Thanks to the One2One Network, I had a chance to listen to Joshua Bell’s recently released CD, At Home With Friends (ARV $13.98, Sony Classical).
Joshua Bell has captured the public’s attention like no other classical violinist of his time…An exclusive Sony Classical artist known for his breadth and daring choices of repertoire, Bell has created a richly varied catalogue of recordings. Recent releases include The Red Violin Concerto by John Corigliano, The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, The Essential Joshua Bell, Voice of the Violin and Romance of the Violin which Billboard named the 2004 Classical CD of the Year, and Bell the Classical Artist of the Year.
I Loves You Porgy featuring Chris Botti, trumpet
Come Again featuring Sting, vocals
Oblivion featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon
Cinema Paradiso featuring Josh Groban, vocals
Para Tí featuring Tiempo Libre, various
My Funny Valentine featuring Kristin Chenoweth, vocals
Maybe So featuring Edgar Meyer Sam Bush and Mike Marshall, strings
Grieg: Sonata No. 3 featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff (Zenph re-performance)
Eleanor Rigby featuring Frankie Moreno, piano & vocals
O, Cease Thy Maiden Fair featuring Nathan Gunn, baritone
Il Postino featuring Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon
Left Hand Song featuring Regina Spektor, piano & vocals
Chovendo Na Roseira featuring Dave Grusin, piano
Look Away featuring Edgar Meyer, bass and Chris Thile, mandolin
Variant Moods: Duet for Sitar & Violin featuring Anoushka Shankar, sitar
I’ll Take Manhattan featuring Marvin Hamlisch, piano
I fell in love with violins listening to Pachabel’s Canon in D and Joshua Bell reminds me why the violin is among my favorites. You don’t have to love Classical Music to find this album one you’ll be hitting “repeat” on over and over. It is a stunning collaboration of just good music.
Joshua Bell surrounds himself with talent on this album. One of my favorite songs on the album is “Come Again”. It features Sting on vocals. It’s a genre I’m not accustomed to hearing Sting perform and yet I love it. Josh Groban fans will appreciate Cinema Pardisio, where Mr. Groban performs vocals.
At Home with Friends, showcases Joshua Bell’s amazing talent on the violin and the “friends” he surrounds himself with on this album create a play list of beautiful, harmonious music that will calm and soothe even the most stressful day.
This album is amazing, especially if you love the sound of a violin. It’s quickly becoming one of my most played albums.