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New York Variations / Stephen Hough

Album Summary

>Corigliano, John : Etude Fantasy
>Copland, Aaron : Piano Variations
>Weber, Ben : Fantasia (Variations), for piano, Op. 25
>Tsontakis, George : Ghost Variations, for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recital consists of works by four New York-based composers which span the twentieth century from 1930 to 1991. Although these composers are now known for works using other instrumental combinations, these piano pieces were crucial in their development.

'Everything about this production (including recorded sound of almost palpable realism) deserves the highest praise' (International Piano Quarterly)

'Hough's playing is glorious' (BBC Music Magazine)

'his playing is unerringly musical in its intentions ... This is a disc of the highest musical and interpretative quality whose appeal lies as much in the quality of the pianism as in the fascinating repertoire' (Hi-Fi News & Record Review)

'This disc is a remarkable combination of artistic vision, stunning performance technique, and curatorial intelligence. Stephen Hough seems to have it all blazing technique, real artistic vision, an adventurous curiosity, and a deft style as an annotator. The sound of the recording is full and faultless. A great piano album' (Fanfare, USA)

'Scintillating performances and vivid sonics from Hyperion. Even the notes, by Hough himself, are superlative' (American Record Guide)

'This disc is a remarkable combination of artistic vision, stunning performance technique, and curatorial intelligence. Stephen Hough seems to have it all - blazing technique, real artistic vision, an adventurous curiosity, and a deft style as an annotator. A great piano album and a loving testament to the strength of a strain of American music that is expressive and humanistic while remaining open to the challenges of its time' (Fanfare)

'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)

'Hough is supremely and charismatically on top of it all ... An iron fist in a glove of softest velvet ... He possesses a mesmerising range of colours, knows how to be intellectual without being cerebral, and has the knack of making everything sound spontaneous ... Hough has notched up some fine things hitherto. This is probably one of the finest' (Classic CD)

'impressive virtuosity, as musically purposeful as it's exciting ... Hough's brilliantly exact judgement of sonority in Copland's Piano Variations - chiselled, rather than flinty ... makes this the best performance I've heard' (Classic FM Magazine)

'[Hough] applies his formidable technique and fine interpretive sense to nearly overpowering effect ... [Hough] renders these movements sonic collages, contrasting bold colors with subtle hues worthy of the French Impressionists' (New York Times)

'brilliant performances' (The New Yorker)

'a superb survey' (San Francisco Examiner)

'England's most imaginative pianist pays tribute to America's finest solo piano music' (Time Magazine)

'Mr. Hough's choices, which he plays with élan, provide a radically concentrated glimpse at this nation's piano music' (Wall Street Journal)



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Works Details

>Corigliano, John : Etude Fantasy
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Copland, Aaron : Piano Variations
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (09/27/1997-09/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Weber, Ben : Fantasia (Variations), for piano, Op. 25
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (09/27/1997-09/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tsontakis, George : Ghost Variations, for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (09/27/1997-09/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991