It is seldom these graceful, delightful pieces have such consummate musicianship lavished upon them. Few pianists today besides Stephen Hough could devise such a recital featuring his own compositions beside works by Liszt, Sibelius, Elgar, Mompou and many more. Such stuff is what dreams are made of.
A bran tub of bonbons, yes, but much more than that: it is also a portrait of an artist in love with music of all sorts (including, with no apology, the unfashionable and the second-rate if it happens to appeal to him), of a master transcriber and of that rare animal, a concert pianist who is not afraid to mix highRead more jinks with high art. Witty, wistful, extrovert, introspective, and cheeky by turn, this is a masterclass in a certain style of piano-playing, and a dream of an album.
Stephan Plays EmotionJuly 31, 2018By John Edelblute (Hartford, WI)See All My Reviews"I bought this album because while there are many suburb pianists in this world, I personally think Stephan is the best. This man does not just play the piano, he has a gift for playing emotion like no other. Another beautiful listening experience."Report Abuse