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Con. D Major / Vio. & Orch., Op. 35 / Allegro mod.
Con. D Major / Vio.&Orch.,Op. 35/Canzonetta Anda.
Con. D Major/Vio.&Orch., Op. 35/Finale. All. vivac
Meditation in D minor, Op. 42, No. 1
Danse russe from Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Act III)

Joshua Bell :




Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Berlin Philharmonic In All-New Recording Featuring Tchaikovsky's 'M ditation,' 'Dance Russe' From Swan Lake

In a dazzling live performance that brings a fresh emphasis to the work's intimacy and balletic elegance, violinist Joshua Bell takes a new look at the most popular of all violin concertos Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D, Op. 58 on his new Sony Classical recording. With Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, the disc includes Bell's performances of Tchaikovsky's "M ditation" and, from the score for the ballet Swan Lake, the "Dance Russe." The Tchaikovsky disc will be released on Tuesday, September 20, 2005.

"I live to perform, and to get the opportunity to record an album in front of a series of live audiences in Berlin which captures that adrenalin induced by an audience was an ideal recording opportunity," says Bell, who adds that he never tires of the concerto, which he has been performing for more than 20 years. The violinist adds, "The Tchaikovsky concerto is often thought of as a big, romantic concerto, which it is. Of course it has its extroverted, flashy and powerful moments, but the Tchaikovsky is also intimate, elegant and "balletic."

For this recording, Bell opens all the traditional cuts in the concerto's final movement, which he believes restores the integrity of Tchaikovsky's harmonic structure. Coupled with the concerto on this recording is the less-well-known "M ditation," which the composer conceived as the slow movement for his violin concerto (Alexander Glazunov later created the orchestration). The "Dance Russe" from Swan Lake fills out the program, a sparkling excerpt from Tchaikovsky's celebrated full-length ballet score.

"This music is especially meaningful for me as it is also the first violin concerto I really fell in love with when I was 11 years old," adds Bell.

The release of the Tchaikovsky album comes in the midst of the busy year for Bell, including August performances of the Tchaikovsky concerto at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York's Avery Fisher Hall. In June he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame followed by engagements in Portugal, Turkey, Italy and the Czech Republic, and a performance at the Proms concerts in London's Royal Albert Hall (July 28) and appearances at the Verbier Festival (July 20-August 5). In the 2005-06 season, Bell will perform with the New York Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras, as well in a number of recitals.. In the spring of 2006, he is scheduled to play the Tchaikovsky concerto in concerts with both the Boston Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.

A violinist of diverse musical interests and accomplishments, Joshua Bell is an exclusive Sony Classical artist. His most recent release on the label is the soundtrack recording of the film Ladies in Lavender, which was nominated recently for England's Classical Brit Award. Bell's late-2003 release Romance of the Violin hit No. 1 on Billboard's Traditional Classical chart and stayed there for 12 weeks, remaining in the top 10 for almost two years following its original release. In December 2004, Romance of the Violin was named No. 1 Classical Album of the Year by Billboard, and Bell was cited as No. 1 Classical Artist of the Year. It was released as a DualDisc earlier this year.

Bell's critically acclaimed recordings for Sony Classical have ranged from core-classical works (concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Goldmark) to new concert works written especially for him by such composers as Edgar Meyer and Nicholas Maw, whose Violin Concerto, performed by Bell, captured the Grammy for Best Solo Performance With Orchestra. His imaginative new recordings of music from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Bernstein's West Side Story have been best sellers, and he served as a soloist, advisor and creative partner in John Corigliano's Oscar-winning score for the film The Red Violin.

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