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Joshua Bell & Jeremy Denk discuss improvisation on 'Performance Today'

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The notes that a musician plays may have been written down by the composer, but an infinite number of decisions are involved in creating the music that reaches your ears. Listen in as Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk discuss the omnipresence of improvisation in their lives as performers, on Friday's - September 30 Performance Today.

Bell's new Sony Classical album, For the Love of Brahms, with Denk, Steven Isserlis and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, is a landmark recording. Available today, the new album is a unique project that features works of Brahms and Schumann. Bell calls it "music about love and friendship." A personal, deeply affectionate impulse frequently sparked the music of Johannes Brahms and his mentor, Robert Schumann – often including their mutual friend, the violinist and composer Joseph Joachim. It clearly drove all three works on For the Love of Brahms.

Hour 1 includes
Alexander Scriabin: Two Etudes: C-sharp minor, F-sharp minor - Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Alexander Scriabin - The Complete Etudes - Bridge 9287

Jean-Fery Rebel: Les Elements, overture to the ballet suite ('Le Chaos')
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra; Ton Koopman, conductor -Salle Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland

Sulkhan Tsintsadze: Six Miniatures - Avi Avital, mandolin; Dover Quartet
Savannah Music Festival, Temple Mickve Israel, Savannah, GA

Franz Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, D. 760: Movement 1 - Garrick Ohlsson, piano
The Cliburn, Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX

Hour 2 includes
Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore: Una furtiva lagrima - Joshua Bell, violin; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Michael Stern, conductor Voice Of The Violin Sony 

Daniel Levitan: Marimba Quartet (2nd Movement) - Seattle Marimba Quartet - In Studio at KING FM, Seattle, WA

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46 - Trondheim Symphony Orchestra; Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor
Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival, Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 108 -Joshua Bell*, violin; Jeremy Denk, piano -Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, WQXR, New York, NY

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