Joshua Bell – At Home With Music (Live) (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 45:00 minutes | 478 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sony Classical
“At Home With Music” is a glimpse inside the home of one of the world’s greatest violinists. Enjoy your own private concert from Joshua Bell, featuring vocalist Larisa Martínez and music by Chopin, Gershwin, Bach and more.
This release appeared in mid-2020 as the coronavirus epidemic dragged on, and home music-making began to ramp up for even the biggest stars. It would have been guaranteed a strong listenership in any event, for violinist Joshua Bell made the recording for a special broadcast on the U.S. PBS network, and these are clear indicators of commercial success. However, it would likely succeed purely on its own merits. The album offers Bell in a relaxed mood, playing 19th century showpieces and encores that he knows well, with friends (including, unusually, Beethoven specialist Jeremy Denk on piano) dropping in for duets, including a West Side Story medley to close by soprano Larisa Martinez. Her singing fits the intimate mood, and the whole program offers an excellent example of Bell’s specialty: the old-fashioned virtuoso recital brought up to date with a few modern touches (Broadway musicals instead of Viennese popular tunes). He can do the likes of Wieniawski’s Polonaise de Concert, Op. 4, in his sleep, which in this setting results not in boredom but in a program that invites one and all to enjoy. The result is a Joshua Bell album that could serve very well as an introduction to his art.
1. Joshua Bell & Jeremy Denk – Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24: I. Allegro (07:23)
2. Joshua Bell & Peter Dugan – Slavonic Fantasy in B Minor (04:58)
3. Joshua Bell, Larisa Martinez & Kamal Khan – “Ah, ritorna, età dell’oro” (from Infelice) (04:57)
4. Joshua Bell & Peter Dugan – Polonaise de Concert in D Major, Op. 4 (05:44)
5. Joshua Bell & Peter Dugan – Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2 (04:57)
6. Joshua Bell, Larisa Martinez & Kamal Khan – “Quando m’en vo” (Musetta’s aria) [from La Bohème] (03:23)
7. Joshua Bell & Peter Dugan – “Summertime” (from Porgy and Bess) (02:32)
8. Joshua Bell, Larisa Martinez & Kamal Khan – West Side Story Medley (11:06)