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Hope Spring's eternal on - For Seasons / Daily Mail 'Album Of the Week'

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Daniel Hope is not only one of the most talented musicians of our time, but also one of the most imaginative, seemingly incapable of making a dull or predictable album. This is no exception. The first half is taken up with an eloquent performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, where, as well as contributing some dazzling violin solos, Hope also directs the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, a band of which he is music director.

The second half consists of an eclectic range of music spanning three centuries, each piece representing a month. Here Hope sometimes becomes too clever by half. OK, Kurt Weill's September Song, presented here as a homage to the violinist Stéphane Grappelli, is great for September, and Tchaikovsky's June (from his own Seasons) obviously works for June. But what does Rameau's Dance Of The Savages have to do with February, or a spontaneous jam session with guitarist Dom Bouffard on the hymn tune Amazing Grace have to do with May?

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