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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 • 192 Ratings

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

    Earth Day Special: Trees and Swans

    Earth Day Special: Trees and Swans

    We're paying homage to our beautiful planet and the works of art it inspires! A teen harpist from rural California performs Gary Schocker's Memory of Trees, a contemplation of the effects of climate change. Finally, a 17-year-old cellist will play The Swan and speak of her work in environmental advocacy.

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    • 22 min
    Earth Day Special: Clouds and Beetles

    Earth Day Special: Clouds and Beetles

    We're celebrating Earth Day with performances that celebrate our natural world. Up first, a young oboist performs a piece inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings of jimson weed and speaks about volunteering in a community garden. We also meet a teen pianist who performs Tan Dun's colorful homage to the Chinese countryside and a composer who connects with nature through the study of insects and shares a work inspired by the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle.

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    • 38 min
    Sonatas! Saint Saëns and Frank

    Sonatas! Saint Saëns and Frank

    We continue our exploration of the sonata with two teens from Southern California. We hear a bassoonist performing Saint Saëns and a pianist performing an exciting work by American composer Gabriela Lena Frank. Finally, we are treated to a flashback finale of an outstanding flutist playing Dorff's Salmon Lake.

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    • 33 min
    Sonatas! Bach, Beethoven, Brahms

    Sonatas! Bach, Beethoven, Brahms

    We hear a range of sonatas including Bach performed on marimba, a late Beethoven work for cello and piano, and a Brahms viola sonata. Performed by teens from Arizona and Texas!

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    • 42 min
    Liszt and Brahms with Guest Host Orli Shaham

    Liszt and Brahms with Guest Host Orli Shaham

    A 17-year-old violist performs a moving Brahms Sonata with guest host Orli Shaham and we meet a talented teenage pianist who plays one of Liszt's great works for piano. More at: https://fromthetop.org/show/show-450/

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    • 30 min
    Classics with Guest Host Orli Shaham

    Classics with Guest Host Orli Shaham

    Pianist Orli Shaham meets an 11-year-old violinist who moved from Sydney to New York to pursue music and collaborates with a gifted teen on Rebecca Clarke's viola sonata. Finally, we meet a pianist who tells us about Chopin's mazurkas and life at his New England boarding school. More at: https://fromthetop.org/show/show-450/

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
192 Ratings

192 Ratings

DC Wash ,

Magnificent

The music is incredible. The interview with the musicians reveal the heart and intellect behind that music. Impressive for sure.

JuilliardVoice ,

The host!

The new host Peter Dugan makes this show even better! So happy he’s at the helm leading the new generation with an open heart and keen ear.

Pete Trg ,

An institution

Great show, esp the Christopher O’Reilly episodes before 2018

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