The Essential Joshua Bell [Sony]

The Essential Joshua Bell [Sony]

by Joshua BellJoshua Bell


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Existing fans of violinist Joshua Bell are already well-acquainted with the broad scope of repertoire and performance abilities ranging deftly from the classical concerto repertoire to his well-known collaborations with Edgar Meyer. For those unfamiliar with Bell's recorded works, this two-disc set of The Essential Joshua Bell provides quite a comprehensive overview of his wide-ranging talents. Of course, it could also be argued that if one movement of a concerto is "essential," so too should be the rest of the movements. Some of the single-movement works on the album, such as the Paganini variations or the Sarasate "Introduction and Tarantella," work well on compilation albums such as this because they don't leave the listener with an incomplete picture of what the composer had intended. With larger works such as the concertos of Goldmark, Mendelssohn, or Beethoven, hearing only single movements doesn't do full justice to either the composer nor to Bell's performances. This anthology also surprisingly lacks Bell's recording of the Tchaikovsky concerto, perhaps one of his most energetic and innovative performances of a standard repertoire concerto. So if you're really not sure if you like Bell's playing or his choice of repertoire, this is certainly an enjoyable introduction. Otherwise, do yourself a favor and invest in the complete albums from which this collection was made.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2007
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886970741620
catalogNumber: 707416
Rank: 2626

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Bell   Primary Artist,Violin
Sam Bush   Mandolin,Violin
Edgar Meyer   Bass
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John Williams [composer]   Piano,Conductor
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Craig Leon   Conductor
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Roger Norrington   Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Esa-Pekka Salonen   Conductor
Orchestra of St. Luke's   Performing Ensemble
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields   Performing Ensemble
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Mike Marshall   Guitar,Violin,Mandola
Michael Tilson Thomas   Conductor
David Zinman   Conductor
Michael Stern   Conductor
Simon Mulligan   Piano
Nigel Hess   Conductor
Frederic Chiu   Piano
Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Camerata Salzburg   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Jackson Braider   Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Timothy White   Cover Photo

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