The Romantic Violin

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
A compilation of selections drawn from previously released recordings, The Romantic Violin not to be confused with Romance of the Violin on Sony celebrates Joshua Bell's ten-year stint with Decca, offering a "greatest hits" collection focusing on the photogenic virtuoso's early career. Bell's plush tone and expressive touch animate the slow movements from concertos by Bruch, Barber, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky, while violin favorites such as Paganini's Cantabile, Kreisler's Romance, and Massenet's Thaïs "Méditation" glow with Bell's soulful lyricism. More enlivening selections reveal his sparkling technique in showstoppers like the Rondo from Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole and a ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
A compilation of selections drawn from previously released recordings, The Romantic Violin not to be confused with Romance of the Violin on Sony celebrates Joshua Bell's ten-year stint with Decca, offering a "greatest hits" collection focusing on the photogenic virtuoso's early career. Bell's plush tone and expressive touch animate the slow movements from concertos by Bruch, Barber, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky, while violin favorites such as Paganini's Cantabile, Kreisler's Romance, and Massenet's Thaïs "Méditation" glow with Bell's soulful lyricism. More enlivening selections reveal his sparkling technique in showstoppers like the Rondo from Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole and a Brahms Hungarian Dance. With accompaniment provided by such classical luminaries as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Neville Marriner, and Vladimir Ashkenazy, the album presents a fine summary of the budding career of a great violinist and also serves as an enjoyable introduction to the highpoints of the Romantic violin repertoire, one that is likely to tempt classical music newcomers to seek out complete recordings of the core works excerpted here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947561750
  • Catalog Number: 000278302
  • Sales rank: 30,954

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1 - Johannes Brahms & Joshua Bell (3:25)
  2. 2 Violin Concerto No.1, in G minor, Op. 26: 2. Adagio - Max Bruch & Neville Marriner (9:33)
  3. 3 Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, (MS 109) - Niccolò Paganini & Joshua Bell (4:12)
  4. 4 Violin Concerto, Op. 14: 2. Andante - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Samuel Barber (8:53)
  5. 5 Schön Rosmarin for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (2:02)
  6. 6 Tambourin Chinois for violin & piano, Op 3 - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:38)
  7. 7 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77: 2. Adagio - Johannes Brahms & Joshua Bell (9:13)
  8. 8 Sonata for violin & piano in A major, M. 8: 1. Allegretto ben moderato - César Franck & Joshua Bell (6:14)
  9. 9 Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22: 2. Romance - Henryk Wieniawski & Vladimir Ashkenazy (4:55)
  10. 10 Liebesfreud "Love's Joy" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:51)
  11. 11 Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:45)
  12. 12 Violin Concerto, for violin & orchestra (or violin & piano) in D major, Op. 35: 2. Canzonetta (Andante) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Vladimir Ashkenazy (6:57)
  13. 13 Méditation, violin & orchestra version and various arrangements (from opera "Thäis") - Jules Massenet & Joshua Bell (5:17)
  14. 14 Symphonie espagnole, for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21: 5. Rondo (Allegro) - Edouard Lalo & Joshua Bell (8:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Bell Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A wonderful listening experience

    I love Joshua Bell--I think he plays with great feeling, maturity, and musicality. I find the music he plays of great variety.. His range spans the musical periods from the baroque Vivaldi to contempory Corigliano including chamber and orchestral literature --he is without a doubt one of the premier performers today. I have many of his albums and enjoy all of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This one is a keeper.

    Joshua Bell is one of the best violinists alive. He is able to stay to true to the composer and still put his personal touch on each piece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ugh

    i love violins and read that Joshua Bell was extremely talented. I suppose that must be true. After listening to this CD, I determined I should buy CDs with unknowns or various artists. Joshua Bell likes the way he plays.

    I don't.

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