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Chopin: Ballades, Scherzos / Stephen Hough


Release Date: 03/09/2004 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67456   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is some of the finest piano music to have come out of the nineteenth century. Chopin's 'Ballades and Scherzos' are individual creations of extraordinary expressive range and daring originality; they are among the most taxing works of the piano repertoire, as much for their interpretative challenges as their formidable technical ones. This recording finds Stephen Hough on top form. He has performed these works in concert for many years, and with his dazzling pianism, penetrating intellect, beauty of sound and clarity of line, he is superbly equipped for this music. Unusually, Hough alternates the 'Ballades and Scherzos', as he feels that this sequence gives us a closer sense of continuous and unfolding musical biography, and that by Read more dispensing with the cycle format the listener is enabled to hear each piece as an individual entity - as eight startlingly original and unique works. A truly memorable disc, one surely set to become a top recommendation. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
2.
Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; Poland 
3.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
4.
Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
5.
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 
6.
Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Mallorca (Majorca),  
7.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
8.
Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 

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