Daniel Hope: Escape To Paradise

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Label: DG
Catalog: 4792954
Format: CD

Daniel Hope

1. RÓZSA Love Theme, from the film Ben Hur 2. KORNGOLD Violin Concerto op. 35 Moderato nobile 3. KORNGOLD Violin Concerto op. 35 Romance. Andante 4. KORNGOLD Violin Concerto op. 35 Finale. Allegro assai vivace 5. CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Shakespeare Songs op. 24, Vol. 6 no. 2 Sea-Murmurs, after Arise! 6. EISLER Hollywooder Liederbuch The Secret Marriage (An den kleinen Radioapparat) 7. RÓZSA Love Theme, from the film El Cid 8. ZEISL Menuchims Lied, from the unfinished opera Hiob 9. WAXMAN Reminiscences from Come Back, Little Sheba 10. JURMANN / KAPER Tränen in der Geige, from the film Ich will dich Liebe lehren 11. WEILL Speak low, from the musical One Touch of Venus 12. KORNGOLD Vorspiel und Serenade, from the pantomime Der Schneemann 13. RÓZSA Prelude and Love Theme, from the film Spellbound 14. MORRICONE Love Theme, from the film Nuovo Cinema Paradiso 15. WILLIAMS Theme for orchestra, from the film Schindler s List 16. NEWMAN American Beauty, from the film American Beauty 17. HEYMANN Irgendwo auf der Welt, from the film Ein blonder Traum 18. HUPFELD As Time Goes By, sung in the film Casablanca In his latest album Daniel Hope shines a new light on Hollywood scores as he takes a widescreen musical journey, seeking out the echoes of exiled European composers, such as Miklos Rózsa, John Waxman, Hanns Eisler, Erich Wolfgang Korngold The center piece is the famous Violin concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold The album also contains contemporary soundtrack classics such as Schindler´s List, American Beauty and Cinema Paradiso to reflect on the strong musical influence the Exile composer had and still has on contemporary film composers Guest artists featuring on this record are no one less than Sting who performs in a new arrangement on The Secret Marriage a Hanns Eisler composition (originally with lyrics of Bertold Brecht, to which Sting wrote his own lyrics back in 1987) and German singer phenomenon Max Raabe on the famous speak Low by Kurt Weill Top Arranger Paul Bateman provided brand new orchestral arrangements Escape to Paradise is both a historical and musical concept, curated by Daniel Hope, to a theme that he has personal associations for: his maternal grandparents fled Hitlers Germany for South Africa, and his parents then fled the apartheid regime for England - amazon.com

“the real singing comes from Hope’s violin, soaring through an agreeable selection from the works of European composers who found refuge in California. The highlight is Korngold’s Violin Concerto, luxuriously rendered with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and conductor Alexander Shelley.” The Times, 29th August 2014 *** “Pieces played in new arrangements bask in the luxuriantly romantic world of Korngold, Rósza and their contemporaries.” Financial Times, 6th September 2014 “At the heart of this disc is his swashbuckling performance of Korngold's Violin Concerto, where Hope brings off with aplomb the tension between the work's contrasting lyrical ideas and the electric energy of the virtuoso writing. It's as if he had in mind the screen hero Errol Flynn” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014 “Hope's highly-charged and sumptuously expressive account of Korngold's Violin Concerto does the work proud.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2014 ****

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