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Liszt: Sonata, Ballades and Polonaises / Stephen Hough

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Polonaises (2), for piano, S. 223 (LW A171)
>Liszt, Franz : Ballade
>Liszt, Franz : Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171
>Liszt, Franz : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, S 174
>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Hough, in a programme that seems to focus on Liszt's works in the same genre as those of Chopin, prefers to shun any obviously virtuosic approach in favour of imaginative colour, atmosphere and spacious, Romantic tenderness...Hough...transforms the rumbling, chromatic bass line [of Ballade No. 2] into an almost terrifyingly atmospheric setting for a melody that resounds sombrely like a voice from beyond the grave." ***** -Duchen, BBC

'This is a superlative recording, one that defies criticism. Hough's pianism is evocative, spiritual, and technically and tonally scrupulous. What better compliment could be given than to say that this is the way one imagines these pieces might have sounded when Liszt himself played them? Recorded sound is ideal, and an excellent, detailed booklet adds to the value of this outstanding release' (American Record Guide)

'Thoughtful, intelligent, and beautifully recorded too - a special release' (CD Review 'Disc of the Month')

'Hough at his meticulous best' (Classic FM Magazine, 'Presenters Choice')

'At last, Hough tackles Liszt's Sonata on record and the result is as musicianly as this fine pianist's admirers might expect' (Gramophone)

'[A] beautifully rendered collection... the wonderful refinement and quiet poetry of his playing is a constant joy. A highly distinguished disc' (The Guardian)

'Hough transforms the rumbling, chromatic bass line [Ballade No 2] into an almost terrifyingly atmospheric setting' (BBC Music Magazine)



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Works Details

>Liszt, Franz : Polonaises (2), for piano, S. 223 (LW A171)
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: 11/07/1999-11/09/1999
  • Running Time: 21 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850-1851

>Liszt, Franz : Ballade :: Le chant du croisé, for piano no 1 in D flat major, S. 170 (LW A117)
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: 11/07/1999-11/09/1999
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Liszt, Franz : Ballade for Piano no 2 in B minor, S 171
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: 11/07/1999-11/09/1999
  • Running Time: 14 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Liszt, Franz : Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, S 174
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: 11/07/1999-11/09/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Liszt, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: 11/07/1999-11/09/1999
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851-1853