呼应前面的7位哲学家对爱的讚歌，安．梅耶特别邀请7位当代作曲家以独创的手法将10部最能唤起乐迷浪漫回忆的电影戏剧音乐改编为古典乐曲。包括配乐大师颜尼欧的「新天堂乐园」，大卫拉克辛为1944年的「绝代佳人」所谱写的绝美旋律拉开怀旧的序幕、盖西文的「有人在看顾我」与「夏日时光」、「教会」中的经典旋律「加百列的双簧管」、Michel Colombier的经典旋律「艾曼纽」，到激昂的「忌妒探戈」气氛一转，紧接著电影「女人香」中的经典探戈「遗忘」、「在星星下许愿」、「我会看顾著你」，最后以伯恩斯坦在「西城故事」中的「某个地方」画下完美的句点。担纲指挥的是曾经率领波士顿大眾乐团演出超过1,700场的齐斯拉柯（Keith Lockhart），率领英国最顶尖的伦敦交响乐团（LSO）伴奏，让整张专辑增色不少。安．梅耶的父亲是芝加哥的爵士乐手，也是一位热爱电影的影迷，所以她把这张专辑献给父母，作为他们的的金婚（50週年）纪念，也是送给全球乐迷的爱之礼讚。
安．梅耶 Anne Akiko Meyers - violin
伦敦交响乐团 London Symphony Orchestra
齐斯拉柯 Keith Lockhart - conductor
Leonard Bernstein: Serenade (after Plato’s “Symposium”) 小夜曲
01. I. Phaedrus; Pausanias (Lento; Allegro marcato) 斐德罗、鲍萨尼亚
02. II. Aristophanes (Allegretto) 阿里斯托芬
03. III. Eryximachus (Presto) 厄律克西马库
04. IV. Agathon (Adagio) 阿伽松
05. V. Socrates; Alcibiades (Molto tenuto; Allegro molto vivace) 苏格拉底、阿尔西比亚德斯
06. Ennio & Andrea Morricone: ‘Love Theme’ from “Cinema Paradiso” (arr. Angela Morley) 爱的主题曲 选自 新天堂乐园
07. David Raksin: Laura * (arr. Brad Dechter) 绝代佳人
08. George Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me * (arr. Brad Dechter) 有人在看顾著我
09. George Gershwin: Summertime * (arr. Brad Dechter) 夏日时光
10. Ennio Morricone: ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ from “The Mission” * (arr. J.A.C. Redford) 加百列的双簧管 选自 教会
11. Michel Colombier: ‘Emmanuel * (arr. Steven Mercurio) 艾曼纽
12. Jacob Gade: Jalousie * (arr. Matthew Naughtin) 忌妒探戈
13. Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion * (arr. Peter von Weinhardt) 遗忘
14. Leigh Harline: Wish Upon A Star * (arr. Adam & Steven Schoenberg) 在星星下许愿
15. Sammy Fain: I’ll Be Seeing You * (arr. Brad Dechter) 我会看顾著你
16. Leonard Bernstein: ‘Somewhere’ from “West Side Story” * (arr. J.A.C. Redford) 某个地方
01. Serenade: I. Phaedrus; Pausanias (Lento; Allegro Marcato) Composed By – Leonard Bernstein 6:19
02. Serenade: II. Aristophanes (Allegretto) Composed By – Leonard Bernstein 4:13
03. Serenade: III. Eryximachus (Presto) Composed By – Leonard Bernstein 1:31
04. Serenade: IV. Agathon (Adagio) Composed By – Leonard Bernstein 6:45
05. Serenade: V. Socrates; Alcibiades (Molto tenuto; Allegro molto vivace) Composed By – Leonard Bernstein 10:37
06. Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso Composed By – Andrea Morricone, Ennio Morricone 3:21
07. Laura Composed By – David Raksin 4:05
08. Someone to Watch Over Me Composed By – George Gershwin 4:44
09. Summertime Composed By – George Gershwin 3:54
10. Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission Composed By – Ennio Morricone 4:57
11. Emmanuel Composed By – Michel Colombier 3:06
12. Jalousie Composed By – Jacob Gade 3:11
13. Oblivion Composed By – Astor Piazzolla 4:21
14. Wish Upon A Star Composed By – Leigh Harline 3:20
15. I'll Be Seeing You Composed By – Sammy Fain 4:34
16. Somewhere From West Side Story Composed By – Leonard Bernstein 4:40
Recording DateFebruary 24, 2015 - February 25, 2015
Anne Akiko Meyers, Serenade: The Love Album, 2015
You're planning a dinner party, and the conversation is more important than the cuisine. So who would be on your guest list?
