The Essential Joshua Bell [Sony]

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Existing fans of violinist Joshua Bell are already well-acquainted with the broad scope of repertoire and performance abilities ranging deftly from the classical concerto repertoire to his well-known collaborations with Edgar Meyer. For those unfamiliar with Bell's recorded works, this two-disc set of The Essential Joshua Bell provides quite a comprehensive overview of his wide-ranging talents. Of course, it could also be argued that if one movement of a concerto is "essential," so too should be the rest of the movements. Some of the single-movement works on the album, such as the Paganini variations or the Sarasate "Introduction and Tarantella," work well on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Existing fans of violinist Joshua Bell are already well-acquainted with the broad scope of repertoire and performance abilities ranging deftly from the classical concerto repertoire to his well-known collaborations with Edgar Meyer. For those unfamiliar with Bell's recorded works, this two-disc set of The Essential Joshua Bell provides quite a comprehensive overview of his wide-ranging talents. Of course, it could also be argued that if one movement of a concerto is "essential," so too should be the rest of the movements. Some of the single-movement works on the album, such as the Paganini variations or the Sarasate "Introduction and Tarantella," work well on compilation albums such as this because they don't leave the listener with an incomplete picture of what the composer had intended. With larger works such as the concertos of Goldmark, Mendelssohn, or Beethoven, hearing only single movements doesn't do full justice to either the composer nor to Bell's performances. This anthology also surprisingly lacks Bell's recording of the Tchaikovsky concerto, perhaps one of his most energetic and innovative performances of a standard repertoire concerto. So if you're really not sure if you like Bell's playing or his choice of repertoire, this is certainly an enjoyable introduction. Otherwise, do yourself a favor and invest in the complete albums from which this collection was made.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970741620
  • Catalog Number: 707416
  • Sales rank: 1,275
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Bell Primary Artist, Violin
Sam Bush Mandolin, Violin
Edgar Meyer Bass
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
John Williams [composer] Piano, Conductor
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Craig Leon Conductor
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Roger Norrington Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor
Orchestra of St. Luke's Performing Ensemble
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Performing Ensemble
Béla Fleck Banjo
Mike Marshall Guitar, Violin, Mandola
Michael Tilson Thomas Conductor
David Zinman Conductor
Michael Stern Conductor
Simon Mulligan Piano
Nigel Hess Conductor
Frederic Chiu Piano
Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Salzburg Camerata Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Jackson Braider Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Timothy White Cover Photo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    "The Essential Joshua Bell"

    What can I say about "The Essential Joshua Bell" two disc album. First of all, it's a great sampler showcasing his phenomenal talent that goes beyond the classical genre. I just couldn't get enough of disc two. I love his interpretations of Gershwin and Bernstein. The selections from the film, "Ladies in Lavender" were so moving that I plan to check out the movie. And I may have to rent "The Red Violin" again, just to hear that magnificent violin solo. As for the Bluegrass selections, I feel that Mr. Bell has proven that he can play any genre.

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