Awarded Billboard’s 2014 top-selling classical instrumentalist, Anne Akiko Meyers‘ latest recording, Serenade: The Love Album, drastically contrasts with most of her other recordings. Serenade: The Love Album showcases not only her virtuosic violin playing, but her love of modern and cinematic music. Executive produced by Meyers herself, the album also features the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart.
The album begins with Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade, a five-movement piece based upon the Plato’s Symposium. This piece sets a tone for the rest of the album, what Ms. Meyer’s considers to be a tribute to her parents 50th wedding anniversary. Rather than choosing pre-existing arrangements for violin and orchestra to complete the album, Ms. Meyers herself commissioned seven arrangers to arrange the rest of the album’s music. The other ten arrangements are world premieres and and beautifully carry the message of love. The highlights from the rest of the album include George Gershwin’s Summertime and Wish Upon A Star composed by Leigh Harline.
You can receive a copy of her new album when you contribute $15 or more during our Fall Membership Drive, October 12-17, 2015. Call (502) 814-6565 or give online.
With a collective half-century of performing, Andreas Staier and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra release their sixth recording project with Bach’s harpsichord concertos. Available from Harmonia Mundi on August 13, 2015, we’ll feature this new album all week on Classical 90.5.
His latest album skews a little older, with Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana, inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s character Johannes Kreisler; and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petroushka, a solo piano adaptation of the larger ballet’s more memorable moments. Night Fantasies, the most recently composed work on the album, was composed by Elliott Carter (for Paul Jacobs, a former NYPO pianist) and inspired by the solo piano music of Robert Schumann.
Here’s an excerpt from Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques performed by the New York Philharmonic, with a prominent role for pianist Eric Huebner.
In her second full-length studio album, Rachel Grimes offers a contemplative soundscape of chamber music in The Clearing. The composer/pianist is joined by collaborators from Louisville, and from the Amsterdam Sinfoniette, cellist Helen Money and sound designer Scott Morgan (LOSCIL). Listen to some of the music below and watch a video from Grimes’ members-only performance here at Classical 90.5.
Rachel Grimes and Ensemble perform at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on June 26th as part of a presentation through the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.
Trumpeter Michael Tunnell left a legacy of recorded music from his 40-year career, before passing away last year. One of his last projects was recording a CD of music written for him and an instrument he championed, the Corno da caccia. “nevolution” features works written for him by his colleagues and friends, which Tunnell summarizes in the liner notes when he says the project, “…is all about friendship and music making…” You can purchase a copy here.