Editors’ Notes Joshua Bell's 2009 album At Home with Friends presented the outward-looking classical violinist jamming with a varied lineup of musicians. Bell now returns to that format with an album of holiday tunes. The trick with this concept is putting your own stamp on a set of standards heard thousands of times performed by thousands of different musicians—all without straying too far from these precious melodies. Of course, putting Bell’s beautiful tone and spectacular skill front and center gives this project a leg up (check out his playing on “Greensleeves”). He also gets strong performances from his friends on a Latinized approach to “Christmas Auld Lang Syne,” a Gypsy-swing take on “Let It Snow,” and a soulful version of “Amazing Grace.” Perhaps in a moment of self-awareness, Bell includes “Christmas Confusion” with classical music pranksters Igudesman & Joo; here they run through bits of different songs as if nightmarishly stuck in a mall where every store plays different songs, and it all blends together into Christmas mush. Happily, there's no fear of that happening with this album.

SONG
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (feat. Alison Krauss)
1
3:10
 
Let It Snow (feat. Julian Lage & Rob Moose)
2
3:46
 
I'll Be Home For Christmas (feat. Frankie Moreno)
3
3:58
 
Greensleeves (feat. Chick Corea)
4
4:18
 
Nutcracker Medley (feat. Straight No Chaser)
5
3:40
 
Amazing Grace (feat. Branford Marsalis)
6
4:27
 
O Holy Night (feat. Kristin Chenoweth)
7
3:06
 
Ave Maria (feat. Steven Isserlis)
8
4:13
 
I Want an Old-Fashioned Christmas (feat. Renée Fleming)
9
3:16
 
White Christmas (feat. Chris Botti)
10
4:07
 
O Tannenbaum (feat. Joshua Bell)
11
3:54
 
Baal Shem: Simhat Torah (Rejoicing) [feat. Sam Haywood & Steven Isserlis]
12
4:48
 
The Secret of Christmas (feat. Michael Feinstein)
13
4:54
 
Christmas Auld Lang Syne (feat. Gloria Estefan & Tiempo Libre)
14
3:28
 
Christmas Confusion (feat. Aleksey Igudesman & Richard Hyung-Ki Joo)
15
4:11
 
Silent Night (feat. Young People's Chorus of New York City)
16
3:23
 

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