Joshua Bell And Friends: Musical Gifts
1. GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN feat. Alison Krauss 2. LET IT SNOW feat. Julian Lage and Rob Moose 3. I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS feat. Frankie Moreno 4. GREENSLEEVES feat. Chick Corea 5. NUTCRACKER MEDLEY feat. Straight No Chaser 6. AMAZING GRACE feat. Branford Marsalis 7. O HOLY NIGHT feat. Kristin Chenoweth 8. AVE MARIA feat. Steven Isserlis 9. I WANT AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS feat. Renée Fleming 10. WHITE CHRISTMAS feat. Chris Botti 11. O’TANNENBAUM feat. Plácido Domingo 12. BAAL SHEM: SIMHAT TORAH (REEJOICING) feat. Steven Isserlis and Sam Heywood 13. THE SECRET OF CHRISTMAS feat. Michael Feinstein 14. CHRISTMAS AULD LANG SYNE feat. Gloria Estefan 15. CHRISTMAS CONFUSION feat. Aleksey Igudesman and Richard Hyung-ki Joo 16. SILENT NIGHT feat. the Young People’s Chorus of New York City
2013 holiday release. With Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell imagines friends coming to his home during the holiday and joining in on songs that celebrate the warmth, beauty and magic of the season. Following the concept of his critically acclaimed 2009 album, At Home with Friends, Bell is paired with a variety of special guests including Gloria Estefan, Alison Krauss, Kristin Chenoweth, saxophonist Chris Botti, jazz greats Chick Corea and Branford Marsalis, opera stars Placido Domingo and Ren‚e Fleming, Michael Feinstein and a cappella group Straight No Chaser. "I wanted to capture the feeling and celebration of the holidays and that spirit of December," says Bell. Musical Gifts combines Bell's distinctive violin playing with fresh new takes on popular holiday songs. "I love the idea of celebrating music in ways different from how it was originally written, bringing in new arrangements and creating new repertoire."