At Home With Friends

At Home With Friends

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by Joshua Bell
     
 

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Joshua Bell, the Grammy-winning violinist, fulfills a life-long dream of recording a CD of instrumental and vocal duets with a colorful roster of musicians, including Josh Groban, Sting, Kristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor, and Chris Botti, among others.

The concept of At Home With Friends was inspired by Bell's long-time practice of holding "musical soirées"

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Overview

Joshua Bell, the Grammy-winning violinist, fulfills a life-long dream of recording a CD of instrumental and vocal duets with a colorful roster of musicians, including Josh Groban, Sting, Kristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor, and Chris Botti, among others.

The concept of At Home With Friends was inspired by Bell's long-time practice of holding "musical soirées" at his New York residence -- eclectic gatherings of musicians, actors, comics, literary figures, and others who convene for the sheer joy of sharing their art in an informal setting. With this in mind, Bell has spent the past four years designing and building his home in Manhattan to accommodate the ideal stay-at-home venue.

Of his inspiration for the album, Bell says: "Some of my most precious memories of childhood recall the 'family musicales' in my home -- my sisters, my parents, my cousins all playing music together and for each other during the holidays. Since then I went on to have many thrilling experiences in concert halls, but I still enjoy the experience of making music with my friends and family in a small, intimate setting. There's nothing like sitting on a pillow by the piano surrounded by passionate artists, not quite sure who's going to get up next to perform. It's my hope that this recording figuratively transports listeners into the room with us."

Don't miss the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition, which includes the bonus track "White Christmas" featuring Chris Botti. From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2009
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886975271627
catalogNumber:
752716
Rank:
9552

Tracks

  1. I Loves You Porgy  - Chris Botti
  2. Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book
  3. Oblivion, tango  - Carel Kraayenhof
  4. [Excerpt]  - Josh Groban
  5. Para Ti  -  Tiempo Libre
  6. My Funny Valentine, song (from "Babes in Arms")  - Kristin Chenoweth
  7. Maybe So  - Mike Marshall
  8. 2. Allegretto espressivo alla romanza
  9. Eleanor Rigby  - Frankie Moreno
  10. Georgian Song ("Do not Sing, My Beauty"), for voice & piano, Op. 4/4  - Nathan Gunn
  11. [Excerpt]  - Carel Kraayenhof
  12. Left Hand Song  - Regina Spektor
  13. Chovendo na Roseira (Rain in the Rose Garden), for choro ensemble  - Dave Grusin
  14. Look Away, for violin, mandolin & bass  - Chris Thile
  15. Variant Moods, for violin & sitar  - Anoushka Shankar
  16. Manhattan, song (used in film "Two Tickets to Broadway")

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Bell   Primary Artist,Violin
Sergey Rachmaninov   Piano
Sam Bush   Guitar,Mandolin
Edgar Meyer   Bass,Double Bass
Sting   Vocals
Billy Childs   Piano
Marvin Hamlisch   Piano
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Scott Colley   Bass
Dave Grusin   Piano
Stephen Erdody   Cello
David Finck   Acoustic Bass
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Mike Marshall   Guitar,Mandolin
Lee Musiker   Piano
Kathleen Nester   Alto Flute
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Dave Ratajczak   Drums,Vibes
J.A.C. Redford   Conductor
Russ Rizner-French   French Horn
Jim Saporito   Percussion
Lawrence Yurman   Piano
Gayle Levant   Harp
Rie Schmidt   Bass Flute
Samir Chatterjee   Tabla
Chris Komer   French Horn
David Blinn   Viola
Jeremy Denk   Piano
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Elizabeth Mann   Flute
Meryl Abt-Greenfield   Bass Clarinet
Grace Paradise   Harp
Anoushka Shankar   Sitar
Peter Donovan   Bass
Lisa Matricardi   Violin
Nathan Gunn   Baritone (Vocal)
Kristin Chenoweth   Vocals
Marivaldo Dos Santos   Percussion
Frankie Moreno   Piano,Vocals
Carel Kraayenhof   Bandoneon
Josh Groban   Vocals
Billy Childs Trio   Piano
Shari Hoffman   Clarinet
Regina Spektor   Piano,Vocals
Tiempo Libre   Ensemble
John D. Mitchell   Bassoon
Pablo Rieppi   Percussion
Ludmila Konstantinova   Cello
Kenji Ota   Tanpura
Meryl Abt-Greenfield   Bass Clarinet
Dave Eggar   Cello
James Saporito   Percussion
Dennis Karmazan   Cello
Vanessa Perez   Piano
John Mitchell   Bassoon
Michael O'Donovan   Bassoon
Shari Hoffman   Clarinet

