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What is love-and what is it about music that provokes this feeling? Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers presents this question with her new album, Serenade: The Love Album. Performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart, the playlist first offers Leonard Bernstein's five-movement concertoSerenade, after Plato's "Symposium," inspired by a lively philosophical debate about "the nature of love." It is self-sacrifice (Phaedrus); its effects influence all things (Eryximachus); it is destiny in finding one's "other half" (Aristophanes). Perhaps it's a more cerebral, divine experience (Socrates).

Following the Serenade, Meyers explores other musical interpretations of the nature of love-from the hopeless romance of Ennio Morricone's Cinema Paradiso, to the mystery and obsession of David Raksin's Laura, to the haunting yearning of Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion" tango from Enrico IV. The album concludes with another Bernstein classic: "Somewhere" from West Side Story. From Austin, Texas, Meyers shares how the Serenade album developed and why film music was the perfect emotional fit.


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