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A Mozart Album / Stephen Hough


Release Date: 03/11/2008 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67598   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartJohann Baptist CramerIgnaz FriedmanStephen Hough,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Stephen Hough has devised a provocative and effective program that juxtaposes Mozart piano pieces with works by later composers that use Mozart as a jumping-off point. Given Hough's knack for transforming Romantic keyboard fluff into gold, his eloquently sung-out Cramer etude and marvelous "piano-stration" of the Friedman K. 334 Menuetto arrangement's garish textures (those super-clean, utterly magical trills!) should come as no surprise. Hough himself gussies up two bits of Mozartian juvenilia (the K. 1 Minuet and the K. 33 Klavierstücke) and the late song "Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge" with naughty but nice bitonal seasoning.

Tremendous verve and crisp
Read more fingerwork vitalize the Liszt/Busoni Figaro paraphrase, where Hough's wide spectrum of tone color belies the fact that he pedals very sparingly. Similarly, Hough's non-legato articulation in the Mozart works manages to bring out the music's bold dramatic contours and vocally informed nuances while still conveying a tactile immediacy that characterizes the best fortepianos. The K. 333 sonata's repeats also provide opportunities for Hough to make subtle shifts in voicing or emphasis, such as in the first movement's left-hand underpinnings. Harriet Smith's lively, informative annotations ably complement Hough's superlative pianism, as do Hyperion's sonics at their finest. More solo Mozart from Stephen Hough, please!

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasy for Piano in C minor, K 475 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c): 1st movement, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c): 2nd movement, Andante cantabile by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783-1784; Linz, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K 333 (315c): 3rd movement, Allegretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783-1784; Linz, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Fantasia for Piano in C minor, K 396 (385f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Maximillian Stadler. 
6.
Études, Op. 103: no 6, Hommage à Mozart by Johann Baptist Cramer
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Menuetto in D major (from Mozart's Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 17 in D major, K 334) by Ignaz Friedman
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8.
Three Mozart Transformations (after Poulenc): no 1, Minuet (K 1) by Stephen Hough
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
9.
Three Mozart Transformations (after Poulenc): no 2, Klavierstück (K 33) by Stephen Hough
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Three Mozart Transformations (after Poulenc): no 3, Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge (K 596) by Stephen Hough
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
11.
Fantasia on 2 themes from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," S 697 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ferruccio Busoni. 

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