the Juilliard School of Music. He got his big break in 1989 when he replaced Itzhak Perlman who had a cold. He has since played with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and performed many recitals around the world.

Orli Shaham (1975- )
Orli Shaham is an Israeli-American pianist and the sister of violinist Gil Shaham. She studied piano at Horace Mann School in New York, at Columbia University, and at the Juilliard School of Music. She has performed recitals and played with major orchestras all over the world. Orli Shaham and her brother Gil Shaham have performed together and made a few recordings together.

Here is a recording of Mozart’s Sonata in C Major, K.503 played by Gil Shaham and Orli Shaham from their DVD of Mozart’s Sonatas (K.301-K.306) recorded in 2006 at the Palais Daun-Kinsky, in Vienna. I hope you enjoy this performance.

Emilio Caceres Trio – I Got Rhythm

Emilio Caceres (1897-1980)

Emilio Caceres was a jazz violinist who was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. He led his own swing orchestra in San Antonio. Emilio’s style of jazz violin playing was inspired by the playing of another jazz violinist Joe Venuti and Emilio’s own family who were musicians. He led his own trio in the 1930s which featured himself on violin, his brother Ernie Caceres on saxophone or clarinet, and Johnny Gomez on the guitar.

Emilio’s brother was a prolific recording artist who made more than 500 recordings. Emilio only made a few recordings.

I Got Rhythm is a popular jazz tune composed by George Gershwin with lyrics by his brother Ira Gershwin. It was published in 1930 and became a jazz standard.

Here is a recording of the Emilio Caceres Trio with Emilio Caceres on violin, Ernie Caceres on clarinet, and Johnny Gomez on guitar. I hope you enjoy it.