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MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA SHOWCASE
Artists
apr 15
Osmo Vänskä
, conductor
Profile appears on page 27.
Joshua Bell
, violin
Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell
is one of today’s most popular and
accomplished classical artists, capturing
universal acclaim for his virtuosity,
beautiful tone and charismatic stage
presence. His career has spanned
more than 30 years as a soloist,
chamber musician, recording artist and
conductor.
Minnesota Orchestra:
He last
performed with the Orchestra in 2009,
both at Orchestra Hall and on an eight-
concert tour of European music capitals.
Currently:
Bell is music director of the
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,
with which he recently toured Europe
and recorded Beethoven symphonies.
Other engagements this season include
recital tours in South America and the
U.S. as well as concerts with ensembles
including the Vienna Philharmonic, Los
Angeles Philharmonic and National
Symphony.
Recordings:
Bell is featured on more
than 40 CDs, including 2013’s
Musical
Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends
, a
collaboration with Chris Botti, Kristin
Chenoweth, Gloria Estefan, Placido
Domingo and other artists.
Of note:
Bell’s incognito performance
in a Washington, D.C., subway station
inspired a Pulitzer-winning
Washington
Post
story as well as a children’s book,
The Man with the Violin
.
More:
joshuabell.com, imgartists.com.
Joshua Bell appears by arrangement with
IMG Artists LLC, Carnegie Hall Tower,
152 West 57th Street, 5th Floor, New York,
NY 10019. He records exclusively for
Sony Classical.
one-minute notes
Rimsky-Korsakov:
Capriccio espagnol
Across five colorful movements,
this Spanish-flavored showpiece
offers spirited solos for a variety
of instruments en route to a
fiery Gypsy song and a wild
concluding
Fandango
dance.
Lalo:
Symphonie espagnole
This work, written for the
great Spanish violinist Pablo
de Sarasate, reveals greatly
contrasting moods, from
vigorous to sweetly sentimental,
underscored by such dance
rhythms as the
malagueña
and
seguidilla
.
Mussorgsky:
Pictures at an Exhibition
The composer took as inspiration
for this brilliant work—a memorial
to his friend, the Russian
painter Viktor Hartmann—ten
colorful images in a posthumous
exhibition of Hartmann’s work.
Pictures
was originally a work for
virtuoso piano, but now it is most
widely known in this lush, magical
orchestration by Ravel.
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