A Visit with Astral Artists

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This week, the Young Artists Showcase visits with Astral Artists, the Philadelphia-based non-profit that selects and supports exceptional young artists. Since 1992, Astral Artists has presented emerging classical musicians, often in their Philadelphia debut.

First up is clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, performing the famous Debussy Rhapsodie and then world premiere of Te Souviens-tu?, a work commissioned from her father, the film and TV composer Jerome Langlois. Te Souviens-tu? recalls an island vacation during which de Guise-Langlois' mother was pregnant with her.

Then we reach back to another recital of Astral Artists with pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine and flutist Angel Hsiao. First a Bach flute sonata and then a work by contemporary Japanese composer Yuko Uebayashi. Like Te Souviens-tu?, Uebayashi’s Au-delá de temps is an evocation of a faraway place — in this case, the impressionistic work for two flutes and piano takes a sentimental journey from Kyoto to Paris.

Program details:

Clause Debussy: Premiere Rhapsodie pour Clarinette
Jerome Langlois: Te Souviens-tu? (Do you Remember?)
— Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Andrea Lam, piano.

J.S. Bach: Sonata for Flute in G minor, BWV 1020
— Angel Hsiao, flute; Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano.

Yuko Uebayashi: Au-delá de temps (Transcending Time)
— Angel Hsiao, Ya-Ting Yu, flute; Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano.

Recorded in concert, December 2012 and January 2013 in Philadelphia.