Episode #1929

Selections From the Mannes Sounds Festival

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

(The Concert Hall at Mannes College in Manhattan)

This week's show features a sampling from the Mannes Sounds Festival, a remarkable series of recitals thematically curated by faculty at Mannes College The New School for Music. These selections were performed by master’s students during six keyboard-centered concerts recorded this past fall.

Programs included a celebration of Francis Poulenc; explorations of nature and religion in music; character studies from Couperin, Beethoven and Virgil Thompson; and an evening of music inspired by the Scriabin piece Vers la flame or Toward the Light. For the finale, you'll hear excerpts from L' Histoire de Babar, Poulenc’s musical telling of the 1931 French children's book, "Babar the Little Elephant."

Program playlist:
Poulenc: Sextet for Winds and Piano, first movement
— Vladimir Rumyansev, piano; Lauren Osaka, flute; Michelle Pan, oboe; Artemis Cheung, clarinet; Joshua Hodge, bassoon; Gal Guttman, horn.
Scriabin: Vers la flame (Toward the Light), Op. 72
— Reed Tetzloff, piano.
Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (arr. Kempff)
— Daniel Feng, piano.
Liszt: Legend of St. Francis on the Waves
— Daniel Feng, piano.
Couperin: The Bees; Bourbon Lady
— David Mamedov, piano.
Beethoven: Bagatelle Op. 33, No. 1
— Shang Yu, piano.
Virgil Thomson: Two Portraits
— Shuhui Zhou, piano.
Prokofiev: Grasshoppers and Dragonflies from Cinderella, Op. 87
-- Ariela Bohrod, piano
Copland: The Cat and The Mouse
— Jorge Tabares, piano.
Poulenc: excerpts from L' Histoire de Babar
— Zheng Wang, piano; Santiago Lamelin, narrator.

Produced by:

Aaron Dalton

Comments [1]

Jared Lowe from Southwest Virginia

When I was in middle and high school, I always looked forward to the master classes given by Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Valjarivic at my community college's "Spotlight on Talent" event headed by Mary Lawson. One year I played Grieg's Lyric Piece, March of the Dwarfs, for the concluding recital. Pavlina decided to turn pages for me, even though I didn't need it, making me incredibly nervous. When I got through the middle section flawlessly, she whispered to me, "wonderful job," and I almost fell apart after that! It was such a joy to learn from these talented pianists.

Jan. 28 2015 09:27 PM

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