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Sharing releases, present and past, to brighten your day. WXXI Classical has its eyes and ears on the latest releases from classical artists working today. When we come across a story or a release we think you might enjoy, we’ll be sharing it with you on CD Spotlight. You’ll learn more about the artists online at WXXI Classical, and you’ll hear selections from these artists on FM 91.5. CD Spotlight shares new releases by artists that you’ll want to know and some by great artists and ensembles that deserve to be in the spotlight again.

CD Spotlight: Shining Night by Anne Akiko Meyers

Cover of Shining Night by Anne Akiko Meyers
Avie Records
Cover of Shining Night by Anne Akiko Meyers

It has become Anne Akiko Meyers’ calling card: a CD filled with glorious music, elegantly performed. The inspiration for the newest release, Shining Night, began when she asked Morten Lauridsen if he had written any duos. He responded with arrangements of his songs “Sure on This Shining Night” and “Dirait-on” from “Les chansons des roses.”

As Meyers explains, “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. This is dedicated to all the duos in the universe, including my Jason.”

In addition to the Lauridsen pieces, you’ll hear works by Corelli, Piazzolla, Ellington, Villa-Lobos, Bach, Brouwer, and more. Joined by guitarist Jason Vieaux and pianist Fabio Bidini, Anne Akiko Meyers weaves a starlit soundscape that is rich, absorbing. And deeply satisfying. How fitting that the release of Shining Night coincided with International Astronomy Day.

A Strong Memorial baby and Greece Arcadia grad, Julia Figueras was the Music Director and mid-day host for WXXI Classical until June 30, 2023 when she retired after more than 26 years of service. She also hosted the award-winning monthly interview/performance show, Backstage Pass.