專輯英文名: Air - The Bach Album
藝術家: Anne Akiko Meyers
史提芬．梅庫裏歐 指揮 英國室内管弦樂團
美日混血小提琴家安．梅耶(Anne Akiko Meyers) 出生於美國聖地牙哥，不凡的音樂魅力來自於她出眾的外型，以及與生俱來的音樂天賦。4歲開始習琴，畢業於茱莉亞音樂學院，師事小提琴教母的桃樂絲．狄蕾（Dorothy Delay）、日裔名師川崎雅夫（Masao Kawasaki）、著名小提琴家Felix Galimir等人。11歲時，安．梅耶首次登台與洛杉磯愛樂合作演出，隔年與祖賓．梅塔及紐約愛樂合作，青少年時期，她的演奏足迹已經遍及世界各地。18歲時，安．梅耶與皇家愛樂合作灌錄第一張專輯，演出巴伯、布魯克小提琴協奏曲，立即成爲同年紀音樂家裏最耀眼的小提琴家。儘管安．梅耶管長年與世界知名樂團合作，但她卻十分神祕低調，媒體曝光度比其它的女小提家還要少。但她在音樂界卻擁有超人氣風評，包括非古典界的藝人，美聲男伶、溫頓馬沙利斯、麥可．波頓、克裏斯．伯堤…等都要指名與她合作。
安．梅耶不僅熱愛音樂，更喜愛名琴，她擁有兩把義大利制琴大師「史特拉第瓦裏」(Stradivarius)的名琴，分别是1730 Royal Spanish和1697 Molitor。在Tarisio的拍賣會上，安．梅耶以360萬美金的高價買下1697年的Molitor，創下小提琴拍賣最高價，安．梅耶說她一聽琴聲，就迷戀上這把琴。這把名爲「摩裏特」（Molitor）的名琴，名字源自於其中一位收藏者拿破崙時代的一位将軍，摩裏特伯爵（Gabriel-Jean-Joseph Molitor）。
01. 'Air' from Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major BWV 1068 G弦之歌 （選自 第三号管弦樂組曲）
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor BWV 1041 第一号小提琴協奏曲
02. I Allegro moderato
03. II Andante
04. III Allegro assai
Violin Concerto No.2 in E major BWV 1042 第二号小提琴協奏曲
05. I Allegro
06. II Adagio
07. III Allegro assai
08. 'Largo' from Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor BWV 1056 慢闆（選自 第五号大鍵琴協奏曲）
Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D minor BWV 1043 D小調雙小提琴協奏曲
09. I Vivace
10. II Largo ma non troppo
11. III Allegro
12. Ave Maria 聖母瑪利亞
發行類型： CD . 古典 . 協奏曲 . 小提琴 . 台壓 .
Review by James Manheim [-]
This release by California violinist Anne Akiko Meyers looks both backward and forward. Meyers' playing is a throwback to a style of Bach playing that was common a couple of generations ago but isn't much heard anymore: flowery, heavy on the vibrato, a bit sentimental, with moments of slight tempo rubato in both the violin and the orchestral accompaniment of the English Chamber Orchestra (which was always the go-to group for this style) under Steven Mercurio. The novelty factor here involves the magic of overdubbing, which has been commonplace in pop since Patti Page's hits of the 1940s but is still a rarity in classical music: Meyers uses a pair of Stradivarius violins in the Concerto for two violins, strings, and continuo in D minor, BWV 1043, playing both herself. Whether or not you are fully on board with these approaches, you're likely to agree that Meyers executes them both quite well. Her pitch is precise in the Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041, and she pulls on the heartstrings in the arrangements of the so-called Air on a G string from the Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068, and the Bach/Gounod Ave Marie. But the real attraction is the Double Concerto, where Meyers makes the most of her two violins, the "Molitor" of 1697 (the violin I part) and the "Royal Spanish" of 1730. The latter has a slightly rougher tone that Meyers deploys very effectively in its lower register. Though it's not everyone's cup of tea, this recording has met with well-deserved commercial success.
Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Steven Mercurio
Audio CD (February 14, 2012)
Number of Discs: 1
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Best Recording Yet! February 14, 2012
It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Anne Akiko Meyers, and if you look at my review of her recording of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, which is out of print, I called that not only her best record ever but the best version of that work in my hunble opinion. However, I need to revise that. While the Mendelssohn is still a wonderful and the best version of that piece her new recording "Air: The Bach Album" is indeed her best CD ever!
Recently Anne became the owner of the "ex-Napoleon/Molitor" Stradivarius violin. You can go to her website and see a video of her talking about it and playing in on the old MSBNC "Countdown" show. While she uses this new vioin on the bulk of the recording, she plays both the "Molitor" and her other Strad the "Royal Spanish" in the Bach; Concerto for Two Violins. While several artists have recorded that concerto and even played both parts nobody has played both parts on two different violins. Also on her webpage is a video discussing this project and you can see her playing the first part in London with the English Chamber Orchestra, on the "Molitor" and the second part in New York on the "Royal Spanish".
Anne's performances of all of the Bach on this recording are stellar. She shows the taste, musicality and wisdom to interpret this timeless music in a manner that speaks to me directly. I am only sorry that I can only give it 5 stars and not the 50 that it deserves!
Well done Anne!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meyers and the English Chamber Orchestra Bring Bach to Life February 15, 2012
By J. Wilson
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Meyers and the English Chamber Orchestra do an outstanding job on this album bringing Bach's music to life. I routinely listen to European versions of this music. Air makes the same old music feel like a living entity. I found myself listening to the album over and over. There is nothing mechanic or rushed in this interpretation. The music ebbs and flows like a tidal river. Well Done!