The Young Artists Showcase this week presents selections from the opening concert of the 2015 Mannes Sounds Festival. Founded 99 years ago, the Mannes College of Music is now part of The New School. Next fall, after having several addresses on the Upper West Side, Mannes moves into a custom-built facility in the West Village.
Titled “American Fanfare,” the program opened with "Berceuse" and "Le Banjo" by 19th century New Orleans native Louis Moreau Gottschalk. More American showpieces follow, including etudes by Edward MacDowell from pianist Radoslawa Jasik, and soaring selections of Earl Wild’s virtuosic Gershwin Etudes performed by Kyle P. Walker. Amy Beach and Leonard Bernstein show that love poems by Robert Browning and French recipes by Emile Dumont, respectively, can make sweet music, as sung by sopranos Dorothy Gal and Barbara Kits, both students at Mannes. Flutist Lauren Osaka plays a graceful sonatina that seems to be the only composition by Georgia-born pianist Eldin Burton.
The program finale is a transcription of an arrangement of the famous spiritual "Deep River." Samuel Coleridge Taylor arranged the tune for piano, and Maud Powell made a transcription arrangement. Violinist Samuel Nebyu, now at Temple University, makes his first appearance on WQXR in this concert recording from last year’s Summit Music Festival.
Louis Moreau Gottschalk: "Berceuse," Op 47
Louis Moreau Gottschalk: "Le Banjo," Fantaisie Grotesque, Op. 15
— Vladimir Rumyantsec, piano.
Amy Beach: Robert Browning Songs, Op.44 (The Year's at the Spring; Ah, Love, but a Day!; I Send My Heart up to Thee!)
— Dorothy Gal, soprano; Jiin Jung, piano.
Edward MacDowell: Etudes (Wild Chase; Improvisation; Witch’s Dance)
— Radoslawa Jasik, piano.
Eldin Burton: Sonatina for flute and piano
— Lauren Osaka, flute; Haodong Wu, piano.
Leonard Bernstein: La Bonne Cuisine, Four Recipes for Voice and Piano (Plum Pudding; Ox Tails; Breast of Hen; Rabbit at Top Speed)
— Barbara Kits, soprano; Michael Stewart, piano.
Earl Wild: Etudes after Gershwin (Embraceable You; Lady Be Good; Fascinatin’ Rhythm)
— Kyle Walker, piano.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor/Traditional: "Deep River" (arr. by Maud Powell)
— Samuel Nebyu, violin; Yoni Levyatov, piano.