Romance of the Violin

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
A title like Romance of the Violin might suggest a CD filled with lyrical music written for that instrument: a Beethoven "Romance," perhaps, or Massenet's Thaïs "Meditation" -- an enticing prospect when the soloist is the gifted American violinist Joshua Bell. But instead, Bell offers an enchanting collection of arrangements of well-known melodies drawn from classical music at large -- from the realms of opera, song, and chamber music. Like a parade of great tunes, the album gathers music by Puccini "O mio babbino caro", Bellini "Casta diva", Gluck "Dance of the Spirits", and Monteverdi the lovely "Pur ti miro" from the world of opera, and also samples familiar ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
A title like Romance of the Violin might suggest a CD filled with lyrical music written for that instrument: a Beethoven "Romance," perhaps, or Massenet's Thaïs "Meditation" -- an enticing prospect when the soloist is the gifted American violinist Joshua Bell. But instead, Bell offers an enchanting collection of arrangements of well-known melodies drawn from classical music at large -- from the realms of opera, song, and chamber music. Like a parade of great tunes, the album gathers music by Puccini "O mio babbino caro", Bellini "Casta diva", Gluck "Dance of the Spirits", and Monteverdi the lovely "Pur ti miro" from the world of opera, and also samples familiar instrumental numbers by Debussy, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Mozart, and Borodin. Renditions of songs by Dvorák, Massenet, and Schubert fill out the collection, while Schumann's famous "Träumerei" wraps it up. Orchestrations from Craig Leon are sensitively performed by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and Bell's silky tone and singing style make for an exploration of the art of melody that charms through and through.
Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
Bell's artistry regularly brings illumination, just as it does when great artists like Kreisler or Casals adapt great melodies for their instruments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998789425
  • Catalog Number: 87894
  • Sales rank: 6,779

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 O Mio Babbino Caro (3:26)
  2. 2 The Girl With the Flaxen Hair (2:36)
  3. 3 Nocturne in C Sharp Minor (4:08)
  4. 4 The Swan (2:49)
  5. 5 Serenade (3:47)
  6. 6 Casta Diva (4:59)
  7. 7 Andante from Piano Concerto No. 21 (6:16)
  8. 8 Dance of the Blessed Spirits (3:53)
  9. 9 Nocturne from Quartet No. 2 (6:38)
  10. 10 Songs My Mother Taught Me (2:44)
  11. 11 Pur Ti Miro (3:37)
  12. 12 Elegie "O Douz Printemps d'Auterfoix" (4:09)
  13. 13 Träumerei (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Bell Primary Artist, Violin
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Performing Ensemble
Greg Knowles Cymbalom
John Constable Harpsichord
Jacob Heringman Lute
Michael Stern Conductor
Craig Ogden Guitar
Stephen Orton Cello
Technical Credits
Vicenzo Bellini Composer
Alexander Borodin Composer
Antonin Dvorak Composer
Jules Massenet Composer
Claudio Monteverdi Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Camille Saint-Saëns Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Robert Schumann Composer
Craig Leon Arranger, Producer
Christoph Willibald Gluck Composer
Frédéric Chopin Composer
Claude Debussy Composer
Charles Harbutt Engineer
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Linda Kobler Liner Notes
Grace Kristopher Row Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Lives Up to It's Name

    I bought Joshua Bell's "Romance of the Violin" on a whim. I was not real familiar with Joshua Bell's music, and I was looking for my very first Joshua Bell album to purchase. I fell in love with his music, and I fell in love with this album. "Elegie" is a personal favorite of mine on this album. He truly makes his violin sing. He tells a story as he plays, and you can feel the emotion of what he's playing. He is truly a work of art, as is this album. Enjoy! :)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Exquisite!

    For anyone who loves beauty, this CD is a must. I lack appreciation of most "classical" music, but this is so exquistely beautiful that even I am entranced by it. Great for listening to while commuting: relaxing but mind-stimulating rather than sleep-inducing. Maybe I could say it's like having a brain massage. Get it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exquisite experience. Title is correct - romantic, uplifting,beautiful music.

    The selections on this CD work well together to make the experience varied, but similar in mood. Just outstanding. I also recommend The Voice of the Violin by Joshua Bell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful!

    I've been looking for a recording of relaxing, romantic violin solos for some time, and this is exactly what I wanted! The performance is just beautiful...will make you want to light a fire and open a bottle of wine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Great Joshua Bell

    Joshua Bell is such a great violinist. I play the violin too, but I get jealous of his great and beautiful talent. My mother also enjoys listening to Joshua Bell. This message is coming from an 11 year old... Everyone should enjoy this!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VERY NICE

    This CD was done with much feeling. It is a pure pleasure to listen to; very easy to get lost in this music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Joshua Bell is amazingly talented!

    Wow! My sister plays violin and so of course she loves Joshua Bell. I was listening to one of her CDs and I loved it so much that she gave this one to me for Christmas! It is so beautiful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterful work .

    Many in the classical music world have considered Joshua Bell, as an Up and comming master of the violin. In my opinion after hearing this album, He's achieved that status. It's certainly hard to believe Joshua could ever get any better after hearing this album, His Best yet !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best violin cd

    I play violin and clarinet and enjoy listening to someone as great as joshua bell play violin!!! I am only 12 and like this so I find this to appeal to all age groups.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best of the Best

    A truly outstanding young violinist. This CD is a must for anyone who whose passion is the sound of the violin for it is truly romance for the violin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Put A Little More Romance in Your Life

    Josh plays these beautiful melodies with tender loving care. He has carefully selected a program of melodies that have become favorites over the years. A truly enjoyable album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have for the music lover

    It was love at first note. If you're like me, you will just love this album. Not since Yo Yo Ma have I heard such melodic sounds that make me feel free. There are no words that do this album justice so I'm going to stop trying. Buy this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Absolute Best From Joshua Bell So Far!

    I almost wept after listening to the soft, haunting, and deeply sensual sound of Joshua Bell's "Romance of the Violin." It is an absolute must for anyone who is a true romantic and loves the passion that can only be found in Bell's violin.

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