Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell imagines friends coming to his home during the holiday and joining in on songs that celebrate the warmth, beauty and magic of the season. Following the concept of his critically acclaimed 2009 album,
At Home with Friends, Bell is paired with a variety of special guests including Gloria Estefan, Alison Krauss, Kristin Chenoweth, saxophonist Chris Botti, jazz greats Chick Corea and Branford Marsalis, opera stars Placido Domingo and Renée Fleming, Michael Feinstein and a cappella group Straight No Chaser.
Musical Gifts combines Bell's distinctive violin playing with fresh new takes on popular holiday songs.
"I wanted to capture theRead more feeling and celebration of the holidays and that spirit of December," says Bell. "I love the idea of celebrating music in ways different from how it was originally written, bringing in new arrangements and creating new repertoire." Read less
Auld Lang Syneby Traditional Performer:
Joshua Bell (Violin),
Gloria Estefan (Voice)
Period: Classical Written: Scotland
Christmas Confusionby Various Performer:
Aleksey Igudesman (Violin),
Joshua Bell (Violin),
Hyung-ki Joo (Piano)
Notes: This selection incorporates the songs "Silent Night," "Jingle Bells," "Hava Nagila" and "The Dreidel Song."
Silent Nightby Franz Xaver Gruber Performer:
Joshua Bell (Violin)
Young People's Chorus of New York City
Period: Classical Written: 1818; Austria
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Let it Snow
I'll Be Home for Christmas
O Holy Night
I Want an Old-Fashioned Christmas
Baal Shem: Simchat Torah (Rejoicing)
The Secret of Christmas
Christmas Auld Lang Syne
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
A new take on familiar holiday songsJanuary 9, 2014By Pamela H. (Princeton, NJ)See All My Reviews"I LOVE this CD! Although the Christmas songs never seem to get boring, these arrangements and improvisations are virtuosic and fresh! It's my favorite new recording!"Report Abuse
It's barely Christmas musicNovember 26, 2013By Thomas Hanson See All My Reviews"I keep hoping for another "What if Mozart wrote "We Wish You A Merry Christmas". But it's not here, this is Jazz."Report Abuse
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