Stephen Hough's New Piano Album - Chaminade, Godowsky, Et Al

Release Date: 11/16/1999
Label: Hyperion
Catalog Number: CDA67043
Performer: Stephen Hough
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
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$19.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
'This is a terrific disc. A master pianist reminds us that the piano can delight, surprise and enchant' (Classic CD) 'the pianist's giddy romp through 'The Carousel Waltz' is a tour de force that brilliantly recaptures both the tender and tough ... The unadorned Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky selections are played with heartfelt simplicity and a lean yet singing sonority ... Delightful' (Gramophone) 'Stephen Hough is probably the most Protean pianist of his generation. Not only is he equally adept in the intellectual challenges of the Schumann Fantasie and the delightfully brainless acrobatics of the Award-winning Scharwenka Fourth, but, beyond that, he can tease out the pleasures from the trifles featured here with an old-fashioned wit - and a refreshing lack of pretension - that few living performers can match. What's most striking, on first hearing, is the finesse of his fingers, in particular the kaleidoscopic range of his colour and touch. As you listen again, you're apt to be struck even more by Hough's emotional poise ... Excellent ... Like any first-class dessert-tray, this one is addictive.' (International Piano Quarterly) 'Few recording pianists can match Stephen Hough in the flair with which he tackles trivial party pieces like the 20 varied items here. He gives such encore material sparkle and point that charms the ear' (The Guardian) 'a world of musical enchantment where artifice and sentiment are distinct virtues ... Hough's deftly fingered ornamental tracery [Liszt] ... tonal relish [Godowsky] ... beautifully conjure this music's perfumed fragrance, culminating in a charmingly idiomatic account of Godowsky's Alt Wien reminiscence of the Vienna of his youth ... contrasts virtuoso exuberance ... with affectionate tendresse ... exploits the kaleidoscopic range of the piano in his own highly imaginative arrangements ... Encore!' (BBC Music Magazine) 'His performances throughout this disc display his acute understanding of Romantic performance practice (finely judged tempo fluctuations and tasteful rubato), his breath ... taking digital dexterity, and adept control of piano tone, which ranges from intimate to heroic' (CD Now) 'Hough's own glittering Musical Jewellery Box and his arrangement of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel Waltz are lovely nostalgia fodder ... In the hands of a pianist so refined and gentle this is an ideal fireside recital' (Financial Times) 'fingers of pliable steel and mind of infinite affection ... for he makes one mindful of legendary ... virtuosos whose astonishing manual dexterity was matched by spontaneous flights of fancy, making most of today's keyboard stars sound slightly ham-fisted and emotionally constipated ... While one appreciates the impressive clarity of his every interpretive gesture, one also hears an intriguing amalgam of analytical mind and swooning heart' (The Ottawa Citizen)
Works on This Recording
1. Soirées de Vienne (9) after Schubert, S 427: no 6 by Franz Liszt
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1852 ; Weimar, Germany
2. Triakontameron: no 11, Alt Wien by Leopold Godowsky
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1920 ; USA
3. Characteristic Pieces (8), Op. 36: no 6, Etincelles by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
4. Air de ballet, Op. 41 "Pierrette" by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
5. Pièces humoristiques, Op. 87: no 4, Autrefois by Cécile Louise Chaminade
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; France
6. Was weiss ein nie geküsster Rosemund by Emmerich Kálmán
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
7. The King and I: Hello, young lovers by Richard Rodgers
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951 ; USA
8. Carousel: Waltz by Richard Rodgers
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
9. Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Traditional
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
10. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 3, Mélodie in E major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
11. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Pas de quatre by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875-1876 ; Russia
12. Concert Paraphrase on Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" by Paul Pabst
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 19th Century ; Russia
13. Schubert Song Transcriptions (12) for Piano: Morgengruss by Leopold Godowsky
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926 ; USA
14. Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 3 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823-1828 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Miscellanea for Piano, Op. 16: no 2, Melodie in G flat major by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1888 ; Poland
16. Etude de concert by Stephen Hough
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
17. Morceaux (7) de salon, Op. 10: no 5, Humoresque in G major by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893-1894 ; Russia
18. Morceaux (2) for Piano, Op. 10: no 2, Humoresque by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Russia
19. Dumka for Piano in C minor, Op. 59 "Russian rustic scene" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Russia
20. Musical Jewellery Box by Stephen Hough
Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
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