Joshua Bell (Violin) Plays Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”

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In this archival video, Joshua Bell takes to the Hollywood Bowl stage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on August 9, 2011, as both soloist and conductor to play Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” He also discusses his Bowl debut 25 years prior (in 1986), as well as the decision to include subtitles featuring Vivaldi’s original sonnets written to accompany this well-known work.

A gifted soloist, recording artist, chamber musician and orchestra leader, the multi-talented Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists today. His passion and multi-faceted talent have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Bell was recently named the Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and he is the first person to hold this post since the formation of the orchestra by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958. His recording of the Bach violin concertos with the orchestra was released in 2014 to coincide with the airing of the HBO documentary special, Joshua Bell: A YoungArts MasterClass.

An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 albums since his first recording at age 18. His Decca Label albums have garnered Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards.

In 2007, Bell famously performed incognito in a subway station for a story in the Washington Post aimed at examining the concepts of art and context. It was a story that earned the writer a Pulitzer Prize.

Antonio Vivaldi, composer of “The Four Seasons,” occupied a unique place among Italian composers of his generation. Antonio Vivaldi’s contemporaries were known for their operas, but he instead achieved fame as a composer for orchestra. In spite of his severe asthma, Antonio Vivaldi took several difficult journeys which — along with his 12 collections of sonatas and concertos — shored up his reputations as one of the leading musical figures in baroque Europe.

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