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    Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

    When violinist Anne Akiko Meyers walked into NPR headquarters, I half anticipated her to be flanked by bodyguards. In spite of everything, she was carrying a really uncommon instrument. Her Guarneri del Gesù “Vieuxtemps” violin, in-built 1741, is value no less than $16 million. As an alternative, Meyers arrived solely with a pair of publicists and the perceptive pianist Max Levinson. She appeared nonchalant about the truth that her fiddle is value a fortune.

    What issues, naturally, is how the instrument sounds and few could make a violin sing as sweetly as Meyers. The San Diego native was already acting on The Tonight Present with Johnny Carson at age 11. Three years later she enrolled in New York’s Juilliard College and at 18 reduce the primary of her 40-some albums.

    A faithful champion of up to date composers, Meyers opens with music by Philip Glass, who’s at the moment writing a chunk for her. The violin and piano association of his “Metamorphosis I” oscillates between tranquil, long-held notes and flurries of arpeggios, whereas the piano toggles on mournful chords.

    “The Swan,” the hit single from Camille Saint-Saëns’ 1886 Carnival of the Animals, follows gracefully. Meyers’ diaphanous efficiency is a grasp class on how you can obtain a wealthy tone with mild bow stress. The luxurious, low finish of the Guarneri is spotlighted on Dirait-On, a delicate choral work from 1993 by Morten Lauridsen, which closes this set of unhurried, contemplative music.

    Meyers could drive a sizzling rod violin value hundreds of thousands, however it takes a real artist to deal with the instrument and convey out its singular voice.


      Philip Glass: Metamorphosis I Camille Saint-Saëns: “The Swan” Morten Lauridsen: Dirait-On 


      Anne Akiko Meyers: violin Max Levinson: piano


      Producer: Tom Huizenga  Director/Editor: Kara Body Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin Artistic Director: Bob Boilen  Sequence Producer: Bobby Carter Videographers: Kara Body, Michael Zamora Audio Assistant: Josephine Nyounai Photographer: Elizabeth Gillis Tiny Desk Group: Suraya Mohamed, Maia Stern, Joshua Bryant, Ashley Pointer, Hazel Cills, Sofia Seidel VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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