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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Anne Akiko Meyers

Vivaldi / Meyers,Anne Akiko
Release Date: 02/04/2014 
Label:  eOne   Catalog #: 7790   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiArvo Pärt
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers
Conductor:  David Lockington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This new recording of Vivaldi’s famed Four Seasons – as well as the Vivaldi Triple Concerto on which Meyers plays all three parts – marks the recording debut of the 1741 "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesù violin, considered one of the finest sounding violins in existence. Performing with the English Chamber Orchestra under the direction of David Lockington, Ms. Meyers presents two Italian legends with Antonio Vivaldi and Guarneri del Gesù.

In January of 2013, Anne Akiko Meyers was awarded exclusive lifetime use of the legendary 1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu, which has been dubbed “the Mona Lisa of violins.” It is legendary for its peerless sound and near-pristine condition, and is believed to be the
Read more most expensive violin ever purchased. The violin has been guarded for centuries, and has not been in the recording studio until now.

Composed around 1723, The Four Seasons is today one of the most beloved musical compositions. Originally written and performed by Vivaldi and the chamber orchestra he formed at a girls’ orphanage in Venice, these concerti were largely forgotten after the composer’s death until their rediscovery in the 1920s and subsequent recording in the ’50s. A set of sonnets, likely penned by Vivaldi himself, accompany the score and describe the natural settings that inspired the music.

After the tremendous success of her last recording, Air: The Bach Album, where she performed both parts of the Bach Concerto for Two Violins, Ms. Meyers decided to do one better and perform all three solo parts of Vivaldi’s Triple Concerto RV551 in F Major. The Vivaldi works are separated by Arvo Pärt’s Baroque-inspired Passacaglia. For Ms. Meyers, a longtime champion of new music, Pärt’s music “speaks beautifully with direct simplicity and purity and demonstrates the instrument’s entire range of harmonies.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 "Four seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  David Lockington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
2. Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  David Lockington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
3. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  David Lockington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
4. Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  David Lockington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
5. Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  David Lockington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Venice, Italy 
6. Concerto for 3 Violins in F major, RV 551 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  David Lockington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Notes: Anne Akiko Meyers plays all three violin parts in this concerto. 
7. Passacaglia for Violin, String Orchestra and Vibraphone by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  David Lockington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2007 

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