Sat 7 Mar, Stamford Ballroom music
One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer.
Bach/Busoni Chaconne (from Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004)
Busoni Berceuse Élégiaque (Op.42)
Chopin Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op.35
Hough Sonata No. 4 (Vida Breve)
Liszt Funérailles, S.173, No. 7
Liszt Bagatelle sans tonalite, S. 216a
Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1, S. 514
One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. He has appeared with most of the major European and American orchestras and plays recitals regularly in major halls and concert series around the world. His recent engagements include performances with the Czech, London and New York Philharmonics, the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. Louis, National, Detroit, Dallas, Atlanta and Toronto Symphonies, and the Philadelphia, Minnesota, Budapest Festival and Russian National Orchestras; and a performance televised worldwide with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle. He is also a regular guest at the BBC Proms, where he has made over 25 concerto appearances, including playing all the works of Tchaikovsky for piano and orchestra over the summer of 2009.
Many of Mr. Hough’s catalogue of over 50 albums have garnered international prizes including the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d’Or, Monde de la Musique, several Grammy nominations, eight Gramophone Magazine Awards including ‘Record of the Year’ in 1996 and 2003, and the Gramophone ‘Gold Disc’ Award in 2008, which named his complete Saint-Saens Piano Concertos as the best recording of the past 30 years. His 2005 live recording of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos was the fastest selling recording in Hyperion’s history, while his 1987 recording of the Hummel concertos remains Chandos’ best-selling disc to date.