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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"These three violin sonatas [Debussy, Fauré, and Franck] together form a satisfying programme and I have enjoyed the way in which Joshua Bell and Jean-Yves Thibaudet respond to the differing demands placed on them by the various composers... [T]he scherzo and finale [in the Fauré] have a vivid delicacy and a pleasing purpose respectively... In the Franck, Bell and Thibaudet are positive and poetic..." -- Christopher Headington, Gramophone [11/1989, reviewing Decca 421817]
"Chausson's Concert for piano, violin and string quartet has an unusual force and scope for chamber music... [I]n the Decca recording Joshua Bell's big, assertive D major tune at 1'30'' in the first movement tells us the same. The
players give this music (marked Decide) the right kind of forward surge. They are convincing too in the dreamily modulating slower music beginning at 3'30'', which resists settling down to a definite theme and key yet remains positive, and is thus forward-looking for 1891; actually, a theme in B major does finally emerge at 4'40''... The recording is spacious and the sound of Thibaudet's piano (and fine playing) is well caught and balanced... The Ravel Trio as played by Bell and Thibaudet with Steven Isserlis is a sensitive and well-recorded performance with plenty of voltage, worthy to stand up to...the famous one by the Beaux Arts Trio on Philips [which] still remains both the most refined and the most thrilling available. Nevertheless, here too we find skill and a fine freshness." -- Christopher Headington, Gramophone [1/1991, reviewing Decca 425860]
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sweet & full November 28, 2015
By Sara S. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews
"made me want to dance (I am an ex-dancer): heard Joshua play the Fauré at Carnegie Hall recently and loved it."