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Palace Grand Hall
Series "Great Orchestras"
Deutsche Welle Concert
Saint-Saens – Symphony no. 3 in c minor "Orgue Symphony" op. 78
Lalo – Spanish Symphony for violin and orchestra op. 21
Ravel - Suite no. 2 «Daphnis and Chloe»
With the participation of the choir of the "George Enescu" Philharmonic
......Joshua Bell has captured the public’s imagination like no other classical violinist of his time. His 2007-2008 season follows a seminal year highlighted by receiving the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, being the only U.S. musician named by the World Economic Forum as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders, and his appointment to the Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music faculty as a senior lecturer. In concerts and on recordings, his bold, charismatic artistry has brought a fresh voice to the most venerable masterpieces while also uncovering lesser known gems and new works, as with the Fall ’07 CD release of The Red Violin Concerto by John Corigliano. An exclusive Sony Classical artist who has created a richly varied catalogue of recordings, recently released is The Essential Joshua Bell, while Voice of the Violin continues to soar on the heels of Romance of the Violin which Billboard named the 2004 Classical CD of the Year, and Bell the Classical Artist of the Year. His live recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto continues to win critical acclaim.
......After summer performances at Tanglewood, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, Joshua Bell’s 2007-2008 performance season includes concerts with the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, a European tour with Kurt Masur conducting the Orchestre National de France as well as appearances with the Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Chicago Symphony, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and the Tonhalle-Orchester. In October, he will premiere a new work written for him by Jay Greenberg with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. He concludes 2007 – and welcomes 2008 – as the guest soloist with Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic at the annual New Year’s Eve Gala at Lincoln Center. A recital tour with Jeremy Denk takes the pair to Europe and the U.S. including The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Bell will also tour Europe as a guest soloist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
......Joshua Bell first came to Romania 2 years ago. He replaced Maxim Vengerov who was injured. And what a concert it was! Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto led the crowd crazy. Same as tonight. This was the best concert so far. The RPO sounded better than the previous night. They were alive, involved in everything and I have to give credits to the conductor, Mr Horia Andreescu. He did something to them. Or maybe it was the breakfast they had that morning :).
Joshua put everything into it. Tehnique, passion... for the whole lenght of the concert people stopped caughing, sneezing, talking, drinking. Everybody paid attention. This is how a concert shuld be. I hope Mr Bell enjoyed this evening as much as I did.
......This is a recording of him playing Lalo's Spanish Symphony (Rondo Allegro)

......The encore was funny but very difficult at the same time. I heard two ladies talking behind me "For sure he's about 30". Right :) He's actually 42, but he looks younger and plays beautifully. So, the encore was "Yankee Doodle" (somebody filmed it during a concert in Sao Paolo this year). Isn't he great?

......And a little bit of promotion. He'll release a new album on September 29th. It's called "At Home With Friends". You can order and listen to samples on
Joshua Bell after the concert


Mr Andreescu saluting the chorus at the end of the concert

...... I'll end up with the usual example of what I listened to.

Daphnis et Chloe Suite by Ravel
Berliner Phiharmoniker - Herbert von Karajan - 1985

Part 1 - Daybreak (Lever du jour)

Part 2 - Pantomine

Part 3 - General Dance (Danse générale)

......Big thank you! Please come back!

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1 comment:

  1. Joshua Bell a cantat dumnezeieste. O sa ramana printre momentele mele preferate de la editia asta, alaturi de "Susanna", cu Les Arts Florissants. Si Mr. Zacharias, desigur. Intr-adevar, publicul s-a comportat in sfarsit cum trebuie. Deci se poate...:)