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British Composers - Britten: Holiday Diary / Hough, O'hora


Release Date: 05/01/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 67429   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Stephen HoughRonan O'Hora
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Britten was a superb pianist, and as a composer he always preferred to have the piano to hand. Strange then that his solo piano works should be on the whole so disappointing. The facility is – as you’d expect – striking, but depths are avoided in favour of that typical idealised boyish charm (not to everyone’s taste) and occasional flashes of mercurial wit and/or naughty-boy wrong-note humour. Stephen Hough is at his lucid, seductive best, and the recordings serve him and duo-partner Ronan O’Hora well; but it’s the two-piano works which leave the strongest impression – the humour has a sharper edge, the invention more contrapuntal muscle and emotional force. Still, none of it is really great Britten.
Performance: 5 (out of 5); Sound:
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-- Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Holiday Diary for Piano, Op. 5 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
2.
Introduction and Rondo alla burlesca for 2 Pianos, Op. 23 no 1 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano), Ronan O'Hora (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
3.
Mazurka elegiaca for 2 Pianos, Op. 23 no 2 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ronan O'Hora (Piano), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
4.
Character Pieces (3) for Piano by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; England 
5.
Night Piece for Piano "Notturno" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
6.
Sonatina Romantica for Piano by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
7.
Variations (12) on a theme for Piano by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
8.
Waltzes (5) for Piano by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923/1969; England 
9.
Lullabies (2) for 2 Pianos by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ronan O'Hora (Piano), Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 

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