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'Escape to Paradise'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Escape to Paradise'

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'Escape to Paradise' 'The Hollywood Album' Castelnuovo-Tedesco Sea Murmurs Eisler The Secret Marriage Haymann Ein blonder Traum--Irgendwo auf der Welt Hupfeld Casablanca--As time goes by Jurmann/Kaper Ich will dich Liebe lehren--Tranen in der Geige Korngold Violin Concerto, Op 35. Der Schneemann--Prelude; Serenade Newman American Beauty Rozsa Ben-Hur--Love Theme. El Cid--Love Theme. Spellbound--Prelude; Love Theme Waxman Come Back, Little Sheba--Reminiscences Weill One Touch of Venus--Speak low J Williams Schindler's List--Theme Zeisl Hiob--Menuchims Lied Daniel Hope vn Sting, Max Raabe vocs Jacques Ammon pf Maria Todtenhaupt hp Quintet of the Berlin Chamber Orchestra; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Alexander Shelley DG (F) 479 2954GH (77' * DDD)

For 'Escape to Paradise', Daniel Hope has brought together two generations of composers who were and are linked indelibly to the sound of Hollywood. The former number Korngold, Rozsa and Waxman, European immigrants fleeing Hitler's ambitions, and their successors include John Williams and Thomas Newman. Other names edge in by a whisker: Kurt Weill, for instance, with 'Speak low' from One Touch of Venus, and 'As time goes by', another Broadway song, now indelibly linked to Casablanca. The lyric by Sting for 'The Secret Marriage' replaces Brecht's touching original in Eisler's The Hollywood Songbook.

Daniel Hope is very much the star of this enterprise, not only making the case for his concept in the booklet in conversation with Michael Haas but also by being photographed half a dozen times on mock-ups of Hollywood sound stages. …

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