Daniel Hope’s love affair with the music of Russian composer Alfred Schnittke began in his teens, and this programme presents numerous facets of his polystylistic writing. Suite in the Old Style showcases his talent for pastiche via five Baroque-style transcriptions from his film music: Pastorale, Ballet, Minuet, Fugue and Pantomime. Pantomime in particular also showcases his talent for irony—something you hear clearly in Polka, inspired by Gogol’s story ‘The Overcoat‘, and Tango in a Madhouse, used as an interlude in his anti-communist, satirical opera, Life with an Idiot. While those are all tonal pieces, his eerie homage to Paganini uses more dissonant language, as does the lyrical, concise, 12-tone Violin Sonata of 1963. The piano preludes and fugues meanwhile draw on nineteenth century pianistic heritage.