Voice Of The Violin

Voice Of The Violin

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by Joshua Bell
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Harriet Smith
The playing is unfailingly exquisite.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969777923
catalogNumber:
97779
Rank:
752

Tracks

  1. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  2. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52
  3. Pourquoi me réveiller? (Why do you wake me?)
  4. Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  5. Song to the Moon
  6. Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord)
  7. None but the lonely heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/6
  8. Una furtiva lagrima (A furtive tear)
  9. In trutina (in the balance)
  10. May Breezes
  11. Beau soir ("Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivières sont roses"), song
  12. Estrellita for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  13. Nana
  14. Je crois entendre encore (I still can hear)
  15. Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice &

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua 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 Credits

Georges 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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Voice Of The Violin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bell has truly found the voice of the violin! Impressive as usual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
vivienne280VF More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to listen to and very relaxing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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