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Jerusalem on High

Jerusalem on High

Victorian voluntaries and concert pieces for organ based on hymns, chorales and psalm-tunes

King, O:

Prelude for Lent

MacFarren, G:

Variations on the psalm tune 'Windsor'


Overture St. Paul Op. 36

Pearce, C W:

Creator of the Starry Height

Corde natus ex parentis (Of the Father sole begotten), a symphonic poem


Fantasia on St Ann's Hymn


The Ancient Vesper Hymn (theme, variations and fugue)


Postlude 'Jerusalem on High'

Graham Barber (organ of Tewkesbury Abbey)

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(trans. Sergei Rachmaninov)

Bentz Woods:

Valse Phantastique


Au jardin du vieux sérail (Andrianople) Op. 18 No. 3


Etude for the left hand, Op. 36


Deux Contrastes, Op. 21


Petit Adagio (extrait des ‘Saisons')

(trans. Marc-André Hamelin)


Triakontameron No. 11 'Alt Wien'


Étude No. 3 in B minor 'after Paganini-Liszt'

Étude No. 6 in D minor 'Esercizio per pianoforte, Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti'

Hofmann, J:

Nocturne (‘Complaint')

Kaleidoscope, Op. 40 No. 4


Toccatina Op. 36




Valse folle


Etude d'après l'Impromptu en la bémol majeur de Fr. Chopin, Op. 29


Etude in A flat minor, Op. 72 No. 13


Concert Paraphrase of ‘The Song of the Soldiers of the Sea'

(trans. Jakob Gimpel)


Intermezzo in A flat major



Marc Andre Hamelin (piano)

“A collection of miniature piano rarities and transcriptions put together to fascinating effect.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2007

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Nikolai Demidenko - Live at Wigmore Hall

Nikolai Demidenko - Live at Wigmore Hall


Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)


Fantasia in F sharp minor, Op. 28

Scarlatti, A:

Sonatas in C minor, B minor


Variations (Impromptus) on a Theme by Clara Wieck, Op. 5

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Hyperion Instrumental Selections Dyads - CDD22024

(CD - 2 discs)

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Stephen Hough's English Album

Stephen Hough's English Album


Song to the Seals

(arr. Hough)


Reverie d'Amour Op. 20 No. 2

Serious Dance Op. 51 No. 2

The Way to Polden (an ambling tune) Op. 76


The Dew Fairy

Heart's Ease


Valse Enigmatique No. 1

Valse Enigmatique No. 2


Six Studies (Study-Variations) Op. 56



Reynolds, S:

Two Poems in Homage to Delius

Two Poems in Homage to Fauré

‘Hough’s pianism is a constant source of wonder—every chord and phrase perfectly judged’ Classic FM Magazine

“The very opening item, Rawsthorne's four Bagatelles, instantly makes it clear that this latest recital disc from Stephen Hough has a different aim from his previous collections of charmers.
Gritty and tough, in Hough's hands sounding wonderfully pianistic, these miniatures are thoughtful and intense, balanced at the end of the disc by the final item, also by far the longest, Kenneth Leighton's Study Variations. These do not make for easy listening either, but they inspire Hough to superb pianism over six sharply characterised pieces, at times echoing Bartók in their angry energy, at others full of fantasy. What all these very varied pieces demonstrate is Hough's profound love of keyboard sound and textures, and his rare gift of bringing out the full tonal beauty.
It's evidence, too, of Hough's wizardry that he makes the Elgar piece, In Smyrna, sound so magical. In his hands it's like an improvisation with echoes of the lovely solo viola serenade in the overture, In the South. The three Bowen works are simple and song-like using an almost cabaret-style of piano writing. In all these pieces Hough's magic is presented in full, clear Hyperion sound. Thoroughly recommended.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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New York Variations

New York Variations


Piano Variations

Corigliano, J:

Etude Fantasy

(first recording)


Ghost Variations (1991)

(first recording)

Weber, B:

Fantasia (Variations)

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Stephen Hough's New Piano Album

Stephen Hough's New Piano Album


Pierrette - Air de ballet, Op. 41

Autrefois, Op. 87 No. 4


Triakontameron No. 11 'Alt Wien'


Musical Jewellery Box

Étude de Concert


Was weiss ein nie geküsster Rosenmund

(arr. Hough)


Soirées de Vienne: valse-caprice No. 6 (after Schubert), D427 No. 6


Étincelles, Op. 36 No. 6


Mélodie in G flat major, Op. 16 No. 2


Humoresque in G major, Op. 10 No. 5

Melodie in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

(revised 1940 version)

Rodgers, R:

Hello young lovers (from The King and I)

(arr. Hough)

The Carousel Waltz

(arr. Hough)


Moments Musicaux, D780: No. 3 in F minor

(arr. Godowsky)

Morgengruss (No. 8 from Die schöne Müllerin, D795)

(arr. Godowsky)


Humoresque, Op. 10 No. 2

Dumka (Russian Rustic Scene), Op. 59

Pas de quatre

(arr. Wild)

Music from Sleeping Beauty

(arr. Pabst & Hough)


Londonderry Air

(arr. Hough)

