Stephen Hough in recital

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MENDELSSOHN / BEETHOVEN / WEBER / CHOPIN / LISZT / etc
Stephen Hough in recital
Stephen Hough (piano)

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 20 March 2009

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RECORDING OF THE MONTH - GRAMOPHONE MAY 2009 --'The glinting wit and thorough seriousness of pianist Stephen Hough's playing - attributes you desire from all virtuosi but do not always find - make this mixed repertoire disc a particular joy' (The Observer)

RECORDING OF THE MONTH - GRAMOPHONE MAY 2009
SUNDAY TIMES CLASSICAL CD OF THE WEEK

'It's hard to think of another pianist who could encompass such high seriousness - his techincal brilliance is never an alibi for superficiality in Beethoven and Mendelssohn - and high jinks within the same programme … Hough wears his virtuosity so lightly that the fantastically difficult notes seem to pour off his fingers with effortless ease. His Weber and Liszt are played with staggering bravura, his Chopin is both brilliant and wistful, and his Waltzing Matilda makes you want to laugh out loud' (Sunday Times)

'The glinting wit and thorough seriousness of pianist Stephen Hough's playing - attributes you desire from all virtuosi but do not always find - make this mixed repertoire disc a particular joy' (The Observer)

'Hough's clear-sighted path through both the Mendelssohn and Beethoven, every detail perfectly placed, belies the charm he brings to the bravura glitter of the Weber, the subtle ambiguities of Debussy's La Plus que Lente, and the more insidious allure of the Liszt. It's a beautifully accomplished sequence' (The Guardian)

Tracks:

1 Variations sérieuses in D minor, Op 54 [10'38] Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Piano Sonata No 32 in C minor, Op 111 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
2 Movement 1: Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato [8'22]
3 Movement 2: Arietta. Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile [16'19]
4 Aufforderung zum Tanz, J260 Op 65 [8'04] Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
5 Waltz in C sharp minor, Op 64 No 2 [3'27] Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
6 Waltz in A flat major, Op 34 No 1 [5'41] Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
7 Valse nonchalante, Op 110 [3'34] Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
8 Feuillet d'album [1'32] Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894)
9 La plus que lente [4'14] Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
10 Valse oubliée No 1, S215 No 1 [3'01] Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
11 Mephisto Waltz No 1 'Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke', S514 [11'18] Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
12 Matilda's Waltz [2'52] Anonymous - traditional, arr. Stephen Hough (b1961)