BPO visitors play Vivaldi with style, vigor, Buffalo News

Two vivid personalities join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on stage this weekend at Kleinhans Music Hall. One is the Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. He is charm personified. The other is violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, playing Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” on a priceless violin.

Meyers is a wonderful player. To be honest, though, I don’t know who I really came to see – her, or her violin.

She has a variety of venerable violins at her disposal, lent to her by philanthropists. Her latest acquisition, the one I believe she is playing this weekend, is a Guarneri del Gesu that was once owned by the 19th-century virtuoso Henri Vieuxtemps. Her bio in the BPO program states that it is “considered by many to be the finest violin being performed on today.”