Avie

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The 35th release by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers features music by Maurice Ravel, Karol Szymanowski, and Einojuhani Rautavaara. Fantasia is not only a musical delight, it is a incredible collaboration between soloist, orchestra, and conductor. Each work presents different moods and challenges, graciously met by all, and a perfect vehicle for Meyers and her legendary violin.

WBAA's John Clare spoke to Anne Akiko about playing Ravel again, performing Szymanowski in Poland, and commissioning the final work by Rautavaara.

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The latest from violinist Rachel Barton Pine is some of the most challenging violin repertoire to perform. You wouldn't realize it with the ease that Pine tosses it off, or by the singing lines she brings to Niccolo Paganini's music. Bel Canto Paganini dazzles and soothes the listener. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Rachel about her 35th recording.

Simon Pauly

Before the turn of the 20th century there was an American soprano, Lilian Norton who became internationally famous, and was called the “Yankee Diva.” She was given a stage name, Lilian Nordica, by an Italian maestro at the beginning of her operatic career, convincing her that European opera-goers would not tolerate a diva with a plain sounding, American name.

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato is called the Yankee Diva these days – at least on her youtube and flickr accounts, and she has roots in the American Midwest.

We’ll hear DiDonato’s artistry from her very first recordings to the latest release on Erato on this episode of What’s New!