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The Violin Channel - MEET THE PROS with Joshua Bell

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Violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis are joined by two acclaimed musical forces - pianist Jeremy Denk and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, of which Bell is Music Director - in a landmark joint recording, For the Love of Brahms on Sony Classical. Just released on September 30, the new album is a unique project that features works of Brahms and Schumann that Bell calls "music about love and friendship." Bell, Isserlis and Denk unite here in Brahms's first published chamber work, the Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 in its rarely performed original 1854 version. Isserlis also joins Bell - as violin soloist and director - and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Brahms's last orchestral work, the celebrated Double Concerto (for Violin and Cello) in A Minor, Op. 102. Bell, Isserlis and members of the Academy also offer the first recording of an unusual coupling: the slow movement of Schumann's rarely heard Violin Concerto, in a version for string orchestra made by Benjamin Britten, who also added a short coda. 

"I met Steven almost 30 years ago at a music festival, and he has been my close friend and frequent chamber music partner ever since.  Jeremy and I have also shared a long-lasting friendship and we have recorded and performed together for more than a decade," says Bell. The Violin Channel recently caught up with American violin virtuoso at the 2016 Verbier Festival in Switzerland. We sat him down for a fun game of VC 20 Questions. WATCH