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The Best Of Joshua Bell


Release Date: 09/22/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001337202   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartJohannes BrahmsCamille Saint-SaënsJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Joshua BellSamuel SandersPaul CokerJacques Thibaud,   ... 
Conductor:  Peter MaagChristoph von DohnányiAndrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraCleveland OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

3 CDs for the price of 1!

This is the very first Best of Joshua Bell album to ever be released! Highlighting the essential moments of Joshua Bell’s career on Decca, this release will give the consumer a full insight into this violinist’s recordings.

The Best of Joshua Bell: The Decca Years is a concept album, with each disc having a theme to its repertoire: The Concertos, Sonatas & Chamber Music, and Favorites. Featuring Masterpieces by Brahms, Mozart, Massenet, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Wieniawski, Fauré, Kreisler, and more!

Joshua Bell is a living legend, having created more than 30 albums during the course of his career. Since making his concerto debut at the tender age of
Read more fourteen with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bell has established himself as one of the few great classical stars of the modern age.

R E V I E W S:

"Joshua Bell's commanding performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto is full of flair, demonstrating not only his love of bravura display, but also his ready gift for turning a phrase individually in a way that catches the ear, always sounding spontaneous."
Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition] Reviewing Decca 444-811

"Among all the marketing-led violin talents to emerge in recent years, that of the 25-year-old Joshua Bell is at least worth all the hype. His playing in [Mozart's] fifth concerto...is both arresting and sweet-toned. The sound he produces from his 1732 Stradivarius is warm and rounded, not so thin as to sound wiry, nor so overblown as to be out of keeping with Mozartian style. His playing brings out Mozart’s preference for beauty of line over virtuosity, with a cantilena that soars above the orchestra like a Mozartian soprano."
-- BBC Music Magazine Reviewing Decca 436-376

"Prokofiev’s chamber music is stimulating, hugely varied, and impregnated with his distinctive brand of melody. Take the second Violin Sonata, a reworking of a slightly earlier Sonata for the flute. Bell and Mustonen are well attuned to this music, their interpretations thoughtful and persuasive."
-- BBC Music Magazine Reviewing Decca 440-926

"Joshua Bell refuses to treat [Kreisler's] music as trivial, and there is a total absence of schmaltz...What lightness of touch in Schon Rosmarin, what elegance of style in the Caprice viennoise, what panache in the paired Liesfreud and Liebesleid, and how seductive is the simple Berceuse romantique."
-- Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition] Reviewing Decca 444-409
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Peter Maag
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1775 
2. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
3. Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
4. Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
5. Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Samuel Sanders (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
6. Pieces (4) for Violin/Cello and Piano, Op. 78: no 2, Romance by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Samuel Sanders (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915-1919; Finland 
7. Caprices (8) for Violin and Piano, Op. 5: no 2, Perpetuum mobile by Ottokar Novácek
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Samuel Sanders (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Czech Republic 
8. Siciliano and Rigaudon in the style of Francoeur by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Paul Coker (Piano)
9. Apple Blossoms: Syncopation by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Paul Coker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; Austria 
10. Caprice viennois, Op. 2 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Paul Coker (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
11. Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Samuel Sanders (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
12. Waves at play by Edwin Grasse
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Samuel Sanders (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
13. Variations for Violin on an original theme, Op. 15 by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Samuel Sanders (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Leipzig, Germany 
14. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878 
15. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Jacques Thibaud (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; France 
16. Sonatinas (2) for Piano, Op. 54: no 2 in G major by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Olli Mustonen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1932; Paris, France 
17. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Olli Mustonen (Piano), Joshua Bell (Violin), Steven Isserlis (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219: 1. Allegro aperto
Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219: 2. Adagio
Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219: 3. Rondeau (Tempo di minuetto)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77: 1. Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77: 2. Adagio
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77: 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più presto
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A, Op.13: 1. Allegro molto
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A, Op.13: 2. Andante
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A, Op.13: 3. Allegro vivo
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in A, Op.13: 4. Allegro quasi presto
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in D, Op.94b: 1. Moderato
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in D, Op.94b: 2. Scherzo (Presto)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in D, Op.94b: 3. Andante
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in D, Op.94b: 4. Allegro con brio
Piano Trio No.2, Op.67: 1. Andante - Moderato - Poco più mosso
Piano Trio No.2, Op.67: 2. Allegro con brio
Piano Trio No.2, Op.67: 3. Largo
Piano Trio No.2, Op.67: 4. Allegretto - Adagio

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