East Meets West (2004)
East Meets West
For his second recording for Warner Classics, Daniel Hope embarks on a fascinating journey beginning and ending in India. It features the recreation of Ravi Shankar’s stunning music composed with Yehudi Menuhin in the 1960s, and which is heard again for the first time. Hope performs with the star sitarist and Shankar disciple Gaurav Mazumdar, as well as Tabla player Asok Chakraborty.
The rest of the musical journey encompasses gypsy and folk music, and features pianist Sebastian Knauer on the Luthéal, a long-lost gypsy instrument created with Maurice Ravel’s intervention in the 1920s. Hope and Knauer also give compelling performances of music by Ravel, Bartok and De Falla, as well as the highlight of the recording – the world première recording of Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata 1955. This work was entrusted to Hope by Alfred Schnittke’s widow, Irina. Daniel has also edited the violin part which will be published by Sikorski later in the year.
Daniel Hope’s second Warner recording features music by Ravi Shankar and a world première by Alfred Schnittke.back to overview