NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley Boston, Massachusetts / 278

Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM  |  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory  |  Presented by From the Top


From our broadcast home, Boston, Massachusetts, this week’s From the Top features a pianist who, at the age of 9, was the youngest performer ever to sign with the recording label, EMI. Also, a phenomenal 16-year-old violinist tackles one of the most difficult and dazzling pieces for unaccompanied violin, and we’ll meet a 17-year-old who, having grown up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in San Francisco, has emerged to become a formidable young mezzo-soprano.

Performers & Repertoire

  • Etudes, Op. 10, No. 3 in E major and No. 12 in C minor, "Revolutionary" by Frédéric Chopin
  • "Bucking Bronco" from Cowboy Songs by Libby Larsen, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano
  • The third movement, Finale (Animé) from the Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor by Claude Debussy, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano
  • Sonata in D minor, Op. 27, No. 3, "Ballade" by Eugène Ysaÿe
  • The second movement, Chanson pour ma mie, and the fifth movement, Le cabridan, from Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley, piano
  • "La Campanella" from Grandes Études de Paganini, S.141, No. 3 in G-sharp minor by Franz Liszt

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Release Dates

  • Monday, May 19, 2014
  • Monday, November 18, 2013

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