Joshua Bell's playing is breathtaking!
pinky | 07/31/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Joshua's recordings of these various pieces are absolutely beautiful and breathtaking--technical perfection from a true virtuoso. His playing evokes warmth and emotion without going to the extremes. However, this is a compilation album, and that is where the problem lies. It seems as though the songs were just randomly tossed together and slapped with the title "Romantic Violin"--an obvious marketing ploy by Decca to cash in on the success of Joshua's Sony release "Romance of the Violin". I doubt Joshua had any say in this album's content as it seriously lacks any cohesion. Take the last track for example: the Rondo from Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole, which is fast, joyful and vibrant. A more suitable choice would have been the Andante, which is slower and sets the mood better. Overall, I would say that this is a good album to "just have." Therefore, I give it 4 stars.
I recommend "The Kreisler Album"--in my opinion one of Joshua's best recordings--since many of the tracks on this album are taken from it. The selection of pieces flows much better in it than in this album. And if you are really seeking romance from Joshua, look to the "Romance of the Violin." You will instantly be drawn in by the ravishingly beautiful music, and perhaps even be in tears after listening to it."
A loud romance
wogan | Indiana&Maryland- U.S.A. | 03/28/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"My main `complaint' with this album is that for a CD labeled the romantic violin, the orchestra, overpowers the playing of the violin in so many instances. Now I know from attending symphonies, even those where Joshua Bell has played, this is often the case - the way the composer wrote it. I know it still does not have to be interpreted this way and I do not like having to turn up and down the volume when I am listening to music to appreciate the nuances of the soloist or having the orchestra parts overwhelm me, my neighbors or the car sitting next to me. I am a huge admirer of Joshua Bell for years and remember telling lovers of classical music what a star he would be. He has fulfilled his promise. I just wish his recording companies would"