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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947567158
  • Catalog Number: 000420502
  • Sales rank: 68,885

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Variations on an Original Theme, for violin & piano, Op. 15 - Henryk Wieniawski & Joshua Bell (12:40)
  2. 2 Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 78: No. 2, Romance - Jean Sibelius & Joshua Bell (3:05)
  3. 3 Pieces (5) for violin & piano, Op. 81: No. 1, Mazurka - Jean Sibelius & Joshua Bell (3:00)
  4. 4 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1 - Johannes Brahms & Joshua Bell (3:23)
  5. 5 Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, (MS 109) - Niccolò Paganini & Joshua Bell (4:08)
  6. 6 Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16 - Henryk Wieniawski & Joshua Bell (4:48)
  7. 7 Baal Shem: 3 pictures of Hassidic life, for violin & piano (or orchestra): No. 2, Nigun (Improvisation) - Ernest Bloch & Joshua Bell (6:47)
  8. 8 Perpetuum Mobile, for violin & orchestra - Ottokar Novacek & Joshua Bell (2:47)
  9. 9 Waldszenen No. 7 ("Vogel als Prophet"), for piano, Op. 82/7 - Robert Schumann & Joshua Bell (3:30)
  10. 10 Danse Espagnole for violin & piano (transcription from Falla's La Vida Breve) - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:39)
  11. 11 Waves at Play (Wellenspiel), for violin & piano - Edwin Grasse & Joshua Bell (1:44)
  12. 12 Concert Fantasy on themes from Bizet's "Carmen," for violin & orchestra (or piano), Op 25 - Pablo de Sarasate & Joshua Bell (14:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (5:48)
  2. 2 Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (2:01)
  3. 3 Tambourin Chinois for violin & piano, Op 3 - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:37)
  4. 4 Caprice Viennois for violin & piano/orchestra, Op.2 - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (4:38)
  5. 5 La Précieuse in the Style of Louis Couperin for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:12)
  6. 6 Liebesfreud "Love's Joy" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:50)
  7. 7 Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:44)
  8. 8 La Gitana for violin & piano (after an 18th century Arabo-Spanish Gypsy song) - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:19)
  9. 9 Berceuse Romantique for violin & piano, Op.9 - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (4:33)
  10. 10 Polichinelle for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (1:45)
  11. 11 Rondino on A Theme by Beethoven for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (2:47)
  12. 12 Tempo Di Menuetto in the Style of Pugnani for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:44)
  13. 13 March of the Toy Soldiers - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (1:52)
  14. 14 Allegretto in the Style of Boccherini for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:02)
  15. 15 Marche Miniature Viennoise for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:15)
  16. 16 Aucassin et Nicolette for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (2:27)
  17. 17 Minuet in the Style of Nicola Porpora for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (3:10)
  18. 18 Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the Style of Francoeur for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (4:00)
  19. 19 Syncopation for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Joshua Bell (1:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Bell Primary Artist
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