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Classical 101

Anne Akiko Meyers Spotlights American Composers

The latest recording by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers features a mainstay of the violin repertoire in Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, a world-premiere in of a concerto written for her by Mason Bates, and a short piece to help her daughter sleep written by composer John Corigliano, a Pulitzer, Grammy, and Academy Award winner. All three pieces are delivered beautifully by Meyers on the 1741 ex-Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu violin.  Meyers has been awarded exclusive lifetime use of this fabulous instrument, which she relishes. Anne Akiko Meyers and I spoke about her recording, her violin, and this lullaby written for her daughter Natalie which has become her regular nighttime companion. Below, you can watch a CBS special on the making of violins with a special appearance by Anne Akiko Meyers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxxKF2ODh98