Journey To Mozart / Daniel Hope

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Label: DG
Catalog: 4798376
Format: CD

Daniel Hope (violin) Zurich Chamber Orchestra

With 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. “This album is a reflection of the age seen through my eyes and heard through my ears.” But the only works to be included here are by composers whom publicly acknowledged Mozart and who were connected to him personally. Journey to Mozart is a personal exploration of the composer’s world which includes not only favourite works by the master, but also music by contemporaries including Haydn, Mysliveček and Gluck. For Daniel Hope, Mozart remains both an inspiration and an enigma: “Every time I play him I can only shake my head, because I can’t even begin to fathom the scale of his genius.” The album consists of two popular Violin Concertos by Haydn and Mozart, as well as the famous Mozart Adagio in E-Major. With this album Daniel Hope continues his fruitful relationship as musical director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. “Each time I play Mozart with someone, I get to know Mozart from a very different angle. In Zurich I’m currently experiencing this in an extremely exciting way. Our journey together has lasted many years already, but now we’re undertaking it as a family.” The album ends with a magnificent arrangement of the famous Alla turca, newly arranged for Violin and Orchestra. Daniel has also rediscovered Mozart himself on this journey: “He is the greatest inspiration and at the same time the biggest riddle for me. Each time I engage with Mozart, I notice how much we can all learn from him, but just when you think that you’ve understood him, you realize that you’re further away from him than ever. You should never think ‘I’ve got you, Mozart’.”

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