September 28th 2009

Joshua Bell: At Home With Friends

Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell has launched a brand new CD, fulfilling a dream of recording instrumental and vocal duets with his favourite and admired musicians.

The album, At Home With Friends features the likes of Josh Groban, Sting, Kristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor, and Chris Botti, among many others.

The CD was inspired by Bell’s “musical soirées” that he would hold at his New York home; a gathering of his friends – from musicians to actors to comics and more – who love sharing their art with each other.

He ended up designing his home to host these more efficiently, and his favourite memories are among those that are held here, as well as from his childhood.

“There’s nothing like sitting on a pillow by the piano surrounded by passionate artists, not quite sure who’s going to get up next to perform,” Bell said. “It’s my hope that this recording figuratively transports listeners into the room with us.”

The album includes:

1 Porgy & Bess/I Loves You Porgy / Chris Botti 4:16
2 Come Again 3:59
3 Oblivion / Carel Kraayenhof 3:57
4 Cinema Paradiso / Josh Groban 4:31
5 Para Ti / Tiempo Libre 3:48
6 My Funny Valentine / Kristin Chenoweth 5:49
7 Maybe So / Mike Marshall 4:53
8 Allegretto Espressivo Alla Romanza from Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Pi 6:44
9 Eleanor Rigby / Frankie Moreno 4:03
10 Oh, Cease Thy Singing, Maiden Fair, Op. 4 No. 4 / Nathan Gunn 4:16
11 Il Postino/Theme / Carel Kraayenhof 3:44
12 Left Hand Song / Regina Spektor 3:29
13 Chovendo Na Roseira / Dave Grusin 4:18
14 Look Away / Chris Thile 9:05
15 Variant Moods, For Violin & Sitar/Abridged / Anoushka Shankar 3:33
16 I’ll Take Manhattan 4:11

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