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Voice of the Violin

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Fauré, Gabriel : Apres un reve, Op. 7 no 1
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera
>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana
>Kreisler, Fritz : May Breezes, song without words for violin & piano, (transcription of Mendelssohn's Song without Wor
>Debussy, Claude : Beau soir
>Ponce, Manuel : Estrellita
>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares espanolas (7)
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Follow-up to the best-selling Romance of the Violin, this album features sensuous, unforgettable melodies from opera and song with soprano Anna Netrebko as Bell's special guest. Selections include such favorites as Schubert's "Ave Maria", Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise", and Tchaikovsky's "None But the Lonely Heart", as well as beloved arias by Mozart, Bizet, Donizetti, Dvorak, and Orff. From the song literature come favorites by Faure, Debussy, Falla, Mendelssohn and Ponce.

I'm afraid that understates the ethereal quality of Bell's extraction of living musical notes from his Stradivarius. The spiritual oneness that happens with a virtuoso and his/her instrument is what makes the connection between the listener and the player. The instrument becomes a unique voice that communicates the essence of music, which itself, is an extension of the writer. If pure, then the quality is immeasurable and unspeakable, transferring only between spirits, and made all the more pure in the hands of a kindred soul. Joshua Bell possesses that kind of relationship, not only between the author of the music and the quality of the instrument, but also between the author and the listener. Bell excels as the bridge between them all.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Joshua Bell (violin).

Recording information: Right Track Studios.



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schubert, Franz : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1825
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Pourquoi me réveiller? (Why do you wake me?)
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Rusalka :: Song to the Moon
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Laudate Dominum :: Laudate Dominum (Praise th
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera :: Una furtiva lagrima (A furtive tear)
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Orff, Carl : Carmina burana :: In trutina (in the balance)
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1935-1936
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kreisler, Fritz : May Breezes, song without words for violin & piano, (transcription of Mendelssohn's Song without Wor
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Debussy, Claude : Beau soir
  • Performers: Frederic Chiu (Piano); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ponce, Manuel : Estrellita
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7) :: Nana
  • Performers: Joshua Bell (Violin); Scott Kuney (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Je crois entendre encore (I still can hear)
  • Performer: Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Joshua Bell (Violin); Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of St. Luke's
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio