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New ASMF MD Joshua Bell records Beethoven 4&7

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Joshua Bell did not trade in his violin for a baton with last September's announcement as music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. As it turns out, the newly appointed Bell is only the 2nd ever named in the orchestra's history. Replacing Sir Neville Marriner who formed the chamber ensemble in 1958, Bell who plays and conducts from the concertmaster's chair has now completed his first recording with this most celebrated ensemble. Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 & 7. The conductorless ensemble has remained the guiding principle of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields' ‘The Washington Post' wrote: "This was as superb a Beethoven Fourth as I've heard, delivered by a conductor of tremendous promise and genuine ideas – who also happens to be one heck of a violinist."