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Tsontakis: Man Of Sorrows; Et Al / Litton, Hough, Dallas So

Release Date: 08/14/2007 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67564   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George TsontakisAlban BergAnton WebernArnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Stephen Hough
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fresh from his conducting debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the premiere of his cello concerto and the publication of his first book, Stephen Hough presents a new disc of fascinating repertoire. George Tsontakis is a giant of the American contemporary music scene and the recent winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer award and the Charles Ives Living. Hough's recording of his 'Ghost Variations' for Hyperion (CDA67005) was nominated for a Grammy. 'Man of Sorrows' was written for Stephen Hough and was premiered in 2005. This recording is taken from the world premier. The work demonstrates Tsontakis' muscular, expressive, musical language, influenced by Beethoven and Messiaen. Inspired by medieval Byzantine icons of Christ, Read more the Man of Sorrows, the six-movement work explores in sound the composer's response to the suffering and passion of Jesus as represented in these serene religious artworks. Hough himself has also written and spoken extensively on the relationship between religion and music and performs the work with extraordinary sympathy and understanding. George Tsontakis writes of his work: 'By the time I began composer 'Man of Sorrows', I knew several things about it: that it would be cast in a religious dynamic and complexity, that Beethoven's 33 'Diabelli' Variations would play a part, that it would not be so much a 'concerto' as a tone poem for piano and orchestra with an abstract narrative, that it would be large-scale and that it would be dedicated to Stephen Hough, in essence and in spirit.' This disc also includes iconic works from the Second Viennese School and a further piano work by Tsontakis. Read less

Works on This Recording

Man of Sorrows by George Tsontakis
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Sarabesque for Sarah Rothenberg by George Tsontakis
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
Sonata for Piano, Op. 1 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1907-08; Austria 
Variations for piano, Op. 27 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935-1936; Austria 
Little Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 19 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; Vienna, Austria 

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