Romance of the Violin

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PUCCINI / CHOPIN / GLUCK / BORODIN / MONTEVERDI / etc
Romance of the Violin
Joshua Bell (violin) with the Academy of St Martins in the Fields

[ Sony Music / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 28 November 2003

"The American violinist with movie-star good looks has emerged as one of the finest musicians of his generation" (The Washington Post)

One of the most remarkable and accessable artists in the classical field is Joshua Bell. Showing a brilliant talent at a young age, he keeps going and refining his sound year after year, coming up with new sounds and blowing some dust off of hoary old favorites to make them sparkle with something fresh and new.

Back in the days before radio and sound recordings, popular tunes and short movements from concerti and symphonies would be transcribed or transferred, if you will, for other instruments than what they were originally composed for. Two of the most popular instruments were the piano and violin, and it?s proved to be a still popular sport today ? visit your local music store, and you?ll find arrangements of sheet music taken from the latest hits on Broadway.

On this selection of popular classical tunes, violinist Joshua Bell teams up with Michael Sterns and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. With such an accomplished orchestra behind him, Bell simply shines in this collection, giving great clarity in his performance and able to give us emotion - and plenty of it - without sliding into a mush of sentimentality or syrupy sweetness.

Tracks:

Puccini - O mio babbino Caro
Debussy - The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Chopin - Nocturne in C sharp minor
Saint-Saens - The Swan
Schubert - Serenade
Bellini - Casta Diva
Mozart - Andante from Piano Concerto No 21
Schumann - Traumerei ('Kinderszenen' for piano, Op 15, No. 7 'Dreaming')
Borodin - Nocturne from Quartet for Strings No. 2 in D Major: 3rd movement

Etc