This CD was sent to me by One2One Network to review. ‘At Home With Friends’ is Joshua Bell’s 21st CD.
Honestly, I tried very hard to give this CD a fair listen. I think when I signed up for this product review, I thought the artist was someone else. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy all types of music, but since I was expecting something else, it was a little harder for me to review this one. When I first popped the CD in I was skeptical, but I did enjoy it. The music on ‘At Home With Friends’ reminds me of something you would enjoy while dining in a fancy restaurant. Joshua Bell is amazingly talented, and the musical arrangements are beautiful. He was on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien a few weeks ago…in case you missed it, check out the video below. (You’ll need to skip to the last marker to see Joshua Bell’s performance…I believe the video is of the entire show.)
This CD jacket says “At Home With Friends is inspired by Joshua Bell’s fondness for hosting informal musicales in his Manhattan home. Join Joshua as he celebrates the many musical friendships he has made over the years – a diverse group of artists sharing their love of music in an intimate setting.” That statement is 100% spot on. The variety of artists is quite remarkable…Sting, Josh Groban, and Regina Spektor are the names that I recognized. The fact that he doesn’t fit into a specific genre was quite interesting to me. As of today, ‘At Home With Friends’ has been on the Billboard Classical Charts for 2 weeks, and has been #1 for both weeks. Bottom line, I like this CD, and quite enjoyed the variety of artists featured. I would recommend it for anyone who likes classical music. Check out the Joshua Bell widget below to visit his website and check out all the features.
Album Tracklisting (Originally performed by): I Loves You Porgyfeaturing Chris Botti, trumpet Come Againfeaturing Sting, vocals Oblivionfeaturing Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon Cinema Paradisofeaturing Josh Groban, vocals Para Tífeaturing Tiempo Libre, various My Funny Valentinefeaturing Kristin Chenoweth, vocals Maybe Sofeaturing Edgar MeyerSam Bush and Mike Marshall, strings Grieg: Sonata No. 3featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff (Zenph re-performance) Eleanor Rigbyfeaturing Frankie Moreno, piano & vocals O, Cease Thy Maiden Fairfeaturing Nathan Gunn, baritone Il Postinofeaturing Carel Kraayenhof, bandoneon Left Hand Songfeaturing Regina Spektor, piano & vocals Chovendo Na Roseirafeaturing Dave Grusin, piano Look Awayfeaturing Edgar Meyer, bass and Chris Thile, mandolin Variant Moods: Duet for Sitar & Violinfeaturing Anoushka Shankar, sitar I’ll Take Manhattanfeaturing Marvin Hamlisch, piano Left HandfeaturingRegina Spektor, vocals