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Anne Akiko Meyers - Serenade: The Love Album / Buffalo News review

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Anne Akiko Meyers, "Serenade: The Love Album" Violinist Meyers and The London Symphony Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, conductor (eOne Music). Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers' delicate tone, cushioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, lends a wistful sheen on this disc to 13 pops selections. Many are the usual suspects – the theme from "Cinema Paradiso," for instance, or "Gabriel's Oboe" from "The Mission," and of course Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion." But there are a few surprises. More people should play "I'll Be Seeing You." It's such a great melody, and Meyers gives it virtuoso treatment complete with double stop passages and high whistly notes. "Laura," with its twisting chromatics, is also a violinist's dream, and "When You Wish Upon a Star" – what's not to love? "Somewhere," from "West Side Story" is also a natural. (It's a ripoff from Richard Strauss, don't forget.) Meyers adds embellishments and improvisations. The album kicks off with Bernstein's "Serenade," an extended piece I find kind of pretentious and ponderous. But all in all this is an appealing collection, perfect for classical music newbies and anyone who wants to sit back and bask in prettiness. It's sweet how Meyers recorded this album in honor of her parents' 50th wedding anniversary. ŒŒŒ (Mary Kunz Goldman)  SEE ALL THE REVIEWS ON Buffalo News PAGE