Anne Akiko Meyers – The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anne Akiko Meyers – The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album (2014)
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Anne Akiko Meyers presents The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, also featuring the Vivaldi Triple Concerto (where she plays all 3 parts) and Arvo Part’s Passacaglia with the English Chamber Orchestra. The Four Seasons is a compilation of four violin concertos, Vivaldi’s best known classical compositions originally published in 1725. Each concerto represents and evokes a respective season, “Spring,” “Summer,” “Autumn,” and “Winter.” This will mark the debut recording of the ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’.

For more information about this album, including an interview with Anne Akiko Meyers, click here.

American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers has charted out an independent career by dint of unusual programming, an intensely lyrical style, and connections that have allowed her to play a really striking group of violins. Here the programming is adventurous only in the inclusion of Arvo Pärt’s Passacaglia in an album devoted to Vivaldi, and indeed the Pärt work seems to come out of left field. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons violin concertos are perhaps the most common item in the entire classical repertory, and the accompaniment here by the English Chamber Orchestra, which must have played these pieces hundreds or thousands of times, is standard. But the other arrows in Meyers’ quiver don’t fail her. The star of the show here is perhaps the violin, an instrument by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù that, Meyers notes, is considered one of the finest in existence, and it’s never been heard on recordings before. It was owned by Romantic-era violinist-composer Henri Vieuxtemps, and legend has it that Eugène Ysaÿe carried it behind Vieuxtemps’ casket on its own silk cusion at Vieuxtemps’ funeral. For the purposes of this recording, though, the relevant information is that Guarneri was nearly an exact contemporary of Vivaldi, and that Meyers draws from it a rather eerie meeting of instrumental sound and composition. The ultra-famous middle movement of the “Winter” concerto (track 11) is well worth hearing one more time here; it simply has very rarely had such a combination of soaring songfulness and sheer instrumental power. The recording of the album was apparently a complex process, taking place at Henry Wood Hall in London with “additional recording done September 6, 2013,” in Purchase, New York. Whatever this is supposed to mean, the engineers did their job of getting a really spectacular violin to communicate some of its riches through the digital haze. And that’s the main attraction here.

Tracklist:
01 – Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring): I. Allegro
02 – Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring): II. Largo e pianissimo sempre
03 – Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera” (Spring): III. Danza pastorale
04 – Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “L’estate” (Summer): I. Allegro non molto
05 – Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “L’estate” (Summer): II. Adagio e piano – Presto e forte
06 – Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, “L’estate” (Summer): III. Presto
07 – Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “L’autunno” (Autumn): I. Allegro
08 – Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “L’autunno” (Autumn): II. Adagio molto
09 – Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “L’autunno” (Autumn): III. Allegro
10 – Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L’inverno” (Winter): I. Allegro non molto
11 – Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L’inverno” (Winter): II. Largo
12 – Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L’inverno” (Winter): III. Allegro
13 – Passacaglia
14 – Concerto in F major, RV 551, for Three Violins: I. Allegro
15 – Concerto in F major, RV 551, for Three Violins: II. Andante
16 – Concerto in F major, RV 551, for Three Violins: III. Allegro

Musicians:
Anne Akiko Meyers – violin
English Chamber Orchestra
David Lockington – conductor

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