Romance of the Violin

Romance of the Violin

by Joshua BellJoshua Bell


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A title like Romance of the Violin might suggest a CD filled with lyrical music written for that instrument: a Beethoven "Romance," perhaps, or Massenet's Thaïs "Meditation" -- an enticing prospect when the soloist is the gifted American violinist Joshua Bell. But instead, Bell offers an enchanting collection of arrangements of well-known melodies drawn from classical music at large -- from the realms of opera, song, and chamber music. Like a parade of great tunes, the album gathers music by Puccini ("O mio babbino caro"), Bellini ("Casta diva"), Gluck ("Dance of the Spirits"), and Monteverdi (the lovely "Pur ti miro") from the world of opera, and also samples familiar instrumental numbers by Debussy, Chopin, Saint-Saëns, Mozart, and Borodin. Renditions of songs by Dvorák, Massenet, and Schubert fill out the collection, while Schumann's famous "Träumerei" wraps it up. Orchestrations from Craig Leon are sensitively performed by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and Bell's silky tone and singing style make for an exploration of the art of melody that charms through and through.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998789425
catalogNumber: 87894
Rank: 2144


  1. O Mio Babbino Caro
  2. The Girl With the Flaxen Hair
  3. Nocturne in C Sharp Minor
  4. The Swan
  5. Serenade
  6. Casta Diva
  7. Andante from Piano Concerto No. 21
  8. Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  9. Nocturne from Quartet No. 2
  10. Songs My Mother Taught Me
  11. Pur Ti Miro
  12. Elegie "O Douz Printemps d'Auterfoix"
  13. Träumerei

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Bell   Primary Artist,Violin
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields   Performing Ensemble
Greg Knowles   Cymbalom
John Constable   Harpsichord
Jacob Heringman   Lute
Michael Stern   Conductor
Craig Ogden   Guitar
Stephen Orton   Cello

Technical Credits

Vicenzo Bellini   Composer
Alexander Borodin   Composer
Antonin Dvorák   Composer
Jules Massenet   Composer
Claudio Monteverdi   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Camille Saint-Saëns   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Robert Schumann   Composer
Craig Leon   Arranger,Producer
Christoph Willibald Gluck   Composer
Frédéric Chopin   Composer
Claude Debussy   Composer
Charles Harbutt   Engineer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Linda Kobler   Liner Notes
Grace Kristopher Row   Producer

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