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Stephen Hough's Spanish Album


Release Date: 01/16/2007 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67565   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Federico LongasAntonio SolerEnrique GranadosIsaac Albeniz,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Stephen Hough's imaginative series of mixed recital piano albums explores Spain this time around, showcasing authentic Spaniards for nine selections before moving on to ersatz Spaniards like Debussy, Ravel, Godowsky, Scharwenka, Niemann, and Stephen Hough disguised as Falla. Each composer's style suits Hough, whose breathtakingly agile technique, ravishing tone, and gift for characterization will massage your ears and melt your senses. Who cares if Hough's infinite gradations of diminuendo in the Soler F-sharp major Sonata are contrived as hell, when they sound so gorgeous? Conversely, his feeling for internalized rubato and parsing melodies over bar lines in the Evocación and Triana from
Read more Albéniz's Iberia make me curious to hear Hough in the rest of the cycle. He imbues Granados' Valses poeticos with variety and meaning, making these salonish pieces sound more interesting than they are.

While Hough's elegant, transparent Mompou is a known quantity via his earlier Hyperion release entirely devoted to that composer, his sultry, seductively nuanced La Puerta del Vino wins 2007's Sexiest Debussy Recording of the Year Award. True, Hough doesn't gild the Godowsky/Albéniz Tango lily so impishly as Shura Cherkassky, yet his own "On Falla" (pun intended!) is a loving, skillfully-crafted parody guaranteed to stump even the most advanced players of "Guess the Composer". A truly delectable disc.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Aragón by Federico Longas
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Sonata for Keyboard no 90 in F sharp major by Antonio Soler
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Spain 
3.
Valses poeticos by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Spain 
4.
Suite Iberia, Book 1: no 1, Evocación by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1906; France 
5.
Suite Iberia, Book 2: no 3, Triana by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; France 
6.
Impresiones intimas (9): no 5, Pájaro triste by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1914; Paris, France 
7.
Impresiones intimas (9): no 6, La barca by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paris, France 
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (1911 - 1914). 
8.
Impresiones intimas (9): no 8, Secreto by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1914; Paris, France 
9.
Impresiones intimas (9): no 9, Gitano by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1914; Paris, France 
10.
Estampes (3) for Piano: no 2, La soirée dans Grenade by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903; France 
11.
Préludes, Book 1: no 9, La sérénade interrompue by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; France 
12.
Préludes, Book 2: no 3, La puerta del vino by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
13.
Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Notes: Arranger: Maurice Dumesnil. 
14.
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Godowsky. 
15.
Spanisches Stänchen, Op. 63 no 1 by Franz Xaver Scharwenka
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Poland 
16.
Evening in Seville, Op. 55 no 2 by Walter Niemann
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
17.
On Falla by Stephen Hough
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Stunning September 1, 2012 By Peter H. See All My Reviews "A wonderful assembly of French based pieces, some familiar others not so.. I have always felt Stephen`s genius lay in his incomparable touch and this is aii I would have hoped for." Report Abuse
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