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Daniel Hope, supported by Watkins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, produce an elaborate performance of violin works from Berg and Britten
Composer: Berg and Britten
Repertoire: Violin Concertos
Artists: Daniel Hope (violin); BBC Symph Orch/Paul Watkins
Label: Warner 2564-60291-2
Daniel Hope brings a serious and involved approach to these concertos, whose blend of mourning and virtuoso difficulty makes them so challenging. From soloist, orchestra and conductor alike, the attention to precise, yet beautifully balanced detail is outstanding, and the recording catches this in a natural and unexaggerated perspective. But there is a tendency towards tempos slow enough to subvert the musical flow, in the Britten especially.