Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Review: At Home With Friends by Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell is a Grammy award winning classical violinist. He came into the limelight at 14 years old! Now at 34, he has had 30 albums. But At Home With Friends is different than all the others. Why? Because this is the first time he has combined the violin and vocals.

At Home With Friends covers all of the genres, from classical to pop, bluegrass to Broadway, jazz and ethnic World Music. There are even a couple of seasonal tracks in there, just in time to celebrate the holidays.

This is a really great CD to listen to and just have a relaxing time. It's a wonderful mix of classical and contemporary music.

The songs that are included on the album are:
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

You can follow Joshua Bell by going to his website or on Facebook.

*Disclaimer: For posting this review I was compensated by receiving a free copy of Joshua Bell's At Home With Friends.


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