Hough, Stephen (piano) - Stephen Hough in Recital

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"This may sound eccentric, but pretty much all you need to know about this masterly, magnificent recital can be gleaned from listening to the three minutes of Matilda's Waltz that serves for an encore (of sorts). Hough himself has converted the traditional Waltzing Matilda, aptly, to a waltz. The famous melody sings but is so delicately poised, so supremely well balanced at both ends of the stave, nothing overdone, everything satisfying, that the word "perfection" does not seem hyperbolic. So it is throughout the programme. Balance is the watchword, but taste is the driving force - not only so that everything is tastefully done, which it is, but that everything, as Jeremy Nicholas points out, has its own unique and distinctive flavour. But always there is the guiding, rock-solid musical personality of Hough. Nothing screams out, there is no ostentatious flamboyance, but the listener is compelled to lend an ever-more attentive ear and is rewarded with endlessly changing, subtle hues and many layers of complexity. This is Stephen Hough, master pianist (and, of course, Gramophone Gold Disc winner) at his formidable best. In a hotly contested month, it would take something special indeed to be CD of the month. This is it."

The Hough discography is enhanced by this delightful recital disc from the winner of the Gramophone Gold Disc Award, acclaimed recently as 'Britain's finest pianist' (Sunday Times), and as one of the six greatest pianists performing in the world today (The Guardian).

The selection of works reflects a concert programme which Stephen performed all round the world in the 2007/8 season, with a quirkily-addressed theme of Variations and Waltzes. These appear in many guises: for instance the 'first half' concludes with Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 32 in C minor, with its extraordinary set of variations in the second movement. Then Stephen takes the listener on a whirlwind tour of the waltz, performing some of the triumphs of the genre with his trademark immaculate polish and unerring style. The disc ends with some typical Hough whimsy-as ever, utterly charming and full of surprises.
Artikelnummer CDA67686
Streckkod 0034571176864
Utgivningsdatum 2009-02-16
Kategori Piano
Skivbolag Hyperion
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Hough, Stephen (piano)
Disk: 1
Variations sérieuses, Op. 54
1 Variations sérieuses, Op. 54
2 Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
3 Arietta: Adagio molto, semplice e cantabile
4 Aufforderung zum Tanz, Op. 65
5 Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2
6 Waltz in A flat major Op. 34, No. 1
7 Valse nonchalante, Op. 110
8 Feuillet d'album
9 La plus que lente
10 Valse oubliée No. 1, S215/1
11 Mephisto Waltz No. 1 'Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke'
12 Matilda's Waltz
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