Home » Stories » Joshua Bell's effusive lyricism at Strathmore / Washington Post

Top 10 for Dec

Joshua Bell's effusive lyricism at Strathmore / Washington Post

Bookmark and Share

Some days, you just need escapism. On Sunday afternoon, as news broke of yet another horrific mass shooting in America, I found myself at the Music Center at Strathmore, awaiting the start of a recital from Joshua Bell and wondering how the American violinist's affable, crowd-pleasing musicianship would speak to my feelings of helplessness and despair. By the end of Bell's program, centered on three big Romantic-era sonatas, I felt little consolation or profound meaning. But in the moment, courtesy of Bell's effusive lyricism, I experienced something perhaps even more valuable: transport through hedonic pleasure.

READ THE FULL Washington Post REVIEW