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Fantasia / Anne Akiko Meyers, Kristjan Jarvi, Philharmonia Orchestra


Release Date: 10/06/2017 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2385  
Composer:  Einojuhani RautavaaraKarol SzymanowskiMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers
Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Superstar violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s most in-demand classical performers. Beloved by audiences around the world, with a reputation for groundbreaking recital programs and important commissions, Fantasia marks her 35th studio album and is one of her most important projects to date. Meyers has been Billboard’s Top Selling Classical Instrumentalist of the year and has had numerous albums reach the Number 1 spot on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart. Her latest album captures the rare combination of incredible virtuosity and poetic color with iconic works by Ravel, Einojuhani Rautavaara’s last major work, written for Meyers, and Karol Szymanowski’s sensuous Violin Concerto No. 1. The title track, Fantasia is legendary Read more Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara’s premiere posthumous recording and last major work for violin and orchestra. Ms. Meyers traveled to Finland and worked with the composer on it shortly before he died. Karol Szymanowski’s sensuous Violin Concerto No. 1, dedicated to Polish virtuoso violinist, Paul Kochanski, is a dazzling display of exotic melodies, and Ravel’s iconic Tzigane is a virtuoso showpiece that conjures Hungarian gypsy music, and premiered almost a century ago. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2015; Finland 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 1, Op. 35 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Poland 
3.
Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; France 

Customer Reviews

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 I wrote such beautiful music October 19, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Anne Akiko Meyers brings her awesome technique and even more awesome instrument to bear in this beautifully romantic program. The disc includes a very fine performance of the first violin concerto of Karol Szymanowski, which is quite well represented on disc, but I was more interested in the opening work by Einojuhani Rautavaara that gives this CD its title. Fantasia, commissioned by Akiko Meyers, was one of the composer's final works completed before his death, a year ago in July. I love her stories about visiting the Rautavaara in his home to play through the work: "After I played Fantasia, he looked at me and repeatedly said, 'I wrote such beautiful music!'" This is, of course, the World Premiere recording of this piece, which I expect will soon become popular on the concert stage. With a significant encore in Ravel's own orchestral version of his Tzigane, this outstanding disc - and especially Rautavaara's Fantasia - will regularly show up in playlists on my computer and phone." Report Abuse
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