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Daniel Hope – Escape To Paradise – The Hollywood Album (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Daniel Hope – Escape To Paradise – The Hollywood Album (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:16:52 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Booklet, Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

The subject matter of this collection of classic music from (mostly) Hollywood seems a major departure from violinist Daniel Hope’s previous focus on music contending with the Nazi cultural orbit, but actually it’s a logical step: a great deal of Hollywood film music was composed by refugees from Germany, and the stylistic world they created continues to resonate today. There are several good recordings of this repertory by young violinists, but Hope’s stands out. Partly it’s because Hope’s big, richly sentimental sound fits this repertory well. Partly it’s because he varies the program effectively with the full Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35, of Erich Korngold, and an appearance by none other than Sting in Hanns Eisler’s The Secret Marriage, while still finding the core that connects all these pieces. Partly it’s that Hope finds some unusual things that connect with the rest of the program: a couple of German film scores from the early 1930s, and the German melody better known as As Time Goes By, from the film Casablanca. And partly it’s the variety and sequence of arrangements running from Jascha Heifetz down to the present day. The result is a fine outing that will satisfy anyone in the mood for big film themes, but also those who are seriously interested in film music.

01. Rozsa: Love Theme (From Ben Hur)
02. Korngold: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op.35-1. Moderato nobile
03. Korngold: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op.35-2. Romance: Andante
04. Korngold: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op.35-3. Finale: Allegro assai vivace
05. Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Sea Murmurs
06. Eisler: The Secret Marriage
07. Rozsa: Love Theme (From El Cid)
08. Zeisl: Menuhim’s-Song
09. Waxman: Reminiscences From “Come Back, Little Sheba” (From Come Back, Little Sheba)
10. Jurmann: Tränen in der Geige (From Ich will dich Liebe lehren)
11. Weill: Speak Low
12. Korngold: Der Schneemann-Serenade
13. Rozsa: Prelude And Love Theme (From Spellbound)
14. Morricone: Love Theme (From Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
15. Williams: Theme (From Schindler’s List)
16. Newman: American Beauty (Arr. For Violin And Orchestra) (From American Beauty)
17. Heymann: Irgendwo auf der Welt (From Ein blonder Traum)
18. Hupfeld: As Time Goes By (From Casablanca)

Daniel Hope, violin
Maria Todtenhaupt, harp
Jacques Ammon, piano
Sting, vocals
Max Raabe, vocals
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Quintet of the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin
Alexander Shelley, conductor


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