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The Essential Joshua Bell [Sony] ()

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Existing fans of violinist Joshua Bell are already well-acquainted with the broad scope of repertoire and performance abilities ranging deftly from the classical concerto repertoire to his well-known collaborations with Edgar Meyer. For those unfamiliar with Bell's recorded works, this two-disc set of The Essential Joshua Bell provides quite a comprehensive overview of his wide-ranging talents. Of course, it could also be argued that if one movement of a concerto is "essential," so too should be the rest of the movements. Some of the single-movement works on the album, such as the Paganini variations or the Sarasate Introduction and Tarantella, work well on compilation albums such as this because they don't leave the listener with an incomplete picture of what the composer had intended. With larger works such as the concertos of Goldmark, Mendelssohn, or Beethoven, hearing only single movements doesn't do full justice to either the composer nor to Bell's performances. This anthology also surprisingly... Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

Simply Beautiful

by PeachTea on Mar 8, 2009

Though I like violin music, I tend to get tired of it after half an hour or so. This does not happen with Joshua Bell, particularly this CD. I found it marvelous; from Gershwin to Tchaikovsky, Bell has got it, and he gives it to us in this CD. Even if you don't generally like violin or classical music, this CD is well worth the money.

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