The Essential Joshua Bell

The Essential Joshua Bell

by Joshua BellJoshua Bell


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Before moving to Sony, Joshua Bell spent ten years recording for Decca, where the up-and-coming violinist amassed a substantial catalog. Decca has already mined that body of work on The Romantic Violin, a 2004 compilation of cornerstones from the violin repertoire, and The Essential Joshua Bell makes a satisfying companion to the earlier release. Offering a further set of great moments from the virtuoso's burgeoning career, the disc includes such highlights as the opening movement of the Mendelssohn concerto, the finale of the Brahms concerto, and Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen. For those seeking a fuller selection, including complete performances of many of the works excerpted here, Decca has also released several volumes in its Joshua Bell edition.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2005
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947568506
catalogNumber: 000518502
Rank: 130963


  1. 1. Allegro molto appassionato
  2. 2. Sicilienne
  3. 2. Adagio
  4. 4. Allegro quasi presto
  5. 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
  6. Caprice Viennois, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 2
  7. March of the Toy Soldiers
  8. Waves at Play (Wellenspiel), for violin & piano
  9. 2. Andante assai
  10. Danse Espagnole for violin & piano (transcription from Falla's La Vida
  11. Nigun (Improvisation)
  12. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 2

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Bell   Primary Artist,Violin
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Cleveland Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields   Ensemble
English Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Neville Marriner   Conductor
Charles Dutoit   Conductor
David Zinman   Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet   Piano
Andrew Litton   Conductor
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Christoph von Dohnányi   Conductor
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal   Performing Ensemble
Peter Maag   Conductor
Paul Coker   Piano
Takács String Quartet   Ensemble
Samuel Sanders   Piano

Technical Credits

Paul Myers   Producer
Colin Moorfoot   Engineer
Simon Eadon   Engineer
James Lock   Engineer
Ray Minshull   Producer
Stanley Goodall   Engineer
Chris Hazell   Producer
Jonathan Stokes   Engineer
Andrew Cornall   Producer
John Dunkerley   Engineer
Andrew Groves   Engineer
Neil Hutchinson   Engineer
Morten Winding   Producer
Claudia Wafer   Art Direction
Adam Chignell   Engineer
Warwick Thompson   Liner Notes

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