Joshua Bell: Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor, Op 47 – 24.11.11

Joshua Bell: Sibelius Violin Concerto In D Minor, Op 47 – 24.11.11
Joshua Bell in Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, op 47 with Oslo Filharmoniske Orkester. Oslo konserthus, 24.11.11
Concertmaster: Elise Båtnes
Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
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1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio di molto
3. Allegro, ma non tanto


  1. Mr. Bell deserves a gold medal and a blue ribbon. This is a great piece for the orchestra as well. It’s a great partnership and I LOVE it!

  2. Sorry but I still prefer Vengerov playing Sibelius violin concert. Both are fantastic but, in my opinion, Vengerov goes higher.

  3. Why shouldn’t a performer used their entire body to express their passion about the music?

    This idea that passionate music should be played with a tin-soldier posture is a bias by people not comfortable with their own body.


  5. That savage, “I blooming KILLED it” look on his face after that last note of the first movement — EPIC!! The rest of the concerto only got better! WELL DONE, SIR! =D

  6. youtube just has all the arrogant cunts in the comment section. they always have something to say because they want to sound smart. ITS PATHETIC

  7. To those who are upset with people criticizing this performance: people should not only feel free to express their opinions on who they like better, they should also feel free to claim that one violinist is objectively better than another. Even if you think their claims are inaccurate due to your perception of a lack of their qualifications on the matter or your belief that it is illogical to claim that there is an objectively “better” violinist (I disagree with that notion), you should never discourage people to share their thoughts or shame/punish them for doing so. Allowing people to share opinions that contradict those of others spurs intellectual growth in society. However, I do wish people could be more kind and open-minded in expressing their opinions.

    On another note, I really like this performance. I love the way Joshua Bell is so nuanced in his phrasing like how he shapes and uses vibrato in a very intentional way for each note, adding to the complexity and depth of his phrasing. His rubato is also very nice.

  8. Bell got off to a fantastic start, and held it until the end of the second movement, but why is no one talking about the mess that is the start of the third movement? He makes two glaring pitch errors and gets completely out of sync with the orchestra. In comparison, Vengerov’s performance of that part is so much crisper and his synchrony with the orchestra is remarkable. I guess you can’t blame Bell; it’s an incredibly complex part. That makes it all the more worthwhile to check the fantastic job Vengerov did with this piece.

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