Monday, February 28, 2011

[Classical/Violin] Joshua Bell - The Decca Years - The Best of Joshua Bell (2009) [3CD] [FLAC] [892 MB]

Joshua Bell - The Decca Years - The Best of Joshua Bell (2009)
| FLAC+CUE | 3CD (892 MB) | Classical/Violin | Instrumental |
| Label: Decca | Cover Included | September 22, 2009 |
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 Szeryng is perhaps underestimated for his importance. 
The third disc in the set shows Bell developing the style that has made him famous, applying his high-flying playing to Fritz Kreisler and the other composers of violin encore pieces that were forgotten during the era of high modernism. It's been a potent combination, and one that was by no means obvious when Bell was young. In fact, the third CD, "Favorites," may appeal even to owners of Bell's later discs covering the same territory; there's a snap in, say, his reading of Kreisler's Caprice viennois (CD 3, track 8), that comes from the consciousness he was rediscovering all this delightful stuff that was consigned to the dustbin by tight-lipped modernism. Check out also the thoroughly corny and thoroughly enjoyable Waves at Play (Wellenspiel) of Edwin Grasse (CD 3, track 10). In between the standards and the favorites comes a disc of chamber performances that, if they don't exactly qualify as rarities, may at least be missing from many Bell collections. The set as a whole collects recordings that made Bell's reputation, and fans and collectors will welcome the chance to have a wide variety of them in one place. (Allmusic)

Tracklist:
CD 1
01. Violin Concerto No.5 In A, K.219 - 1. Allegro Aperto
02. Violin Concerto No.5 In A, K.219 - 2. Adagio
03. Violin Concerto No.5 In A, K.219 - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di minuetto)
04. Violin Concerto In D, Op.77 - 1. Allegro Non Troppo J
05. Violin Concerto In D, Op.77 - 2. Adagio
06. Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 - 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più presto

CD 2
01. Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 In A, Op.13 - 1. Allegro Molto
02. Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 In A, Op.13 - 2. Andante
03. Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 In A, Op.13 - 3. Allegro Vivo
04. Sonata For Violin And Piano No.1 In A, Op.13 - 4. Allegro Quasi Presto
05. Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 In D, Op.94b - 1. Moderato
06. Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 In D, Op.94b - 2. Scherzo (Presto)
07. Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 In D, Op.94b - 3. Andante
08. Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 In D, Op.94b - 4. Allegro Con Brio
09. Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 1. Andante - Moderato - Poco Più Mosso
10. Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 2. Allegro Con Brio
11. Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 3. Largo
12. Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 4. Allegretto - Adagio

CD 3
01. Introduction Et Rondo Capriccioso, Op.28
02. Méditation De Thaïs
03. Variations On An Original Theme, Op.15
04. Romance, Op.78, No.2
05. Perpetuum Mobile
06. Sicilienne And Rigaudon (In The Style Of Francois Francoeur)
07. Syncopation
08. Caprice Viennois Op.2
09. Hungarian Dance No.1 In G Minor - Transcr. Joseph Joachim
10. Waves At Play (Wellenspiel)
11. Scherzo-Tarantelle, Op.16
12. Zigeunerweisen, Op.20

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