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Scriabin & Janacek: Sonatas & Poems

Scriabin & Janacek: Sonatas & Poems


Janacek:

On An Overgrown Path

Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 in E flat minor, JW VIII/19 'From the Street'

Scriabin:

Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53

Deux poèmes, Op. 32

Vers la flamme, Op. 72

Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major, Op. 30


The music of Scriabin and Janacek - contrasting and highly eccentric composers dear to Stephen Hough’s heart - make for a perfect recital. The sensual perfumes of the one intertwine with the disruptive obsessions of the other, and Hough the magician tightens his spell.

“in wave after wave of opulently ambivalent harmony, Hough brings orientation and direction without sacrificing sensuality or mystical aura. He accomplishes this through an almost uncanny variety of touch, tone production and judicious pedalling…Hough's contribution in this release could scarcely be more generous.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice

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Mendelssohn, Grieg & Hough: Cello Sonatas

Mendelssohn, Grieg & Hough: Cello Sonatas


Grieg:

Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36

Hough:

Sonata for cello and piano left hand 'Les adieux'

Mendelssohn:

Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58


Steven Isserlis (cello) & Stephen Hough (piano)

Grieg’s sole Cello Sonata has long been a favourite of performers and audiences, if not of musical theorists, and here receives an impassioned vote of confidence from Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough at the head of a programme which takes the listener forwards in time to Hough’s own Sonata for cello and piano left hand and back to Mendelssohn’s ever-popular Cello Sonata No 2. A spirit of passionate romanticism unifies the whole.

“everywhere their reading [of the Grieg] glints with conviction...Isserlis is matchless in the way he tugs at the simple melody to heart-rending effect...[The Hough is] unafraid to breathe an air of nostalgia...but the results are refreshingly personal...The performance couldn't be more persuasive and the two players are beautifully recorded.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“If any reminder were needed that Steven Isserlis is at the top of his game, this is it...Their opening Allegro agitato is a thrilling tour de force, Isserlis sinewy and febrile, Hough's sound lucid and full-bodied with an ideal recorded balance.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2015 *****

“Isserlis supplies the rush of emotion to Stephen Hough’s accompaniment.” Financial Times, 17th July 2015

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Grieg: Lyric Pieces

Grieg: Lyric Pieces


Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 12: No. 1 - Arietta

Lyric Pieces Op. 38: No. 1 - Berceuse

Lyric Pieces Op. 38: No. 6 - Elegy

Lyric Pieces III (6), Op. 43

Valse-Impromptu, Op. 47 No. 1

Lyric Pieces Op. 47: No. 3 - Melody

Lyric Pieces Op. 47: No. 7 - Elegy

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 3 - March of the Trolls

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 4 - Nocturne

Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 6 - Bell-Ringing

Lyric Pieces Op. 57: No. 6 - Homesickness

Lyric Pieces Op. 62: No. 1 - Sylph

From early years, Op. 65 No. 1

Lyric Pieces Op. 65: No. 4 - Salon

Lyric Pieces Op. 65: No. 6 - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen

Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 2 - Sailors' Song

Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 3 - At your feet

Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 5 - At the cradle

Lyric Pieces Op. 71: No. 2 - Summer's Eve

Lyric Pieces Op. 71: No. 3 - Puck

Lyric Pieces Op. 71: No. 7 - Remembrances

Lyric Pieces Op. 62: No. 6 - Homeward


Since the dawn of the gramophone era Grieg’s Lyric Pieces have attracted the greatest pianists to the microphone. Their individual brevity played a part in this, of course, but rather more so did their intellectual transparency. For this new recording Stephen Hough has chosen twenty-seven (of the sixty-six), a generous selection encompassing every nuace of emotion, every tone of pianistic mastery.

“His performances are wonderfully direct, without a trace of indulgence...With Hough, the music always comes first.” The Guardian, 28th April 2015 ****

“With his virtuoso technique — which makes flashier pieces sound easy — he makes light work of Grieg’s marching trolls (Op 54/3), initially comical, later more menacing...His poetic eloquence and cantabile playing evoke magic...The entire programme shows Hough in his element: our foremost Romantic pianist.” Sunday Times, 24th May 2015

“Hough is up there with the best; may we never take his excellence for granted. ..Hough's detachment - it's a small thing - is also telling in its way, the detail and overview consistently in balance. His virtuosity, polish, control of nuance and a huge range of dynamics are lovely to have.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

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Stephen Hough: In the Night

Stephen Hough: In the Night


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Hough:

Piano Sonata No. 2 'notturno luminoso'

Schumann:

In der Nacht, Op. 12 No. 5

Carnaval, Op. 9


Stephen Hough talks to Presto's Katherine Cooper about In the Night here.

