My Favorite Things - Virtuoso Encores / Stephen Hough

Release Date: 8/11/2009
Label: Nimbus
Catalog Number: NI2540
Performer: Stephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1

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MY FAVORITE THINGS Stephen Hough (pn) NIMBUS 2540 (63:07)


MACDOWELL Hexentanz. CHOPIN (arr. Liszt) The Maiden’s Wish. QUILTER (arr. Hough) Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal. The Fuchsia Tree. DOHNÁNYI Capriccio in f. PADEREWSKI Minuet in G. Nocturne. SCHLOZER Etude in A?. GABRILOVICH Melodie in E. Caprice-Burlesque. RODGERS (arr. Hough) The Sound of Music: My Favorite Things. WOODFORDE-FINDEN (arr. Hough) Kashmiri Love Song. FRIEDMAN Music Box. SAINT-SAËNS (arr. Godowsky) Carnival of the Animals: The Swan. ROSENTHAL Papillons. GODOWSKY Java Suite: The Gardens of Buitenzorg. LEVITZKI Waltz. PALMGREN En route. MOSKOWSKI Morceaux: Siciliano. Caprice espagnole


The superb British pianist Stephen Hough is no stranger to contemporary music. He is a composer himself. And yet this collection of bon-bons is unapologetically old-fashioned, or to put somewhat less pejoratively, quaint. These pieces are of the sort that appeared as encores on solo programs generations ago. Of course, this is not intended as a challenging recital; they don’t all have to be. Many of the works are transcriptions made by concert pianists, such as Liszt, Godowsky, and Hough himself, or original compositions from such giants of the fin de siècle golden age of pianism as Paderewski, Gabrilovich, Rosenthal, Friedman, and Godowsky again, and so there is no little razzle dazzle here. Lots of notes! And yet Hough’s playing is lovely rather than showy, with great finesse, delectably shaped phrases, and a celebration of pretty melodies. Nimbus gives us warm and colorful sound. If this material appeals to you, you are not going to get a better presentation than we have here. A bit of candy now and again won’t kill you.


FANFARE: Peter Burwasser
Works on This Recording
1. Etude in A flat major by Paul de Schlözer
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
2. Caprice-Burlesque by Ossip Gabrilowitsch
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
3. The Sound of Music: My favorite things by Richard Rodgers
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1959 ; USA
4. Music Box, Op. 33 no 3 by Ignaz Friedman
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
5. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; France
6. Papillons by Moritz Rosenthal
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
7. Java Suite: Gardens of Buitenzorg by Leopold Godowsky
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1924-1925 ; USA
8. Waltz for Piano in A major, Op. 2 by Mischa Levitzki
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
9. En route, Op. 9 by Selim Palmgren
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
10. Morceaux (3) for Piano, Op. 42: no 2, Siciliano by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
11. Caprice espagnol, Op. 37 by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
12. Fantasiestücke (2), Op. 17: no 2, Hexentanz by Edward MacDowell
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; Germany
13. Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480: no 5, My darling by Franz Liszt
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847-1860 ; Weimar, Germany
14. Songs (3), Op. 3: no 2, Now sleeps the crimson petal by Roger Quilter
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904 ; England
15. The Fuchsia Tree by Roger Quilter
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; England
16. Concert Etudes (6) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6, Capriccio in F minor by Ernö von Dohnányi
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916 ; Budapest, Hungary
17. Humoresques (6) for Piano, Op. 14: no 1, Menuet célèbre by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887-1888 ; Poland
18. Miscellanea for Piano, Op. 16: no 4, Nocturne in B flat major by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1888 ;
19. Melody in E major, Op. 8 by Ossip Gabrilowitsch
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
20. Kashmiri Love Song by Amy Woodforde Finden
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1902 ; England
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