Imagine owning not one, but two Stradivarius violins. Anne Akiko Meyers now does, thanks to her recent $3.6 million purchase of a violin once owned by Napoleon: the "Molitor" Stradivarius of 1697. You can hear this instrument in tandem with her "Royal Spanish" Strad of 1730, as she plays them both in a new recording of the Bach double violin concerto on the eOne label. She chose the "Molitor" Strad, which she's nicknamed "Molly" for the first violin part, and used her "Royal Spanish" Strad, once owned by the king of Spain, on the lower second violin part.
While on tour in Texas, Ms. Meyers spoke with Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton about her new all-Bach album, and her two Stradivarius violins.