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The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 17 - Mendelssohn / Hough

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Capriccio brillant for piano and orchestra in B minor, Op. 22
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Rondo brillant, for piano & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 29
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Serenade & Allegro giocoso, for piano & orchestra in B minor, Op. 43
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...This program reminds us of a period when music was meant to be enjoyed, when laughter at concerts was not held as a crime and when the art of composing was not necessarily geared to searching philosophy. How well these artists grasp this crucial point...Hough knows just howto maintain a firm pulse without losing forward momentum...sustainingthe blend of brio and lyricism in Mendelssohn's lucid textures. I cannot envisage this being absent from the year's honours list."-Crankshaw

'The soft, stylish arpeggios that open the first work on the disc announce immediately that something special is on the way. Hough is now clearly first recommendation in the concertos' (Gramophone)

'You can tell this is special from the first chord ... I don't think [Stephen Hough] has an equal on record in this music, even with competitors like Andras Schiff and Murray Perahia. Issues like this add to the feeling that the great Mendelssohn reappraisal is underway at last. It's long overdue' (The Independent)

'Once again we have Stephen Hough lavishing his exciting gifts upon a splendid Mendelssohn programme. I cannot envisage this splendidly recorded disc being absent from the year's honours list' (Classic CD)

'Glitteringly performed' (The Daily Mail)

'Biting intensity, yet with freer expressiveness and bigger contrasts he also brings out extra poetry and... a sparkling wit ... A constant delight' (The Guardian)

'An impressive achievement all round' (Piano International)

'[Hough] can scamper with the best and is able to incorporate delightful capriciousness without derailing the flow of thought ... These performancesboast of nearly ideal lightness, vivacity and impetus' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Hough's pianism... is elegant, spirited and poetic, and well-attuned, too, to the swirling skittishness of the concertos' finales ... Hough's reading, as throughout this disc, is a joy' (Birmingham Post)

'Hough offers far greater elegance and plusher tone ... Hough is, as always, a delight to listen to, such as in his quicksilver scattering of thirds in the last movement of the Second Concerto' (Fanfare)

'It should perhaps come as no surprise that Stephen Hough should prove so perfectly attuned to these works... if you opt for just a single recording, this would make an excellent first choice' (Gramophone)

'He is all fleet-fingered exhilaration in the outer movements and relaxes appealingly when the music turns inwards' (International Piano)

'Stephen Hough has the ideal qualities of sharp attention to rhythmic detail and an impeccable fluidity of line and phrase' (The Observer)

'Expressive playing from this fine soloist - one has to marvel at anyone who can take on those devilish tempos' (The Scotsman)

'Stephen Hough is, undoubtedly, one of the most elegant pianists before the public today... Hough does not fail to underscore this in the brilliant pyrotechnics' (Soundscapes)

'Stephen Hough searches out the lyrical essence of the music rather than going for glitz' (Stereo Review)

'Stephen Hough is a player of formidable talent, capturing the essence and spirit of Mendelssohn's driving enthusiasm and creative wonder' (Yorkshire Evening Post)



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>Mendelssohn, Felix : Capriccio brillant for piano and orchestra in B minor, Op. 22
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Dudley Town Hall (01/09/1997-01/10/1997)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/18/1832

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Dudley Town Hall (01/09/1997-01/10/1997)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 10/1831

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Rondo brillant, for piano & orchestra in E flat major, Op. 29
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Dudley Town Hall (01/09/1997-01/10/1997)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 01/29/1834

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Concerto for Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Dudley Town Hall (01/09/1997-01/10/1997)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 09/03/1837

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Serenade & Allegro giocoso, for piano & orchestra in B minor, Op. 43
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lawrence Foster
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Dudley Town Hall (01/09/1997-01/10/1997)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/01/1838