Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What Else Is New

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What Else Is New

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ClASSICAl jOSHUA BEll ANd jErEmy dENK Wigmore Hall, W1 HHHH.

Nobody would accuse the Wigmore Hall audience of being fickle but it has its favourites. The violinist Joshua bell is one of them, and it's not difficult to see, and hear, why.

His boyish good looks and neat, precise demeanour lead some to dismiss bell as a corporate record industry creation but when he plays his 1713 Stradivarius, doubt evaporates.

Here he performed with his regular duo partner, Jeremy denk, a pianist willing to be the most discreet accompanist but also capable of shining when the spotlight picks out the piano, as it often does in Janacek's Violin Sonata.

This is a piece that demands flexibility, and both players delivered. At heart, bell belongs to an old school of violin virtuosity, and even in Janacek's moments of edgy neurosis, his sound had a soft, pliant centre.

yet bell and denk were not afraid to pick out the operatic intensity of one of the most original of all violin sonatas. …

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