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Joshua Bell goes one on one with 91.3WGTE for new Bruch recording

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Interview with WGTE's Brad Cresswell

Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell showcases two masterpieces from romantic composer Max Bruch on his new Sony Classical release. The album features Bell's first recording of the virtuosic Scottish Fantasy as well as a new recording of the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, which he first recorded over thirty years ago with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner. Now, as Music Director of the Academy, Bell both performs and directs the orchestra, and offers a fresh take on the Bruch Concerto in addition to a thrilling performance of the Scottish Fantasy. 

In recent years, the Scottish Fantasy has become a favorite performance piece of Bell's. His affection for the Fantasy runs deep, with good reason: "My father's family were from Scotland, and I grew up hearing stories about how my great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather fought in the Black Watch in Scotland.  My dad was proud of his Scottish heritage, and this connection makes the melodies in Bruch's Scottish Fantasy even more meaningful to me." The Fantasy bristles with the snap and lilt of Scottish folk songs, and Bell goes on to say, "It is one of the most beautiful and touching pieces I know, and so brilliantly orchestrated. It is a unique ‘concerto,' not following the traditional three-movement form. Each of its four movements tells a story."

Bell joins 91.3WGTE Public Media's - Toledo OH, Classical Music host, Brad Cresswell for a one on one about the recording. LISTEN