This latest recital album by ‘the thinking person’s virtuoso: an extraordinary pianist’ (The New York Times) takes the listener on a journey through that most intense and absorbing of nineteenth-century obsessions, the night. The Romantic night was one without sleep; where experiences are mutated through darkness. Stephen Hough’s thoughtful programming creates a new aural sphere for some of the most celebrated piano works in the repertoire.

Hough begins with Schumann’s troubled, reeling ‘In der Nacht’ from Fantasiestücke, and continues with Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata and Chopin’s two Op 27 Nocturnes.

With Schumann’s Carnaval we eavesdrop on one of the most vibrant parties in the nineteenth-century piano literature, with its panoply of brilliantly etched character sketches depicting both real people—such as Chopin and Paganini—and imaginary ones. Each movement is vividly contrasted; there are moments of unbridled ecstasy, elegant poise and elusive subtlety.

Also included is Stephen Hough’s own Piano Sonata No 2 ‘notturno luminoso’, which he describes as ‘about a different kind of night … the brightness of a brash city in the hours of darkness; the loneliness of pre-morning; sleeplessness and the dull glow of the alarm clock’s unmoving hours; the irrational fears which are only darkened by the harsh glare of a suspended, dusty light bulb'.

“Hough's album takes wing in an atmosphere of tension and sombreness...Hough's own Sonata prove the high point...rich in its textural variety and harmonic colours...Hearing a masterful pianist performing his own work is a special experience in itself.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“A new disc from Stephen Hough is always welcome. How will he surprise us this time and where will he take us? The answer is into the night - but not gentle or with a mug of cocoa.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“As one would expect from a pianist of Hough's gifts, textures are imaginative, with plenty of excitement and variety...Hough's musical thinking has the same warmth and communicativeness as his performing persona...His Carnaval has great warmth and gentleness, along with appropriate doses of high spirits...I don't think I've sat through another Carnaval that was quite this much fun.” International Record Review, May 2014

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Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Brahms: The Piano Concertos


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83


This attractively priced double set is one of Stephen Hough’s most important recordings. ‘Britain’s greatest living pianist’ (The Mail on Sunday) is joined by the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and international conductor Mark Wigglesworth in their Hyperion debut for Brahms’s Piano Concertos. These works are among the greatest in the genre, and shore up Brahms’s reputation as both a symphonist and a piano composer. Separated by twenty-two years and widely differing in their reception (the first was scorned and the second a huge success), they are monumental in scale, impassioned and truly romantic, forward-looking in form and requiring both great virtuosity and intimacy from the pianist. Stephen Hough has performed them in concert for many years to ecstatic acclaim: this new recording is surely one of his most desirable offerings.

“[Hough's] performances here show his usual thoughtfulness, elegance and brilliance...The reverberations of the entire orchestra are equally slow to die. The conductor Mark Wigglesworth scrupulously prepared his musicians and their medium-weight sound offers the best of both worlds” The Times, 29th November 2013 ****

“The way in which [Hough] and conductor Mark Wigglesworth drive the opening movement of the First Concerto to its conclusion is thrilling physical; at the other extreme, the delicacy of his playing in the finale of the Second, and the lilt he brings to some of its episodes, are delights.” The Guardian, 5th December 2013 ****

“Hough brings his famed dexterity to the bravura passages, but never sounds glitzy or showy. Indeed, the most rewarding aspect of both performances is his chamber-music-like interplay with the excellent Mozarteumorchester’s soloists These familiar and oft-recorded works sound fresh minted. Brahms’s concertos have rarely sounded more brilliant, energetic and innovative.” Sunday Times, 5th January 2014

“I cannot fault Hough’s playing: the balance between the sheer virtuosity and the intimacy of this music is perfectly stated. Each concerto has a different mood and palette of emotions. Hough brings a special quality of reflection to these works which for my taste gives a considerable added value.” MusicWeb International, 7th January 2014

“Wigglesworth is pact and taut in rhythm...The impression I have here is of readings that have divested themselves of excess baggage and are lighter on their feet...I ended up delighted by and in complete admiration of Hough's boldness. He has become a warmer player of increased range in Brahms, and unafraid to take risks.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

“Clearly working in absolute rapport with Mark Wigglesworth, they achieve together a lean, at times almost wiry sound...yet there is no lack of muscular force or orchestral power in the many big moments. Hough brings an unusually wide range of keyboard colour to bear on Brahms's piano-writing.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2014 *****

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Stephen Hough's French Album

Stephen Hough's French Album


Alkan:

