For those who don’t know the music I’ll be talking about here, a brief exposition.
The young conductor, Nejc Bečan, is one I’ve never heard before, but his direction of the orchestra is absolutely stunning, and the rendition of Bedrich Smetana’s Vlatan is the best I’ve ever heard. It’s about a 15-minute piece, and it’ll make your evening.
Switching gears, here’s an old favorite, Strauss’s overture of Die Fledermaus. But instead of an energetic young conductor, we have the old maestro Georges Pretre, and instead of a young orchestra, we have a performance from the seasoned pros of the Vienna Philharmonic. It is probably my favorite rendition, and I’ve heard plenty. It lasts about ten minutes.
Take, therefore, less than half an hour from your hectic routine, sit back, and enjoy.