Technical Credits

John Dowland   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Edvard Grieg   Composer
Fritz Kreisler   Additional Music
Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Sam Bush   Composer
Edgar Meyer   Composer
Astor Piazzolla   Composer
Ravi Shankar   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Arranger
Joshua Bell   Arranger,Liner Notes
Chris Botti   Producer
Dave Grusin   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Lyricist
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
David Kahne   Producer,Engineering
Richard King   Engineering
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Mike Marshall   Composer
Lee Musiker   Arranger
J.A.C. Redford   Arranger
Todd Whitelock   Engineering
Chris Thile   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Jorge Gomez   Composer
Unspecified Enemies   Composer
David Lai   Arranger,Executive Producer
David Black   Session Photographer
Frankie Moreno   Arranger
Laura Kszan   Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind   Package Manager
Regina Spektor   Composer
David Black   Session Photographer
Tara Bruh   Music Business Affairs
Markus Schwartz   Music Business Affairs
Miguel Angel Bustamente   Engineering
Steven Schoen   Marketing
Mark Schwartz   Music Business Affairs
Steven Epstein   Producer
Luis Enríque Bacalov   Composer
Leslie Collman-Smith   Marketing
Miguel Bustamente   Engineering
John McCormack   Text

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At Home With Friends 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
prim_rose More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed listening to this blend of Joshua's music and his friends' accompaniments. Not only is it a mellow sound, it is very rich. I feel like I should be sitting in an old library with a great cup of tea when I listen to it. His skills are amazing and I loved hearing his friends - the Sting track was absolutely the best.
J321 More than 1 year ago
The first thing I noticed when I opened this CD was the inside of the CD sleeve which is full of cool pictures of the people working on this album. What a great mix of artists and a beautiful finished product! The second track, "Come Again" with Sting is so pretty and moving. Track 8, " Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 3, Movement II" is another favorite. There is a good amount of music on this CD which has 16 songs varying in length from 2:45 to 9:02, some with vocals and some without. It's good driving music or for listening with friends.
Nicole5446 More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Joshua Bell and his classical violin, then you will love this new album of collaborations with some of the most talented artists alive. From the beginning to the end, I couldn't get enough... I was very excited to hear one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Regina Spektor, perform with Josh on TWO tracks on this album, "Left Hand song" and "Left Hand." Definitely a little different than the normal fare! Other names on this CD include the amazing Kristin Chenoweth, of WICKED fame, and even Sting! The perfect CD for fall and winter, a glass of wine, and a relaxing evening!
Layla_CouponJourney More than 1 year ago
I got to listen to this CD and it is a really great piece. I like how there is a song for everyone. You have typical classical music, contemporary flairs with Regina Spektor and Sting, opera with Josh Groban, a Sitar-Violin duo (which actually sounds amazing), and so many other tunes. It is a great CD and I recommend it to anyone who loves any type of music.
martakay1962 More than 1 year ago
All I can say is WOW! I had never heard of Joshua Bell before I received this CD, but I count myself a fan after hearing this CD. This CD is beautifully done, with Bell teaming with an eclectic group of friends to put together an absolutely gorgeous selection of music. The CD has a classical feel, and yet very contemporary. You'll absolutely love this CD. It would be the perfect accompaniment to your holiday parties, a wonderful gift under someone's tree, or better yet as a gift for yourself! You won't be disappointed in this newest CD. If you've never heard of Joshua Bell, this CD will make you a fan!
SageandSavvyMom More than 1 year ago
You don't have to love classical music to enjoy At Home With Friends. Featuring the beautiful work of Joshua Bell and other artists, this CD features a nice blend of genres, including pop, jazz, and opera. My favorite track is Come Again, which features Sting. It was a really nice song, and it was a pleasant surprise to hear Sting sing in a genre I haven't heard him sing in before. I also enjoyed many other tracks on this CD, including My Funny Valentine, Il Postino, and Maybe So. Bell has surrounded himself with other amazing vocalists and musicians, such as Josh Groban and Chris Botti, to create a CD that both fans and those new to his music would appreciate. There are just so many beautiful songs on the CD, and the friends Bell has teamed up with both complement and showcase his amazing talent as a violinist. At Home With Friends is a CD that you can sit down and relax to while enjoying a glass of wine, reading a book, or even while driving, to help you de-stress. At Home With Friends is simply a musical treat for your ears, soul, and mind.
TheresaMOne2One More than 1 year ago
Listening to this album confirms why Joshua Bell is a grammy winning violinist. His wonderful violin artistry combined with vocals of artists like Josh Groban, Sting, Chris Botti and many more make this an album that soothes the soul. This album is a must have for any music lover's library!
kratzy More than 1 year ago
