Selections From the Mannes Sounds Festival

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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.