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Joshua Bell - Romance of the Violin

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49)
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Schubert, Franz : Schwanengesang, D 957
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Christoph W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
>Dvorak, Antonin : Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Incirinazione Di Poppea
>Massenet, Jules : Elégie
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Bell's performances and his magnetic presence have earned him popularity and acclaim that reach far beyond core classical audiences. All the arrangements for this recording are by Craig Leon, who has produced and arranged albums for a broad spectrum of artists from Luciano Pavarotti to Blondie.

Notes & Reviews:

Throughout his career, violinist Joshua Bell has always sought to expand the range of works available for his instrument, and with the aptly titled ROMANCE OF THE VIOLIN, he ventures a bit further from the core of the repertoire. None of the selections on the album were composed for violin, and the works were chosen strictly for the beauty of their melody without regard to the original instrumentation.

Bell looks well beyond the confines of the violin for inspiration, tapping into the literature of piano works, vocal music, and even opera arias. The result is a stylistically diverse, but musically coherent, program of transcriptions and arrangements that spans over 400 years of music history, one that the prodigious violinist finds himself right at home in. Bell's interpretations eloquently convey the lyricism of works such as Debussy's "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair," Schumann's "Träumerei," and nocturnes by Chopin and Borodin. He's at his finest in the songs and arias such as "O Mio Babbino Caro" from Puccini's 'Gianni Schicchi,' "Casta Diva" from Bellini's 'Norma,' and Schubert's "Serenade" from the 'Schwanengesang' song cycle, gracefully applying his lush tone and elegant phrasing to the sublime melodies. The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields provides superb accompaniment throughout this fine set.



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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O Mio Babbino Caro
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Debussy, Claude : La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 20 in C sharp minor, KK IVa/16, CT. 127 (B. 49)
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schubert, Franz : Schwanengesang, D 957
  • Performers: Joshua Bell (Violin); Craig Ogden (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Casta Diva
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 :: Andante
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1785
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Christoph W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Borodin, Alexander : Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1881-1885
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Gypsy Songs, Op. 55
  • Performers: Joshua Bell (Violin); Craig Ogden (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'Incirinazione Di Poppea :: Pur Ti Miro
  • Performers: Joshua Bell (Violin); John Constable (Harpsichord); Jacob Heringman (Lute); Stephen Orton (Cello)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1642
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Massenet, Jules : Elégie :: O doux printemps d'autrefois, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.1")
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1866
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838
  • Studio/Live: Studio