Joshua Bell Plays Mendelssohn
You can always count on the superstar violinist Joshua Bell to perform Mendelssohn’s deeply poetic concerto with “huge tenderness, rendering the audience to jelly” (Bachtrack). The young Russian conductor Anna Rakitina navigates the mysteries and charms of Elgar’s titillating Enigma Variations, and she introduces one of the most compelling voices in contemporary music: the Pulitzer prize-winning composer and sound artist Ellen Reid, who weaves the intimate tones of three wordless sopranos into a score that reflects on women’s suffrage.
Anna Rakitina, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
ELLEN REID When the World As You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme, “Enigma”