Hope's Take on America's Musical Heritage on Double LP!
Works by Leonard Bernstein, Sam Cooke, Duke Ellington & More!
Includes World Premiere Recordings!
Berlin-based violinist Daniel Hope's latest album takes a deep dive into the rich repertoire of American music, exploring its roots and distinctive qualities. "We know a piece is from America the moment we hear it," says Hope. "But what makes music sound American?" Hope's America album provides some answers, presenting works by composers as diverse as Leonard Bernstein, Sam Cooke, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Florence Price, Samuel A. Ward and Kurt Weill in outstanding new classical and jazz arrangements by Paul Bateman for solo violin in different combinations, with vocals, piano, jazz trio, string/chamber orchestra and percussion.
As on his recent recordings Hope and Belle Epoque, Daniel Hope is joined by the Zürcher Kammerorchester, of which he has been Music Director since 2016. In addition, he welcomes an all-star lineup of guest artists, from German soul and R&B singer Joy Denalane, Brazilian pianist Sylvia Thereza and German jazz guitarist Joscho Stephan to acclaimed American jazz pianist and composer Marcus Roberts and his trio, which also includes Rodney Jordan on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums.
Hope and Roberts have performed together on several occasions, setting creative sparks flying as hosts of a "piano trio battle" that pits Haydn, Ravel and Shostakovich against Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Roberts himself. "Usually the classical and jazz worlds don't really converge, but we managed to make it happen as a musical dialogue," says Hope. "Now we're doing it again on this record."
He and Roberts are both committed to reviving compositions by African-American composers and showing how their work helped make American music what it is today. "One of the crucial things you learn as a musician is the ability to listen to someone else, and learn from them," says Roberts. "So if we could actually take these people's music and figure out how and why it deserves recognition - not just because they were forgotten, but because there's a relevant message in their music from which we can still learn and benefit today - then that would be a great way to elevate them and ourselves as well."
Noting the way Dvorák stimulated an ongoing political debate more than a century ago, when he cited African-American melodies as a source of inspiration, Hope has chosen here to include works by Florence Price, Duke Ellington and Sam Cooke, all of whom made their voices heard in an age of racial segregation and social injustice. As well as jazz, blues and classical music, the wide-ranging tracklist of America also features Broadway hits, American folk music and the songs that generations of migrants and refugees brought with them to the New World. Together these pieces help reveal the way American music gained its own unique sound.
The album opens with a Gershwin Song Suite, which includes such classics as "Fascinating Rhythm," "I Got Rhythm" and, from the pioneering opera Porgy and Bess, "Summertime." Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" (1964) recalls the singer-songwriter's role in the Civil Rights movement, while Florence Price's hauntingly beautiful "Adoration" shows why it was she who broke through barriers of race and gender to become the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major U.S. symphony orchestra. Other highlights of Hope's new release include "Come Sunday" from Duke Ellington's jazz suite Black, Brown and Beige, written for his band's Carnegie Hall debut in 1943; the "Hoe-Down" from Copland's ballet Rodeo, which celebrates the American West; and a suite of pieces by the German-Jewish composer Kurt Weill, who found refuge in America from Nazi persecution. Daniel Hope dedicates the album to his great-aunt, who, like Weill, escaped persecution in Germany and settled for the rest of her life in the United States. Four decades later, Hope's father, a writer, liberal publisher and opponent of the apartheid regime, fled South Africa for London.
- Double LP
- Gatefold Jacket
- Made in Germany
|Daniel Hope||violin, music director|
|Will Zimmerman||violin I, concertmaster|
|Donat Nussbaumer||violin I, assistant concertmster|
|Jana Karsko||violin I|
|Ines Morin||violin I|
|Kio Seiler||violin I|
|Tanja Sonc||violin I|
|Daria Zappa Matesic||violin II, section leader|
|Silviya Savova-Hartkamp||violin II, assistant section leader|
|Anna Tchinaeva violin II||assistant section leader|
|Simon Wiener||violin II|
|Arlette Meier-Hock||violin II|
|Ryszard Groblewski||viola, section leader|
|Frauke Tometten Molino||viola, assistant section leader|
|Nicola Mosca||cello, section leader|
|Anna Tyka Nyffenegger||cello, assistant section leader|
|Silvia Rohner Geiser||cello|
|Seon-Deok Baik||double bass, section leader|
|Ivo Schmid||double bass, assistant section leader|
|Marcus Roberts||piano (Gershwin Song Suite)|
|Jason Marsalis||drums (Gershwin Song Suite)|
|Rodney Jordan||bass (Gershwin Song Suite)|
|Joy Denalane||vocals (A Change Is Gonna Come)|
|Sylvia Thereza||piano (A Change Is Gonna Come)|
|Joscho Stephan||guitar (American Song Suite)|
|Alexander Ponet||percussion (American Song Suite)|
LP 1 - Side A:
George Gershwin (1898-1937); arr. Paul Bateman (b.1954)
Gershwin Song Suite - for Violin, Jazz Trio and String Orchestra (World Premiere Recording)
Jazz Trio Arrangements: Marcus Roberts & J-Master Music
- Fascinating Rhythm - from Lady, Be Good!
- Summertime - from Porgy and Bess
- 'S Wonderful - from Funny Face
- I Got Rhythm - from Girl Crazy
- The Man I Love - from Strike Up the Band
LP 1 - Side B:
Sam Cooke (1931-1964)
A Change Is Gonna Come - arr. for Voice, Violin and Piano by Paul Bateman
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990); arr. Paul Bateman
West Side Story Suite - for Violin and String Orchestra (World Premiere Recording)
- A Boy Like That
- I Have a Love
LP 2 - Side A:
Florence Price (1887-1953)
Adoration - arr. for Violin and String Orchestra by Paul Bateman
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Long Time Ago - from Old American Songs, Set 1 - arr. for Violin and String Orchestra by Paul Bateman
At the River - from Old American Songs, Set 2 - arr. for Violin and String Orchestra by Paul Bateman
Hoe-Down - from Rodeo
Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
Come Sunday - from Black, Brown & Beige - arr. for Violin and String Orchestra by Paul Bateman
LP 2 - Side B:
Kurt Weill (1900-1950); arr. Paul Bateman
American Song Suite - for Violin and Chamber Orchestra (World Premiere Recording)
- September Song - from Knickerbocker Holiday
- My Ship - from Lady in the Dark
- Speak Low - from One Touch of Venus
- Mack the Knife - from The Threepenny Opera