Elgar and Walton Violin Sonatas
“For many people, British music still means simply ELGAR, and this despite a huge variety of wonderful repertoire by superb composers, many of them completely unknown outside their country. For my third disc, I have begun with Elgar; but move on from there. Gerald Finzi seemed the ideal bridge between the static majesty of Elgarian England and the dazzling inventiveness of William Walton. Three totally different composers, in three totally different states of motion. Of the many traits they have in common, the effect of the war is perhaps the most interesting. In the case of Elgar and Walton, the late Yehudi Menuhin gave me a great insight into these giants, and it is my wish to pay tribute to this unique artist here too, as well as hoping, in some small way, to bring British music to a wider audience”.
"Hard on the heels of Maxim Vengerov's Teldec recording of Elgar's Violin Sonata comes a thought provoking Nimbus rival from Daniel Hope, more inward looking than Vengerov though no less heart-rending, and with more appropriate couplings. I would echo Hope's judgement that the real masterpiece on this CD is the Violin Sonata that William Walton composed for Yehudi Menuhin ... one of the great 20th-century British duo sonatas, and this is surely its finest modern recording to date." Rob Cowan, The Independent
"The warmth and thrust of Hope's performance (Walton) brings out the purposefulness of the writing in a work that can seem wayward. So, with understanding support from his fellow Menuhin protégé, Simon Mulligan, Hope brings tautness to the wide-ranging variation movement that rounds of the two-movement structure. With Hope's sweet, finely focused violin tone beautifully caught...and well balanced against the piano, it makes an outstanding recommendation." The Penguin Guide