Inventing America - Artist Of The Week


Joshua Bell19980602

Joan Bakewell talks to violinist Joshua Bell.

Born in INDIAna, he made his orchestral debut at the age of 14 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Riccardo Muti.

In this first programme, he talks about his early years as a child prodigy and his rapid rise to fame, with music by Kreisler, Prokofiev, Massenet and Mozart.

Joshua Bell19980603

Joan Bakewell talks to violinist Joshua Bell about his development from child prodigy to serious musician.

Music includes, Debussy: Violin Sonata.

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata, Op 80.

Mozart: Adagio in E, K261.

Joshua Bell19980604

Violinist Joshua Bell talks to Joan Bakewell about his career as a concerto soloist, which began when he was only 14.

He describes his interest in composition and introduces the cadenza he wrote for the Brahms Violin Concerto.

Including excerpts from concertos by Wieniawski and Walton.

Joshua Bell19980605

Although he has an established career as a concerto soloist, violinist Joshua Bell is equally committed to the chamber music repertoire.

Today, he talks to Joan Bakewell about his work as a chamber musician and his relationships with regular partners Steven Isserlis and Olli Mustonen.

Music includes Chausson: Concerto in D for violin, piano and string quartet.

Shostakovich: Piano Trio No 2.

Ravel: Piano Trio.

Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time.

Joshua Bell19980606

Joan Bakewell talks to American violinist Joshua Bell about his international career and discovers which of his recordings is his favourite.

Including excerpts from Kreisler: Schon Rosmarin.

Wieniawski: Scherzo Tarantella.

Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor.

Pierre Boulez19980611

In the 1960s, Pierre Boulez famously argued and fell out with the French government and left FRANCE.

He talks to Joan Bakewell about his subsequent years in Germany and the importance of the International Summer School for New Music at Dormstadt, and offers his views on the authentic performance of music.