On her latest recording, The Love Album, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers plays host to seven ancient Greek Philosophers who gather for a raucous evening to extrapolate on the meaning of love. That's the setting for Leonard Bernstein's Serenade. "I really wanted to showcase the serenade and celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday that's going to be coming up, and also to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary by having this album that's based on love and all its dimensions," Anne explains. "It starts with the Serenade, which is, in my opinion, one of the most undervalued and underplayed concert works. And it's based on Plato's Symposium, which is this raucous dinner party where seven philosophers are all discussing and praising the god of love, Eros. And it comes in five movements and it has a very arresting opening in which the violin is essentially naked. It's just naked violin in the start. And it then it goes up to this high, high stratospheric A-note where the orchestra and the violin all come together and it's like a collective tsunami. And then it opens up this whole dinner party about love.
"It's a very complex work and it's incredibly challenging for the soloist," Anne continues. "I think it mirrors a lot of Leonard Bernstein's own inner conflict that he was feeling at the time about his sexuality. He went to this book to look for answers, and he's a very probing, thoughtful artist.
"But the Serenade has so many moments of tenderness, of really expressiveness, lyricism, virtuosity and jazz," Anne notes. "There's a swagger — the only way Leonard Bernstein could write, you know, was with this really charming jazzy swagger in the last movement."
Anne Akiko Meyers Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer/Christie Stockstill
Anne says for her, this work has been a journey of discovery for more than two decades. "It's constantly revealing itself to me because just like any artist, you're changing and developing and it's really like reading a wonderful, beautiful book," she says. "You just find out new things that you discover, and I think there's just such a power and there are some moments of sadness, of loneliness that I recently felt like he was trying to convey. Especially like in the fourth movement. It's almost like you had this feeling of someone just stroking your head and saying, 'It's going to be OK.' It's music that definitely grows with you, and I really look forward to playing it many, many more times."
Anne has paired these seven philosophers with seven arrangers who have re-worked 10 memorable songs from the American Songbook and classic films. One of her all-time favorites is Sammy Fain's "I'll be Seeing You," arranged on this recording by Brad Dechter. "It's music that really speaks about the afterlife," Anne says, "and you know it was so popular in the '40s after the end of World War II. … A lot of people were missing each other, and this song came on the radio regularly. And I also heard it actually at the Academy Awards when Queen Latifah sang it, and it stayed with me. It just stayed in my heart and memory to see all these people who've passed away, these great legends, these great contributors to society. And this simple, sublime music playing in the background, I was like … wow. Just stunning. I need that music. I need that in my life."
Angela Morley re-worked the famous love theme from Ennio Morricone's Cinema Paradiso, a film that's close to Anne's heart. "I think for most people, when you hear movie music you actually don't think about the scene it was connected to," Anne says. "You just listen to the music and you're moved, emotionally, by its beauty, and that's what you remember. It's your own memories, it's your own ideas of what happened maybe during your life, during that time the music came into your world. And I was really moved like most people by the movie Cinema Paradiso, and I gave that as a present to my then-boyfriend who is now the father of my two children, and my life partner, and my husband. We watched it together — I remember being incredibly sick at my parents' house in St. Louis. And yet we put this movie on and it's like, 'Ahhhh.' You know? It was so meaningful at the time."
And then there's a funky new arrangement of Gershwin's "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess. "I just couldn't stop smiling when I practiced that one," Anne admits. "I was like, 'Wow — I love this!' It's got this honky-tonk kind of element to it — it's really kind of bad ass. And I loved that. It's so much fun to play and I also got my own rhythm section with that piece, which was a first. So I just love Brad Dechter for giving me that opportunity, for sure."
