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The Romantic Violin / Joshua Bell


Release Date: 07/13/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000278302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Max BruchSamuel BarberFritz KreislerJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Joshua BellPaul CokerJean-Yves ThibaudetSamuel Sanders
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerDavid ZinmanChristoph von DohnányiVladimir Ashkenazy,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsBaltimore Symphony OrchestraCleveland Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joshua Bell's THE ROMANTIC VIOLIN is a "greatest hits" of sorts, a retrospective steeped in core repertoire where the heartthrob violinist can apply his lush tone and soulful phrasing to optimal effect. The collected recordings find Bell in peak form, offering some of the most expressive playing imaginable in the slow movements from the great concertos of Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Barber, as well as Wieniawski's Second Concerto and Bruch's beloved Concerto in G Minor. Bell demonstrates his knack for wringing every bit of lyricism from a melody in his graceful performances of Paganini's "Cantabile" and Massenet's "Méditation de Thaïs." He shows that he's got technique to spare in scintillating readings of the Rondo from Lalo's 'Symphonie Read more Espagnole' and Brahms's Hungarian Dance No. 1.
Bell is a throwback to a bygone era, rooted in the style of past masters like Pablo Sarasate, Eugene Ysaÿe, Fritz Kreisler, and Jascha Heifetz. His "old school" connection is never more apparent than in his elegant account of four selections by Kreisler including the beautiful "Liebesfreud" and "Liebesleid." THE ROMANTIC VIOLIN provides a fine overview of Bell's early career, as well as an informed introduction to an honored tradition of performance style. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26: 2nd movement, Adagio by Max Bruch
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1986 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Stduios, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin, Op. 14: 2nd movement, Andante by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Joseph Meyerhoff Hall, Baltimore, MD 
Length: 8 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Schön Rosmarin by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Paul Coker (Piano), Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4.
Tambourin chinois, Op. 3 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Paul Coker (Piano), Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1995 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  Severence Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8: 1st movement, Allegretto ben moderato by César Franck
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1986 
Venue:  St. Barnabas Church, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in D minor, Op. 22: 2nd movement, Romance by Henri Wieniawski
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; St. Petersburg, Russ 
Date of Recording: 04/1988 
Venue:  Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
8.
Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Paul Coker (Piano), Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
9.
Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Paul Coker (Piano), Joshua Bell (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
10.
Concerto for Violin in D, Op. 35: 2nd movement, Canzonetta by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/1988 
Venue:  Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
11.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  Town Hall, Watford, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
12.
Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21: 5th movement, Rondo - Allegro by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1988 
Venue:  St. Eustache, Montréal 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
13.
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 
Date of Recording: 12/1986 
Venue:  St. Barnabas Church, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Joseph Joachim. 
14.
Cantabile for Violin and Piano in D major by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Joshua Bell (Violin), Samuel Sanders (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1824 
Date of Recording: 12/1986 
Venue:  St. Barnabas Church, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor - Transcr. Joseph Joachim
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26: 2. Adagio
Cantabile
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, Op.14: 2. Andante
Schön Rosmarin
Tambourin chinois
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77: 2. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: 1. Allegretto ben moderato
Romance from Violin Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.22: 2. Romance
Liebesfreud
Liebesleid
Violin Concerto in D, Op.35: 2. Canzonetta (Andante)
Méditation de Thaïs
Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op.21: 5. Rondo (Allegro)

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