If you teach your children music appreciation and/or if you enjoy classical music, I have an album you may enjoy. Joshua Bell has been in the music industry since he was 14 years old (!). 20 years and 30 albums later, he is still producing top quality classical violin music for us to enjoy and now I get to give away one of his albums!
The children we are educating need new classical influences like Joshua Bell, in my opinion, to broaden their minds in music appreciation. We do not need to think that the best classical music has already been played. Why can't it continue to be created? Mr. Bell is relevant to the younger generation as he is the first musician to have a classical music video played on VH1 and he has appeared on Sesame Street. He has also been crowned with "Classical Artist of the Year" and "Classical CD of the Year" by Billboard Magazine.
I agreed to review Joshua Bell's latest album because I am familiar with his fine work. Although I'm pretty sure I'd like any of his albums, I was particularly intrigued by this album, At Home with Friends, because in this one, Joshua has friends join him in performing. You see, in Manhattan, where he lives, Mr. Bell hosts gatherings of friends who come, perform, sing, or play with him. This album captures those moments in the following songs:
- 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
As part of our education, we have enjoyed this album, particularly while the students work on their copywork or writing, or during poetry reading. Who will be considered the classical musicians in the future? Maybe Joshua Bell?
I invite you to find out what you think of Joshua Bell's latest album, At Home with Friends. One of you will receive the new CD in the mail (free, yes!).
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