'The Little Road to Bethlehem' Michael Head
28 July 2015, 08:03
The violinist opened the Bristol Proms with a typically stunning set, and we've got the final movement of the Tchaikovsky sextet, 'Souvenir de Florence'.
One of the most charismatic violinists in the world, Daniel Hope, showed the Bristol Proms audience exactly how you finish a show. Playing the final movement of Tchaikovsky's 'Souvenier de Florence' sextet with a hand-picked ensemble of top-notch players, Hope and his merry band were on epic form to open this year's festival.
The whole show was an inventive deconstruction of the rivalry between Tchaikovsky and Brahms, with actor Jonathan McGuinness (visible at the side of the stage, resplendent in gold jacket) taking on the role of the outspoken Russian composer, while Hope read the part of Brahms between movements.
Watch him talking to Classic FM's Jane Jones about the whole idea here:
Performance video credit: As Described, for Bristol Proms 2015