Stories » Joshua Bell talks about his new Bach album and his return to Santa Barbara / Santa Barbara Independent interview

Top 10 for Aug

Joshua Bell talks about his new Bach album and his return to Santa Barbara / Santa Barbara Independent interview

Bookmark and Share

This Tuesday, Joshua Bell will return to Santa Barbara to play an intimate recital with Italian pianist Alessio Bax (courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures). Despite being only 46 years young, the American violinist and conductor has recorded critically acclaimed albums for nearly three decades. Bell has served as music director for the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields since 2011 - the first person after founder Sir Neville Marriner to hold that position in the 55-year-old ensemble.

Bell and the Academy orchestra have just released an unusual and very exciting recording of works by J.S. Bach, and Bell's connection with the composer runs deep. When the violinist first debuted as soloist with an orchestra - at age 7 - it was to play a concerto by J.S. Bach. Today, when Bell first lifts his violin in the morning, it is Bach that warms and loosens his fingers and bow. Yet so great is his reverence for the baroque master's music, and so firm is his conviction that ripeness is all, Bell has put off recording Bach until this year. The album, titled simply Bach, features gorgeously detailed interpretations of violin concertos No. 1 and No. 2, crisp and swift in the outer movements, breath-stopping and deep in the middle. Bell's articulation and technique are wonderfully fresh. READ THE FULL Santa Barbara Independent REVIEW.