Best of Joshua Bell: The Decca Years

Best of Joshua Bell: The Decca Years

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On this three-disc Best of Joshua Bell collection, the Decca label basically delivers what it promises, and is even generous about it. True, nothing actually tells you that the "Decca years" were from the first part of Bell's career, but the various boyish photos of Bell should get the point across. Bell started out like most youngSee more details below

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On this three-disc Best of Joshua Bell collection, the Decca label basically delivers what it promises, and is even generous about it. True, nothing actually tells you that the "Decca years" were from the first part of Bell's career, but the various boyish photos of Bell should get the point across. Bell started out like most young violinists, recording standard concerto repertory with a pure tone that did not foreclose strong forward momentum. Of his various forbears among violinists of the twentieth century, Henryk Szeryng is perhaps underestimated for his importance. The third disc in the set shows Bell developing the style that has made him famous, applying his high-flying playing to Fritz Kreisler and the other composers of violin encore pieces that were forgotten during the era of high modernism. It's been a potent combination, and one that was by no means obvious when Bell was young. In fact, the third CD, "Favorites," may appeal even to owners of Bell's later discs covering the same territory; there's a snap in, say, his reading of Kreisler's "Caprice viennois" (CD 3, track 8), that comes from the consciousness he was rediscovering all this delightful stuff that was consigned to the dustbin by tight-lipped modernism. Check out also the thoroughly corny and thoroughly enjoyable "Waves at Play (Wellenspiel)" of Edwin Grasse (CD 3, track 10). In between the standards and the favorites comes a disc of chamber performances that, if they don't exactly qualify as rarities, may at least be missing from many Bell collections. The set as a whole collects recordings that made Bell's reputation, and fans and collectors will welcome the chance to have a wide variety of them in one place.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947821007
catalogNumber:
001337202
Rank:
51765

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Joshua Bell  - Joshua Bell  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Peter Maag  - Michael Walters
  2. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77  - Johannes Brahms  - Joshua Bell  - Joshua Bell  -  Cleveland Orchestra  - Christoph von Dohnányi  - Michael Walters
  3. Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13  - Gabriel Fauré  - Joshua Bell  - Jean-Yves Thibaudet  - Michael Walters
  4. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Olli Mustonen  - Joshua Bell  - Michael Walters
  5. Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67  - Dmitry Shostakovich  - Olli Mustonen  - Joshua Bell  - Steven Isserlis  - Michael Walters
  6. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Joshua Bell  - Andrew Litton  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Michael Walters
  7. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis")  - Jules Massenet  - Joshua Bell  - Andrew Litton  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Michael Walters
  8. Variations on an Original Theme, for violin & piano, Op. 15  - Henryk Wieniawski  - Joshua Bell  - Samuel Sanders  - Michael Walters
  9. Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 78: No. 2  - Jean Sibelius  - Joshua Bell  - Samuel Sanders  - Michael Walters
  10. Perpetuum Mobile, conzert caprice for violin & orchestra, Op. 5/4  - Ottokar Novacek  - Joshua Bell  - Samuel Sanders  - Michael Walters
  11. Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the Style of Francoeur, for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Joshua Bell  - Paul Coker  - Michael Walters
  12. Syncopation, for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Joshua Bell  - Paul Coker  - Michael Walters
  13. Caprice Viennois, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 2  - Fritz Kreisler  - Joshua Bell  - Paul Coker  - Michael Walters
  14. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1  - Johannes Brahms  - Joshua Bell  - Samuel Sanders  - Michael Walters
  15. Waves at Play (Wellenspiel), for violin & piano  - Edwin Grasse  - Joshua Bell  - Samuel Sanders  - Michael Walters
  16. Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16  - Henryk Wieniawski  - Joshua Bell  - Samuel Sanders  - Michael Walters
  17. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Joshua Bell  - Andrew Litton  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Michael Walters

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