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Violin Favourites & Virtuoso Showpieces
     

Violin Favourites & Virtuoso Showpieces

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by Joshua Bell
 
This two-disc set compiles Joshua Bell's early performances of lighter fare for the violin: virtuoso encores and show stopping bonbons. He was only 19 in 1986 when he recorded his debut for Decca, Presenting Joshua Bell, which comprises the first half of the present package. It certainly did the trick as a calling card, announcing

Overview

This two-disc set compiles Joshua Bell's early performances of lighter fare for the violin: virtuoso encores and show stopping bonbons. He was only 19 in 1986 when he recorded his debut for Decca, Presenting Joshua Bell, which comprises the first half of the present package. It certainly did the trick as a calling card, announcing the arrival of a major young talent (with his wholesome, boy-next-door looks serving as the perfect foil to his seemingly demonic technique). Bookended by two real finger-busters, Wieniawski's Thème original varié and Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy, the recital also demonstrated Bell's expressive, singing tone in pieces by Sibelius, Bloch, Schumann, and others. Listeners didn't have to wait long for Bell to record the classic violin concertos, but most of the exceptional qualities of his playing were already apparent here. In 1995, Bell returned to the virtuoso showpiece repertoire with a vengeance, this time focusing strictly on the work of Fritz Kreisler. The Kreisler Album (the second disc in this reissue) is a loving tribute to the legendary Austrian violinist and composer, surveying an eclectic swath of his work. Composed for Kreisler's own use in concert, the 19 pieces range from the very Viennese Schön Rosmarin to the exotic strains of a Tamburin chinois; he also wrote such convincing imitations of Baroque and Classical styles that for many years he passed them off as actual works by composers like Couperin and Boccherini. Bell's command of his instrument -- and of the art of interpretation -- had only deepened over the prior decade, but he had certainly lost none of his youthful vigor. Put together, the two halves of this release add up to some of the most beautiful and downright enjoyable work of his career so far.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2005
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947567158
catalogNumber:
000420502
Rank:
10563

Tracks

  1. Variations on an Original Theme, for violin & piano, Op. 15
  2. Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 78: No. 2, Romance
  3. Pieces (5) for violin & piano, Op. 81: No. 1, Mazurka
  4. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1
  5. Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, (MS 109)
  6. Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16
  7. Baal Shem: 3 pictures of Hassidic life, for violin & piano (or orchestra): No. 2, Nigun (Improvisation)
  8. Perpetuum Mobile, for violin & orchestra
  9. Waldszenen No. 7 ("Vogel als Prophet"), for piano, Op. 82/7
  10. Danse Espagnole for violin & piano (transcription from Falla's La Vida Breve)
  11. Waves at Play (Wellenspiel), for violin & piano
  12. Concert Fantasy on themes from Bizet's "Carmen," for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op 25
  13. Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani for violin & piano
  14. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano
  15. Tambourin Chinois for violin & piano, Op 3
  16. Caprice Viennois for violin & piano/orchestra, Op.2
  17. La Précieuse in the Style of Louis Couperin for violin & piano
  18. Liebesfreud "Love's Joy" for violin & piano
  19. Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano
  20. La Gitana for violin & piano (after an 18th century Arabo-Spanish Gypsy song)
  21. Berceuse Romantique for violin & piano, Op.9
  22. Polichinelle for violin & piano
  23. Rondino on A Theme by Beethoven for violin & piano
  24. Tempo Di Menuetto in the Style of Pugnani for violin & piano
  25. March of the Toy Soldiers
  26. Allegretto in the Style of Boccherini for violin & piano
  27. Marche Miniature Viennoise for violin & piano
  28. Aucassin et Nicolette for violin & piano
  29. Minuet in the Style of Nicola Porpora for violin & piano
  30. Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the Style of Francoeur for violin & piano
  31. Syncopation for violin & piano

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