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My Favorite Things - Virtuoso Encores / Stephen Hough


Release Date: 08/11/2009 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 2540   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Paul de SchlözerOssip GabrilowitschRichard RodgersIgnaz Friedman,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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MY FAVORITE THINGS Stephen Hough (pn) NIMBUS 2540 (63:07)


MACDOWELL Hexentanz. CHOPIN (arr. Liszt) The Maiden’s Wish. QUILTER (arr. Hough) Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal. The Fuchsia Tree. DOHNÁNYI Read more class="ARIAL12b">Capriccio in f. PADEREWSKI Minuet in G. Nocturne. SCHLOZER Etude in A?. GABRILOVICH Melodie in E. Caprice-Burlesque. RODGERS (arr. Hough) The Sound of Music: My Favorite Things. WOODFORDE-FINDEN (arr. Hough) Kashmiri Love Song. FRIEDMAN Music Box. SAINT-SAËNS (arr. Godowsky) Carnival of the Animals: The Swan. ROSENTHAL Papillons. GODOWSKY Java Suite: The Gardens of Buitenzorg. LEVITZKI Waltz. PALMGREN En route. MOSKOWSKI Morceaux: Siciliano. Caprice espagnole


The superb British pianist Stephen Hough is no stranger to contemporary music. He is a composer himself. And yet this collection of bon-bons is unapologetically old-fashioned, or to put somewhat less pejoratively, quaint. These pieces are of the sort that appeared as encores on solo programs generations ago. Of course, this is not intended as a challenging recital; they don’t all have to be. Many of the works are transcriptions made by concert pianists, such as Liszt, Godowsky, and Hough himself, or original compositions from such giants of the fin de siècle golden age of pianism as Paderewski, Gabrilovich, Rosenthal, Friedman, and Godowsky again, and so there is no little razzle dazzle here. Lots of notes! And yet Hough’s playing is lovely rather than showy, with great finesse, delectably shaped phrases, and a celebration of pretty melodies. Nimbus gives us warm and colorful sound. If this material appeals to you, you are not going to get a better presentation than we have here. A bit of candy now and again won’t kill you.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Etude in A flat major by Paul de Schlözer
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Caprice-Burlesque by Ossip Gabrilowitsch
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
The Sound of Music: My favorite things by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Stephen Hough. 
4.
Music Box, Op. 33 no 3 by Ignaz Friedman
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Poland 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Godowsky. 
6.
Papillons by Moritz Rosenthal
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7.
Java Suite: Gardens of Buitenzorg by Leopold Godowsky
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924-1925; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
8.
Waltz for Piano in A major, Op. 2 by Mischa Levitzki
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9.
En route, Op. 9 by Selim Palmgren
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Morceaux (3) for Piano, Op. 42: no 2, Siciliano by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
11.
Caprice espagnol, Op. 37 by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
12.
Fantasiestücke (2), Op. 17: no 2, Hexentanz by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
13.
Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480: no 5, My darling by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Liszt
Arranger: Franz Liszt. 
14.
Songs (3), Op. 3: no 2, Now sleeps the crimson petal by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Hough
Arranger: Stephen Hough. 
15.
The Fuchsia Tree by Roger Quilter
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Hough 
16.
Concert Etudes (6) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6, Capriccio in F minor by Ernö von Dohnányi
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
17.
Humoresques (6) for Piano, Op. 14: no 1, Menuet célèbre by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
18.
Miscellanea for Piano, Op. 16: no 4, Nocturne in B flat major by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1888 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
19.
Melody in E major, Op. 8 by Ossip Gabrilowitsch
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
20.
Kashmiri Love Song by Amy Woodforde Finden
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1902; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Hough 

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