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Britten had heard the première of the Berg in Barcelona, and there is more than a whiff of Spain in his opening movement. He starts with wondrous originality, capturing attention at once with sounds of mystery and imagination [listen -- track 3, 0:01-1:27]. Like Berg, Britten reserves the resolution of the work's tensions for the final movement, a set of variations that explore orchestral and solo resources to the utmost, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Paul Watkins on top form. Daniel Hope, however, is at his most flamboyant, the orchestra most angry, and Britten most challenging at the launch of the Vivace [listen -- track 4, 0:00-0:51].

Copyright © 13 August 2004 Robert Anderson, London UK


Daniel Hope - Berg and Britten Violin Concertos

2564-60291-2 NEW RELEASE 64'58" 2004 Warner Classics

Daniel Hope, violin; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Paul Watkins, conductor

Alban Berg (1885-1935): Violin Concerto - to the memory of an angel (1935) (first recording of new critical edition); Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Violin Concerto Op 15 (1939 rev 1958)


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