East Meets West: Satoh • Debussy • Messiaen • Takemitsu • Ravel

East Meets West: Satoh • Debussy • Messiaen • Takemitsu • Ravel


Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
Li Jian, piano

Release Date:

19th December 2008

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“A strong, characterful violinist impresses in a satisfying east-meets-west recital… a satisfying sequence with some illuminating juxtapositions”Gramophone

“a star performer with a unique interpretation… in this impressive release. This disc is highly recommended.”MusicWeb International


East meets West: Japanese-American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers pairs the world of French music with contemporary Japanese works on her AVIE Records debut. Sonatas by the fathers of French impression – Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel – foreshadow Olivier Messiaen‘s Thème et variations, whose chordal structure evokes Toru Takemitsu‘s Distance de Fée. Anne gives the world premiere recording of Birds in Warped Time II by Japan’s most prominent living composer, Somei Satoh, whose work she is closely associated with, having also performed and recorded his Violin Concerto.


SOMEI SATOH (b. 1947)
1. Birds in warped time II (10:24)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862–1918)
Sonata for violin and piano
2. Allegro Vivo (4:32)
3. Intermède: Fantasque Et Léger (3:36)
4. Finale: Très Animé (3:52)

5. Théme et Variations (7:09)

TORU TAKEMITSU (1930–1996)
6. Distance de Fée

MAURICE RAVEL (1875–1937)
Violin Sonata
7. Allegretto (7:50)
8. Blues: Moderato (5:17)
9. Perpetuum Mobile: Allegro (3:48)

Total duration: 52:54

Recorded 27 & 28 August 2002, at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Massachusetts
Recording producer: David Frost
Recording Engineer: Tim Martyn
Editing: Tim Martyn

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