French Impressions: Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk Interview and Performance

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk join WQXR's Elliott Forrest at 8 pm Tuesday, Jan. 10, to preview their new recording, French Impressions, which was released this week.

The album is a debut of sorts: it is Bell’s first sonata recording since he signed with Sony Classical in 1996, as well as his first full album with Denk, Bell’s longtime collaborator and a rising star in his own right.

In a wide-ranging and lively conversation, Bell and Denk talk about their musical journeys, the problem they have with program notes and the projects each is pursuing as a soloist. Bell and Denk also play two selections from French Impressions: the Cesar Franck Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano and the famous “blues” movement from Maurice Ravel’s Violin Sonata.

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yichihara from NJ

Listening to this very special program was supposed to my overarching priority. However, I was unable to leave my office till past 8:30pm due to an unexpected work situation. Nonetheless as soon as I got out of the office, I put my earphone on and turned my little portable radio on. Fortunately I was still able to hear Joshua talking about his Stradivarius history. Unfortunately shortly after the duo started playing Franck’s violin sonata, which is one of my most favorite violin and piano pieces, the shuttle S I was on left the Grand Central Station and the sound was gone away. Several years ago (2005 or 2006), the duo played Beethoven’s Kreutzer sonata at Carnegie Hall. I was there, and it is most exquisite Kreutzer sonata I have ever heard to date. I waited waited waited for years for their recording. Joshua and Jeremy, I wish you to record Kreutzer on your next, second album.

Jan. 11 2012 12:08 AM

From Montreal, Canada... because of your new "APP" for IPhone!!!

It was simply delightful to hear them play... live! It will never gonna be the same as a recording! It was a wonderful performance, with all the nuances, passion, intensity and love that they could shared through their music!

The second movement of the sonata for violin and piano by Maurice Ravel was just lovely! The 4 movements... but not the least, last 2 movements of César Franck sonata, was tremendously beautiful! Franck's music was not well-known by myself... but it's undeniable that I'm gonna do a little research for more CD about his music works... and violin music sheets of course! His music is like a ear worm... I simply just can't get rid of it in my head!!!

It was a lovely broadcast... thank you very much!

PS: sorry for my bad English, I'm just a French Canadian who tries very hard!!!

Jan. 10 2012 09:09 PM

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