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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.

    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
    Musical Feast: Teen Composer and Erhu

    Musical Feast: Teen Composer and Erhu

    We meet a teen composer who performs her own work on cello, learn about the beauty of the erhu, and discover the joy of marching bands through the experiences of a teen flutist. Learn more about the musicians and repertoire featured on this episode: https://fromthetop.org/show/show-449/

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    • 45 min
    Musical Feast: Cassadó to Schumann

    Musical Feast: Cassadó to Schumann

    We talk about the healing nature of music with a violist who performs Schumann. We hear a vibrant performance inspired by Las Vegas from a teen pianist and join a young cellist as she performs and reflects on Cassadó's imaginative Dance of the Green Devil. Learn more about the musicians and repertoire featured on this episode: https://fromthetop.org/show/show-449/

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    • 31 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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