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"It all started when I asked Morten Lauridsen if he had written any duos, and led to these arrangements, 'Sure on This Shining Night' and 'Dirait-On,'" said violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. "'Shining Night' is based on a poem by James Agee, and describes a man going on a walk and thinking back over his life. That inspired this collection of pieces that metaphorically begins in the morning and explores the vast musical history through Baroque, Romantic, Popular, and current genres. The common themes throughout the music reflect on one’s relationship with nature, love, and poetry. And how in dark and challenging times, kindness profoundly affects our souls and opens infinite possibilities when living our lives." Besides the two arrangements by Lauridsen, the album includes a special arrangement of Corelli's "La Folia" for violin and guitar by Andy Poxon; Bach's Air on G; Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango; and works by Paganini, Ponce, Villa-Lobos, Duke Ellington, Leo Brouwer and more. BELOW: Trailer for "Shining Night":
Released on CD in 1992 and available for the first time on vinyl, this recording captures the great violinist Kyung Wha Chung in her prime, playing two staples of the violin repertoire, the Beethoven and Bruch violin concertos. BELOW: From this recording; Kyung-Wha Chung plays the second movement from Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1:
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