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Joshua Bell's 2009 album At Home with Friends presented the outward-looking classical violinist jamming with a varied lineup of musicians. Bell now returns to that format with an album of holiday tunes. The trick with this concept is putting your own stamp on a set of standards heard thousands of times performed by thousands of different musicians—all without straying too far from these precious melodies. Of course, putting Bell’s beautiful tone and spectacular skill front and center gives this project a leg up (check out his playing on “Greensleeves”). He also gets strong performances from his friends on a Latinized approach to “Christmas Auld Lang Syne,” a Gypsy-swing take on “Let It Snow,” and a soulful version of “Amazing Grace.” Perhaps in a moment of self-awareness, Bell includes “Christmas Confusion” with classical music pranksters Igudesman & Joo; here they run through bits of different songs as if nightmarishly stuck in a mall where every store plays different songs, and it all blends together into Christmas mush. Happily, there's no fear of that happening with this album.

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The Young Peoples Chorus of New York City sang such a beauteous cover of the song Silent Night. It is my favorite track on this album and would like to gift it to loved ones for upcoming holidays just to listen to that particular track. Outstanding BRAVO! ...I would love to hear more

Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming and the Young People's Chorus of NYC

Such a great album especially the Silent Night!!


The Young People's Chorus sound beautiful in Silent Night!! A must-have for the holidays!!


Born: December 9, 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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