La chanson de la folle au bord de la mer, Op.31 no.8

Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

arr. Alfred Cortot & Stephen Hough

Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV1056: arioso

arr. Alfred Cortot

Chabrier:

Pièces pittoresques (10): No. 2, Mélancolie

Chaminade:

Automne, Op. 35 No. 2

Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

Delibes:

Sylvia - Pizzicato

arr. Stephen Hough

Fauré:

Nocturne No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 63

Improvisation in C sharp minor, Op. 84 No. 5

Impromptu No. 5 in F sharp minor Op. 102

Barcarolle No. 5 in F sharp minor Op. 66

Liszt:

Réminiscences de La juive - Fantaisie brillante S409a

Massenet:

Crépuscule

arr. Stephen Hough

Poulenc:

Mélancolie

Nocturne No. 4 in C minor 'Bal fantôme'

15 Improvisations, No. 8 in A minor

Ravel:

Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs No. 4)


Exquis! Stephen Hough presents an enchanting programme of French music, played with the filigree perfection and total command of the music’s expressive world that make him one of the most admired pianists of today. In typical Houghian style this recital is full of surprises and lesser-known gems from the repertoire, as well as works by the masters Fauré, Ravel, Debussy and Poulenc. A particular delight is Hough’s own arrangement of the Massenet song Crépuscule, a ravishing exercise in creative yet faithful transcription. This release is both a tribute to the lyric genius which flowered in nineteenth- and twentieth-century France, and a glimpse into the musical mind of a great pianist.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“His latest album recital is among the most enjoyable. “A sort of musical dessert trolley,” he calls it — a trolley where you want to eat everything in sight...The Fauré selections best display Hough’s connoisseur’s touch...The lighter French spirit surfaces in Hough’s own arrangements of Délibes and Massenet, delivered with delicious wit and grace.” The Times, 31st August 2012 ****

“it's a superlative performance [of Alborada del gracioso] by any standards, including repeated notes that turn me green with envy.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2012 ***

“personal touches make Hough the artist he is, but I can imagine some musical Francophiles balking at his free interpretation of Fauré’s D flat Nocturne, and more so at his eccentric Debussy (Clair de lune). Yet there are compensations aplenty: Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso and Fauré’s F sharp minor Impromptu are glitteringly played.” Sunday Times, 2nd September 2012

“a substantial feast of of masterly pianism...Hough can be too coolly objective at times but in this repertoire, perhaps paradoxically, the expressive simplicity of his playing can make your eyes burn. In Clair de lune and Chaminade's once ubiquitous Automne, now rarely heard, Hough conjures up a heart-catching melancholy that put me in mind of Cherkassy. I can't offer higher praise.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

“[Hough’s] one of those keyboard polymaths who’s at home in whatever music he chooses to play, invariably casting new light on the familiar in the process. And the better-known items here do delight...But you’ll want this for the rarities...playing and recording are beyond reproach.” The Arts Desk, 6th October 2012

“what struck me on first hearing was the consistent clarity of his approach. In lesser hands a programme like this could so easily dissipate into a series of soft-focus washes of sound, but even in the most familiar pieces I found myself becoming aware of countermelodies and overarching phrases which had never before caught my attention.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 3rd September 2012

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Grieg & Liszt: Piano Concertos

Grieg & Liszt: Piano Concertos


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125


A concerto album from Stephen Hough is always a significant event. For this new recording Stephen travelled to Bergen – Grieg’s home town – to join forces with Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Grieg and Liszt that are set to become landmark recordings of all three concertos.

Grieg’s A minor Piano Concerto, with its plethora of great tunes, is one of the most popular of all Romantic works, while Liszt’s two highly original concertos present unique challenges to both pianist and orchestra. These performances are exciting, magisterial and highly coloured, with breathtaking virtuosity harnessed to poetic refinement and finesse – hallmarks of Stephen’s playing that have already helped his concerto recordings to win two Gramophone ‘Record of the Year’ accolades.

Stephen Hough and Andrew Litton continue the astonishing success of their collaboration in Rachmaninov’s concertos, Hyperion’s fastest-selling recording. The Bergen players provide freshly idiomatic support in the Grieg and revel in the sumptuous scoring of the Liszt. The results are thrilling, and this deserves a place in any music lover’s collection, no matter how familiar the music.

Released to coincide with the twin anniversaries of Liszt’s birth (200 years ago) and Stephen’s own 50th birthday (in November), this recording is an apt celebration of both.

