[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 1 December 2015
The music of Scriabin and Janacek - contrasting and highly eccentric composers dear to Stephen Hough's heart - make for a perfect recital. The sensual perfumes of the one intertwine with the disruptive obsessions of the other, and Hough the magician tightens his spell.
'To music that all too often leaves one rudderless and gasping for air in wave after wave of opulently ambivalent harmony, Hough brings orientation and direction without sacrificing sensuality or mystical aura. He accomplishes this through an almost uncanny variety of touch, tone production and judicious pedalling' (Gramophone)
'Hough concludes this highly personal traversal of two Slavic mystics with Scriabin's 1903 Fourth Sonata, the shortest of Scriabin's sonatas and perhaps the most perfect. His craft is flawless here' (Audiophile Audition, USA)
'The recorded sound is warm and immediate. A fascinating concept album that genuinely does shine new light on both composers' (Classical Ear)
On An Overgrown Path
Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 in E flat minor, JW VIII/19 'From the Street'
Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
Deux poèmes, Op. 32
Vers la flamme, Op. 72
Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30