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Stephen Hough In Recital


Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67686   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnLudwig van BeethovenCarl Maria von WeberFrédéric Chopin,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



An exquisite gourmet experience – could it be piano recording of the year?

This may sound eccentric, but pretty much all you need to know about this masterly, magnificent recital can be gleaned from listening to the three minutes of Matilda’s Waltz that serves for an encore (of sorts). Hough himself has converted the traditional Waltzing Matilda, aptly, to a waltz. The famous melody sings but is so delicately poised, so supremely well balanced at both ends of the stave, nothing overdone, everything satisfying, that the word “perfection” does not seem hyperbolic.

So it is throughout the programme. Balance is the watchword, but taste is the
Read more driving force – not only so that everything is tastefully done, which it is, but that everything, as Jeremy Nicholas points out, has its own unique and distinctive flavour. But always there is the guiding, rock-solid musical personality of Hough. Nothing screams out, there is no ostentatious flamboyance, but the listener is compelled to lend an ever-more attentive ear and is rewarded with endlessly changing, subtle hues and many layers of complexity.

This is Stephen Hough, master pianist (and, of course, Gramophone Gold Disc winner) at his formidable best. In a hotly contested month, it would take something special indeed to be CD of the month. This is it.

-- Gramophone [5/2009]
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Works on This Recording

1. Variations Sérieuses (17) for Piano in D minor, Op. 54 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
2. Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
3. Invitation to the Dance, in D flat major J 260/Op. 65 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
4. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 2 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
5. Waltzes (3) for Piano, Op. 34: no 1 in A flat major, B 94 "Valse brillante" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
6. Valse nonchalante in D flat major, Op. 110 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
7. Pièces posthumes (5) for Piano: no 4, Feuillet d'album by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1889; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
8. La plus que lente by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
9. Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
10. Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S 514 "Mephisto Waltz no 1" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
11. Matilda's Waltz by Traditional
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Notes: Arranger: Stephen Hough. 

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