Fiddler’s Tale is the title that violinist Daniel Hope gave his programme for Saturday Classics. In these programmes he presents a selection of recordings that reflect his life in music so far and also which follow the story of his priceless violin – the wonderful 1742 Guarneri del Gesu, known as the “Ex-Lipinski”.
The programme includes recordings by Pinchas Zukerman whom Daniel heard perform in London at the age of five and who inspired him to take up the violin (Antonin Dvorak’s Romance in F minor op. 11). You will also hear pieces by another key inspiration in Daniel’s life, Yehudi Menuhin (Franz Schubert;s Symphony no. 2 in B flat major D.125 – 3rd movement) and music from his adopted home city Vienna (Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7 in A major op. 92 – 2nd movement with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Christian Thielemann). His choice of music also includes the original 1950s line up of the celebrated Beaux Arts Trio, with whom Daniel has also performed; and a recording from his violin hero David Oistrakh.
Fiddler’s Tale is being broadcast again on Saturday, 20th April on Radio 3.
(Written on April 18, 2013 )