The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
High profile American violinist and conductor Joshua Bell was born in Bloomington, Indiana on 9 December 1967. He began playing the violin at the age of four, and at fourteen appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Riccardo Muti.
Based in New York, he plays the 1713 Gibson ex-Huberman Stradivarius and has had various new works written for him, including Nicholas Maw's Violin Concerto and John Corigliano's music for the film The Red Violin.
Ensemble. Bartók Pizzicato Gun Shots - Vivaldi, Edgar Meyer and Beethoven from Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields impress Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Lyrical Warmth - Dvorák, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms from Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Wild and Powerful - Joshua Bell's Tchaikovsky in San Diego impresses Ron Bierman
Ensemble. Technically Perfect - Suzanne Torrey listens to and watches Joshua Bell
Ensemble. Sensuous Depths - A selection of orchestral concerts at London's Royal Festival Hall, heard by Bill Newman
CD Spotlight. Striking Musicianship - Elena Kuschnerova plays Prokofiev, heard by Howard Smith. '... sparkling, lyrical and appropriately balletic ...'
CD Spotlight. An Impressive Performance - Michael Ludwig plays music by John Corigliano, heard by Patric Standford. '... should not fail to entertain ...'
Ensemble. Meltingly Beautiful - Joshua Bell joins Vladimir Ashkenazy and the New World Symphony for music by Saint-Saëns and Mahler, reviewed by Lawrence Budmen
Record Box. Richly Moving - Jamie Walton plays Shostakovich, recommended by Alice McVeigh
CD Spotlight. A Skilful Balance - The Icicle Creek Piano Trio, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... rhythmically brisk, considered performances ...'
Ensemble. Artistry and ambience - Exhilarating music making at Tanglewood, reported by Lawrence Budmen
Music - a short story by Elizabeth Dobbs