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Serenade - The Love Album / Anne Akiko Meyers

Meyers / London Symphony Orchestra / Lockhart
Release Date: 09/18/2015 
Label:  eOne   Catalog #: 7792   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonard BernsteinEnnio MorriconeDavid RaskinGeorge Gershwin,   ... 
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Violin virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers explores and celebrates the facets of love with a stunning new album of works for violin and orchestra.

Serenade: The Love Album is an exploration of love in all its dimensions, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s “Serenade” and ten world premieres from seven living composer-arrangers. “Serenade” is one of Leonard Bernstein’s masterpieces, and was recorded in anticipation of the composer’s upcoming 100th birthday celebration. It is based on a reading of Plato’s Symposium, in which seven ancient Greek philosophers debate the meaning of love. Anne Akiko Meyers, a champion of living composers, commissioned seven renowned composer-arrangers to create ten works for violin and orchestra from
Read more love-inspired music from stage and film to pair with the Serenade. The London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart join Anne in this recording, which will be released on the celebration of Anne’s own parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, produced by Susan Napodano DelGiorno and engineered by GRAMMY-award winner Silas Brown.

Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade, originally titled Symposium, is a five movement tour de force for violin, strings, harp, and percussion. It was premiered by Isaac Stern in Venice on September 12, 1954, with the composer conducting and is Bernstein’s most popular piece for solo instrumentalist and orchestra.

New works include orchestrated arrangements of modern classics such as Brad Dechter’s versions of “Laura,”* Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and a bluesy, honky-tonk iteration of “Summertime.” “Gabriel’s Oboe,” arranged by J.A.C. Redford, with its acrobatic, high notes, is juxtaposed poignantly with the solemn beauty of Steven Mercurio’s take on “Emmanuel.” Matthew Naughtin’s tongue-in-cheek “Jalousie,” bookended by elements of the Tchaikovsky Violin concerto, energetically flows into Astor Piazzolla’s soul-busting “Oblivion,” arranged by Peter von Weinhardt, and to the magical luster of Leigh Harline’s “When You Wish Upon a Star,” arranged by father-son composing duo Steven and Adam Schoenberg. Dechter’s soaring reworking of “I’ll Be Seeing You” and Bernstein’s “Somewhere” from West Side Story close out the album.

Serenade: The Love Album was recorded on the ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu violin, dated 1741, which is considered by many to be the finest sounding violins in existence. Anne Akiko Meyers has been awarded exclusive lifetime use of this instrument.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
2.
Cinema Paradiso: Love Theme by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Italy 
Notes: Arranger: Angela Morley 
3.
Laura by David Raskin
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Notes: Arranger: Brad Dechter 
4.
Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch over me by George Gershwin
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Notes: Arranger: Brad Dechter 
5.
Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Notes: Arranger: Brad Dechter 
6.
Emmanuel by Michel Colombier
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Arranger: Steven Mercurio 
7.
The Mission: Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Italy 
Notes: Arranger: J.A.C. Redford 
8.
Jalousie by Jacob Gade
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Notes: Arranger: Matthew Naughtin 
9.
Enrico IV: Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Argentina 
Notes: Arranger: Peter von Weinhardt 
10.
Pinocchio: When you wish upon a star by Leigh Harline
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; United States 
Notes: Arrangers: Adam Schoenberg & Steven Schoenberg 
11.
I'll Be Seeing You by Sammy Fain
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Notes: Arranger: Brad Dechter 
12.
West Side Story: Somewhere by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Notes: Arrangement: J.A.C. Redford 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Wonderful Music February 27, 2016 By Stephen F. (West Chester, OH) See All My Reviews "Great selections played beautifully." Report Abuse
 A Dream Come True October 17, 2015 By Terry Cross C. (Rochester Hills, MI) See All My Reviews "I listen to this while I work. Unfortunately, the beauty of it distracts my focus. Probably a good thing?" Report Abuse
 Disappointed October 14, 2015 By Mary Lynn H. (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "Meyers’ recording of the Barber Violin Concerto is the best I know of on CD. Beautiful. I saw this and wanted it for the Bernstein Serenade. Well, it’s good that I wanted that because it’s the only thing on here worth the trouble. The arrangements of the other pieces are like “Pops” concert music. They are mundane and uninspired. The violin playing is wonderful but that’s because of Meyers. The sound quality is iffy also; the bass is overdone and booms in places. I wish I could give it more stars but three will do and only because of the Bernstein." Report Abuse
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