JOSHUA BELL - BRUCH: SCOTTISH FANTASY, OP. 46 / VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN G MINOR, OP. 26 (CD)

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JOSHUA BELL - BRUCH: SCOTTISH FANTASY, OP. 46 / VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN G MINOR, OP. 26 (CD)

JOSHUA BELL - BRUCH: SCOTTISH FANTASY, OP. 46 / VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN G MINOR, OP. 26 (CD)

A new Sony Classical release from Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell showcases two masterpieces from romantic composer Max Bruch. The album features Bell’s first recording of the virtuosicScottish Fantasy as well asa new recording of the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, which he first recorded over thirty years ago with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner. Now, as Music Director of the Academy, Bell both performs and directs the orchestra, and offers a fresh take on the Bruch Concerto in addition to a thrilling performance of the Scottish Fantasy.


In recent years, the Scottish Fantasyhas become a favouriteperformance piece of Bell’s. His affection for the Fantasy runs deep, with good reason: “My father’s family were from Scotland,and I grew up hearing stories about how my great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather fought in the Black Watch in Scotland.My dad was proud ofhisScottish heritage, and this connection makes the melodies in Bruch’s Scottish Fantasyeven more meaningful to me.” The Fantasybristles with the snap and lilt of Scottish folk songs, and Bell goes on to say, “It is one of the most beautiful and touching pieces I know, and sobrilliantly orchestrated.It is a unique‘concerto,’not following the traditional three-movementform.Each of its four movementstells a story.”


Bell recalls how Bruch’s ever-popular Violin Concerto No.1 was the first major concerto he learned as an 11-year-old. “Thispieceis connected to somanymemories!”Bell mentions that the great nineteenth-century violinist, Joseph Joachim, who figured prominently in Bell’s recent Sony Classical release,For the Love of Brahms, placed Bruch’s concerto in the same league as those of Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn, and called it“the most seductive of violin concertos.” Bell says, “It is a hugeaudience favorite because it is so rich and lush. It has excitement, power, passion, and intimacy –it’s got everything!”


“Now after more than thirty years of performing this concerto and with a variety of conductors, I am still inspired by the work,and I continue to find myself exploring fresh ideas and new possibilities for expression.As Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, I now have theopportunity to conduct while playing the solo part and it actually brings a whole new dimension tothis piece. The Academy has become my musical family over the past decade, andIfeel we have special chemistry!"

TRACKLISTING
1. Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46 -I. Introduction: Grave, Adagio cantabile
2. Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46 -II. Scherzo: Allegro
3. Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46 -III. Andante sostenuto
4. Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 46 -IV. Finale: Allegro guerriero
5. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 -I. Vorspiel: Allegro moderato
6. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 -II. Adagio
7. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 -III. Finale: Allegro energico

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UPC 0190758420028
Release Date 22 Jun 2018
Artist JOSHUA BELL
Title BRUCH: SCOTTISH FANTASY, OP. 46 / VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN G MINOR, OP. 26
Format CD
Packaging -
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