Joshua Bell plays Bruch and Beethoven

Part of Birmingham International Concert Season 2012/13… more events

Sunday 14 October

Symphony Hall

Please note this replaces the previously advertised programme:

Beethoven: Overture, Egmont, Op 84      9′

Beethoven: Romance No 2 in F Major, Op 50     9′

Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op 46     30′

Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3 in A Minor, Op 56. Scottish    40′


The 21-year old Joshua Bell made his first concerto disc in 1988 with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under its founder, Sir Neville Marriner. Twenty-four years later, he’s now one of the world’s most acclaimed violinists.

Classic FM’s Anne-Marie Minhall, says of today’s recommended concert:

This is the American violinist’s first year as Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Joshua Bell says the role is an amazing opportunity: ‘It’s a dream come true… They’re such an exciting orchestra, they really play on the edge of their seats.’




Review by Diane Parkes, BehindTheArras:

Click here for full review  (may need to scroll down)

…     “In Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy Bell and the Academy interplayed the contrasts of lilting folk tunes with intricate detail and strong melodies with gentle moments of finely held calm. The complexity of the piece gave Bell his moments to shine, reminding us of why he is so highly regarded as a soloist.

Finally we were given a treat with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3, the Scottish Symphony. Taking his inspiration from a visit to Scotland, Mendelssohn captures not only echoes of Hebridean tunes but also those swirling mists of the glens and mightiness of the lofty mountains.

As Bell maintained the musical conversation with his fellow artists, we were swept away through a range of emotional responses.”

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