Daniel Hope: My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin | Deutsche Grammophon 4795305

Daniel Hope: My Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4795305

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 5th February 2016

Contents

Artists

Daniel Hope (violin)
Jacques Ammon (piano)
Avi Avital (mandolin)
Emanuele Forni (lute) Naoki Kitaya (harpsichord)
Daniel Lozakovitj (violin)
Simos Papanas (violin)
Chen Reiss (soprano)
Christiane Starke (cello)
Kammerorchester Basel
Ensemble des Deutschen Kammerorchesters Berlin

Works

Bartok, Bela

Duos (44) for two violins, Sz98
» Book 3: Szol a Duda (Bagpipes)
» Book 3: no.28 Bankodas (Sorrow)
» Book 3: no.35 Ruthenian Kolomejka

El-Khoury, Bechara

Unfinished Journey

Elgar, Edward

Salut d'amour, op.12

Enescu, George

Hora Unirei

Henze, Hans Werner

Adagio adagio

Knumann, Jo

Rumanisch

Mendelssohn, Felix

Violin Concerto in D minor, op.post.

Ravel, Maurice

Melodies hebraiques (2)
» I Kaddisch (Prayer for the Dead)

Reich, Steve

Duet

Tavener, John

Song of the Angel

Vivaldi, Antonio

Concerto for 2 violins in A minor, RV522

Artists

Daniel Hope (violin)
Jacques Ammon (piano)
Avi Avital (mandolin)
Emanuele Forni (lute) Naoki Kitaya (harpsichord)
Daniel Lozakovitj (violin)
Simos Papanas (violin)
Chen Reiss (soprano)
Christiane Starke (cello)
Kammerorchester Basel
Ensemble des Deutschen Kammerorchesters Berlin

About

After fleeing from the apartheid regime in South Africa, and ending up in England, Hope’s mother was offered a job as a secretary to no-one less than Yehudi Menuhin, and later became his manager. Daniel Hope says about him: “Yehudi Menuhin is the reason I became a violinist. As he used to say, I fell into his lap as a baby of two.”

This new album is a beautiful selection of works, mostly commissioned by or for Yehudi Menuhin:

Reich’s Duet for two violins and string orchestra and Henze’s Adagio adagio were both commissioned by Menuhin. Daniel Hope himself commissioned El-Khouri’s Unfinished Journey commemorating Menuhin's passing.

The Vivaldi Concerto RV522 for two violins was the piece Hope and Menuhin played together many times in the past. Additionally the album features brand-new arrangements of famous pieces, such as Elgar’s Salut d’Amour and Knümann’s Rumänisch.

Reviews

This mixed repertoire recital, part chamber, part orchestral, draws on Menuhin’s own eclectic interests: he gave the world premiere of Mendelssohn’s less well-known violin concerto, in D minor, when it surfaced in 1951. Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins RV 522 was one Menuhin liked to play alongside pupils. As a boy he met Elgar: Hope plays the delicious salon piece Salut d’amour. … With help from Christiane Starke (cello), Avi Avital (mandolin) and others, Hope has created a loving homage.  Fiona Maddocks
The Observer 3 April 2016

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