United in their support for Ukraine, violinist Daniel Hope and Ukrainian pianist Alexey Botvinov recently joined forces to perform A Concert for Peace from Dresden’s Frauenkirche and Berlin’s Gedächtniskirche. This EP, recorded at Teldex Studios, features a programme of Valentin Silvestrov, Myroslav Skoryk and Jan Freidlin. Everyone involved provided their services free of charge, and both the artists and Deutsche Grammophon will be donating the proceeds to charities working to help the people of Ukraine.
“My thoughts and prayers are with all the people and our friends in Ukraine. Odessa, a magical place, and its Odessa Classics Festival have become an integral part of my life. In these days I was due to be in Kyiv with Ukrainian pianist Alexey Botvinov to work with the composer Valentin Silvestrov. Instead, we have decided to record his music in Berlin, together with other Ukrainian composers as a message of musical solidarity. Teldex Studios, Steinway and Kobalt Media provided their services free of charge for this EP. Deutsche Grammophon, Alexey Botvinov and I will donate the proceeds from this digital release to the charity “Aktion Deutschland Hilft”, which is doing essential work to help Ukraine.” – Daniel Hope