Daniel Hope takes a deep dive into the rich repertoire of American music, exploring its roots and distinctive qualities. "We know a piece is from America the moment we hear it", says Hope. "But what makes music sound American?". Hope’s new album provides some answers, presenting works by composers as diverse as Leonard Bernstein, Sam Cooke, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Florence Price, Samuel A. Ward and Kurt Weill in outstanding new classical and jazz arrangements for solo violin in different combinations, with vocals, piano, jazz trio, string/chamber orchestra and percussion.
GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898–1937) / arr. PAUL BATEMAN Gershwin Song Suite for Violin, Jazz Trio and String Orchestra Fascinating Rhythm from Lady, Be Good! Summertime from Porgy and Bess ‘S Wonderful from Funny Face The Man I Love from Strike Up The Band I Got Rhythm from Girl Crazy Marcus Roberts Trio SAM COOKE (1931–1964) A Change Is Gonna Come arr. for Violin, Voice and Piano by Paul Bateman Joy Denalane vocals Sylvia Thereza piano LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918–1990) / arr. PAUL BATEMAN West Side Story Suite for Violin and String Orchestra America Maria Tonight Somewhere A Boy Like That I Have a Love Mambo FLORENCE PRICE (1887–1953) Adoration arr. for Violin and String Orchestra by Paul Bateman AARON COPLAND (1900–1990) At the River from Old American Songs, Set 2 arr. for Violin and String Orchestra by Paul Bateman Hoe-Down from Rodeo DUKE ELLINGTON (1899–1974) Come Sunday from Black, Brown and Beige arr. for Violin and String Orchestra by Paul Bateman KURT WEILL (1900–1950) / arr. PAUL BATEMAN American Song Suite for Violin and Chamber Orchestra September Song from Knickerbocker Holiday My Ship from Lady in the Dark Speak Low from One Touch of Venus Mack the Knife from The Threepenny Opera Joscho Stephan guitar Alexander Ponet percussion SAMUEL A. WARD (1847–1903) America the Beautiful arr. for Violin and Chamber Orchestra by Paul Bateman