Violinist Joshua Bell has played Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” concertos in concerts for years, but he’s just finally gotten around to recording them, with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Also on this disc, Bell plays Giuseppe Tartini’s creepy “Devil’s Trill” Sonata.
This recording not only sounds good, but also looks good--I really like the cards inside that have the poems that Vivaldi wrote to go with each season, but I might just be a sucker for the music/art/poetry connection.
Our conversation flowed really well, and rather than cutting this up, I’m posting it all in one piece. So, with minimal fuss or editing, I present Joshua Bell:
Listen to my interview with Joshua Bell
Shameless plug: you can pick up a copy of this album when you donate to WV Public Radio during our upcoming fund drive starting October 2nd (you can also find the album here).
If you’re looking for more on Vivaldi and music written about different seasons, check out “Music for All Seasons,” which includes an interview WV Symphony Music Director Grant Cooper.
Special thanks to Max of Crossover Media for arranging this interview.