Reprises, Reprieves and Loose Ends

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Cellist Cicely Parnas

After a bit of spring cleaning, this week's episode features some previous sessions in honor of new achievements.

To start, pianist Charlie Albright performs a curious piece: the complete Schulz-Evler Variations on the Blue Danube Waltz. Albright recently received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and on the concert the Young Artists Showcase aired a few weeks ago, he improvised on four notes he took from the audience. In fact, he’d done the same thing in the Young Artists Showcase studio some four years ago.

Next is a session with Chinese tenor Yi Li, then a student at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Li was recently at The Greene Space at WQXR to debut as a winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. At the session in 2012, Li shared some of his favorite Chinese folk songs, including "Under the Silver Moonlight" and "Love Song from the Grassland."

Wrapping up the program is a live performance from a gala concert where cellist Cicely Parnas, then just a teenager, received awards from Young Concert Artists. The Debussy Cello Sonata that Parnas played that evening will also be on the program for her Merkin Hall debut next week.

Program Details:

Adolf Schulz-Evler: "Arabesques," Variations on the Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss, Op. 12
Albright: Improvisational C-sharp minor fantasy
— Charlie Albright, piano. Recorded live in the Young Artists Studio studio.

Traditional Tatar song: "Under the Silver Moonlight"
Traditional Yunnan song: "Missing My Mother"
Qin Zhu: "Love Song from the Grassland"
Traditional Uygur: "Alamuhan"
Bizet: "Flower Song" from Carmen
— Li Yi, tenor; Mark Gibson, piano. Recorded live in the Young Artists Studio studio.

Debussy: Sonata in G Minor
— Cicely Parnas, cello; Noreen Polera, piano.