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95.5KHFM: Albuquerque 'Mirrors' Anne Akiko Meyers

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Interview with KHFM's Brent Stevens

">Mirror in Mirror marks superstar violinist Anne Akiko Meyers 36th studio album and is one of her most personal projects to date. With the exception of Ravel, The Billboard Top Selling Classical Instrumentalist of the Year collaborated with all of the composers and arrangers on this album. Several of the works were written for her. The music is reflective and spiritual, and weaves a compelling story. Philip Glass' Metamorphosis II is heard in an AAM arrangement commission. The original version inspired Fratres by Arvo Pärt, whose Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in Mirror) provides the album's title. John Corigliano's Lullaby for Natalie was written to commemorate the birth of Anne's first daughter. Anne has commissioned numerous works by Jakob Ciupinski who combines acoustic instruments with electronics in Edo Lullaby – a modern setting of a traditional Japanese melody that Anne recalls from her childhood – and Wreck of the Umbria which conjures the composer's dive and discovery of the ship off the coast of Sudan. Ciupinski contributes electronics to Ravel's Tzigane, re-creating the sound of the original version's lutheal. The album is capped by another AAM commission – the premiere recording of Morten Lauridsen's own arrangement for violin and orchestra of his most famous choral composition, O Magnum Mysterium.

95.5KHFM: Albuquerque NM Classical Host - Brent Stevens sat down with AAM to discuss the new recording. Listen to the attached clips.