“Does the world really need another recording of the Grieg piano concerto? The answer has to be an emphatic yes when the soloist is the barnstorming Stephen Hough, a pianist with the fascinating ability to take a venerable work, strip it of its patina and present it as though for the very first time. This is a wonderfully alert performance, mixing novel tempi with awesome technique and breathtaking, tingling tension.” The Observer, 30th October 2011

“one of the Liszt bicentenary’s prime releases, from Britain’s greatest living magician of the keyboard...this release is witness to [Hough's] mastery in the mainstream Romantic concertos...Hough highlights [Grieg's] Concerto’s debt to Liszt, with its grandiloquent gestures and exhibitionist virtuosity...His vivaces glitter, his agitatos thrill with dramatic éclat, yet essentially he appreciates the songs-without-words that permeate these bravura works.” Sunday Times, 1st January 2012

“These two like-minded musicians manage to bring to these much-recorded works not merely thrilling virtuosity and lyrical depth but a Mendelssohnian lightness of touch where needed...Litton, himself a fine pianist, is one of the best orchestral accompanists on the planet, following Hough's every nuance with pin-point precision and lovingly shaping the many woodwind and string solos.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2012 *****

“what Stephen Hough excels at is the quick transformation, the mercurial shifts from comedy to heartfelt sincerity. He’s also a fantastic chamber player, and the Second Concerto’s quieter moments are gorgeous here. There’s some particularly lovely playing from the Bergen orchestra’s principal cello” The Arts Desk, 14th January 2012

“Introspective (but never lost in introspection) one minute, of the most refined bravura the next, he expresses a personality all his own, brilliantly alert to mercurial changes of mood and clearly riding on the crest of a wave of success. With technique honed to a state of diamond-like brilliance, he gives us rapier-like cadenzas and glissandos..that flash like summer lightening.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“[Hough] seems to get just the right balance of bravura, muscle and abandon with spontaneity, lightness and wit. He is well supported by the Bergen Philharmonic under Andrew Litton.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 24th October 2011

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Chopin: The Complete Waltzes

Chopin: The Complete Waltzes


Chopin:

Piano Waltzes Nos. 1 - 20

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2


Stephen Hough has a unique affinity for the music of Chopin, whose music has always been a central part of his repertoire. His earlier Chopin recordings for Hyperion garnered huge critical acclaim. Hough’s name has become synonymous with pianistic elegance, flawless technique and immense musicianship and he has become globally renowned for his engaging and refined Chopin interpretations.

In his published Waltzes Chopin brought a new level of sophistication to this popular dance form. His unpublished Waltzes are generally less complex but display considerable wit and charm, qualities ideally suited to Hough’s pianism.

The disc is rounded off with the famous E flat major Nocturne, which gives a more lyrical expression to the metre of the waltz.

These illuminating and compelling performances are not to be missed.

“Hough's playing has such authority and panache, its balance between virtuosity and vividly communicated expression so finely judged, that every perfectly scaled moment is as intensely realised as every other. Few other pianists around today play Chopin with as much understanding and poised mastery as this.” The Guardian, 21st July 2011 *****

“You don’t just hear Hough’s fingers; you hear his soul...The Minute Waltz contains one of the best melting moments of all; I could feel my knees giving way. His voicing of polyphony and variety of tone are equally special, with hues cleanly balanced, from diamantine sparkle to moonlit hush...One of the set’s joys is the spectacle of Chopin constantly varying the genre’s ingredients” The Times, 5th August 2011 ****

“Hough brings an astonishing range of touch to them. All those sophisticated inner parts and harmonic shifts are brought out with the greatest insouciance and style. Impishly, he ends this disc with a nocturne, Op 9 No 2, as if to show that it is actually a waltz in disguise.” The Telegraph, 11th August 2011 *****

“Each piece is exquisitely chiselled, sculpted and polished, but Hough never draws attention to technique for its own sake. He seems entirely possessed by the intoxicating spirit of the dance, heady with almost reckless sensory bravado.” Sunday Times, 14th August 2011 ****

“There is a absolute 'rightness' to his playing. His technical fluency and the lightness with which he moves over the keyboard is a constant source of joy...This is an album to be savoured for years to come.” Classic FM Magazine, October 2011 *****

“one sense how sensitive he is to Chopin's variety, in a corpus of music not generally recognised as being so various...He can charm and beguile, and be bold in his contrasts, but he gets on with it, and it is the music he gives us, with true sentiments, and not merely a take on received ideas. And what a lovely sound he makes - on a Yamaha, excellently recorded in a concert-hall acoustic.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2011

“Hough persuaded me that there really is something new and interesting to be heard in all 19 waltzes...Always, he captures the popular nature of the waltz idiom, while at the same time projecting the artistic elements that lie beneath the surface of the music, that make each waltz uniquely Chopin.” International Record Review, September 2011

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Schumann: The Complete Songs

Schumann: The Complete Songs

The Lieder of Robert Schumann in chronological order


Schumann’s songs are among the greatest musical achievements of the nineteeth century, and this is the perfect release with which to mark the composer’s 200th birthday.

