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Classical radio says; Anne Akiko Meyers - Mirror in Mirror is a must-hear recording / ClassicalMPR: Major Themes

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Welcome to Major Themes, a monthly feature in which classical music experts recommend a must-hear recording based on what's happening at classical stations and programs around the country. This month, we checked in with friends in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and California, as well as American Public Media. Here are their top picks.

A major classical presenter in our area (the Mondavi Center) recently asked me to write an article about the importance of new music. In short, I believe it advances the art form and it gives the listener an opportunity to hear music that encompasses the sounds of their time. Anne Akiko Meyers' Mirror in Mirror is the perfect gateway for a newbie to contemporary music. This hauntingly atmospheric album includes the ethereal sounds of modern masters like Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt, as well as two world-premiere recordings by electronic scribe Jakub Ciupinski. With an emphasis on the ambient and minimalist genres and a smattering of electronics, Mirror in Mirror is a solid reflection of the sounds of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. - Kevin Doherty, classical content coordinator, Capital Public Radio, Sacramento, Calif.

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