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Release Date: Friday 26 February 2021
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Piano Sonatas by Chopin (No 2) and Hough (No 4) are the twin peaks of a typically stimulating recital which-as always from Stephen Hough-spans centuries and styles with assurance. How often do Liszt's 'Funérailles' and Gounod's 'Ave Maria' share the same programme?Life is nothing if not unpredictable.
"To call this a concept album would be to diminish its power and timeliness. It is both a meditation on the fragility of life and a Bergmanesque game of chess with Death, for which Hough has laid out his pieces and pawns in a masterstroke of programming...Two of Hough's own arrangements, of a Korean traditional song and of Gounod/Bach, are at once transcendental and defiant: checkmate Death." - Gramophone
Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV1004: V. Chaconne
Frédéric Chopin - Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 35: I. Grave - Doppio movimento
Frédéric Chopin - Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 35: II. Scherzo
Frédéric Chopin - Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 35: III. Marche funèbre
Frédéric Chopin - Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor, Op 35: IV. Presto
Franz Liszt - Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S173: VII. Funérailles
Franz Liszt - Bagatelle sans tonalité, S216a
Ferruccio Busoni - Kammer-Fantasie über Carmen, BV284
Stephen Hough - Piano Sonata No 4 'Vida breve'
Anonymous - Arirang
Charles Gounod - Méditation sur le premier prélude de piano de J S Bach 'Ave Maria'