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Joshua Bell - Voice of the Violin

Joshua Bell, Michael Stern & Orchestra of St. Luke's

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iTunes Editors' Notes

Young English virtuoso Joshua Bell attempts an intriguing gambit here: Arrange and translate a slate of classical songs, arias and wordless pieces originally written for the human voice as a showcase for his expressive gifts on solo violin. While it's clearly intended to trade on the commercial success of Bell's previous Romance of the Violin anthology, the repertoire choices and execution here frequently transcend any concerns about the sequelitis that likely inspired them. With the exception of a notable duet with pianist Frederic Chiu on Debussy's "Beau Soir," Bell's playing is cast against orchestral arrangements that subtly reinforce or contrast his rich, emotionally-charged touch. Bell swoops, soars and flutters through a slate of material that includes expected crowd-pleasers like "Ave Maria" and "Carmina Burana," yet one ultimately characterized by a compelling eclecticism. The virtuoso's affection for his instrument is not sacrosanct however, as his standout duet with popular contemporary soprano Anna Netrebko on Strauss' "Morgen!" attests, a rewarding performance that ultimately underscores the collection's titular conceit.

Customer Reviews

Breathtaking as usual

As we've come to expect, Josh Bell can do no wrong - unlike whoever wrote the original album review: Josh is from Bloomington, Indiana USA which, if my geography serves me, makes him American - not a 'young ENGLISH virtuoso'! This album is another prime example of Josh's mastery - he is perfect. Reviewer, could do better...

…and a voice that soars and sings...

A selection of fairly well known and popular pieces arranged for Bell, interpreted thoughtfully and played with immense technical skill. Passionate renditions of some of the loveliest melodies ever written each placed perfectly within the album. This man's work conjures up the image of the swan: graceful, majestic, stately, completely concealing the furious, intense work going on below the surface to keep the beautiful edifice afloat.

Biography

Born: 09 December 1967 in Bloomington, IN

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Internationally known violinist Joshua Bell has performed with all the major orchestras and is proficient in the works of Beethoven, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, and Wieniawski. He is known for both his contemporary and classical repertoire. Joshua Bell was born in Indiana in 1967 and acquired an interest in playing the violin at an early age. By the age of 14 he had made his professional debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He studied under violinist Josef Gingold. After his debut performance, his career...
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