Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

It’s difficult to imagine a more impressive career in classical music than that of violinist Joshua Bell, whose name recognition goes far beyond the genre's realm. And although his authority as a soloist is unquestionable, Bell's 2011 selection as music director of London's Academy of St Martin in the Fields—the first American to hold the post—caused a sensation. This is the first recording with Bell at the helm of the group. Conducting and playing from the concertmaster’s chair, he brings buoyant exuberance to Beethoven’s Fourth and Seventh symphonies. Bell’s instinct for drama is ideal for the oft-overlooked Fourth, and it hints at the rich potential of his new appointment.

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