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Satoh, Debussy, Messiaen, Etc / Anne Akiko Meyers, Li Jian

Release Date: 09/23/2003 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 24   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Somei SatohClaude DebussyOlivier MessiaenToru Takemitsu,   ... 
Performer:  Li JianAnne Akiko Meyers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Anne Akiko Meyers, of Japanese and American parentage, here convincingly brings together the worlds of French music at its finest with the new music of Japan. It makes a satisfying sequence with some illuminating juxtapositions, as when Messiaen’s very early Theme and Variations of 1932, positive and characterful in the manner of his teacher, Paul Dukas, is followed by Takemitsu’s piece, which starts with clotted chords typical of the mature Messiaen...
The Debussy and Ravel Sonatas, both late and, in their way, parallel works, make a satisfying centrepiece, with Meyers passionate and volatile, exploring their improvisatory qualities. In the Debussy, having shown her prowess in portamento, she goes much farther than most
Read more latterday interpreters in highlighting the slides marked in the score. That will not please everyone, but the result is certainly strong, helped by confident support from Li Jian at the piano and close-up sound.
Considering that closeness, it is amazing what a range of dynamic and tone Meyers is able to demonstrate. The central scherzo of the Debussy, fantasque et légèr, is full of Pierrot-like fantasy, and her approach to the Ravel is similarly spontaneous, giving logic to the many unexpected progressions and twists. Needless, to say, she relishes even more than most violinists the slides and blue-notes marked in the central ‘Blues’ movement...it is good to be reminded what a characterful violinist she is."
Edward Greenfield, GRAMOPHONE Read less

Works on This Recording

Birds in Warped Time 2 by Somei Satoh
Performer:  Li Jian (Piano), Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; Japan 
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin), Li Jian (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; France 
Thème et Variations for Violin and Piano by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Li Jian (Piano), Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Distance de fée by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Li Jian (Piano), Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Japan 
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Li Jian (Piano), Anne Akiko Meyers (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1927; France 

Featured Sound Samples

Birds in Warped Time 2 (Satoh)
Violin Sonata (Ravel): I. Allegretto

Sound Samples

Birds In Warped Time II
Sonata For Violin And Piano: Allegro Vivo
Sonata For Violin And Piano: Intermède: Fantasque Et Lèger
Sonata For Violin And Piano: Finale: Très Animé
Thème Et Variations
Distance De Fée
Violin Sonata: Allegretto
Violin Sonata: Blues: Moderato
Violin Sonata: Perpetuum Mobile: Allegro

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