Anne Akiko Meyers

When violinist Anne Akiko Meyers embarked on a new interpretation of Philip Glass' "Metamorphosis," the composer directed her to his longtime collaborator Michael Reisman.

Turns out Reisman was already collaborating with Meyers in her new release in an arrangement of Arvo Pärt's "Fratres."

These two meditative pieces on Meyers' album Mirror in Mirror (itself a reference to Pärt) contribute to a whole characterized by haunting beauty—featuring lullabies and sunken ships.

Anne Akiko Meyer's latest album Fantasia is a labor of deep affinity, one that began with a chance record store find, and culminated in her collaborating with one of the composers that inspired her, Einojuhani Rautavaara.

"Fantasia" takes its title from that collaboration, the final work of Rautavaara, who is described by Meyers, alongside Karol Szymanowski and Maurice Ravel, as a "master colorist" of classical music.

"My goal was to feature this riotous color throughout," says Meyers. "There's such a beautiful story throughout each work."

American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers was seduced by stage and film music that had no violin score for her to play, so she commissioned seven renowned arrangers to do just that. The result is her recent release Serenade: the Love Album, which also includes Leonard Bernstein's iconic and under-recorded "Serenade: After Plato's Symposium." Find out more in my interview with Meyers.

Violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers performs a variety songs by an array of composers from many veins of genre and style on her latest release Serenade: The Love Album. But for many of the pieces that appear on the album, no arrangements for violin existed until Meyers made it her business to change all that, commissioning new arrangements of the songs by musicians like Brad Dechter and Steven Mercurio. Hear her comments on the subject as she speaks with Katy Henriksen on Wednesday’s show.   

Violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers performs a variety songs by an array of composers from many veins of genre and style on her latest release Serenade: The Love Album. But for many of the pieces that appear on the album, no arrangements for violin existed until Meyers made it her business to change all that, commissioning new arrangements of the songs by musicians like Brad Dechter and Steven Mercurio. Hear her comments on the subject as she speaks with Katy Henriksen on Wednesday’s show.   

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