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NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.

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    • 4.6 • 141 Ratings

NPR's From the Top showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.

    Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, & Florence Price

    Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, & Florence Price

    A late Beethoven piano sonata is performed by a teenage pianist. He's joined by a string quartet made up entirely of siblings, a talented 16-year-old violinist, and a cellist who shares a moving performance of Rachmaninoff.

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    Violinist Tessa Lark Joins Young Musicians for Bach, Dvorák, & more

    Violinist Tessa Lark Joins Young Musicians for Bach, Dvorák, & more

    GRAMMY-nominated violinist and From the Top Co-Host / Creative Tessa Lark joins Peter Dugan and a cohort of extraordinary teenage musicians in this episode. A 15-year-old violinist gets a coaching from Tessa and we hear performances of Bach, Chopin, Dvorák and more.

    • 1 hr
    Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

    Bach Sonatas, A Chopin Nocturne, & Carmen Fantasie

    A teenage flutist's playful performance of Carmen Fantasie kicks off this week's program. We also meet a precocious group of young musicians playing the music of Bach, Chopin, and Cahuzac.

    • 1 hr
    A Haydn Concerto, A Virtuosic Teenage Cellist, and an Homage to Bach

    A Haydn Concerto, A Virtuosic Teenage Cellist, and an Homage to Bach

    A brilliant young trumpeter performs the music of Haydn. He's joined by a 15-year-old cellist performing a classic showpiece, a talented teenage piano duo from Hawaii, and two young musicians with deeply expressive solo performances.

    • 1 hr
    A Schumann Quartet, music by Coleridge-Taylor and musical entrepreneurs

    A Schumann Quartet, music by Coleridge-Taylor and musical entrepreneurs

    It's our "Where are They Now" show where we find out what alumni of From the Top have been doing lately and hear their fantastic music. We revisit two alums who are part of the award winning Calidore String Quartet, speak to a harpist who's founded her own non-profit and enjoy a thrilling new work for cello.

    • 1 hr
    A Honolulu Sister Duo, a Teenage Harpist & a World Premiere

    A Honolulu Sister Duo, a Teenage Harpist & a World Premiere

    Two sisters from Hawaii kick off the program with the virtuosic music of Sarasate, we enjoy an expressive performance of Villa-Lobos by a young cellist, a stunning harp-piano duo, and the world premiere of a teenage composer's work for string quartet.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

jrd220 ,

The best!

I look forward to From the Top each week. These young musicians are incredibly inspiring and the host, Peter, is a breath of fresh air!

MA Music Lover ,

Fantastic show

I love From the Top.The most recent show, “Shostakovich, and 11-year-old guitarist, and new music,” was just superb.All of the young musicians played beautifully and I really loved their interviews. Thank you for all you do.

Otter79Reviewer ,

Impressive

The musicians are definitely impressive. Interesting selection of music. Interesting to get to know the performers a bit. Love the episodes where alumni are interviewed.

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