Daniel Hope / Zürcher Kammerorchester

Journey to Mozart

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British violinist Daniel Hope has emerged as a star of the instrument, winning top awards for recordings of both mainstream repertory and more unusual concepts. Here he tries a little of both, and the effort, although not entirely clear in its aims, unearths some interesting music. Hope speaks of the titular "journey to Mozart" as a personal exploration, but the bulk of the program consists not of Mozart, but of the composer's predecessors and contemporaries. So the journey might just as easily be that of the progression of Austrian music to the heights it reached with Mozart. From that perspective, Hope is onto some nice finds: the slow movement by Josef Myslivecek and the Romance by Johann Peter Salomon are arresting tunes. The Haydn Violin Concerto in G major, Hob. 7/4 is competently performed (whether it's really by Haydn or not), and with the marquee attraction, the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216, Hope is clearly finding a groove with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, of which he has become conductor-from-the-violin. Recommended, although not if what you're after is a Mozart hits album. A rather unorthodox entry in Hope's growing catalog, but one with some lovely moments.

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