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My favorite is probably "My Funny Valentine" with Kristin Chenoweth. "Left Hand Song" with Regina Spektor struck me as very odd/"out there" the first few times, but it's growing on me the more I listen. It's a neat side of Sting to hear him perform the classical "Come Again."
All in all, quite a musical treat!
This album does not disappoint. I love the soulful tunes of Joshua Bell and his many talented friends. Two songs played with the bandoneon, Oblivion and Il Postino, really have captured my heart. I have never been to Paris or Italy, but I imagine this is the music of those beautiful places.
Kristin Chenoweth teams up with Joshua singing My Funny Valentine, one of my all time favorite songs. And Josh Groban singing Cinema Paradiso just takes my breath away.
My favorite piece though is Eleanor Rigby with Frankie Moreno. I had never heard of Frankie Moreno before this, but this fantastic arrangement of piano, vocals and violin had me as soon as it started.
This album is a great mix of classical, modern and international. You will not be disappointed in this album at all. I love it so much that I am going to buy a copy of it for my Dad for Christmas, and I am also going to buy more of Joshua Bell's work. Fantastic.
While many of the artists who accompany Bell on the selections just might be his friends, Sergei Rachmaninoff obviously could not be one of them. Bell plays along with a re-performance of the legendary composer and pianist from a 1928 recording using the fascinating new Zenph computer system which transfers the performer's recording to a real piano. (Sony/BMG has two other CDs utilizing this process.). It works well here too.
This is obviously a "crossover" album similar to Yo-Yo Ma's CD of last year (which I found superior and play often. But if, by using these better known "friends" - like Sting and Grobman- Bell gets more folks interested in classical music, this certainly isn't a bad thing.
Track detail (S = stand out):
1. I loves you Porgy (Gershwin). With Chris Botti (trumpet) and chamber ensemble. Mellow, musing, effective evening music. Quietly content, happy, dreamily carefree.
2. Come again (John Dowland). With Sting and chamber ensemble. Sting fairly convincingly croons a Baroque song that could easily be from Handel. Quietly spritely in a very well-behaved way.
3. Oblivion (Piazzollo) (S). With Carel Kraayenhof (bandeneon) and a group in standard tango configuration. Slow, deliberate, but wistful tango. Bell swoons in his full, high Romantic style.
4. Cinema paradise (Ennio Morricone/Josh Groban) (S). With J. Groban, who sings in Italian with complete command. Bell supports Groban from behind. Quiet, heartfelt, Groban and Bell swoon grandly along different lines within a confined space; they suit each other well.
5. Para tí (Jorge Gómez). With Tiempo Libre. Hot, jazzy salsa in a quick step. Bell breaks in to slow things down. TL tempers its pace, but steadily works back to their high-stepping, swinging salsa. All come together, Bell swaying in slow motion, TL locomoting to brazen rhythms behind.Read more ›
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
Left Hand featuring Regina Spektor, vocals
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love violin music. This CD is OK; I just didn't find it thrilling.Published 11 months ago by Joyful Living
How can you go wrong with any music with Joshua Bell! Very enjoyable CD.Published 11 months ago by Mtn Love
What talent! Had never heard of Joshua Bell, but heard him at a symphonic concert in Raleigh, NC in May. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Anonymous
This is a replacement. I like it so much, when mine failed to play, I wanted another.Published 14 months ago by Shirl Thomas