The latest installment in young British violinist Daniel Hope’s flourishing partnership with Warner Classics, a partnership celebrated for its spirit of exploration; this new release applies that same sense of adventure to Bach’s most popular works for violin and orchestra, played with characteristic freshness and dedication.
Hope’s earlier recordings for Warners received the ECHO Klassik Prize – Germany’s most prestigious recording award – twice, and he was acclaimed in the New York Times for performances of ‘unsparing intensity and gritty incision.’
This recording highlights Hope’s roots as a classical violinist, following his pioneering recordings of the Berg & Britten Violin Concertos and his ‘crossover’ project East Meets West
. Hope bases his performances on extensive research into original sources. No authentic manuscript of BWV 1042 exists, and Hope has prepared these performances in collaboration with Bach scholar Professor Christoph Wolff.
The “Brandenburg Concerto No 5” is arguably Bach’s most recognisable work and is undoubtedly one of his most loved.
Hope is joined in the Concerto for 2 Violins and Strings by Dutch violinist and co-leader of the COE, Marike Blankestijn.
Like Hope, continuo player Kristian Bezuidenhout is a young musician with maturity beyond his years. His performances of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin have been widely praised. The harpsichord used on the recording is based around a model on which Bach himself performed the Brandenburg Concertos. Bezuidenhout adds a unique sense of colour by performing the continuo parts between harpsichord, organ and arch-lute depending on the character of the music – common in the 17th century, but rarely adhered to today.