Tchaikovsky: The Three Piano Concertos / Stephen Hough

Audio Samples

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concert Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra in G major, Op. 56
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 73
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 44
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 75

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concert Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra in G major, Op. 56
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 73
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 44
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 75
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Notes & Reviews:

Described as a jewel in the label's crown and one of the glories of the recording industry, Hyperion's Romantic Piano Concerto series has reached an amazing milestone: Volume 50. 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 are premiere recordings and many others have only been recorded once before. Recorded live with the Minnesota Orchestra under their acclaimed conductor Osmo Vanska, volume 50 is a fascinating two-disc complete survey of Tchaikovsky's music for piano and orchestra. The result is a release 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.

'The electrifying pace Hough injects into the codas of No 1 and the Concert Fantasia are suitably exciting, though these are nothing compared to the tumultuous final pages of No 2 (a tremendous performance). The audience whoops inamazement ... This is a great recording - no doubt about that - and one which, if there is any justice, will garner any number of awards' (Gramophone)

'Brilliantly played but thoughtfully reconsidered interpretations ... He achieves the remarkable feat of not making the B flat major concerto sound remotely hackneyed. Sparks fly thanks to his outstanding conductor ... He makes the strongest possible case for the restoration of the neglected and often reviled G major concerto (No 2)' (The Sunday Times)

'Stephen Hough , without rival in bringing new life to popular repertoire with a romantic sweep ... 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. Beyond Hough's crystalline clarity, dash and power, Vänskä displays complete mastery of the music's architecture, engineering tension particularly well in the finale's hurly burly ... But it's the set's lesser pieces that offer the most revelations ... The Second Concerto flourishes as never before' (The Times)

'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 ... Osmo Vänskä's suave direction of the Minnesota players allows Hough's brilliance to shine through' (The Observer)

'Stephen Hough's account of the First Piano Concerto, dazzling as it may be, is only one of the highlights in this exceptional collection of all of Tchaikovsky's works for piano and orchestra ... Hough's 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)

'[Concerto no 1] Here it is injected with exhilharation, the bravura tempered with limpid lyricism ... This set is a worthy tribute to the longevity of Hyperion's series' (The Daily Telegraph)

'No mere warhorse anymore, the concerto here rises in integrity while Hough time and time again reminds us that this is his carefully considered take on the score... Vänskä is a fine accompanist. A musician who himself revels in rethinking scores, it is as if Hough has met his dream soul mate... The fire comes from Hough's determination; his conductor sticks with him all the way... The audience's enthusiastic reaction says it all... A fitting 50th volume celebration to a series of major importance' (Fanfare, USA)

'Hough plays with a brilliance that conveys delicacy of feelign as well as virtuosity and power' (Mail on Sunday)

'Hough has virtuosity to burn and shows it on his recording of the three concertos and Concert Fantasia. But he is also an artist of uncommon sensitivity and taste. Moreover, his recording has the advantage of offering the uncut Second Concerto plus, on supplemental tracks, the seriously cut version of the second movement by Alexander Siloti and his own uncut, but modified, version of the same movement' (Pittsburgh Tribune, USA)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.



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Works Details

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Notes: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (10/02/2009-10/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concert Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra in G major, Op. 56
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Notes: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (09/24/2009-04/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 73
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, no 6
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 44
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Notes: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (05/28/2009-05/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 60 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1880

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 3 in E flat major, Op. 75
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Notes: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (06/04/2009-06/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1893

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 44
  • Performers: Kyu-Young Kim (Violin); Anthony Ross (Cello); Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Notes: Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (10/02/2009-10/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 60 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1880