Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor & other French works (Incls Massenet - Meditation from 'Thais')

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Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor & other French works (Incls Massenet - Meditation from 'Thais')
Joshua Bell (violin) / Orchestra symphonique de Montreal. Charles Dutoit. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Andrew Litton

[ Double Decca / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 1 June 2005

'this disc is certainly a thrilling addition to the Bell discography and will have a wide appeal.'
Gramophone January 1992

Lalo's lively and immediately appealing Symphonie Espagnole is coupled with the ever-popular Saint-Saens Third Concerto in a disc with one of the great conductors of the French repertory, Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony. Complementing this disc is an album of French virtuoso showpieces which features such favourites as the haunting Meditation de Thais and the colourful Tzigane by Ravel, pieces which display all facets of Joshua Bell's musicianship.

'On this new Decca release of virtuoso showpieces, his playing is volatile, stylish and eminently well conceived ... the Chausson Poème ... has seldom been so eloquently presented as here, with Andrew Litton's contribution also highly refined ... this disc is certainly a thrilling addition to the Bell discography and will have a wide appeal.'
Gramophone January 1992

Tracks:

SAINT-SAËNS : Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61
LALO : Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op.21
SAINT-SAËNS : Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op.28
MASSENET : Méditation de Thaïs
SARASATE : Zigeunerweisen, Op.29
CHAUSSON : Poème, Op.25
YSAYE : Caprice d'après l'étude en forme de valse de Saint-Saëns
RAVEL : Tzigane