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Virtuoso violinist Anne Akiko Meyers tells the story of seeing an old Jack Benny routine on TV. Mr. Benny had two violins: an el cheapo model, and an expensive Stradivarius. He wanted to show the difference between the two instruments.  The comedian launches into Mendelssohn on the el cheapo and gets, "...squeak, SQUEAK, SQUONK, squeal..." Benny then picks up the Strad and plays the same piece. "...Squeak, SQUEAK, SQUONK, squeal..."   Yes, comedy. But Meyers' point was that it's not really the instrument that makes the artist. But what happens when a virtuoso is permitted use of a legendary instrument? Anne Akiko Meyers knows the answer.  And now, so do we. Inspired performance that has the ability to take one back in time, while simultaneously making history.

Meyers' latest CD, The Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, is the violin's commercial recording debut. Adding to the history of this event, the violin was born the same year Antonio Vivaldi died. Hearing Vivaldi's music on this violin is a thrill.  Even more so with the performance of Anne, and the backing of the English Chamber Orchestra under David Lockington. Listen to the interview on Philadelphia's WRTI: Crossover with Jill Pasternak.