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'The Vivaldi Album' The Four Seasons / Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Pärt, Arvo : Passacaglia for violin & piano (or 1-2 violins, vibraphone ad lib & string orchestra)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 3 violins, strings & continuo in F major, RV 551
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Anne Akiko Meyers is a name that is synonymous with virtuosity, sophistication, and beauty. The release of "The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album" marks her fourth appearance on the eOne Music label, and this undertaking raises the artistic bar even further than her last release, "Air: the Bach Album," which spent 4 weeks in the #1 Classical Billboard Chart position, and a total of 28 weeks on the Classical Chart.

While Ms. Meyers happens to ba seasoned professional in the recording studio, her recently acquired violin, the Guarneri del Gesu Vieuxtemps, is not. 273 years after is creation. The fiddle is making its recording debut. This violin, in fact, was created in the same - 1741 - that Vivaldi died. But the parallels between the GDG Vieuxtemps and Vivaldi do not end there.

Vivaldi, while a household anem today, was relatively unknown to the world until a collection of his music was found in an Italian boarding school in 1926. Thanks to the thoughtful and diligent work of a librarian from Turin who reconstructed and preserved the collection of manuscripts, Vivaldi's music made a resurgence on the concert stage. "The Four Seasons," which is a featured work on this recording, is, in fact, Vivaldi's most popular work.

While Vivaldi's works were being rediscovered and performed for the first time, the GDG Vieuxtemps was about to be into hibernation lying dormant under the bed of a violin collector in London. For the better part of 50 years, the instrument was not played in public, nor did it ever receive a commercial recording. Having received a lifetime loan of the fiddle from an anonymous donor in the fall of 2012, Anne has played it around the world. The instrument has debuted in New York's Carnegie Hall, Detroit, Los Angeles, Estonia, Taiwan and in recordings with the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. The GDG Vieuxtemps is widely regarded as the finest violin in the world, and one of just 150 surviving violins from the hands of this exceptional luthier.

A great part of the success of this recording is due in part to the splendid performances English Chamber Orchestra under the baton of maestro David Lockington, in which they are an ideal match of the power and beauty of the soloist and her instrument. The performances of the "Four Seasons" are spirited and effervescent, with the orchestral tuttis masterfully balanced with the power of the solo instrument. Ms. Meyers is playing all three parts of the Concerto RV551 on the Guarneri del Gesu Vieutemp. The marriage of the three solo parts together results in an amazingly powerful layering of sound. The Vivaldi works is a hauntingly beautiful piece by Arvo Part, whose music speaks beautifully with direct simplicity and purity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (08/02/2013-08/04/2013); Performing Arts Center, Purchase, New York, Theatre C (08/02/2013-08/04/2013); Henry Wood Hall, London (09/06/2013); Performing Arts Center, Purchase, New York, Theatre C (09/06/2013).



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performer: Anne Meyers (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Lockington
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/06/2013); Performing Arts Center, Purchase, New York, Theatre C (09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Passacaglia for violin & piano (or 1-2 violins, vibraphone ad lib & string orchestra)
  • Performer: Anne Meyers (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Lockington
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/06/2013); Performing Arts Center, Purchase, New York, Theatre C (09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 3 violins, strings & continuo in F major, RV 551
  • Performer: Anne Meyers (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Lockington
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (09/06/2013); Performing Arts Center, Purchase, New York, Theatre C (09/06/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742