Poster Violinist Joshua Bell
Violinist Joshua Bell
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Joshua Bell plays Bach's Chaconne

Joshua Bell says playing the Chaconne from J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 is a journey through tragedy, loss, redemption, and spirituality. It’s one of the most iconic works for solo violin played in concert by one of the great violinists of our time: Joshua Bell plays the Bach Chaconne on Today’s show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Samuel Barber: Souvenirs: Waltz (The Lobby)
Royal Scottish Orchestra | Marin Alsop, conductor
Album: Barber: Complete Orchestral Works

Yuko Uebayashi: Au-dela du Temps for two flutes and piano: Movements 1, 4
Alice K. Dade, flute | Julie Thornton, flute | Susan Grace, piano
Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Packard Performance Hall, Colorado Springs, CO

Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for solo violin, BWV 1004
Joshua Bell, violin
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral" Movements 3-5
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic | Marin Alsop, conductor
National Orchestral Institute and Festival, Filene Center, Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA

Hour 2

Enrique Crespo: Suite Americana No. 1 - Son de Mexico
Spanish Brass
Album: Spanish Brass: The Best of the Spanish Brass
Marquis Classics

Sergei Prokofiev: Orchestral Suites from Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra | Evan Rogister, conductor
Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston Gaillard Center, Martha and John M Rivers Performance Hall, Charleston, SC

Valentin Silvestrov: Fugitive Visions of Mozart, Movements 1-3
Gryphon Trio
Tippet Rise Art Center, The Olivier Music Barn, Tippet Rise Art Center, Fishtail, MT

Enrique Crespo: Bruckner Etude
Douglas Wright, tenor trombone | Kari Sundstrom, tenor trombone | Andrew Chappell, bass trombone | Steven Campbell, tuba
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

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