World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell will play Bach and Piazzolla at the iconic Usher Hall in Edinburgh this month.
Passion, precision, spellbinding virtuosity: international violin soloist Joshua Bell is quite simply one of the world’s most accomplished, revered musicians.
And with his warm rapport with the players of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields – where he’s been music director since 2011 – he brings a bounding vitality to their well-established polish and finesse. Together, Bell and the Academy musicians shine a fresh new light on all they perform.
Firmly establishing themselves as favourites amongst Edinburgh audiences following their Usher Hall concerts in 2016 and 2018, orchestra and director return with what promises to be a thrilling concert of bracing vigour and sultry sensuality.
Bell is soloist in Bach’s deeply lyrical A minor Violin Concerto, one of a pair of solo concertos the composer wrote for the instrument. It’s more sombre and statelier than its counterpart in E Major and has remained the public’s favourite in the nearly 300 years since its composition.
Bell also directs the chugging jollity of the much-loved Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Most likely written while Bach was in Weimar, it takes influence from the Italian Concerto style which the composer had a particular penchant for at the time of writing.
Completing the programme are the intense emotions of Schubert’s turbulent Death and the Maiden Quartet, reimagined for the richness of a string orchestra by Gustav Mahler, and Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla’s answer to Vivaldi in his own jazzy Four Seasons. While not originally conceived as a suite, with the Summer movement written to accompany the play Melenita de Oro by Alberto Rodríguez Muñoz, they have since become an audience favourite famed for their smoky, sensual soundscapes set in the heart of Buenos Aires.
Sunday Classics at the Usher Hall with Joshua Bell comes to the Usher Hall on 19 January, at 3pm.
Doors open at 2pm with tickets available from HERE.
Tickets are priced from £13.50-£35. Full time students are entitled to tickets for £10 which can be booked in advance. Under 16s are entitled to free tickets when booked with a paying adult. Concessions available. Please note a £1.50 transaction fee applies on the overall booking when purchasing online or over the phone (non-refundable).