Title - 'Mirror In Mirror'
Artist - Anne Akiko Meyers
For those not in the classical know, Anne Akiko Meyers is an American concert violinist who performs as soloist and recitalist.
Indeed, Meyers was the top-selling classical instrumentalist of 2014 on Billboard's traditional classical charts.
Superstar violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is now back with Mirror In Mirror (out now via AVIE Records), which marks her 37th studio album; and perhaps even her most personal project to date.
With the exception of Ravel, Anne collaborated with all of the composers and arrangers on this album, with several of the works having been written explicitly for her.
The music is reflective and spiritual, and weaves a compelling story. Philip Glass' "Metamorphosis II" opens the album and now featuring an arrangement commissioned by Anne, seems to take on a whole new wondrous life.
Indeed, the original version inspired the next track, "Fratres" by Arvo Part, whose "Spiegel im Spiegel" (Mirror in Mirror) not only provides the albums title, but is also the next track. To my mind, the two violin and piano pieces are simply stunning works of captivating compositional art and a blessing to have on this recording.
After a stirring rendition of "Tzigane" (which, interestingly enough, was originally written for violin and piano) from Maurice Ravel, we get a rather splendid John Corigliano "Lullaby for Natalie," which was actually written to commemorate the birth of Anne's first daughter. Reading the liner notes, Anne comments that it did seem to put her daughter to sleep, but hopefully it won't have the same effect on those adults that listen to it now!
Over the years, Anne has commissioned numerous works by Polish born composer Jakub Ciupinski who combines acoustic instruments with electronics in, for me, the stand out track of this new album, "Edo Lullaby."
Embracing a modern setting of a traditional Japanese melody that Anne recalls from her childhood, that's backed seamlessly by another one of his, "Wreck of the Umbria" (which conjures the composers dive and discovery of the ship off the coast of Sudan).
With both tracks using electronics in varying degrees to enhance and accompany the solo violin, this brilliantly exquisite album then rounds out with another Anne commission. Furthermore, it's the premiere recording of Morten Lauridsen's own arrangement for violin and orchestra of his most famous choral composition, "O Magnum Mysterium".
Here we find that the brilliant Philharmonia Orchestra is conducted by the uber talented Kristjan Järvi. A great conductor and composer, his baton work compliments the compositions elegance brought forth by the Orchestra something righteous.
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