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In October 2008, From the Top and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra collaborated for three live concerts at Cincinnati Music Hall. Bringing together the energy of promising and engaging young artists, the affable presence of host Christopher O'Riley, and the power of Maestro Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, the concert series culminated in this recording for Telarc Records and a From the Top broadcast on NPR. The Cincinnati Enquirer called the featured performers, "mature beyond their years, with jaw-dropping talent" and acknowledged that "these gifted musicians are also articulate, interesting and yes, normal kids."

Telarc Records, From the Top and the Cincinnati Pops are pleased to share one exceptional new composition and seven masterful performances by these outstanding kids, who are as much fun to meet as they are to listen to on this CD.

Track listing:

EDVARD GRIEG (1843-1907)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
1. I. Allegro molto moderato [13:00]
Ji-Yong, piano,
Midland, New Jersey, age 17

MAX BRUCH (1838-1920)
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26
2. III. Finale: Allegro energico [7:48]
Chad Hoopes, violin,
Shaker Heights, Ohio, age 14

STEPHEN FEIGENBAUM (b. 1989)
3. Serenade for Strings (2005) [6:42]
Stephen Feigenbaum Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Stephen Feigenbaum, composer,
Winchester, Massachusetts, age 19

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Piano Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
4. I. Allegro [3:32]
5. II. Largo [2:38]
6. III. Presto [3:38]
Hilda Huang, piano,
Palo Alto, California, age 12

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Concerto for Violin,
Piano and Strings in D minor
7. III. Allegro molto [8:56]
Caroline Goulding, violin,
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, age 16
Christopher O'Riley, piano

DAVID POPPER (1843-1913)
8. Hungarian Rhapsodie, Op.68 [8:49]
Matthew Allen, cello,
Tallahassee, Florida, age 16

RUSSELL PECK (1945-2009)
The Upward Stream
9. III. Allegro molto [6:41]
Pecktacular Music (ASCAP)
Corey Dundee, tenor saxophone,
Charlotte, North Carolina, age 17

Total Playing Time [62:11]

All featured artists originally appeared on NPR's From the Top.
Recording Producers: Robert Woods and Elaine Martone
Music Producer, From the Top: Tom Vignieri
Recording Engineer: Michael Bishop
 

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