From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley: Classical Music Podcast From the Top, hosted by acclaimed concert pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcases the music, stories, and unique humor of America's best young classical musicians.
From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley

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Listening to every single piece by Beethoven

Listening to every single piece by Beethoven

Listening to every single piece by Beethoven

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Show 347 | McLean VA

From McLean, Virginia, this week's program features a wild performance by 14-year-old violist who tackles a piece written by Hindemith with the extraordinary tempo marking of 600-640 beats per minute... a tender performance of the song "Pure Imagination" from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory performed on the marimba ... and we'll hear how studying music helped one young musician grow up and cope with Tourette's Syndrome.

Show 347 | McLean VA

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A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel

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A teenage pianist gives an exclusive sneak peek of her upcoming YA novel

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Show 338 | New York NY

This week's From the Top from Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Room will feature, for only the second time in From the Top's history, a teenage counter-tenor. He performs two beautiful art songs with his teenage guitar-playing collaborator. Also on the program, a piece by a young composer is given its radio premiere by a quintet of From the Top alums, and a 16-year-old pianist who could give Yuja wang a run for her money performs a fiery piece by Alberto Ginastera.

Show 338 | New York NY

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The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore

The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore

The genre bending string trio, Time for Three, performs an encore

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Show 346 | Boston MA

From our hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, this show features internationally renowned special guests Time for Three alongside extraordinary young musicians from Boston and beyond! We enjoy a movement of Beethoven's Piano Trio in E-flat major performed by 3 musicians under the age of 13, a teenage cellist opens up about how performing Schumann has helped her express herself, and Time for Three joins for a hauntingly beautiful sextet before ending the program with their rousing original composition, "Joy".

Show 346 | Boston MA

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Show 337 | York PA

From York, Pennsylvania, this week's From the Top features outstanding young musicians soloing with the York Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Lawrence Golan. We'll enjoy a 17-year-old's performance of one of Schumann's most beautiful works for cello, a teenager that switched his focus from soccer to clarinet thanks to a life-changing concert experience, and a young violinist tackles Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the York Symphony Orchestra.

Show 337 | York PA

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Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist

Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist

Fattening up your 16th notes — Christopher O_Riley coaches a young violinist

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Show 336 | Longview TX

From Longview, Texas this week's program features a 12-year-old pianist from East Texas performing the music of Paderewski, a heartfelt performance of Faure's "Elegy" performed by a teenager from the Chicago area and we'll hear a moving from the young flutist on the program who's rancher grandfather sold much of his herd of cattle to support her musical studies.

Show 336 | Longview TX

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Show HL-25

Featuring nearly twice as much music as From the Top's regular episodes, this highlights program celebrates some of the best performances by young people From the Top has presented over the past couple of seasons. An irresistibly charming 11-year-old violinist performs the music of Claude Debussy, a teenage soprano describes her charmed meeting with the great opera diva Renee Fleming, and we'll hear one of the greatest young trumpet players we've ever had on the program perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

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