I am really impressed with this selection of music. It was not what I expected from a classical violinist, but hearing some of the songs, especially Eleanor Rigby, played on a violin certainly was a pleasant surprise. I like both the traditional violin music, but maybe even more the more modern songs that are not usually found on violin collections. Overall, the CD is great for a relaxing evening and certainly not your run of the mill violin collection.
Hjs33 More than 1 year ago
It is no wonder Joshua Bell is a Grammy Award-winning violinist! He is ridiculously talented, and this album only accentuates exactly why. I think it was incredibly smart of him to collaberate with a heck of an impressive list of friends and fellow musicians on this album (Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, etc.). All performers are fantastic, and the quality of the recording is very clear and showcases both Joshua and the other musicians nicely. I highly recommend this album. Now I want to go light some candles and hop into a nice warm bath.
kikiverde More than 1 year ago
Joshua Bell's album At Home with Friends definitely lives up to its name. Its an album that I can't help but want to share with other people. The first track is melodic with the sweet sounds of the trumpet and string instruments. It draws you in like your favorite classic romance movie. Moving along the album picks up tempo, introducing some great Latin pieces and vocal appearances by top names in the music industry. The music on the album is filled with movement- you can't help but sway and hum or sing along. My favorite track on the album would have to be track #8- a classical interpretation of Eleanor Rigby which is hauntingly beautiful at the start. Against a backdrop of piano and violin you are slowly led into an amazing vocal performance given by Frankie Moreno. This album is an absolute must-have and will definitely become a talking piece when shared- at home, with friends.
brezi More than 1 year ago
This new release from Joshua Bell is a nice departure from his typical album. He has invited a medley of artists, from Kristin Chenoweth (of "Wicked" fame) to Frankie Moreno, to perform with him in a variety of styles. My favorite tracks are "Variant Moods: Duet for Sitar & Violin" (with Anoushka Shankar), "Cinema Paradiso" (with Josh Groban), and "I'll Take Manhattan" (with Marvin Hamlisch). I did not feel Sting's voice lent well to this type of music, nor did I like Regina Spektor's "Left Hand Song." Overall, however, this is a fantastic album that will appeal to many types of people.
LegalBeagle More than 1 year ago
"At Home with Friends," (which I received a promotional review copy of), features a variety songs with his "friends" (celebrity guest singers). Each track is different which makes the album very enjoyable. It is the perfect album to relax to!
mommamacbeth More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this CD! To be fair, it took me a few times through to really start enjoying it. It is wonderful to relax to or to get you into a nice, relaxed mood after a hectic day. The insert that explains Joshua Bell's vision for the CD really sealed the deal on giving it such a great review. So interesting to read the information! The CD has a great mix of artists - I especially liked that Sting, Kristin Chenowith, and Regina Spektor were involved. While this was my first Joshua Bell CD, I have become a fan!
Phoenixj More than 1 year ago
I wasn't previously familiar with Joshua Bell's music. I received this album as a promotion from the One2One Network. Bell is a fine and multifaceted violinist. On "At Home with Friends" he explores a variety of genres, from classical to pop to show tunes. His concept was to capture the feeling of the private concerts he presents for friends in his home, where he frequently collaborates with other musicians and artists. These are polished pieces without the spontaneous energy of a house concert, but still very rewarding. Bell invited a truly diverse group of instrumentalists and vocalists to partner with him for this project. I was particularly taken with Oblivion, a slow soulful piece featuring Carel Kraayenhof; Maybe So, a lovely interplay of violin, guitar, mandolin and double bass (with Edgar Meyer, Sam Bush and Mike Marshall); and Variant Moods, a rich duet for sitar and violin with Anoushka Shankar (performing a piece written by Ravi Shankar for this record.) There's also a moving reinterpretation of Eleanor Rigby, with Frankie Moreno on piano and vocals. Other artists include Sting, Josh Groban, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Regina Spektor and Marvin Hamlisch. If you like violin, classic music, or simply appreciate talented musicians working together, you should find something to enjoy here.
jonbonjovious More than 1 year ago
Joshua Bell has captured the public's attention like no other classical violinist of his time...An exclusive Sony Classical artist known for his breadth and daring choices of repertoire, Bell has created a richly varied catalogue of recordings. Recent releases include The Red Violin Concerto by John Corigliano, The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, The Essential Joshua Bell, Voice of the Violin and Romance of the Violin which Billboard named the 2004 Classical CD of the Year, and Bell the Classical Artist of the Year. Track List: I Loves You Porgy featuring Chris Botti, trumpet Come Again featuring Sting, vocals Oblivion featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon Cinema Paradiso featuring Josh Groban, vocals Para Tí featuring Tiempo Libre, various My Funny Valentine featuring Kristin Chenoweth, vocals Maybe So featuring Edgar Meyer