- I Loves You Porgy
- Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book
- Oblivion, tango
- Para Ti
- My Funny Valentine, song (from "Babes in Arms")
- Maybe So
- 2. Allegretto espressivo alla romanza
- Eleanor Rigby
- Georgian Song ("Do not Sing, My Beauty"), for voice & piano, Op. 4/4
- Left Hand Song
- Chovendo na Roseira (Rain in the Rose Garden), for choro ensemble
- Look Away, for violin, mandolin & bass
- Variant Moods, for violin & sitar
- Manhattan, song (used in film "Two Tickets to Broadway")
At Home With Friendsby Joshua Bell
The concept of At Home With Friends was inspired by Bell's long-time practice of holding "musical soirées"/i>
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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- Sony Classics
Performance CreditsJoshua Bell Primary Artist,Violin
Sergey Rachmaninov Piano
Sam Bush Guitar,Mandolin
Edgar Meyer Bass,Double Bass
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
Dennis Karmazan Cello
Vanessa Perez Piano
John Mitchell Bassoon
Michael O'Donovan Bassoon
Shari Hoffman Clarinet
Technical CreditsJohn 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
Luis Bacalov Composer
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
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
Miguel Bustamente Engineering
John McCormack Text
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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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
"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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.