Joshua Bell Conducts Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields present two of Ludwig van Beethoven's most graceful and buoyant symphonies for this Sony release and play them with a lightness and freshness that many listeners will welcome. Bell makes his recording debut as a conductor with this 2013 CD, and his adoption of historically informed practices ensures that the music has clean textures and brisk tempos, qualities long associated with the Academy's tradition of playing Beethoven in the spirit of the Classical era. Once past the solemn Adagio introduction, the "Symphony No. 4 in B flat major" is effervescent and unrestrained in its cheerfulness, and Bell's light touch ...
See more details below
CD
$11.39
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$11.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (9) from $9.79   
  • New (7) from $9.79   
  • Used (2) from $13.75   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields present two of Ludwig van Beethoven's most graceful and buoyant symphonies for this Sony release and play them with a lightness and freshness that many listeners will welcome. Bell makes his recording debut as a conductor with this 2013 CD, and his adoption of historically informed practices ensures that the music has clean textures and brisk tempos, qualities long associated with the Academy's tradition of playing Beethoven in the spirit of the Classical era. Once past the solemn Adagio introduction, the "Symphony No. 4 in B flat major" is effervescent and unrestrained in its cheerfulness, and Bell's light touch and the orchestra's deft execution make this one of the most charming interpretations available. This work is paired with the exuberant "Symphony No. 7 in A major," which corresponds with its joyous dance rhythms and transparent orchestration, and balances the program with its similar formal proportions and length. Both performances offer closely considered interpretations, showing that Bell is particularly concerned with crisp articulation and subtly graded dynamics, and his attention to details brings out many inner parts that are sometimes lost in thicker sounding conventional readings. But these are far from myopic readings, because Bell has an innate feeling for phrasing and trajectory, so the larger expressions are fully communicated. Sony's reproduction is transparent and vibrant, and the music was captured with close-up clarity and warmth.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2013
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 887254917625
  • Catalog Number: 549176
  • Sales rank: 12,029

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (32:53)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byJoshua Bell
    Performed byAcademy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Joshua Bell, Joshua Bell
    1. 1 Adagio - Allegro vivace
    2. 2 Adagio
    3. 3 Allegro molto e vivace
    4. 4 Allegro ma non troppo
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (39:20)
    Composed byLudwig van Beethoven
    Conducted byJoshua Bell
    Performed byAcademy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Joshua Bell, Joshua Bell
    1. 5 Poco sostenuto - Vivace
    2. 6 Allegretto
    3. 7 Presto - Assai meno presto (Trio)
    4. 8 Allegro con brio
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Bell Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously