A film by Gösta Courkamp
While the ZDF/Arte version of the film focuses on Hope’s interpretation of Mendelssohn, the "Swedish" version also pays attention to another significant aspect of Daniel Hope; his moving family history and strong affinity with Jewish culture. Hope talks about this important influence in the reopened and beautifully restored Rykestrasse Synagogue in Berlin. We see him perform Erwin Schulhoff’s „sonata for solo violin - andante cantabile“ as well as his own interpretation of Maurice Ravel’s "Kaddish". Both pieces are very important to Daniel Hope and he plays them over and over again as an encore at the end of his numerous concerts all over the world. We proceed to Mendelssohn's grave at the Trinity cemetery in Berlin. With the impressive scenery of the “Konzerthaus Berlin” in the background and around the corner from the former residence of the Mendelssohn family - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s very own territory so to speak – Daniel Hope plays his transcription of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s "Suleika" and "Hexenlied” (witches’ song), accompanied by Sebastian Knauer on piano. „Music is infectious, whether you want to or not, and it doesn't depend on language, nationality or faith. If you are willing to open your ears, it is the most beautiful thing ever." ‘Daniel Hope’, the longer version of the film (57 min.), produced for Swedish television SVT by Gösta Courkamp, was broadcasted in January 2008 and reached 8% of the national viewers – which is very unusual for a broadcast about classical music.