Voice Of The Violinby Joshua Bell
After the chart-topping success of Joshua Bell's Romance of the Violin, a sequel was surely inevitable. But Voice of the Violin isn't just another array of classical favorites lusciously arranged for solo violin. If anything, it outdoes the first installment in beauty and charm, showing off Bell's ravishing lyrical tone in melodies that were first composed for the human voice. Bell's instrument can impersonate the passion of the operatic tenor (exceptionally so in "Una furtiva lagrima" from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore), and it can also sing the soprano's song (the enraptured "Song to the Moon," for example, from Dvorák's Rusalka). The orchestral arrangements are nearly as subtle and sensitive as Bell's playing, yet one standout number strips away the symphony, pairing the violinist simply and eloquently with pianist Frederic Chiu for a heartfelt rendition of Debussy's song "Beau Soir." Another exceptional performance comes when the human voice finally appears in its own right -- and in the person of diva du jour Anna Netrebko, no less. Her radiant duet with Bell on the Richard Strauss song "Morgen!" is worth the price of admission on its own.
- Release Date:
- Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
- Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52
- Pourquoi me réveiller? (Why do you wake me?)
- Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
- Song to the Moon
- Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord)
- None but the lonely heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/6
- Una furtiva lagrima (A furtive tear)
- In trutina (in the balance)
- May Breezes
- Beau soir ("Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivières sont roses"), song
- Estrellita for voice & piano (or orchestra)
- Je crois entendre encore (I still can hear)
- Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice &
Performance CreditsJoshua Bell Primary Artist,Violin
Orchestra of St. Luke's Performing Ensemble
Scott Kuney Guitar
Michael Stern Conductor
Anna Netrebko Soprano (Vocal)
Frederic Chiu Piano
Technical CreditsGeorges Bizet Composer
Gaetano Donizetti Composer
Manuel de Falla Composer
Jascha Heifetz Arranger
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Carl Orff Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Richard Strauss Composer
Joshua Bell Arranger,Liner Notes
Claude Debussy Composer
J.A.C. Redford Arranger
Manuel Ponce Composer
Grace Row Producer
Charles Harbutt Engineer
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
James Kessler Arranger
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Bell has truly found the voice of the violin! Impressive as usual.
There is a wonderful selection of songs in this CD. I listen to it often while I'm preparing dinner. My favorite song is "Estrellita". I would definitely recommend this CD to my friends.
At times, the music felt like an experience of watching a story unfold up on the silver screen or the performance of a Beautiful Dance. There's no dialogue. Each expression and movement are convey through their musical score.
Easy to listen to and very relaxing.
Many of Joshua Bell's legion of admirers praise not only his fine technique but also his ability of make the more liquid passages of his performances approximate the human voice in his vocal approach to the line. Here he takes advantage of that aspect of his musicianship and offers a strong recital of some of everyone's favorite arias and songs as transcribed for the violin and orchestra. Bell is especially fine in this vein, giving these lush and elegant melodies the quality of sound and tone that have been his hallmark through his career. Included in the recital are such varied works as Rachmaninov's Vocalise, of course Ave Maria, Song to the Moon from Rusalka, Una furtiva lagrima, Je crois entendre encore from The Pearl Fishers, Pourquoi me réveiller from Werther, In trutina from Carmina Burana, Laudate Dominum from Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore, None but the Lonely Heart, with others. Bell's friends round out this celebration: Anna Netrebko sings Strauss' 'Morgen' with Bell playing the violin obligato and Frederic Chiu accompanies him on the piano in Debussy's 'Beau soir'. This is not a heavyweight program (some of the orchestral transcriptions beg indulgence), but instead it is a selection of very beautiful songs and arias given their due by the very talented Joshua Bell. Keep one copy in the car: it is the kind of CD that will smooth out even the worst of freeway snarls! Recommended.