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Dvorák & Schumann: Piano Concertos / Stephen Hough, piano; City of Birmingham SO, Andris Nelsons

Album Summary

>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This release presents two rich piano concertos played by the unparalleled Stephen Hough, accompanied by the City of Birmingham Symphony. Schumann and Dvorák each wrote just one piano concerto, the latter being performed here in its fearsomely challenging original version. This recording also marks the Hyperion début of conductor Andris Nelsons.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2016
Hough joins forces with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons for a robust, grand reading that nonetheless leaves room for lyricism and introspection... [but it's in the Dvorak] that Hough truly sparkles. There's glowing tenderness, irresistible buoyancy and soaring grandeur in the first movement, Grieg-like lyricism in the Andante sostenuto... while the Finale has infectious spirit. The CBSO's playing is smart and colourful.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
Andris Nelsons and the CBSO clearly relish the symphonic nature of the [Dvorak] and their playing is one of the great pleasures here... Hough enters the conversation with great subtlety and he's certainly unafraid to point out the score's lyrical beauties, allowing the music to unfold with suppleness without underplaying its drama or, where required, heft.

Sunday Times, 17th April 2016
Few pianists have championed Dvorak's early concerto, so when a player of Hough's calibre does, one takes notice. He makes as good a case as I have heard for the work...Hough could hardly have more sympathetic partners than the CBSO and Nelsons. Worth owning for the Schumann alone.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Symphony Hall, Birmingham (03/17/2015-03/19/2015); Symphony Hall, Birmingham (2014-11-26&2014-11-27&2014-).



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>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham (03/17/2015-03/19/2015)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham (2014-11-26&2014-11-27&2014-)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1841