Magazine article Musical Opinion

LSO/Sir Mark Elder/Daniel Hope: The Barbican

Magazine article Musical Opinion

LSO/Sir Mark Elder/Daniel Hope: The Barbican

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Deputising at short notice for Janine Jansen without a change of repertoire Daniel Hope gave a very fine performance of Britten's Violin Concerto with the London Symphony under Sir Mark Elder at the Barbican on June 10, a reading which revealed the original mastery of a work which has taken far too long to enter the repertory. One could write at length about the quality of this interpretation, but suffice it to say that we may doubt if a finer exponent of this score exists amongst today's virtuosos - of which Mr Hope is not only a prime example but also a dedicated and admirable musician. The quality of his playing was such that an encore was demanded of him - Ravel's Kaddish - which he played beautifully to a rapt audience.

Not the least aspect of the Concerto performance was the partnership with Sir Mark and the LSO, which was superb throughout, their qualities also having been demonstrated in Dvorak's Scherzo Capriccioso with which the concert began. …

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