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Violin Concertos & Sonatas / Piano Trio 2


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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.80 - 1. Andante assaiJoshua Bell 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.80 - 2. Allegro bruscoJoshua Bell 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.80 - 3. AndanteJoshua Bell 7:15Album Only
listen  4. Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.80 - 4. AllegrissimoJoshua Bell 6:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies, Op.35bis - 1. AndanteJoshua Bell 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies, Op.35bis - 2. Lento, ma non troppo - Poco più mosso - Tempo IJoshua Bell 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies, Op.35bis - 3. Animato, ma non allegro - Poco più tranquillo - Meno mossoJoshua Bell 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies, Op.35bis - 4. Allegretto leggero e scherzandoJoshua Bell 1:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Prokofiev: 5 Mélodies, Op.35bis - 5. Andante non troppo - Pochissimo più animatoJoshua Bell 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in D, Op.94b - 1. ModeratoJoshua Bell 8:04Album Only
listen11. Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in D, Op.94b - 2. Scherzo (Presto)Joshua Bell 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in D, Op.94b - 3. AndanteJoshua Bell 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in D, Op.94b - 4. Allegro con brioJoshua Bell 7:42Album Only


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 1. AndantinoOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 9:39Album Only
listen  2. Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 2. Scherzo. VivacissimoOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 3. ModeratoOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 8:22Album Only
listen  4. Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63 - 1. Allegro moderatoOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal10:49Album Only
listen  5. Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63 - 2. Andante assaiOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 9:39Album Only
listen  6. Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63 - 3. Allegro, ben marcatoOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 6:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 1. Andante - Moderato - Poco più mossoSteven Isserlis 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 2. Allegro con brioSteven Isserlis 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 3. LargoSteven Isserlis 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 4. Allegretto - AdagioSteven Isserlis10:13Album Only

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Product Details

  • Performer: Olli Mustonen
  • Orchestra: Montréal Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Charles Dutoit
  • Composer: Sergey Prokofiev, Dmitry Shostakovich
  • Audio CD (May 10, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0007XZUFU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 2, 2009
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The hype machine wants us to love the stars it promotes, which has a backlash effect. I'm not sure many serious listeners would rank Joshua Bell as a first-class musician, given his glamorous popular image. But he's up to everything Prokofiev throws at the soloist in his two violin concertos and two sonatas. This bargain two-fer can stand up to any rival, including Oistrakh and Perlman. I'm only sorry I overlooked it for so long.

Because Bell and his Strad produce an exceptionally sweet, refined tone, you might not think he can carry off some of Prokofiev's prickly writing, especially in the first sonata. And it's true that the second sonata, adapted from an original for flute, exhibits a lyric quality that suits him better. But Bell is willing to make a few ugly sounds and spiky attacks as called for. What carries the day is an innate sense of phrasing and a musicality that any rival would envy. He's also helped by Decca's excellent sound (better here than on the original releases) and Dutoit's accompaniments -- Prokofiev is one of Dutoit's stronger composers.

As a bonus we get the Shostakovich Trio no. 2, a masterpiece that has been receiving dozens of recordings since Russia opened in 1989. The pianist is the fierce Finn, Olli Mustonen, who also serves as Bell's partner in the sonatas. Together with English cellist Steven Isserlis, they give a sleek but powerful performance. It's not as hectic as Argerich's recent account on EMI or as soulful in the Jewish music of the finale as Ax-Stern-Ma, but this one definitely belongs near the top.

The recording dates are 1993 (concertos), 1995 (sonatas), and 1997 (trio), which means that the earliest recordings were made when Bell was 26. I think he's gotten a bit too refined since then, but if you want Prokofiev with the music's elegant side favored, these are highly recommended. Sometimes swooning is good.
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