Sam Bush and Mike Marshall, strings Grieg: Sonata No. 3 featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff (Zenph re-performance) Eleanor Rigby featuring Frankie Moreno, piano & vocals O, Cease Thy Maiden Fair featuring Nathan Gunn, baritone Il Postino featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon Left Hand Song featuring Regina Spektor, piano & vocals Chovendo Na Roseira featuring Dave Grusin, piano Look Away featuring Edgar Meyer, bass and Chris Thile, mandolin Variant Moods: Duet for Sitar & Violin featuring Anoushka Shankar, sitar I'll Take Manhattan featuring Marvin Hamlisch, piano I fell in love with violins listening to Pachabel's Canon in D and Joshua Bell reminds me why the violin is among my favorites. You don't have to love Classical Music to find this album one you'll be hitting "repeat" on over and over. It is a stunning collaboration of just good music. Joshua Bell surrounds himself with talent on this album. One of my favorite songs on the album is "Come Again". It features Sting on vocals. It's a genre I'm not accustomed to hearing Sting perform and yet I love it. Josh Groban fans will appreciate Cinema Pardisio, where Mr. Groban performs vocals. At Home with Friends, showcases Joshua Bell's amazing talent on the violin and the "friends" he surrounds himself with on this album create a play list of beautiful, harmonious music that will calm and soothe even the most stressful day. This album is amazing, especially if you love the sound of a violin. It's quickly becoming one of my most played albums.
Megaland More than 1 year ago
This would have been a great CD to listen to during my college days. I used to listen to Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, etc while I studied and just to relax after a full day. Joshua Bell's "At Home With Friends" is a great compilation of music with some great artists. "Come Again" with Sting is such a beautiful song. I can already imagine it in a soundtrack of a movie. Joshua Bell is such an amazing violinist. He incorporates such emotion into his music and it just moves you. #8 is such a beautiful song, it touches your soul. This would make a great CD to play while drinking wine and relaxing with friends. Overall, it's all beautiful music!
cookietoo More than 1 year ago
Wow!I was not familiar with Joshua Bell.Only heard the name.I was so curious to get is and listen.Wow!I listened the CD probably 30th times!What a talent!What a musician!I love also the other artist on this CD-Sting, Josh Groban and Regina Spektor.In particular Josh Groban is an excellent companion for this instrument and of course Tiempo Libre who bring such verve to this albumn with unexpected Latin flare."Come Again" with Sting seems to have a Celtic feel . The misic is so soothing and relaxing and help ease the stresses of day-to-day life.When I am leastening the misic I feel At home with the friends ".This cd felt to me like Joshua Bell and friends were inviting us just to take a seat,relax and enjoy the beauty of the misic.I was very lucky to received this album as a promotion from the One2One Network. I highly recommend Joshua Bell: At Home with Friends. Album Tracklisting (Originally performed by): I Loves You Porgy featuring Chris Botti, trumpet Come Again featuring Sting, vocals Oblivion featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon Cinema Paradiso featuring Josh Groban, vocals Para Tí featuring Tiempo Libre, various My Funny Valentine featuring Kristin Chenoweth, vocals Maybe So featuring Edgar Meyer Sam Bush and Mike Marshall, strings Grieg: Sonata No. 3 featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff (Zenph re-performance) Eleanor Rigby featuring Frankie Moreno, piano & vocals O, Cease Thy Maiden Fair featuring Nathan Gunn, baritone Il Postino featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon Left Hand Song featuring Regina Spektor, piano & vocals Chovendo Na Roseira featuring Dave Grusin, piano Look Away featuring Edgar Meyer, bass and Chris Thile, mandolin Variant Moods: Duet for Sitar & Violin featuring Anoushka Shankar, sitar I'll Take Manhattan featuring Marvin Hamlisch, piano Left Hand featuring Regina Spektor, vocals
Crystal_Shadow More than 1 year ago
This Joshua Bell CD is a great exhibit of his talent with the violin. There is a big variance in musical styles but most of them seem to work. However, the "Left Hand Song" track is horrible and I tend to skip it everytime.
partyhat More than 1 year ago
This CD was not at all what I expected from a classical violinist. Joshua Bell pairs the violin with unexpected instrumentalists and vocalists to create an album that appeals to a very ecletic palate. The song selections are unusual for a classical album. I think my greatest surprise was "Come Again" featuring Sting. Who knew he could sing like that?!? I also enjoyed "Cinema Paradiso" featuring Josh Groban. Although I don't care for the song itself, I did enjoy this arrangement of "My Funny Valentine" featuring Kristin Chenoweth. There were some more unusual selections such as "Left Hand Song" that piqued my curiosity as to how they made it onto this CD, but even these flow fairly well in the overall scheme. This CD would make excellent background music for a party or a relaxing evening at home.
VirginiaVA More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of Joshua Bell's "Romance the Violin" et all, he wows us again with this wonderful CD that encompasses many different music styles and musicians. Especially like the Sting song (keep hitting the 'replay' button on that one!), but the whole CD is grand - great for background party music with upbeat songs mixed in with lovely violin melodies. Highly recommend!