Violinist Daniel Hope Performs with Ensemble Member Joshua Roman
Intrepid violinist Daniel Hope continues to forge new ground, challenging audiences to take a fresh look at standard concert repertoire while also opening their eyes to less performed but equally exciting works. His last album—featuring Vivaldi concertos, a sonata, and an aria with Anne Sofie von Otter—was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance. Now, the latest fruit of Hope’s exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon, to be released on March 16 in the U.S., is a return to the Baroque alongside soloists from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Hope’s Air: A Baroque Journey is a pan-European exploration of an adventurous era, taking in works by the rarely-heard Falconieri and Valente, dramatic gems by Westhoff and Marini, folk-accented dances from Matteis, Leclair, and Ortiz, full concertos by Telemann and Geminiani, and individual takes on such evergreens as Pachelbel’s Canon, the folk tune Greensleeves, and Bach’s sublime Air. To celebrate the release of Air, Hope will present the music from the CD at New York’s Highline Ballroom on April 5th.
In the CD booklet introduction to Air: A Baroque Journey, Hope writes about tracing the way music and musicians traveled in the 17th and 18th centuries—how a traveling composer-violinist such as the Italian Geminiani could influence the German-born Handel, how the Dresden-based Westhoff could inspire the Thuringian Bach, how the folk tunes of the British Isles could be heard in the compositions of the Neapolitan Matteis. The album represents the original ideal of crossover or, as Hope puts it, the sound of “cultural exchange taking place between musical minds across borders.”
Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues)
Date & Time
Monday, April 5th at 8:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)
Daniel Hope, violin, and ensemble
Works by Ortiz, Handel, Falconieri, Von Westhoff, Vivaldi, Leclair, and Matteis
$20, available by calling (212) 414-5994 or buy online