Show 278 | Boston, Massachusetts

Recorded: Sunday, October 6, 2013

From our broadcast home, Boston, Massachusetts, this week’s From the Top features a pianist who, at the age of nine, was the youngest performer ever to sign with the recording label, EMI. Also, a phenomenal 16-year-old violinist tackles one of the most difficult and dazzling pieces for unaccompanied violin, and we’ll meet a 17-year-old who, having grown up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in San Francisco, has emerged to become a formidable young mezzo-soprano.

Performers and repertoire:

16-year-old pianist Niu Niu, originally from China, and currently studying at Walnut Hill School for the Arts performs Etudes, Op. 10, No. 3 in E major and No. 12 in C minor, “Revolutionary” by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849).

17-year-old mezzo-soprano Olivia Cosio from San Francisco, California, performs “Bucking Bronco” from Cowboy Songs by Libby Larsen, accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.

17-year-old cellist Lev Mamuya from Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, performs III. Finale (Animé) from the Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.

16-year-old violinist Yuki Beppu from Lexington, Massachusetts, performs Sonata in D minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade” by Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931).

17-year-old saxophonist Chad Lilley from Olney, Maryland, performs II. Chanson pour ma mie and V. Le cabridan from Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice (1910-1967), accompanied by Christopher O’Riley, piano.

16-year-old pianist Niu Niu, originally from China and currently studying at Walnut Hill School for the Arts performs “La Campanella” from Grandes Études de Paganini, S.141, No. 3 in G-sharp minor by Franz Liszt (1811-1886).

 

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