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Joshua Bell - Romance Of The Violin


Release Date: 10/28/2003 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 87894   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniClaude DebussyFrédéric ChopinCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Performer:  Joshua BellCraig OgdenGregory KnowlesStephen Orton,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Throughout his career, violinist Joshua Bell has always sought to expand the range of works available for his instrument, and with the aptly titled ROMANCE OF THE VIOLIN, he ventures a bit further from the core of the repertoire. None of the selections on the album were composed for violin, and the works were chosen strictly for the beauty of their melody without regard to the original instrumentation.
Bell looks well beyond the confines of the violin for inspiration, tapping into the literature of piano works, vocal music, and even opera arias. The result is a stylistically diverse, but musically coherent, program of transcriptions and arrangements that spans over 400 years of music history, one that the prodigious violinist finds
Read more himself right at home in. Bell's interpretations eloquently convey the lyricism of works such as Debussy's "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair," Schumann's "Träumerei," and nocturnes by Chopin and Borodin. He's at his finest in the songs and arias such as "O Mio Babbino Caro" from Puccini's 'Gianni Schicchi,' "Casta Diva" from Bellini's 'Norma,' and Schubert's "Serenade" from the 'Schwanengesang' song cycle, gracefully applying his lush tone and elegant phrasing to the sublime melodies. The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields provides superb accompaniment throughout this fine set. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
2.
Préludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
3.
Nocturne for Piano in C sharp minor, B 49 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
4.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
5.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 4, Ständchen by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Craig Ogden (Guitar), Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
6.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
7.
Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
8.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major: 3rd movement, Andante "Nocturne" by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Russia 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
10.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Gregory Knowles (Cimbalom), Craig Ogden (Guitar), Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
11.
O doux printemps d'autrefois by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1869; France 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
12.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 
13.
L'Incoronazione di Poppea: Pur ti miro [Final Duet] by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Stephen Orton (Cello), Joshua Bell (Violin), John Constable (Harpsichord),
Jacob Heringman (Lute)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1642; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Craig Leon.
EMI Abbey Road Studios, London (06/11/2003 - 06/13/2003) 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 How Can I ~ October 2, 2015 By SHOSHANAH M. (GLEN ALLEN, VA) See All My Reviews "How can I be one to review the works of this wonderful CD ~ for it is in my own personal perception that I write this. All that I can say is that to realize that Joshua Bell in now playing on the same Stradivarius that Bronislaw Huberman used to raise funds to make the dream of founding the Israeli Symphony Orchestra (The famed Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra) in the 1930’s at the time of the Holocaust is more than a miracle…..but so is the sound of these beautiful melodies in the hands of this gifted musician, Joshua Bell! I can listen to this over and over and over again, and still find that my soul sours at the musical magic that I hear whenever I listen to this CD!" Report Abuse
 A perfect gift for lovers December 17, 2014 By Ernest Bernhardt (Bloomington, IN) See All My Reviews "Between romantic tunes like Schubert's Serenade or Schumann's Traeumerei and the gorgeous sound of Joshua Bell's playing, this makes a perfect gift for the special love in your life." Report Abuse
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