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Award-winning violinist Daniel Hope presents an eclectic and accessible mix of neo-Baroque, minimalist and soundtrack favourites, including works and arrangements by contemporary masters like Ludovico Einaudi, Arvo Part, Karl Jenkins, Max Richter, Gabriel Prokofiev, Alex Baranowski and many more.

Spheres features a curated collection of repertoire celebrating the idea, first brought forward by Pythagoras, that planetary movement creates its own kind of music, bringing beauty, harmony and simplicity to our complex solar system. This idea has fascinated philosophers, musicians, and mathematicians for centuries.

Music of reflection, contemplation and relaxation.

Featured as main soloist on Max Richters acclaimed Vivaldi Recomposed, Hope is known for an effortless classical sound and intriguing approach to repertoire.

Extensive USA and European tour activity in 2013, including a three-week residency at Savannah Music Festival (March), please see B2B for details.

Daniel is collaborating in 2013 with Einaudi, and joint dates are in the planning stage.
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Digital Booklet: Spheres - Einaudi, Glass, Nyman, Pärt, Richter
Digital Booklet: Spheres - Einaudi, Glass, Nyman, Pärt, Richter
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  • Performer: Jacques Ammon, Chie Peters, Juan Lucas Aisemberg, Christiane Starke, Jochen Carls
  • Orchestra: Members of Rundfunkc, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin
  • Conductor: Simon Halsey
  • Composer: Ludovico Einaudi, Johann Paul von Westhoff, Philip Glass, Gabriel Faure, Arvo Part, et al.
  • Audio CD (March 19, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00AJGDQVK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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My wife and I are big music lovers -- we have a couple thousand CDs. Our tastes run to post-1840 classical, high quality soundtracks (Zimmer, Horner, Badalamenti, Desplat), and good ambient (like Budd and Eno). This album is very fresh -- it contains mostly unfamiliar pieces -- which was a real plus to us because we really do have an extensive collection and listen to music several hours a night. The music is (mostly) tonal, with a few modern accents, and has a fair amount of minimalist influence. The recording is well done sonically, and the playing is very good.

Right now the album is our star of the month. Repeated playings have not made it tiresome at all.
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This album is a great concept and very evocative, mostly including music from 20c. composers who write in a neo-traditional way, and sprinkled with a few reinterpretations of older works. A number of the selections emphasize repetition, but a repetition which is subtly varied. Not unlike the motion of spheres. The general feel of the music is of a slow and measured pace. Even in pieces that have fast notes, the structural movement of the music remains slow. Good for fans of minimalism, melancholy music, baroque forms, and satisfying harmonies. A couple of tracks have the characteristic sound of quiet & sentimental movie cues, which may be a negative for some. Daniel Hope and accompanists perform the music exceptionally well.
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Daniel Hope continues to explore unknown territory as well as gaining international respect for his brilliant musicianship as a violinist who performs widely. In this collection, of a variety of works named Spheres, he has curated a collection of repertoire celebrating the concept, first brought forward by Pythagoras, `that planetary movement creates its own kind of music, bringing beauty, harmony and simplicity to our complex solar system. This idea has fascinated philosophers, musicians, and mathematicians for centuries.' It is a collection of neo-Baroque, minimalist and soundtrack works by both contemporary and past master composers.

Hope is joined by Simon Halsey conducting the Deutches Kammerorchester Berlin, Members of the Rundfunckchor, and Jacques Ammon, pianist. The works on this recording are as follows:

Johann Paul von Westhoff (1656 - 1705) - Sonata for Violin and Continuo III - `Imitazione delle Campane (arranged by Christian Badzura)
Ludovico Einaudi (1955 - ) - `I giorni' - Andante with Jacques Ammon, piano and the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin
Philip Glass (1937 - ) - Echorus - with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin and Members of the Rundfunkchor Berlin
Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) Cantique de Jean Racine, Op.11 (Arranged by John Rutter)
Lera Auerbach (1973 - ) 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op.46: #15.
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I went on a search for one piece from this album titled "Passagio" after scant information was given over the radio, and not on the station's playlist for that night.
I rarely purchase albums anymore but bought Spheres on the strength of the Passagio. Totally rewarded!
Daniel Hope evokes emotion from the violin in a way you do not hear very often.
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I find this album very pleasant and enjoyable. When listening, the music complements thought
and the inspirational process. It latches on to you and feeds the very depths of the soul to help
deliver light and hope.
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Highly recommend to those who enjoy classical music and specifically strings. Wonderful color, range of dynamics suble phrasing and multitude of musical styles classically from past to today. Can be very contempletative as well.
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I absolutely loved Daniel Hope's renditions of this music. I first heard the title on our NZ Concert programme and loved the minimalistic sounds that simply carry one away. It is a privilege to own such beautiful music.
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This collection is a gorgeous and thoughtful sampling of music and a CD that you will play again and again. It gets better every time. And it has some lovely surprises. Hope's 'Fratres' is outstanding, I think, and the delicate & touching arrangement of Bach's Prelude in E minor, so well known to pianists, is a delight. That the lugubrious Einaudi is twice included is the only iffy thing -- however, as the liner notes assure us, Hope will handle him with....some magic formula of sincerity. Hooray! Hope's Guarneri "ex-Lipinsky" violin sounds exquisite. I recommend this CD highly.
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