Today’s NPR Music post by Tom Huizenga about the 2012 Savannah Music Festival spotlights violinist Daniel Hope.
Daniel Hope: A Renaissance Man In Savannah has high praise for the SMF Associate Artistic Director:
Even in this age of marathon multitaskers, British violinist Daniel Hope stands out. Along with his near ceaseless touring and trips to the recording studio, he makes time to shoot videos, write books (his third, written in German no less, was released this time last year) and act as an advocate for larger musical issues. On top of that he’s an artistic partner at the third largest music festival in Germany, and for a few weeks each spring, Hope sets up shop in coastal Georgia, helping to direct the Savannah Music Festival. Is he a masochist, or just a modern day Renaissance man?
Hope not only co-curates Savannah’s 16-day music party (which this year ranges from jazz, bluegrass and flamenco to classical, cabaret and Indian music) he performs in a good portion of it. For this concert, he invited friends to play an evening of French chamber music from the late 19th century.
The program accompanying today’s post:
Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano (posthumous)
Gabriel FaurÃ©: ElÃ©gie, Op. 24 (for cello and piano)
Gabriel FaurÃ©: Quartet No. 1 in C minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 15
Daniel Hope, violin
Carla Maria Rodrigues, viola
Keith Robinson, cello
Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano