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Smile - Chaplin, Schubert, Piazzolla, Messiaen, Pärt / Anne Akiko Meyers, Akira Eguchi


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Koch International Classics Catalog #: 7762   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arvo PärtAstor PiazzollaOlivier MessiaenFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Anne Akiko MeyersAkira Eguchi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Anne Akiko Meyers label debut on Koch International Classics highlights a beguiling program of the traditional and new. Stretching the boundaries of the classical recital, Meyers, with fellow Juilliard graduate, pianist Akira Eguchi, turns her renowned talents to Schubert's Fantasie, Op. 159, Arvo Part's Spiegel im Spiegel, the U.S. premiere of the Messiaen Fantasie, Piazzolla's Introduction et Angel and Milonga en Re "Tango," two ravishing arrangements of traditional Japanese folk songs, Kojo no Tsuki (Moonlight Over the Ruined Castle) and Haru no Umi (Sea in Spring), as well as startlingly personal renditions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Chaplin's Smile.

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“Every moment of Smile is
Read more generous, warm, and entertaining; as a whole, this album strikes a strong balance between ambition and amusement, none too wonky for fans with only a casual contact with classical, yet meaty enough to engage the eggheads.”

“this is an ideal disc to get to know her with, but Smile would be just as good for late night reading or snuggling, as it combines the qualities of a wonderfully intimate feel, graciousness, and Meyers' own personal charisma. Bravo!” -- All Music Guide

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"Ms. Meyers has just issued an appealing new CD, “Smile,” on the Koch International Classics label..., an eclectic collection of mostly short, tuneful pieces: Charlie Chaplin’s nostalgic 'Smile,' Astor Piazzolla’s seductive 'Milonga en Re' and 'Introducción al Ángel,' Michio Miyagi’s wistful 'Haru no Umi' ('Sea in Spring') ... played with an unfailingly sweet tone, molding her phrases like a singer. The pianist Akira Eguchi, Ms. Meyers’s partner ... on the CD, played with his customary clarity and taste.... If anyone needed reminding that Ms. Meyers is a performer of substance and skill, [Schubert’s Fantasy in C] was the proof. Her feathery lines wafted upward on Mr. Eguchi’s tremulous zephyrs during the opening bars, then the two emphatically drove through a fleet, clean finale.... Her gorgeous phrasing in [Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow”] had a refreshing spontaneity.... [I]t made you wish there had been another set to come."

-- Steve Smith, The New York Times [2/5/09, reviewing a concert featuring material from Smile]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USSR 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Introducción al Angel by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Akira Eguchi (Piano), Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Argentina 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Milonga en re by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Fantasie for Violin and Piano by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5.
Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D 934/Op. 159 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Haru no umi by Michio Miyagi
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Japan 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Hideo Shimazu. 
7.
The Moon Over a Ruined Castle by Rentauro Taki
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; Japan 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Anne Akiko Meyers; Shigeaki Saegusa. 
8.
Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen
Performer:  Akira Eguchi (Piano), Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Makoto Ozone. 
9.
Modern Times: Smile by Charles Chaplin
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Akira Eguchi (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Claus Ogerman. 

Featured Sound Samples

Smile (Chaplin)
Introducción al ángel (Piazzolla)

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