In case you're wondering, Anne Akiko Meyers is fully expressing this music on the newest love of her life: "I'm now playing on the Guarneri del Gesu, the ex-Vieuxtemps that was made in 1741, and I always just kind of chuckle thinking like, 'Wow. It's playing tangos and 'Wish Upon a Star' and 'Gabriel's Oboe' and all this beautiful music from the 20th century and the 21st century, and yet it just resonates. Its power and its beauty come to life with this music. So I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to let it purr, you know, and let it sing as much as possible."
Performer: Anne Akiko Meyers
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Composer: Leonard Bernstein, Ennio Morricone, David Raksin, George Gershwin, Michel Colombier, et al.
Audio CD (September 18, 2015)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Entertainment One Music/ENT. ONE MUSIC
Technical Felicity Married to an Emotionally Charged Interpretation of Themes on the Nature of Love.
By Joe Frazier on October 30, 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I’ve been living with Anne Akiko Meyers‘ Serenade album for a bit over a month now (I received it the day it released, September 18th). I usually post a little quicker, but there is so much packed into this album, I took a bit longer (plus, I was wicked busy with book reviews). This album incorporates four elements I love – philosophy, books, music, and movies. The main set piece for the album is Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade which is inspired by Plato’s Symposium; I recommend reading Percy Shelley’s translation; normally I would pick something more contemporary but for this, only a poet will do). Just to help you dust off your memory of ancient Greek Philosophy, the Symposium essentially incorporates the equivalent of after-dinner (and while drinking) speeches on the nature of love. These speeches were carried out by a number of characters, including Socrates. Aristophanes, the comic playwright, had one of the more impressive speeches. While I think C. S. Lewis’s Four Loves is more helpful reflections on the nature of love, the Symposium is a great exposition of Platonic love. All of that being said, Mr. Bernstein said that these were inspirations and this symphony shouldn’t be taken as a musical translation of the ideas. For more on the philosophical aspects of the piece, please see Philosophy Talk’s Episode In Praise of Love.
In the opening, you’ll find as notes slide into one another similar riffs in West Side Story. Some of the more abrupt transitions remind one of Candide and there are even hints of Mass. It’s all Bernstein and it’s all fabulous. Ms. Meyer’s brings out the emotion with precision. She continues her traditional of intimate sound albeit with the soundstage widened a bit. I can think of a number of artists who could play the fast staccato with equal felicity and a number of artists who can evoke the emotion of broader movements, but it’s rare to find someone who can interpret and execute that interpretation on the wide array of soundscapes Ms. Meyers paints. It’s beautifully done.
Leonard Bernstein: Serenade (after Plato's "Symposium") (1954)
01. I. Phaedrus; Pausanias (Lento; Allegro marcato)
02. II. Aristophanes (Allegretto)
03. III. Eryximachus (Presto)
04. IV. Agathon (Adagio)
05. V. Socrates; Alcibiades (Molto tenuto; Allegro molto vivace)
06. Ennio Morricone & Andrea Morricone: ‘Love Theme’ from “Cinema Paradiso” (arr. Angela Morley)
07. David Raksin: Laura* (arr. Brad Dechter)
08. George Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me* (arr. Brad Dechter)
09. George Gershwin: Summertime* (arr. Brad Dechter)
10. Ennio Morricone: ‘Gabriel's Oboe’* from “The Mission” (arr. J.A.C. Redford)
11. Michel Colombier: ‘Emmanuel* (arr. Steven Mercurio)
12. Jacob Gade: Jalousie* (arr. Matthew Naughtin)
13 Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion* (arr. Peter von Weinhardt)
14. Leigh Harline: Wish Upon A Star* (arr. Adam Schoenberg & Steven Schoenberg)
15. Sammy Fain: I'll Be Seeing You* (arr. Brad Dechter)
16. Leonard Bernstein: ‘Somewhere’* from “West Side Story” (arr. J.A.C. Redford)