We're going to be having a bit of a Joshua Bell-fest here on Violinist.com in the next few weeks.
For next week's concert, he'll be playing the Chausson Poeme, along with Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens. A fun program! The "Poeme" is a piece that I always think is from a later period; to me it has a gloom and slight dissonance I associate with the period between the World Wars. But it's definitely not; it was written in the 1880s for Eugene Ysaye. (Ysaye -> teacher of Josef Gingold -> teacher of Joshua Bell.)
Then there's the Intro and Rondo Capriccioso, one of the first pieces I completely fell in love with when I was a child, learning the violin. And Stravinsky's Petrushka, which in addition to having some of Stravinsky's best musical ideas, has everyone's favorite random trumpet solo/excerpt. I'm looking forward to sitting back watching an outdoor concert after a summer of playing them!
Here's the link for tickets to the Bowl concert, if you are in Southern California and are interested. Do you have questions you'd like me to ask when I interview Joshua Bell? If so, please submit them on the V.com discussion page. (By the way, it looks like he changed the look of his website today.)Tweet
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