Russian clarinetist Alexey Gorokholinsky kicks off this episode with some spice when he performs Falla's Danse Espagnole in the WQXR studio. Now that he's racked up some top competition prizes and graduated from Juilliard, Gorokholinsky is honing his technique at The Academy, a group effort of Juilliard, the Weill Music Institute and Carnegie Hall. Coming from a musical family, Gorokholinsky's father frequently performs with his pianist mother.
Rounding out the program is Tchaikovsky's tender Sleeping Beauty Waltz, performed for us by pianist Claire Huangci. Recent winner of the United States Chopin competition, Claire has taken on the world in a series of high-profile engagements throughout Europe and Asia. In an interview, Claire noted that a composer's biography is important to her interpretation of the pieces she plays: "I feel that it is very important to know the personal life of a composer, if there was an important event going on in his life while writing a piece."
Alexey Gorokholinsky, clarinet
Falla - Danse Espagnole
Rachmaninoff - Vocalise
Bazzini - Dance of the Goblins
Claire Huangci, piano
Chopin - Ballade in G minor
Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty Waltz