Daniel Hope on the music of the spheres

18 February 2013, 10:28 | Updated: 25 February 2013, 15:03

Classic FM's Tim Lihoreau chats to violinist Daniel Hope about his new album, Spheres, and even gets his violin out.

Violinist Daniel Hope's new album has a lofty concept and inspiration - the sound that planets make when they move. As a result, some of the most celestial-sounding composers are drawn together and given special new arrangements in a thoroughly modern exploration of timeless themes.

Music from Einaudi, Glass, Nyman, Fauré and Max Richter (who Hope collaborated with on last year's Vivaldi: Recomposed album) all feature on Spheres, and Tim Lihoreau gets to the bottom of why those composers made it onto Hope's ambitious album.

Hope was also kind enough to get his rather special violin out of its box for Tim, and explains exactly why this Guarneri Del Gesu from 1742 is so special, and why it's a Paganini-beating duellist's choice.

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