For Seasons

by Deutsche Grammophon | March 09, 2017

Join Daniel Hope for monthly posts on his new album 'For Seasons' in which he unites his first recording of Vivaldi’s 'Four Seasons' with works spanning acclaimed neo-classical pieces by Aphex Twin, Nils Frahm, Max Richter and Chilly Gonzales to romantic pieces by Brahms and Schumann in a compelling new reflection on time’s passing. There 12 such pieces arranged for the violin - one for every month of the year and in each video Daniel comments on the creative relationship between music, art and the ever-changing calendar - month by month.


Four Seasons - Summer 3

by Deutsche Grammophon | March 10, 2017

The first "half" of Daniel Hope's For Seasons album is his first recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. To the music of the 3rd movement of the Summer concerto listen to Daniel explaining why he decided to pair this music with four charcoal drawings by the artist Dirk Dzimirsky.


Nils Frahm / Ambre

by Deutsche Grammophon | March 09, 2017

Daniel Hope begins his 12-month tour of the 2nd half of his For Seasons album with an arrangement of Nils Frahm's Ambre that Daniel has partnered with a painting by Caio Fonseca called Fifth Street.


Rameau / Danse des Sauvages

by Deutsche Grammophon | March 09, 2017

February sees Daniel Hope programming the Danse des Sauvages by Rameau from his opera Les Indes galantes, performed with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. The music is paired with a caricature painting of by Emess called "Ol' Fritz".


Max Richter / Spring 1

by Deutsche Grammophon | March 31, 2017

March's track is Spring 1 from Max Richter's Recomposed: Vivaldi Four Seasons, performed with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Jane Berthe (harp). The music is paired with a drawing called Drawn Face VI
by Dirk Dzimirsky.


Aphex Twin / Avril 14th

by Deutsche Grammophon | April 07, 2017

April's track is Avril 14th by Aphex Twin in an arrangement by Christian Badzura, performed with Jacques Ammon, Christoph Anacker, Jane Berthe and the Kaiser Quartett. The music is paired with a painting called "Après nous le déluge" by Simone Haack.


Amazing Grace

by Deutsche Grammophon | June 02, 2017

May's track is the spritual Amazing Grace in an arrangement, actually more exactly, an improvisation between Daniel Hope and Dom Bouffard. The music is paired with a painting of a ship by the german artist Robert Rau - since, as Daniel explains, the story of behind Amazing Grace is about a shipwreck.


June (from Tchaikovsky's The Seasons)

by Deutsche Grammophon | June 02, 2017

June's track is an arrangement by Daniel and Jacques Ammon of Tchaikovsky's "June" from The Seasons. Daniel feels that this melody is one THE most beautiful melodies in the classical repertoire and has paired it with a painting called Arenal (Nacho Duato), an image of dance, by Norman Perryman. Hear Daniel speak about this track and picture in this blogpost.


Schumann - Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen

by Deutsche Grammophon | July 05, 2017

July features an arrangement of Schumann's "Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen" from Dichterliebe op. 48, by Daniel Hope himself. The track is combined
with the painting "Die Phantasie steckt in den Beinen" by Rebecca Raue (photo Bernd Borchardt). Hear Daniel speak about the combination of this music and picture.


Chilly Gonzales / Les doutes d’août

by Deutsche Grammophon | August 18, 2017

The track for August is Les doutes d’août by Chilly Gonzales. It's a world premiere recording with Chilly Gonzales on the piano accompanying Daniel on the violin. The music is paired with an oil painting called "Wandering Mind" by Dénesh Ghyczy.


Weill: September Song from Knickerbocker Holiday

by Deutsche Grammophon | September 08, 2017

September's choice is Kurt Weill's September Song from Knickerbocker Holiday, which Daniel pairs with a charcoal and pencil painting by Sibylle Hüser called "Olivia".


Molter: Concerto Pastorale In G Major, Aria II: Lento e sempre piano

by Daniel Hope | October 20, 2017

Baroque repertoire seems to be the natural choice for October. Particularly this Concerto Pastorale by Molter, with moments of darkness and light, just like it usually happens during the month. Enjoy!


Bach: Cantata, BWV 115 "Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit", Aria "Bete aber auch dabei"

by Daniel Hope | November 10, 2017

"I knew I had to have Johann Sebastian Bach at some point on this album. This beautiful aria "Bete ich auch dabei", here with the voice of the promising newcomer soprano Anna Lucia Richter, was written for November, which is why I chose it specifically for this month". Watch the video to learn more about this work!


Chilly Gonzales: Wintermezzo

by Daniel Hope | December 06, 2017

Daniel Hope chose Chilly Gonzales’ ‘Wintermezzo’ to represent the month of December. Originally written for solo piano, Hope and Gonzales recorded a duo version for ‘For Seasons’. “The piece has a delicious, nostalgic charm about it which I find infectious.” The artwork of December is a painting by Hope’s wife, Silvana Hope, based on a photograph by “Cooper & Gorfer”.