“Stephen Hough fashions a viable programme culled from a bottomless piano bench of transcriptions, encores and other sundry ear-ticklers.
Indeed, Hough proves that one can make a well-balanced meal using only desserts. Modern pianists, to be sure, are more calorie conscious than their forebears, and Hough is no exception.
It's not his way to emphasise inner voices or linger over juicy modulatory patterns, à la Hofmann, Moiseiwitsch, Horowitz, Cortot or Cherkassky. If Hough prefers to bind Godowsky's garish counterpoints with skimmed milk rather than double cream, he's cheeky (and smart!) enough to insert his own ossias into Moskowski's Etincelles, or to retool the Tchaikovsky/ Pabst Sleeping Beauty Paraphrase to more brilliant pianistic effect. As in his previous 'Piano Albums', Hough serves up his own Rodgers & Hammerstein transcriptions. If the decorative note-spinning in 'Hello, Young Lovers' distracts from rather than enhances the eloquent original, the pianist's giddy romp through 'The Carousel Waltz' is a tour de force that brilliantly recaptures both the tender and tough-minded qualities inherent in the musical's book. Hough's own Etude de Concert gets plenty of finger-twisting mileage out of a rather un-memorable theme, harmonised, however, with clever Gershwinisms.
The unadorned Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky selections are played with heartfelt simplicity and a lean yet singing sonority.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Berkeley, L:

Andantino for Cello and Piano, Op. 21, No. 2a


Papillon, Op. 77


Larghetto Lamentoso (from Twelve Impressions)


The Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol

Hägg, J A:



Halffter, E:


(arr Maurice Gendron)


Valse, Op. 35

Habanera, Op. 86


Mummenschantz (Hornpipe) (from Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11)

Romance Impromptu in E flat major, Op. post.



(arr Rachmaninov/Lidström)


The Sea of Flowers is Rising Higher (Elegy for solo cello)


Arabesque No. 1 (from Sept Arabesques)




Canción negra No. 5, Canto negro

(arr Mats Lidström)


Air vif: ‘Torture d'Alphise' (from Les Boréades, Act 4)

(arr Mats Lidström)


Poème in F sharp major, Op. 32 No. 1

(arr Mats Lidström)

Romance in A minor


Rondino (from Five Pieces, Op. 81)

Berceuse (No 6 of Six Pieces, Op. 79)


Adagio, Op. 20 No. 5

(arr Mats Lidström)


Courante (from Le Tombeau de Rameau)


Pishnetto (Recital Etude No. 5)

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Grainger: Rambles & Reflections

Grainger: Rambles & Reflections

Grainger's transcriptions of works by other composers


Beautiful Fresh Flower

Chinese melody

Lullaby from Tribute to Foster

after Stephen Foster


The Carman's Whistle


Air and Dance


Now, O now, I needs must part


Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Nell, Op. 18 No. 1


The Man I Love

Love Walked In


Cradle Song (after Brahms)

Paraphrase on Tchaikovsky's Flower Waltz


Water Music: Hornpipe

Scott, C:

Handelian Rhapsody, Op.17 (W134)


Four Irish Dances

Strauss, R:

Ramble on Love Duet (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Piers Lane (piano)

Though he professed not to enjoy concert giving, Grainger was one of the greatest pianists of the earlier twentieth century and had an intimate understanding of the capabilities of the piano and how best to write for it. He possessed a unique compositional voice and was, in many ways, part of the great composer–pianist tradition stretching from Liszt to Busoni for whom the concert transcription was an essential part of their art.

This recording contains the majority of Grainger’s concert transcriptions of music by other composers (his few Bach arrangements are performed by Piers Lane on Bach Piano Transcriptions Volume 3). They range from the folk-inspired Irish Dances of Stanford, full of Grainger’s characteristically extrovert piano writing, to the hyper-romantic lushness and incredible pianistic sophistication of his Ramble on Love based on Richard Strauss’s ‘Rosenkavalier’. All are superbly played by Piers Lane.

“A delight from start to finish” The Observer

“Grainger's eclectic idiosyncratic piano transcriptions, despatched with light-fingered clarity. Strauss swoons, Stephen Foster's all of a tingle. Excellent notes, too.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****

“Musically enchanting fare … everything is played with unfaltering command … the recording and presentation are immaculate” Gramophone Magazine

“Lane boasts a fabulous technique … succulent performances” Fanfare

“Heroic stamina by Piers Lane” The Times

“A fine selection … an easy listen that often delights the ear” Pianist Magazine

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Stephen Hough’s Spanish Album

Stephen Hough’s Spanish Album


Evocación (from Iberia, book 1)

Triana (from Iberia, book 2)

Tango (No. 2 from Espana, Op. 165)

Arranged by Leopold Godowsky


Estampe No. 2 - La soirée dans Grenade

Préludes - Book 1: No. 9, La serenade interrompue

from Préludes Book I

Préludes - Book 2: No. 3, La Puerta del Vino

from Préludes Book I


Valses Poeticos (7)


On Falla




Impresiones Intimas

Pájaro triste, La barca, Secreto & Gitano


Evening in Seville, Op. 55, No. 2


Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera

Arranged by Maurice Dumesnil

Scharwenka, X:

Spanisches Ständchen, Op. 63, No. 1

Soler, A:

Keyboard Sonata No. 90 in F sharp major

‘I cannot imagine many piano lovers failing to fall for this delectable and all-too-brief collection of impressions, portraits and postcards. If you are not drawn to the imaginative programme of the familiar, the brand new and the entirely unknown, then the elegant, eloquent playing of this master pianist will surely seduce you … we are treated to some of the loveliest pianissimos and and delicate shadings you’ll hear, familiar from Hough’s earlier Piano Albums and similar in his complete empathy with this kind of repertoire … Hough’s own On Falla has an authentic ring that should provide him with a blistering encore for years to come … the piano sound (Andrew Keener and Simon Eadon) is as you would expect from Hyperion’s dream team’ (Gramophone)

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - December 2006

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