Highlander's Farewell: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas have produced many fantastic albums together. In this one they include many special guests.
A couple of highlights: The tune Highlander's Farewell is played as a Scottish strathspey, an Irish reel and an Appalachian style breakdown (Track 1). You will love the rich harmonies of La Sansonette (Track 13)
Watch and listen to Alasdair and Natalie playing "Grand Etang/Hull's Reel" live on BBC Radio Scotland:
My Joy: Hanneke Cassel. Recorded when she was 18, Hanneke's first CD is a mix of classic Scottish tunes and original compositions.
King of the Pipers (Track 10) and
Air - The Bach Album: Hear Anne Akiko Meyers play the Bach Concerto for Two Violins on two different Stradivarius violins. Students begin learning the first movement of this piece at the end of Suzuki Volume Four. Also on the album: The A Minor Concerto that students will learn in Suzuki Volume Seven.
In 2010, Anne Akiko Meyers purchased the "Molitor" Stradivarius violin (once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte), made in 1697. While she uses this violin on the bulk of the recording, she plays both the "Molitor" and her other Strad, the "Royal Spanish" (made in 1730 and once owned by the King of Spain), in the Bach Concerto for Two Violins. While several artists have recorded that concerto, and even played both parts, nobody has played both parts on two different violins.
Meet Anne and listen to her play "Summertime" on her $3.6 million Strad on "Countdown with Keith Olberman":
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