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Violinist Daniel Hope has given his two programmes for Saturday Classics the subtitle, a "Fiddler's Tale". In these programmes he offers a selection of recordings that reflect his life in music so far; and also which follow the story of his priceless violin - the wonderful 1742 Guarneri del Gesu, known as the "Ex-Lipinski".
The first programme offers music charting his musical life including perfomances on disc by the great Pinchas Zukerman whom Daniel heard perform in London at the age of five, and who inspired him to take up the violin. There are performances by his mentor and teacher Yehudi Menuhin and music from his adopted home city of Vienna. His choice of music also includes the original 1950s line up of the celebrated Beaux Arts Trio, with whom Daniel has also performed; and a recording from his violin hero David Oistrakh.
First broadcast in April 2012.