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.
Born in 1897 in former Austria/Hungary, Erich Korngold became an American citizen in 1943 and resided in California. He is remembered for his composition of film scores in the 1930s/40s and was the first composer to receive and Oscar. After WWII, Korngold turned his focus to writing music for the concert hall. He wrote his violin concerto, dedicated to Alma Mahler, the widow of his childhood mentor Gustav Mahler. Its positive public approval and premiere and recordings by Jascha Heifetz made it a quick addition to the standard violin repertoire.
Here is Korngold’s Violin Concerto played beautifully by violinist Stefan Jackiw, and the Orquesta Sinfonica de RTVE conducted by Carlos Kalmar.
Internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine has put together a double-disc set album including all of Mozart’s violin concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364, and we’re offering it to you with your sustaining membership of $15 or more (or a lump sum gift of $180).
For this album Ms. Barton Pine worked with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and conductor Sir Neville Marriner. She has been listening to Sir Marriner and the Academy play Mozart ever since she was a child. She grew up listening to them on LP records given to her by her mother. Collaborating with these musicians was a dream she fulfilled. You can hear the level of dedication and passion from her and the Academy when you listen to this record. She has a very fine understanding of Mozart and expresses his music dramatically. She and her collaborators were detailed and precise during the recording process and didn’t stop until they achieved the perfect sound.
You can receive a copy of her new album when you contribute $15 or more during our Spring Membership Drive, March 23-28, 2015. Call (502) 814-6565 or give online.
Check out a video of Ms. Pine performing the 2nd movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 below.
Classical 90.5 is giving away a copy of Joshua Bell’s latest release which is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Felix Mendelssohn is credited for putting Bach’s music back into popular culture. If the current list of new recordings are any indication, Bach is still grabbing listeners’ ears.
Violinist Lisa Batiashvili put out her own recording of Bach’s violin and orchestra works recently. The Georgian violinist paired the concertos with chamber works by Bach and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel.
Pianist Andrew Rangell released a 3-CD set of keyboard masterworks by Bach. The Steinway & Sons recording includes the Goldberg Variations and the six partitas. This 2013 set is a collection of previously released recordings by Mr. Rangell.
Pianist Igor Levit has created quite a stir in the the classical recording world with his fiery performances. That includes his Sony Classical release of the six partitas by Bach.
The six French Suites by Bach are performed by pianist Sergey Schepkin on a new 2-CD set by Steinway & Sons. The set includes Bach Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue and Fantasia & Fugue in A minor.
Violinist Jinjoo Cho joined us in the Performance Studio of Classical 90.5 to perform a concert on February 3rd. Ms. Cho received the gold medal at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in September. The Gheens Great Expectations Program welcomed her and the administrator of the Gheens series pianist Jeff Jamner accompanied her. She gave an outstanding concert of “Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003” by J.S. Bach, “Sonata in E Minor, K. 304” by W.A. Mozart, and “Fantasy for Solo Violin” by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Daniel Gilliam hosted the concert, and spoke with Ms. Cho and Glen Kwok, Executive Director of ICVI.