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Peter Hope is one of those remarkably talented composers whose music is far netter known than his name. An arranger and composer of light music for decades, working with the BBC Concert Orchestra and writing themes for public events, his music has been heard worldwide - and by millions of British watchers of BBC TV News which used Peter's theme for over a decade.

A selected set of wind soloists present the first CD devoted to Peter Hope's compositions which are fresh, vigorous and enchanting - and as the composer says, 'unashamedly tonal'.


AUDIO SAMPLE: Clarinet Sonata
(2nd mvt. - extract)

dealer release date: November 18, 2016





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CD program:

Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Richard Simpson (oboe)
Janet Simpson (piano)
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Thomas Verity (clarinet)
Simon Passmore (piano)
Sonata for Recorder and Piano
John Turner (recorder)
Harvey Davies (piano)
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano
Frank Forst (bassoon)
Yukiko Sano (piano)
Tallis Remembered
Verity, Turner and Passmore
A Walk with my Dog, Molly
Pam Zinnemann-Hope (speaker)
John Turner (recorder)

review extracts: for full reviews click here

Impressively annotated, impeccably produced, neatly packaged.. The music – Melodic. Bucolic in feeling. Clearly a direct line descendant of the Vaughn-Williams, Fredrick Delius tradition. The players – Top notch working musicians. Terrific ensemble players.” – Rafael de Acha (Rafael Music Notes)

“Four significant sonatas for wind instruments, all composed in the past few years. Also included are two smaller, but equally interesting pieces. The playing is superb. The liner notes by the composer are essential reading. Biographies of the recitalist and Peter Hope are included. The sound experience is perfect. This new CD devoted to the music of Peter Hope is a ‘must' for all enthusiasts of wind instruments and modern British music at its very best. All four sonatas are valuable additions to the repertoire. They balance approachability with considerable technical demands on the players. But most important of all, each one is a vital work that moves, impresses, inspires and is totally memorable.” - John France (MusicWeb)

“Hope knows exactly how to deal with each of the instruments used and to emphasize his specific sound qualities. Thus, each of the sonatas is characteristiclly rich in pleasing melodies ... excellent color and virtuosity. The performances and recording are of very good quality. ” – awarded five stars – Remy Franck (Pizzicato)

“The sonatas on this recording are colorful, entertaining, and an eminently pleasant way to spend an hour. Although all the performances on this disc are more than competent, it is Peter Hope's music that is the main attraction, tuneful, inventive, and accessible; the works on this recording are wel­come contributions to the wind repertoire... they were wholly successful at brightening my day, a reminder of why we need this kind of music.” – James V. Maiello (Fanfare)

“ [Hope's] music is tuneful, harmonically lush or pungent as appropriate but always comfortingly tonal, unpretentious, and likable. A good portion of this music is quite fetching; much of it is clever; and all of it is shapely, idiomatic, and ingratiating. The piano writing and exchanges between accompaniment and solo instrument are models of clarity and effectiveness. Performances are sensitive and polished and sonics clear, clean, and realistic. Wind players and listeners drawn to their repertoire will find much of interest in these unpretentious and enjoyable sonatas.” - Bradley Lehman (American Record Guide)

“Music that remains by the hearth in the library, caftan-wrapped, brandy snifter at hand, faithful hound at its feet. It is comfortable and, for those seeking such, comforting. All performances are quite good, and the production is untainted by excessive reverb, the sound clean and direct. The piano balances the soloists on all the sonatas, while remaining clear and forthright.” – Max Christie (The Whole Note)

“Hope is best known as a composer of light music, and does more serious pieces. This is somewhere in the middle. His music has the quality that stands repeated plays without being annoying... it's an entertaining and fresh collection of pieces. The album itself is endearing, too, and we guess some sections could be used as test pieces by practitioners of the instruments used. The sleeve is very nice, too.”- Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)