The Essential Joshua Bell

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Goldmark, Karl : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 28
>Heifetz, Jascha : Beau Soir, arrangement for violin & piano (after Debussy)
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words
>Massenet, Jules : Elégie
>Paganini, Niccolò : Variations for Violin and Orchestra on "Carnival of Venice", Op. 10
>Fauré, Gabriel : Apres un reve, Op. 7 no 1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
>Gershwin, George : Nice Work If You Can Get It, song (from A Damsel in Distress, film)
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
>Hess, Nigel : Ladies in Lavender, film score
>Corigliano, John : The Red Violin, film score
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide
>Brohn, William : West Side Story Suite, for violin & orchestra (after Bernstein)
>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town
>Meyer, Edgar : Short trip home, for violin, double bass, mandolin & guitar
>Meyer, Edgar : BT, for violin, mandolin, mandola & double bass
>Edgar Meyer / Sam Bush / : Death by triple fiddle
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 10/4, CT. 17
>Gershwin, George : Goldwyn Follies
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Joshua Bell has captured the public's imagination like no other classical violinist of his time. His virtuosity in the most demanding concerto repertoire is second to none, and his bold, charismatic artistry breathes new life into the most venerable classics. (2 CD)

Notes & Reviews:

Existing fans of violinist Joshua Bell are already well-acquainted with the broad scope of repertoire and performance abilities ranging deftly from the classical concerto repertoire to his well-known collaborations with Edgar Meyer. For those unfamiliar with Bell's recorded works, this two-disc set of The Essential Joshua Bell provides quite a comprehensive overview of his wide-ranging talents. Of course, it could also be argued that if one movement of a concerto is "essential," so too should be the rest of the movements. Some of the single-movement works on the album, such as the Paganini variations or the Sarasate "Introduction and Tarantella," work well on compilation albums such as this because they don't leave the listener with an incomplete picture of what the composer had intended. With larger works such as the concertos of Goldmark, Mendelssohn, or Beethoven, hearing only single movements doesn't do full justice to either the composer nor to Bell's performances. This anthology also surprisingly lacks Bell's recording of the Tchaikovsky concerto, perhaps one of his most energetic and innovative performances of a standard repertoire concerto. So if you're really not sure if you like Bell's playing or his choice of repertoire, this is certainly an enjoyable introduction. Otherwise, do yourself a favor and invest in the complete albums from which this collection was made. ~Mike D. Brownell



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Danse Russe
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Violin in D minor :: 3. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Ensemble: Camerata Salzburg
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 09/16/1844

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano in C sharp minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Craig Leon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Craig Leon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Goldmark, Karl : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 28 :: 3. Moderato - Allegretto
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1877

>Heifetz, Jascha : Beau Soir, arrangement for violin & piano (after Debussy)
  • Performers: Frederic Chiu (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43
  • Performers: Simon Mulligan (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 06/01/1842

>Massenet, Jules : Elégie :: O doux printemps d'autrefois, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.1")
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Craig Leon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : Variations for Violin and Orchestra on "Carnival of Venice", Op. 10
  • Performers: Simon Mulligan (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1
  • Performers: Frederic Chiu (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 :: 3. Rondo. Allegro
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Ensemble: Camerata Salzburg
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1806

>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano :: Prelude no 1
  • Performers: John Williams (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Gershwin, George : Nice Work If You Can Get It, song (from A Damsel in Distress, film)
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Williams
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Williams
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Hess, Nigel : Ladies in Lavender, film score :: Ladies in Lavender
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Nigel Hess
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Corigliano, John : The Red Violin, film score :: The Red Violin
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1997

>Corigliano, John : The Red Violin, film score :: Pope's Concert
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1997

>Corigliano, John : The Red Violin, film score :: Coitus Musicalis
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1997

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1956

>Brohn, William : West Side Story Suite, for violin & orchestra (after Bernstein) :: (Excerpt)
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Bernstein, Leonard : On the Town
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1944

>Hess, Nigel : Ladies in Lavender, film score :: Fantasy for violin and orchestra
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Nigel Hess
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Meyer, Edgar : Short trip home, for violin, double bass, mandolin & guitar
  • Performers: Sam Bush (Mandolin); Joshua Bell (Violin); Mike Marshall (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Meyer, Edgar : BT, for violin, mandolin, mandola & double bass
  • Performers: Sam Bush (Mandolin); Joshua Bell (Violin); Mike Marshall (Mandola)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Edgar Meyer / Sam Bush / : Death by triple fiddle
  • Performers: Sam Bush (Violin); Joshua Bell (Violin); Mike Marshall (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 10/4, CT. 17
  • Performers: Bela Fleck (Banjo); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Gershwin, George : Goldwyn Follies
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: John Williams
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937