Stephen Hough's English Album

Hyperion: CDA67267

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Stephen Hough's English Album

Label:

Hyperion

Catalogue No:

CDA67267

Discs:

1

Barcode:

0034571172675

Medium:

CD
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Stephen Hough's English Album


Bantock:

Song to the Seals

(arr. Hough)

Bowen:

Reverie d'Amour Op. 20 No. 2

Serious Dance Op. 51 No. 2

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

Bridge:

The Dew Fairy

Heart's Ease

Hough:

Valse Enigmatique No. 1

Valse Enigmatique No. 2

Leighton:

Six Studies (Study-Variations) Op. 56

Rawsthorne:

Bagatelles

Reynolds, S:

Two Poems in Homage to Delius

Two Poems in Homage to Fauré


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Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“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.”

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