Performance Today is offering free downloads from their Young Artists in Residence series. A gorgeous piece from Saint-Saëns, The Swan, can be found here (mp3 download page). The Meditation by Massenet is featured on this page and here you’ll find a Polonaise by Chopin. Other works can be discovered by clicking links in the sidebar.
Massenet’s Méditation from Thaïs is one of the most beautiful pieces ever composed. Even if you don’t recognize the title, it’s likely you’ve heard it in a movie or commercial – it recently appeared on the soundtrack to Liberal Arts. You can download a recording featuring Scottish violinist Nicola Benedett and French pianist Julien Quentin at the Gardner Museum Music Library.
Benedetti was also featured on a recent Tiny Desk Concert, performing the theme from Schindler’s List and the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita for Solo Violin. I also love her version of Spiegel Im Spiegel.