Works by: Beethoven, Debussy,
Faure and Wagner
alongside world premiere recordings of arrangements by
Tyzik, Pritsker and De Rosa
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...Dreamsis anchored by Beethoven's 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 andClair de Lune are alongside Faure's Apres un Reve and Wagner's Traume. A special bonus track edition of the album will be available on iTunes, where the collection will close with Saint-Saens's Le Cygne, a piece inspired by Tennyson's The Dying Swan.