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Joshua Bell leads ASMF in 2 Beethoven Symphonies

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"The power of Bell's communication is astonishing. The dazzling execution and powerful expression are mesmerizing. If classical concerts always reached the exciting energy demonstrated by his partnership with the ASMF, moguls of the classical industry could stop worrying about how to keep the tradition alive."    - The Australian

Few new recordings of Beethoven's symphonies can sound ‘true,' but Joshua Bell's first recording as Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields is just that. Bell leads the London orchestra in Beethoven's Symphonies No. 4 and No. 7 from the concertmaster chair, – both playing the violin, and conducting. Bell leads the Academy into a new era as the first person to be named Music Director of the Academy, since it was founded by the great violinist-conductor Sir Neville Marriner in 1958.

Bell has a rich history with the Academy having recording Vivaldi's Four Seasons in 2008, Romance of the Violin, named Billboards' 2004 Classical CD of the Year, and Classical Recording Artist of the Year for Bell. It was also with the ASMF in 1988, at the age of 21, that that he made his very first concerto recording. The 2012 Bell/ASMF U.S. tour got rave reviews including the [London] Times noting: "they play with a sharp attack, rhythmic punch and a new joy in living…A new golden age might be here." Plans are to traverse the composer's entire symphonic cycle.