From The Top at the Pops
CAT # 80745-25
1. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16: I. Allegro molto moderato 13:00 2. Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26: III. Finale: Allegro energico 7:48 3. Feigenbaum: Serenade for Strings 6:42 4. Bach: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: I. Allegro 3:32 5. Bach: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo -- 2:38 6. Bach: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: III. Presto 3:38 7. Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings in D minor: III. Allegro molto 8:56 8. Popper: Hungarian Rhapsodie, Op. 68 8:49 9. Peck: The Upward Stream: III. Allegro molto 6:41
Top Young Musicians join Erich Kunzel and Cincinnati Pops on a New Release Celebrating From the Top’s 10th Anniversary Season Release on Telarc.
“A celebration of extraordinary musicians who happen to be teenagers.” Boston Globe
In the past decade, From the Top has established itself as the preeminent showcase for young musicians, celebrating the performances and personal stories of America’s top pre-collegiate classical musicians. What began as a radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the fastest growing and most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio – broadcast on nearly 250 stations nationwide. Today, the non-profit organization reaches millions each week through radio, television and online media, education and community outreach programs, and a national tour of live events. Now in their 10th Anniversary season, From the Top has joined forces with Telarc and the Cincinnati Pops to release their first major label recording, featuring a bright and diverse group of musicians from around the country.
In October 2008, From the Top and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra collaborated for three live concerts at Cincinnati Music Hall. Bringing together the energy of promising and engaging young artists, the affable presence of host Christopher O’Riley, and the power of Maestro Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, the concert series culminated in this recording and a From the Top broadcast on NPR. The Cincinnati Enquirer called the featured performers, “mature beyond their years, with jaw-dropping talent” and acknowledged that “these gifted musicians are also articulate, interesting and yes, normal kids.”
Musicians who take part in From the Top at the Pops include Korean-born Pianist Ji-Yong, 18, of Midland, NJ who at age 10 was the youngest pianist ever to win the New York Philharmonic Young Artists Competition. He performs the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. Violinist Chad Hoopes, 15, of Shaker Heights, Ohio was a recent winner of the Yehudi Menuhin Competition and performs a movement from Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor. “Serenade for Strings,” a Music Teacher’s National Association award-winning work by 20 year-old composer, Stephen Feigenbaum of Winchester, MA receives its symphonic world premiere on this release. Hilda Huang, 13, of Palo Alto, CA, a 2008 Davidson Fellow (awarded by the Davidson Institute of Talent Development), plays J.S. Bach’s Concerto No. 5 in F Minor. Caroline Goulding, 16, of Cleveland, OH is joined by Christopher O’Riley in a performance of Mendelssohn’s rarely heard Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings. Caroline Goulding is again joined by Christopher O’Riley as she makes her solo recording debut on a Telarc release also available on August 25th. When he was just 13, Matthew Allen became the youngest member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in Florida. Now 17, Matthew performs the “Hungarian Rhapsodie” by David Popper on this release. Corey Dundee, 18 of Charlotte, NC closes the program with Russell Peck’s The Upward Stream, the work with which the tenor saxophonist secured a win in the prestigious Concerto Competition at the Interlochen Center of the Arts.
“Words cannot express the emotion I felt,” says Erich Kunzel about the experience of conducting the young musicians for this recording. “Our performances were more than making great music, rather they were about hope and the future of our nation. The youth who performed were exemplary individuals in every manner and it showed both on and off stage, and their infectious desire for outstanding performance radiated to the members of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and audience.”
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