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The Stephen Hough Piano Collection


Release Date: 06/14/2005 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 10031   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Stephen HoughFrédéric ChopinFederico MompouBen Weber,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Canny program builder that he is, Stephen Hough's keen curatorial touch informs every aspect of this retrospective compilation culled from his richly varied Hyperion discography. Chopin's A-flat Ballade makes an effective starter, especially with its gentle, conversational opening section. The intimate delicacy of Mompou's La fuente y la campana smoothly bridges into Ben Weber's thornier yet no less lyrical Fantasia. Hough effects an astute juxtaposition by placing the vigorous finales of Schubert's D.613 C major and Hummel's Op. 81 F-sharp minor sonatas back-to-back. In addition, Hough throws in two previously unreleased compositions of his own. Pining for the Spring Breeze is an effectively lush
Read more keyboard transformation of a popular Taiwanese song by Deng Yu-Hsen. His Suite Osmanthus consists of five character pieces whose inventive harmonic language reflects early 20th-century English Romanticism à la Bax, Holst, and Scott. Hough saves the largest single-movement work for last: his own transcription of Franck's Third Organ Chorale. Hough considers this his favorite among his many recordings. Listening to this full-bodied, contrapuntally clear performance, you'd be inclined to agree. In all, a cogent overview of and ideal introduction to Stephen Hough's artistry. [6/8/2005]

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite Osmanthus by Stephen Hough
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
2.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
3.
Paisajes (3): no 1, La fuente y la campana by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Spain 
4.
Fantasia by Ben Weber
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 5: 3rd movement, Scherzo by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
6.
Berceuse for Piano in D major, Op. 83 by York Bowen
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
7.
Sonata for Piano in C major, D 613 [fragment] by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 81: Vivace by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
9.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: Pas de quatre by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Notes: Transcribed: Earl Wild 

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