Reviewing the MusicMasters incarnation of this joint Virgin-MHS venture in Fanfare 12:5, David Johnson called it "just about flawless," and marveled at the "sheer splendid improbability of this kind of playing." It's hard not to agree: from the scorching to the sentimental, from the decadent to the delightful, Hough catches the full stylistic range of these miniatures without a trace of condescension. Indeed, his tendency to ruffle the textures and to complicate the rhythmic flow strips coats of varnish from the music so that even the more familiar pieces sound revitalized. This is, in sum, the best playing I've heard from Hough (although I've not yet heard his Hummel); and the simultaneous arrival of this disc andRead more Philip Fowke's superb transcription album (reviewed elsewhere) gives pianophiles good reason to rejoice.
– Peter J. Rabinowitz, Fanfare [11-12/1989], reviewing one of the two discs in this set, Virgin 90732 Read less
Brilliant and exciting.December 13, 2012By Jan Venter (Johannesburg, gauteng)See All My Reviews"As in my heading I have found the album just mesmerizing...agile fingers, sensitivty and sparkle.Liermanns Gargoiles just mind blowing,wonder why one never hears this music in concerts....a must have album,Jan Venter Johannesburg South Africa."Report Abuse
Wow!December 11, 2012By Nedra P G. (Larchmont, NY)See All My Reviews"Brilliant sensitive pianist. Don't miss this one if you're addicted to great pianistic demonstrations! It covers most of the great sensitivities of the piano world.....his touch is truly remarkable, too. Build a fire in your fireplace and sit back to sip a glass of wine with someone you love."Report Abuse