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The American Masters: Barber, Corigliano, Bates / Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; Slatkin, London SO

Audio Samples

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Violin, Op. 14
>Corigliano, John : Lullaby for Natalie, for violin & orchestra
>Bates, Mason : Concerto for Violin

Album Summary

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Violin, Op. 14
>Corigliano, John : Lullaby for Natalie, for violin & orchestra
>Bates, Mason : Concerto for Violin
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This album explores deep connections between the composers and the performers on the recording. The American Masters, Anne Akiko Meyer's 5th recording for eOne Music, features two world premiere recordings: a Violin Concerto written for her by Mason Bates and the exquisite Lullaby for Natalie by John Corigliao, composed on the occasion of the birth of Anne's first child, Natalie. Also included is Samuel Barber's seminal Violin Concerto, a work with which Anne made her recording debut at the age of 18. The musical DNA of Samuel Barber flows deeply throughout the entire program. Barber was Corigliano's mentor, and Corigliano mentored Mason Bates. Bates' Violin Concerto, which was co-commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony with Anne - has received performances with the Pittsburgh, Nashville, Detroit, Richmond and Chicago Symphony Orchestras in just the last two seasons. Four generations of friendship and shared ideas are captured in this recording, with liner notes written by Corigliano himself.

This new recording follows closely on the heels of Anne's recent release, "The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album," which debuted earlier this year at #1 on the Billboard Classical chart, and continues to have a presence on the chart to the time of the release of The American Masters.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
First, the label name stands for Entertainment One, which is the new name for Koch. They sure know how to record a violin with the London Symphony. The sound is warm, resonant, and beautifully balanced between soloist and orchestra. In the Barber Meyers is in excellent form. Her tone is warm and her technique is flawless. Mason Bates's Violin Concerto is owned so far by Meyers, who gave its world premiere in 2012 with the Pittsburgh Symphony and has performed it elsewhere as well. John Corigliano wrote his 'Lullaby for Natalie' in 2010 for Meyer's then unborn daughter. It is here especially that I wish Meyers had matched Slatkin's broader palette of tone colors and whispered pianissimos to express the work's beautiful tenderness.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: LSO St Lukes, London, England (09/2013).



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Works Details

>Barber, Samuel : Concerto for Violin, Op. 14
  • Performer: Anne Meyers (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Corigliano, John : Lullaby for Natalie, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Anne Meyers (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Bates, Mason : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Anne Meyers (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Running Time: 25 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012