Joshua Bell: Poet Of The Strings

ARTS CHANNEL – Tuesday 2 June, 8.30pm

Joshua Bell – Poet of the Strings is cinematic and aesthetically high quality homage to one of the greatest violin virtuosos of this decade. Charting the American star violinist’s rise to success and using his music to explore the man behind the phenomenon, this revealing one hour special unveils intimate insights into rehearsals coupled with unique and high quality live recordings from concerts featuring pieces from Bell’s extensive and individualized repertoire. A versatile and unconventional artist, Bell lives on speed and adrenaline to deliver over 200 concerts a year. A sex symbol whose only constant companion is his 1732. Stradivarius, he is one of the few classical artists to satisfy both the critics’ demands and the audiences’ tastes. He is the recipent of an Oscar and four Grammy awards for his music, which spans 30 albums. Compiled using personal insights and unique archive material this sensitive portrait profiles an outstanding musician who pushes the boundaries of the classical music genre.

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