Anne Akiko Meyers: AIR – The Bach Album
English Chamber Orchestra:
Steven Mercurio, conductor
Bach Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
plus Bach Concerto for Two Violins
featuring Meyers on both parts
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers' newest recording for eOne entitled Air – The Bach Album will be released on Valentine's Day, 2012. This is Anne Akiko Meyers' first orchestral album for eOne and features the English Chamber Orchestra with Steven Mercurio conducting. The album includes Bach's Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, the Double Concerto for 2 Violins, and arrangements of Bach's "Air", "Largo" from the Harpsichord Concerto in f minor, and the Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria."
After her recent acquisition of the "ex-Napoleon/Molitor" Stradivarius violin from 1697, Meyers decided to become the first violinist to record both solo parts of the Double Concerto on two different violins. Meyers joked that this was the first time she agreed with all of her "partner's" musical ideas.
Anne thinks the golden purity of the tone of the ‘ex-Molitor/Napoleon' Strad, contrasts beautifully with the darker timbre of the 1730 "Royal Spanish" Strad, on which she recorded the second violin part. The distinctive voice of each violin gave Meyers the idea of recording both parts of the Double Concerto, as she feels like she sounds like a different violinist on each instrument.
Bach's Violin Concertos in A minor and E major are original works that Bach composed and performed with his friends at their regular Friday evening concerts. Meyers says "As I journey through life I continually find greater profundity in Bach's music. The violin concerti have always been favorites of mine and I was excited by the opportunity to record them with The English Chamber Orchestra." Meyers wanted to include some of her other favorite Bach on the disc, including an orchestral arrangement of the famous "Air" –a piece Anne calls "one of the most beautiful, sublime compositions ever written." The disc also includes "Largo," the second movement of the Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor (BWV 1056), and an orchestral arrangement of the Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria" a piece that she grew up regularly performing in the arrangement for violin and piano with her sister.
Air is Anne Akiko Meyers' third release on eOne and follows Seasons... dreams, a chart-topping CD from fall of 2010 and Smile in 2009. Both Seasons... dreams and Smile were widely praised by MSNBC, Huffington Post, NPR, Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and WQXR among many other outlets.
View a video trailer of Air here. For more details about the album and Anne Akiko Meyers's upcoming season, please visit http://www.anneakikomeyers.com.