[ Sony Classical / CD ]
Release Date: Wednesday 20 February 2013
Often referred to as the "poet of the violin," JOSHUA BELL is one of the world's most celebrated violinists. In his new recording he conducts the ASMF in two symphonies by Beethoven.
"These are splendidly alert performances, responding to every nuance in the music, and they made me listen to Beethoven with fresh ears. Particularly impressive is the pianissimo playing Bell obtains from the orchestra...This recording is a real pleasure." (BBC Music Five Stars)
"[Bell's] virile account [of the Fourth] makes its intentions clear right away: prominent bassoon and clarinets, violin and viola slurred notes strongly phrased, brilliant violin uprush to the allegro. The Seventh has similar clarity and rhythmic energy...an exciting disc." (Sunday Times)
Symphony No 4 in B flat Op 60
Symphony No 7 in A Op 92