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1   O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi Buy Buy
2   The Girl With Flaxen Hair Buy Buy
3   Nocturne Buy Buy
4   The Swan Buy Buy
5   Serenade Buy Buy
6   Casta Diva from Norma Buy Buy
7   Andante from Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major K. 467 Buy Buy
8   Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo ed Euridice Buy Buy
9   Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 in D Major Buy Buy
10   Songs My Mother Taught Me Buy Buy
11   Pur ti Miro from 'L'incoronazione di Poppea Buy Buy
12   Elegie: O doux printemps d'autrefois Buy Buy

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Every track on this CD contains a beautiful melody, many of them easily recognizable, all of them exuding tranquility. "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini''s Gianni Schicchi opens the disc, with Bell delicately accompanied by a harp and spinning the long melody with great sensitivity. Bellini''s "Casta diva" from Norma lives up to its reputation as the epitome of bel canto in Bell''s hands; his violin sings. The middle movement of Mozart''s 21st Piano Concerto takes well to the violin, and Debussy''s "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" is played with great warmth and sensuality. It would be easy to turn a recital like this into treacle, but Bell is wise enough to realize that the music is already sweet enough and he plays with great reserve and a minimum of sentimental slides. The light accompaniments always support, with woodwinds prominent but used with grace. This CD, in short, is a beauty: a fine gift, a lovely mood setter. --Robert Levine



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