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Musical Gifts / Joshua Bell & Friends


Release Date: 10/15/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 374318   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalWalter KentJule StynePeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,   ... 
Performer:  Joshua BellAlison KraussChick CoreaFrankie Moreno,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Straight No ChaserYoung People's Chorus of New York City
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With 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 the
Read 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."
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Works on This Recording

1.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Alison Krauss (Voice)
Written: England 
2.
Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Chick Corea (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
3.
I'll be home for Christmas by Walter Kent
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Frankie Moreno (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
4.
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Jule Styne
Performer:  Julian Lage (Guitar), Joshua Bell (Violin), Rob Moose (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
5.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Straight No Chaser
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
6.
Amazing Grace by Traditional
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Branford Marsalis (Soprano Saxophone)
7.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Kristin Chenoweth (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
9.
Baal shem: 3rd movement, Simchas torah by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Steven Isserlis (Cello), Joshua Bell (Violin), Sam Haywood (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
10.
O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
11.
Holiday Inn: White Christmas by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Chris Botti (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
12.
The Secret of Christmas by Jimmy Van Heusen
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Michael Feinstein (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
13.
I Want an Old-Fashioned Christmas by Fay Foster
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Renée Fleming (Soprano)
14.
Auld Lang Syne by Traditional
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Gloria Estefan (Voice)
Period: Classical 
Written: Scotland 
15.
Christmas Confusion by 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." 
16.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Young People's Chorus of New York City
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 

Sound Samples

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Let it Snow
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Greensleeves
Nutcracker Medley
Amazing Grace
O Holy Night
Ave Maria
I Want an Old-Fashioned Christmas
White Christmas
O Tannenbaum
Baal Shem: Simchat Torah (Rejoicing)
The Secret of Christmas
Christmas Auld Lang Syne
Christmas Confusion
Silent Night

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A new take on familiar holiday songs January 9, 2014 By 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 music November 26, 2013 By 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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