Return to Philadelphia, Part 2

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This week's Young Artists Showcase is another return to Philadelphia for more from recent concerts presented by Astral Artists. Since 1992, Astral Artists has held annual auditions for exceptional young classical artists, often presenting their Philadelphia recital debut.

Last week the Young Artists Showcase presented flutist Angel Hsiao, a winner of the Astral Artists annual auditions, and introduced pianist Ilya Poletaev. This week, from her concert at the Trinity Center for Urban Life in Philadelphia, hear Hsiao perform the sumptuous Suite for Flute and Piano, Op 34 by Charles-Marie Widor.

Then we return to the Russian pianist Poletaev. Now an assistant professor at McGill University, he’s also lectured on sacred and early music at Yale. Poletaev introduced his performance from the stage of the Trinity Center, describing Robert Schumann’s Humoresque as "a personal diary ... a confession."

Program details:

Charles-Marie Widor: Suite for Flute and Piano, Op 34
— Angel Hsiao, flute; Alexander Moutouzkine, piano.

Schumann: Humoresque, Op. 20
— Ilya Poletaev, piano.

(encore) Schumann: "Abschied" ("Farewell") from Waldszenen Op. 82
— Ilya Poletaev, piano.

Live 2012 recordings from the Trinity Center for Urban Life in Philadelphia.

Comments [1]

George R Golden from Riverdale, NY

I wasn't fast enough to get from the garage to the apartment so I couldn't find out who/what I was listening to last night (7/24) at about 9:30. I checked the play list and it wasn't the Schumann Humoresque. Solo piano. There is a measure which --to my mind's ear -- strongly influenced a theme for one of the Bonfa-Jobim songs in the soundtrack for Black Orpheus. I forget the name of the tune (A Day in the Life?), but I heard the theme last night.
So what else were you playing in the 9:15-9:40 time frame last night?
Thanks for getting back to me.

Jul. 25 2013 08:52 AM

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