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Bach / Joshua Bell


Release Date: 09/30/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 308779   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joshua Bell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



As follow up to last-year’s acclaimed and chart-topping all-Beethoven recording, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell continues as Music Director and Conductor of the world-renowned ensemble, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. On their new collaboration, this time with Bell also as a soloist, he conducts ASMF mostly from the concertmaster’s chair in an all-Bach program. Joshua Bell is the first American and first person to hold the title of Music Director since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.


As follow up to last-year’s acclaimed and chart-topping all-Beethoven recording, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell continues as Music Director and Conductor of the world-renowned ensemble, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. On their new collaboration, this time with Bell also as a soloist, he conducts ASMF mostly from the concertmaster’s chair in an all-Bach program. Joshua Bell is the first American and first person to hold the title of Music Director since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 3rd movement, Gavotte en Rondeau by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
5.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 Un peu déçue  January 24, 2019 By G. Lechasseur (Outremont, QC) See All My Reviews "Je pensais entendre une partie de violon seul, mais non, tout est rigoureusement orchestré et voilà je suis déçue, je trouve ça un peu kétaine, hélàs. C'est le Bach que j'aime moins." Report Abuse
 Close but no cigar February 4, 2015 By M. Hutton (Woodbury, TN) See All My Reviews "At least I won't call him Mr. Toothache any more. Certainly he's earned his street creds with competent and occasionally lovely recordings of the standard works for violin, but he's also devoted a huge amount of time and talent to excerpts, most egregiously the aria "Casta Diva", which in my opinion pretty much requires a soprano. However beautiful each excerpt may be, taken together they are cloyingly sweet. Obviously there's a market for pretty, but I felt he was capable of meeting the challenge of integrating the pretty or even beautiful bit into the whole of which it is an integral part. This is a good start, and I look forward to his continued exploration of the Bach mystique." Report Abuse
 Bach on Speed November 15, 2014 By Lisa H. (Etobicoke, Ontario) See All My Reviews "I love Joshua Bell. He is my favourite violinist and I look forward to every recording he does. I was, however, disappointed with this one. I felt like he was racing through the works and in doing so missed the beautiful nuances of Bach's composition. To that end it was frustrating to listen to because I suppose, I was expecting so much more. I would have to say that although no one plays Tchaikovsky like Joshua, Hillary Hahn does a better job with Bach. Sorry Joshua." Report Abuse
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