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Vida Breve / Stephen Hough

Release Date: 01/29/2021 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 68260  
Composer:  Ferruccio BusoniFrédéric ChopinFranz LisztStephen Hough,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This stimulating recital from Stephen Hough spans centuries and styles with assurance. Chopin's Piano Sonata No.2 and Hough's own Piano Sonata No.4 are the twin peaks in a program that includes the unlikely pairing of Liszt's Funérailles and Gouno's Ave Maria.



To call this a concept album would be to diminish its power and timeliness. It is both a meditation on the fragility of life and a Bergmanesque game of chess with Death, for which Hough has laid out his pieces and pawns in a masterstroke of programming. There is a poised and noble feel to Hough’s Chopin, subtly embellished as it is with effortless rubatos.
Read more Listen to the Trio section of the Scherzo for a masterclass in unselfconscious artistry. Or marvel at the natural flowing tempo for the Funeral March, supporting a cinematographic contrast of ever more invasive death knells and subdued mourning. Two of Hough’s own arrangements, of a Korean traditional song and of Gounod/Bach, are at once transcendental and defiant: checkmate Death.

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Works on This Recording

Chaconne for Piano in D minor (after Bach, BWV 1004), K B24 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1897 
Sonata for Piano no 2 in B flat minor, B 128/Op. 35 "Funeral March" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1839; Paris, France 
Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses, S 173: no 7, Funérailles by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1852; Weimar, Germany 
Bagatelle ohne tonart for Piano, S 216a "Mephisto Waltz no 5" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Rome, Italy 
Sonatina super Carmen, K 284 "Kammerfantasie" by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Berlin, Germany 
Sonata for Piano no 4, "Vida breve" by Stephen Hough
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Arirang by Traditional
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Written: Korea 
Méditation on the 1st Prelude for Piano of J.S. Bach by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

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