Daniel Hope's Top Five Violin Works

Daniel Hope Shares his Top 5 on Thursday at 12 pm ET on WQXR

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

British violinist Daniel Hope has performed with the world's major orchestras and conductors, but these days he's got his mind on Joseph Joachim, the violinist he calls "perhaps the greatest of the 19th century." Hope's most recent album release, "The Romantic Violinist," is a tribute to Joachim and his influence.

1. Hope's top selection is the second movement of Schumann's Violin Concerto. "It has a very strange and curious story," Hope says, recounting the race between Nazis and the Jewish violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who would eventually record the piece with the New York Philharmonic "When people heard this music they started to cry. When Schumann described this piece toward the end of his life, he said he thought he could hear angels singing."

2. Mendelssohn started composing his octet when he was only 14 years old, and completed the piece at 15. In his number two selection in this top five, Hope selects the scherzo from Mendelssohn's Octet. "He's somebody that I think is still underrated," Hope says of the composer. "Even though he was such a genius."

3. Brahms' Piano Quartet Op. 60 in C minor is Hope's third selection, and is again linked to Joachim, as Hope explains that Brahms wrote the concerto for Joachim. Clara Schumann found the piece to be so evocative and revealing that, Hope reports, "she understood the feelings that Brahms had for her."

4. "This piece was written for Joachim," Hope says of Bruch's Violin Concerto in G minor, first movement. "In fact, Joachim took it on and adapted it and made it to the piece that it became." In a recording of Hope's own performance, the violinist credits the work for having "everything that a violinist needs and could even wish for."

5. Dvorak's Piano Trio No. 4 "Dumky," fourth movement, is one of Hope's favorite encores. Hope points out that Joachim supported Dvorak throughout his life, a mentorship that helped to ensure Dvorak's rise in the classical music world.


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Comments [6]

Silversalty from Brooklyn

I really enjoyed this short bit of guest hosting by Mr. Hope. Both the music and the background info were excellent.

Thanks very much.

Mar. 17 2011 07:29 PM
sheik from nassau

Very excxellent contibution to WQXR. Keep up the good work Mr. Hope

Mar. 17 2011 01:02 PM

Thanks for your corrections. You can see them reflected in the story.

Mar. 17 2011 09:50 AM
Michael Meltzer

It is Brahms who is generally credited with Dvorak's introduction to Viennese music circles and Brahms' sponsorship that secured for Dvorak the editorial position that Brahms had formerly held at Simrock music publishers. It was there that Dvorak's Slavonic Dances were generated and published, and made Dvorak famous.

Mar. 17 2011 08:52 AM
Michael Meltzer

While you are correcting the 7th word per bjohnson's comment, the 6th word is usually "Dumky," not "Dumkey."

Mar. 17 2011 02:27 AM

Love the posting. Very nice. You might want to check the spelling of the seventh word in the final paragraph. I think the writer meant to use the word "fourth" rather than "forth."

Overall, I think you guys do a terrific job with the blogs and the cite. --I'm a long time listener who has held you close when I moved from one coast to the other.

Mar. 16 2011 07:05 PM

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