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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Journey To Mozart'
Artist - Daniel Hope & ZĀrcher Kammerorchester

For those not in the know, Daniel Hope (born 17 August 1973, Durban, South Africa) is a British-Irish classical violinist.

That said, Hope is actually of German descent, as his grandparents, formerly from Berlin, escaped Nazism. His father is the novelist Christopher Hope, FRSL, and his mother Eleanor Hope worked as an assistant to Yehudi Menuhin.

At age six months, his family moved from South Africa to London, because of his father's anti-apartheid views. In the UK Hope was educated at Highgate School and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Stoke d'Abernon.

In 2011 he was appointed Visiting Professor in Violin by the Royal Academy of Music, where he had studied under Zakhar Bron and gained a diploma (DipRAM) and a fellowship (FRAM).

Hope became the violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio in 2002. His burgeoning career led to his decision to leave the Beaux Arts Trio, which in turn led to the decision to disband the ensemble. The Beaux Arts Trio, with Hope as the final violinist in the history of the ensemble, gave its final concerts in August 2008.

Hope has served as an associate artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival. In April 2015 he was named the new music director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, effective in 2016.

On March 16, 2018, at the conclusion of a joint performance by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and New Century Chamber Orchestra at which he served as concertmaster, Hope was announced as the latter ensemble's new music and artistic director.

Hope plays the 1737 Guarneri "ex-Lipinski" violin. He presented the 2013 documentary film The Secrets of the Violin, which explored the history of violin making from Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri to modern makers like Samuel Zygmuntowicz.

On his brand new album, Journey to Mozart, Daniel Hope turns to core classical repertoire again, exploring the world of Mozart, as well as composers that inspired him and vice versa.

GLUCK Orfeo ed Euridice, Wq. 30
[01] Dance of the Furies
[02] Dance of the Blessed Spirits

HAYDN Violin Concerto in G major Hob. VIIa:4
[03] 1. Allegro moderato
[04] 2. Adagio
[05] 3. Allegro
[06] MYSLIVECEK Violin Concerto in D major - 2. Larghetto

MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major K 216
[07] 1. Allegro
[08] 2. Adagio
[09] 3. Rondeau. Allegro
[10] MOZART Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major K 261
[11] SALOMON Romance for Violin and Strings in D major
[12] MOZART Piano Sonata in A major K 331 ? 3. Alla turca

Journey to Mozart is a very personal exploration of the composerís world, that includes not only favourite works by the master, but also music by contemporaries, including Haydn, Myslivecek and Gluck.

The album consists of two popular Violin Concertos by Haydn and Mozart, as well as the famous Mozart Adagio in E-Major. Indeed, with this album Daniel Hope continues his fruitful relationship as musical director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

It has to be said that this brand new album is, without a shadow of a doubt, some of the best work that Hope has brought forth in his career. An honest, humble opinion of mind, granted, but I dare to think differently once you enter into Haydn.

Here backed splendidly by the infamous ZĀrcher Kammerorchester (Zurich Chamber Orchestra), Hope's solo work blends seamlessly amongst the gentle, yet flourishing hipsway of what the Orchestra bring forth to back him up with at all times.

Indeed, the album ends with a magnificent arrangement of the famous Alla turca, newly arranged for Violin and Orchestra. A true, stunning stand out cut off this wondrous album, to be sure, it only goes to shine a more deserved spotlight on the entire work of music art overall.

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