York Bowen is master of every kind of piano writing, which, great artist that he is, he uses not to the ends of trumpery and empty virtuoso affichage, but to the purposes of the powerful brilliant glowing and rich expression of a very individual beautiful and interesting musical though. ork Bowen is, at the present time, the one English composer whose work can justly be said to be that of a great Master of the instrument, as Rachmaninov was or as Medtner i. . Music-making of exquisite poise and remarkable perceptio. ork Bowen could have no more ardent or pianistically adroit advocate’ (Gramophone). Few new discs of piano music match this for sheer magic: magnetic performances that come as a revelation. Bowen would indeed have been a remarkable pianist if he could play his works as well as Stephen Hough’ (Soundscapes, Australia).
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Stephen Hough seems to be the highest-profile British classical piano player since our dear lamented John Ogdon. So far as I can tell, this is probably a fair verdict of critical opinion, although rather hard on Peter Donohoe, who in my opinion is greatly undervalued. I have heard him mainly in broadcasts, but the two of his cd's that I own, those of Hummel and York Bowen, are impressive. Hummel has been described by Pletnev as difficult technically, and Hough confirms this by calling the movement here &.
Stephen Hough's performance of the Liszt Piano Sonata in B minor sets him apart from the rest. Utilizing all of his capabilities as a pianist, he expertly conveys the changing character of the music. At times, it sounds as if he's playing several different pianos as he moves from a brilliant tone to a broader sound and back again. Startling virtuosity and probing musicality. I have never heard Copland's Variations played with such variety of tone and pinpoint articulation, nor the Corigliano rendered with such plasticity of tempo and mood' (Piano & Keyboard). BBC Music Magazine, June 2005). Hough's effortless technique and innate musicianship make every moment memorable.
Born in Cheshire, Hough won the piano section of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1978 and completed his studies the Juilliard, funded by the inaugural Royal Philharmonic Society scholarship. Hough is now widely regarded as one of the most versatile and intelligent performers of his generation: his extensive discography includes numerous d recital-discs, single-composer albums focusing on Hummel, Chopin, York Bowen, Mompou and others, and concertos by Brahms, Grieg, Liszt, Rachmaninov.
The official fan page of pianist Stephen Hough (administered by Shuman Associates) . Stephen offers us a glimpse into his home life with these two tracks, and you can hear the full "Suite Osmanthus" on his 2005 recording "The Stephen Hough Piano Collection. 18. Stephen Hough on World Premiere of His Sonata No. 4 in Atlanta 43. 6. See all. Posts. 18 April at 02:38 ·. 1,226 Views. Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá. 17 April at 05:20 ·. Invitación del Maestro Stephen Hough - Reino Unido -, al concierto del sábado 20 de abril a las 5 .
The subtitle of Hough’s Piano Sonata No. 2 notturno luminoso refers to the brashness of a busy city at night. Hough’s piano writing always is idiomatic, fluent, and assured, even if the musical content tends to reveal more of what’s on the composer’s piano rack than in his innermost soul. For example, the clangorous opening chords combine Copland’s declamation and Messiaen’s clotted harmony. Arpeggiated passages that start in the extreme registers and work their way toward the middle of the keyboard contain polytonal tinges that could pass for York Bowen or early Sorabji . Nocturnes Op. 27: No. 1 in C-sharp minor; No. 2 in D-flat major. HOUGH, STEPHEN: Piano Sonata No. 2 notturno luminoso. Stephen Hough (piano).