Pizzicato

The British composer Peter Hope, now 86, has distinguished himself mainly as an arranger and composer of light music – he also wrote the title music for the BBC News, which was used for 11 years.

Since 2000, he has also composed more serious music, even if the pieces of this CD are not a heavy diet. Hope, however, knows exactly how to deal with each of the instruments used and to emphasize his specific sound qualities. Thus, each of the sonatas is characteristically rich in pleasing melodies, and anyone who does not expect an explosive convulsion from contemporary music will be as fascinated by the imaginative design of the works as by the excellent color and virtuosity.

The performances and recording are of very good quality.(awarded 5 stars)

—Remy Franck