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Joshua Bell recently released a landmark recording on Sony Classical - 'For the Love of Brahms' featuring cellist Steven Isserlis, pianist Jeremy Denk and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The album is a unique project that features works of Brahms and Schumann that Bell calls "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.

From waking up to Mozart's Requiem to braving blizzards and blackouts to perform, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields music director tells us about his musical life.  READ theguardian Q&A