This marvellous collection comprises Schumann’s complete songs, presented for the first time in their chronological sequence of composition, with complete song texts, and chronology of Schumann’s life and songs by Graham Johnson.

Johnson is, of course, also the curator and unifying musical force of this series, accompanying his hand-picked selection of singers – some of the greatest lieder performers of today, and indeed of tomorrow – with utter sensitivity.

Includes 304 page booklet of:

Complete song texts

English translations by Richard Stokes & Eric Sams

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The Romantic Piano Concerto 50 – Tchaikovsky

The Romantic Piano Concerto 50 – Tchaikovsky


Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Concert Fantasy, Op. 56

Solitude ('Again, as before, alone'), Op. 73 No. 6

arr. Stephen Hough

None but the lonely heart, Op. 6 No. 6

arr. Stephen Hough

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44: Andante non troppo

arr. Alexander Siloti

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44: Andante non troppo

arr. Stephen Hough

Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44

Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 75


The Romantic Piano Concerto series reaches Volume 50. This series has been described as a jewel in Hyperion’s crown and one of the glories of the recording industry. Rarely in the history of recorded music has such a rich seam of undiscovered delights been mined to such consistently dazzling effect. These first fifty volumes include 131 works for piano and orchestra: fifty-nine of these works are premiere recordings and many other featured works have only been recorded once before. The performers include some of the greatest pianists, orchestras and conductors in the world, and each disc in itself is a miracle of virtuosity, scholarship and musicianship.

For Volume 50, a stellar cast has been assembled for a two-disc set that includes, unusually, one of the most famous concertos in the repertoire. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 has certainly achieved warhorse status—but in the expert hands of Stephen Hough it is a new creature. With the rest of this fascinating two-disc set we are in more usual RPC territory, with music which is actually not widely known. This is a complete survey of Tchaikovsky’s music for piano and orchestra and includes alternative versions of the second movement of Piano Concerto No 2 as well as some delicious extras.

Stephen Hough performed all four concertos at the BBC Proms in 2009 and was described as ‘the epitome of a “golden age” virtuoso with his balletic elegance and dazzling rhythmic reflexes’ (The Independent). Armed with this inestimably important experience, he travelled to Minnesota to record the set live with the Minnesota Orchestra under their acclaimed conductor Osmo Vänskä. The result is a set of unique importance: a winning combination of a pianist at the zenith of his artistry, a world-class orchestra and director, a pre-eminent producer and engineer, repertoire both familiar and unknown, and packaged with even more than the usual care that customers have come to expect from Hyperion.

2 compact discs, with slipcase and series catalogue

“Anyone who heard Stephen Hough's barnstorming performances of all the Tchaikovsky piano concertos at last year's Proms will want to own these CDs...Captured live, they recreate all the raw excitement of those memorable evenings at the Albert Hall.” The Observer, 21st March 2010

“His ability to strip off the layers of varnish from a work so that it recaptures much of its startling freshness is remarkable, and his combination of bravura swagger and the most fastidious care with line and texture is utterly convincing.” The Guardian, 25th March 2010 *****

“With Hough at the keys, the First Concerto becomes no warhorse taken for a dutiful trot but a freshly imagined masterpiece bouncing with surprises and invention...But it’s the set’s lesser pieces that offer the most revelations.” The Times, 26th March 2010

“The old warhorse comes up as fresh as paint. Even with 130 alternatives on the market, this is an exceptional reading with brisk tempi and subtle nuances...giving special pleasure...This is a great recording - no doubt about that - and one which, if there is any justice, will garner any number of awards.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2010

“Hough typically refuses to treat it as an overworked warhorse: here it is injected with exhilaration, the bravura tempered with limpid lyricism.” The Telegraph, 7th April 2010 ****

“Both soloist and conductor seem committed to emphasising the architectural integrity of Tchaikovsky's musical thinking...Yet by keeping things moving and delivering performances that project an exceptionally high level of adrenaline, Hough brings a much greater degree of coherence” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 *****

“Sparks fly thanks to his outstanding conductor, who clearly empathises with Hough’s refusal to lay on the romantic rubato with a trowel....He makes the strongest possible case for the restoration of the neglected and often reviled G major concerto” Sunday Times, 25th April 2010 *****

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