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Best of Joshua Bell - The Decca Years

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish"
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Fauré, Gabriel : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94bis
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Wieniawski, Henryk : Variations for Violin on an original theme, Op. 15
>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (4) for Violin/Cello and Piano, Op. 78
>Novácek, Ottokar : Perpetuum Mobile, conzert caprice for violin & orchestra, Op. 5/4
>Kreisler, Fritz : Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the style of Francoeur
>Kreisler, Fritz : Apple Blossoms
>Kreisler, Fritz : Caprice Viennois
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1
>Grasse, Edwin : Waves at play
>Wieniawski, Henryk : Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16
>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This is the very 1st 'Best of Joshua Bell' album to ever be released! Highlighting the essential moments of Joshua Bell's career on Decca, this release will give the consumer a full insight into this violinist's recordings. The 'Best of Joshua Bell: The Decca Years' is a concept album, with each disc having a theme to its repertoire: The Concertos, Sonatas & Chamber Music, and Favorites. Joshua Bell is a living legend, having created more than 30 albums during the course of his career. Since making his concerto debut at the tender age of fourteen with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bell has established himself as one of the few great classical stars of the modern age.

A new collection of some of Joshua Bell's greatest performances in a specially priced 3-CD set. Features Joshua Bell in concertos, chamber works and solo pieces drawn from his Decca catalogue. Includes recordings personally selected by Joshua Bell.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Violin no 5 in A major, K 219 "Turkish"
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Peter Maag
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Blackheath Concert Hall (12/18/1991-12/20/1991)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1775

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Christoph Dohnányi
  • Running Time: 40 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A major, Op. 13
  • Performers: Joshua Bell (Violin); Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94bis
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Notes: St George's, Brandon Hall (03/20/1993-03/21/1993)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
  • Performers: Olli Mustonen (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin); Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1944

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1863

>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Variations for Violin on an original theme, Op. 15
  • Performers: Samuel Sanders (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (4) for Violin/Cello and Piano, Op. 78 :: no 2
  • Performers: Samuel Sanders (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1917

>Novácek, Ottokar : Perpetuum Mobile, conzert caprice for violin & orchestra, Op. 5/4
  • Performers: Samuel Sanders (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1895

>Kreisler, Fritz : Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the style of Francoeur
  • Performers: Joshua Bell (Violin); Paul Coker (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's, Brandon Hall (07/06/1995-07/07/1995)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1905

>Kreisler, Fritz : Apple Blossoms
  • Performers: Joshua Bell (Violin); Paul Coker (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's, Brandon Hall (07/06/1995-07/07/1995)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 09/1924

>Kreisler, Fritz : Caprice Viennois
  • Performers: Joshua Bell (Violin); Paul Coker (Piano)
  • Notes: St George's, Brandon Hall (07/06/1995-07/07/1995)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1
  • Performers: Samuel Sanders (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868

>Grasse, Edwin : Waves at play
  • Performers: Samuel Sanders (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16
  • Performers: Samuel Sanders (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1855

>Sarasate, Pablo de : Ziegeunerweisen
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878