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The Best of Joshua Bell: The Decca Years ()

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composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, Dmitry Shostakovich, Edwin Grasse, Fritz Kreisler, Gabriel Fauré, Henryk Wieniawski, Jean Sibelius, Johannes Brahms, Jules Massenet, Ottokar Novacek, Pablo de Sarasate, Sergey Prokofiev, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

On this three-disc Best of Joshua Bell collection, the Decca label basically delivers what it promises, and is even generous about it. True, nothing actually tells you that the "Decca years" were from the first part of Bell's career, but the various boyish photos of Bell should get the point across. Bell started out like most young violinists, recording standard concerto repertory with a pure tone that did not foreclose strong forward momentum. Of his various forbears among violinists of the twentieth century, Henryk ...

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  1. Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219
  2. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
  3. Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13
  4. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis
  5. Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
  6. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28
  7. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaïs")
  8. Variations on an Original Theme, for violin & piano, Op. 15
  9. Pieces (4) for violin & piano, Op. 78: No. 2
  10. Perpetuum mobile, concert caprice for violin & piano, Op. 5/4
  11. Sicilienne and Rigaudon in the Style of Francoeur, for violin & piano
  12. Syncopation, for violin & piano
  13. Caprice Viennois, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 2
  14. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1
  15. Waves at Play (Wellenspiel), for violin & piano
  16. Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16
  17. Zigeunerweisen, for violin & piano (or orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20
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The Best of Joshua Bell: The Decca Years
2009, Decca

UPC: 028947821007

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