- Raga Piloo for sitar, violin & tabla - Ravi Shankar - Daniel Hope - Gabriele Hertz-Eichenrode - Asok Chakraborty - Gaurav Mazumdar - Gilda Sebastian
- Tzigane, rhapsodie de concert, for violin & piano (or orchestra) - Maurice Ravel - Sebastian Knauer - Daniel Hope - Gabriele Hertz-Eichenrode - Gaurav Mazumdar
- Suite Populaire Espagnole, for violin & piano (arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski) - Manuel de Falla - Pawel (Paul) Kochanski - Sebastian Knauer - Daniel Hope - Gabriele Hertz-Eichenrode - Gaurav Mazumdar
- Romanian Folk Dances (7) for violin & piano (arranged by Zoltán Szekely from piano version), Sz. 56, BB 68 - Béla Bartók - Zoltán Székely - Sebastian Knauer - Daniel Hope - Gabriele Hertz-Eichenrode - Gaurav Mazumdar
- Sonata for violin & piano - Alfred Schnittke - Sebastian Knauer - Daniel Hope - Gabriele Hertz-Eichenrode - Gaurav Mazumdar
- Sawara Kakali for sitar, violin & tabla (based on Raga Tilang) - Ravi Shankar - Daniel Hope - Gabriele Hertz-Eichenrode - Asok Chakraborty - Gaurav Mazumdar - Gilda Sebastian
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The meeting of East and West has a long history in music, dating back past the Beatles' Indian dabblings to Debussy's flirtation with the Indonesian gamelan and even Mozart's borrowings from Turkish military bands. Usually, Western composers have pilfered styles from elsewhere, but in today's globalized society the influences can travel in any direction. Sitar master Ravi Shankar is one musician who has occasionally adopted European instruments into the classical Indian style, notably in a famous collaboration with violinist Yehudi Menuhin in the 1960s. Daniel Hope takes that project as a model, opening and closing this program with raga-based works that Shankar wrote and recorded with Menuhin. Shankar protégé Gaurav Mazumdar plays sitar here, achieving a bracing synergy with Hope as they accelerate toward thrilling climaxes. In between, Hope charts a journey among European composers who explored connections between art and folk music. Ravel's virtuosic Tzigane peers imaginatively toward Gypsy music, and Hope is accompanied here, as Ravel intended, by a piano fitted with a luthéal attachment, which creates shimmering sounds akin to those of a Hungarian cimbalom. The performers also take the liberty of using the luthéal on suites by Bartók and De Falla, enhancing their folk flavor. Alfred Schnittke's Sonata 1955, in which a Russian composer looked West for inspiration, was only recently rediscovered; this is its premiere recording. It will surprise anyone familiar with Schnittke's later avant-garde experiments, for it sounds like an appealing hybrid of Prokofiev and Ravel. The program looks curious on paper, but it makes perfect sense to the ear -- less because of the East/West theme than of Hope's charisma and flair, which allow him to lead us willingly on whatever itinerary he chooses.