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Seasons...dreams / Anne Akiko Meyers

Anne Akiko Meyers
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  eOne   Catalog #: 7780   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Claude DebussyRichard WagnerGene PritskerVernon Duke,   ... 
Performer:  Anne Akiko MeyersReiko UchidaEmmanuel Ceysson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"She played with an unfailingly sweet tone, molding her phrases like a singer...If anyone needed reminding that Ms. Meyers is a performer of substance and skill, here was the proof." - New York Times

The innovative and versatile violinist Anne Akiko Meyers releases Seasons…Dreams, her newest recording on E1 Music. One of the world’s premiere concert violinists, Anne Akiko Meyers has been celebrated throughout her nearly three-decade career for her exceptional musicianship, charismatic presence and creative diversity. On this new release, Meyers is joined by long-time collaborator Reiko Uchida on piano and the young harpist of the Paris Opera, Emmanuel Ceysson.

Seasons…Dreams is anchored by Beethoven’s
Read more Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, “Spring.” This sets the stage for a series of lyrical pieces inspired by songs and poems which take us on a journey through the seasons and into reverie. Meyers presents familiar songs in unique arrangements and unexpected melodies mixed with traditional classical works. “I love the interchange of sound, the feeling of being a chameleon,” says Meyers of her constant exploration of different textures and sounds.

Spring begins with the world premiere recording of Variations on Sakura Sakura, a traditional Japanese folk song arranged by contemporary American composer Gene Pritsker (of Absolute Ensemble fame). Summer brings Jascha Heifetz’s arrangement of Summertime, a performance that makes Meyers’s traditional violin sound like a blues harmonica. For the fall, Meyers takes us to Autumn in New York in a premiere of Jeff Tyzik’s arrangement of the standard. She then presents Tenderly and Autumn Leaves in world premiere recordings of the arrangements by composer Rich DeRosa, a collaborator of Wynton Marsalis.

The remainder of the album is rooted in the poetry of dreams. Debussy’s Beau Soir and Clair de Lune are alongside Fauré’s Après un Rêve and Wagner’s Träume.
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Reiko Uchida (Piano), Emmanuel Ceysson (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2. Wesendonck Lieder: no 5, Träume by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Emmanuel Ceysson (Harp), Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Reiko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3. Variations on Sakura Sakura, for violin, harp & piano by Gene Pritsker
Performer:  Emmanuel Ceysson (Harp), Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Reiko Uchida (Piano)
Date of Recording: 10/2009 
Venue:  The American Academy of Arts and Letters 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4. Autumn in New York by Vernon Duke
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Reiko Uchida (Piano), Emmanuel Ceysson (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2009 
Venue:  The American Academy of Arts and Letters 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5. Stille Nacht by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Emmanuel Ceysson (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6. Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Emmanuel Ceysson (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1880; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7. Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Emmanuel Ceysson (Harp), Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 06/2009 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
8. Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Emmanuel Ceysson (Harp), Reiko Uchida (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2009 
Venue:  The American Academy of Arts and Letters 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
9. Tenderly / Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Emmanuel Ceysson (Harp), Reiko Uchida (Piano), Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Date of Recording: 10/2009 
Venue:  The American Academy of Arts and Letters 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
10. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Spring" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emmanuel Ceysson (Harp), Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Reiko Uchida (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/2009 
Venue:  The American Academy of Arts and Letters 
Length: 23 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Bravo March 6, 2014 By Gerald Z. (Southlake, TX) See All My Reviews "This CD is just magical, ones emotions are uplifted listening to Ms Meyers play the various selections on the disc. I recently saw her in concert with the Ft Worth Symphony, and the passionate playing there comes through on this CD. BRAVO!!!!!" Report Abuse
 Wow! This is a great CD April 10, 2012 By Jeff D H. (Arlington, VA) See All My Reviews "Really passionate playing from Anne Akiko Meyers and superb clarity with miking make this a great CD. I bought it for the Beethoven "Spring" Sonata performance, but many of the other tracks (i.e. Gershwin's "Summertime") are worth the price of the CD in and of themselves." Report Abuse
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