For the Record, Op. 216: Anne Akiko Meyers; Rachel Podger

October 28, 2022, 7:36 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Anne Akiko Meyers
Anne Akiko Meyers. Photo by David Zentz.

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, conducting

The album features four world-premiere arrangements that showcase the mysticism of Morten Lauridsen’s "O Magnum Mysterium" and the spirituality of three beloved works from the cantatas of J.S. Bach. "Mysterium" was recorded in Walt Disney Concert Hall and utilizes the 6,100 pipes of that hall’s iconic organ. Grant Gershon and Anne Akiko Meyers have known each other since they first played chamber music together when Anne Akiko Meyers was an 11-year-old wunderkind. Anne Akiko Meyers performs on the 1741 "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesù. BELOW: From that March 23, 2022 performance, Anne Akiko Meyers performs Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" with Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Tutta Sola
Rachel Podger, violin

Following her albums Guardian Angel and Bach Solo Cello Suites, Baroque violinist Rachel Podger releases this collection of solo pieces, starting with the world premiere arrangement of Bach’s Toccata & Fugue by Chad Matthias Kelly and including preludes, dances and fugal movements from European Baroque composers including Nicola Matteis Jr., Johann Joseph Vilsmayr, Johann Paul von Westhoff, and Giuseppe Tartini. The title "Tutta Sola" means "all alone" and was inspired by J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Fugues, which were titled "Sei Solo" and can be interpreted as "You are alone." BELOW: Podger plays Chad Kelly's transcription for solo violin of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 : II. Fugue

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October 29, 2022 at 05:30 AM · In the late 70s/early 80s I taped a BBC Radio 3 talk which, if memory serves, made the point that the D minor Toccata & Fugue was uncharacteristic of Bach's organ writing, and that it was probably a transcription of a work for solo violin. The programme ended with a reconstruction, played by Jaap Schroeder, on a baroque violin: still a rarity in those days. I think it was transposed to A minor. Can't find the tape to check on any of this; I think it was recycled many moons ago.

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