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Fantasia (violinist Anne Akiko Meyers)

American violinist Anne Akiko Meyers has long loved the works of Finnish composer, Einojuhani Rautavaara.  For years, Meyers dreamed of commissioning a work from him for her instrument.  In 2014, she reached out to the composer, who responded almost immediately and set to work.  What Meyers soon received was a beautiful, haunting, and evocative work titled Fantasia.  She even visited the composer and his wife in their home, which overlooks Helsinki’s harbor.  The sheen of Northern sunlight, combined with being in the presence of the composer, only added to the magic of the work.  His reaction to hearing his new piece played by Meyers, in his studio, was “I wrote such beautiful music!”  And so he did.

Fantasia – Anne Akiko Meyers
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