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Stephen Hough's English Album - Elgar, Bantock, et al

Album Summary

>Rawsthorne, Alan : Bagatelles (4) for piano
>Reynolds, Stephen : Poems (2) in Homage to Delius
>Hough, Stephen [Piano] : Valse Enigmatique no 1, for piano
>Hough, Stephen [Piano] : Valse Enigmatique no 2, for piano
>Elgar, Edward : In Smyrna, for piano
>Reynolds, Stephen : Poems (2) in Homage to Faure
>Bantock, Granville : Song to the Seals, for voice & piano
>Bowen, York : Reverie d'Amour, Op. 20/2
>Bowen, York : Melody for the C String, Op. 51
>Bowen, York : The Way to Polden (an ambling tune), Op. 76
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : The Dew Fairy, miniature for piano, H. 148/2
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Heart's Ease, for piano, H. 161/1
>Leighton, Kenneth : Studies (Study-Variations) (6) for piano, Op. 56
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"As Hough explains in his introduction, this disc was never meant to be a comprehensive look at English piano music but simply arrays some of his favourite home-grown pieces. The works that stand out are Bantock's 'Song to the Seals', three excellent pieces by York Bowen, and Elgar's gorgeously personal 'In Smyrna'. [Hough's] performance is powerful, sympathetic and beautifully recorded, and his fans everywhere will be thrilled." ***** - Jessica Duchen BBC

'Another winner from the ever-imaginative Stephen Hough. In all these pieces Hough's magic is presented in full, clear Hyperion sound' (Gramophone)

'Powerful, sympathetic and beautifully recorded, and his fans everywhere will be thrilled' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Hough's performances are magical - scintillating, refined, sensuous in the smaller works, commanding and powerful in Rawsthorne and Leighton. I hope this superb pianist records many more recitals of British music' (American Record Guide)

'Hough's pianism is a constant source of wonder - every chord and phrase perfectly judged' (Classic FM Magazine)

'scrupulous, full ... bodied, and technically impeccable performances ... He revels in the sensuous harmonic felicities that color Stephen Reynolds' pastiches and makes an easy task of York Bowen's fustian textures (Classics Today.com)

'these performances can be regarded as definitive... A CD of revealing personal choices of a master pianist, and one that reveals yet more very worthy British music... Strongly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'Exquisite presentation ... [Hough] is a pianist of such refinement and impeccable technique that he makes everything he plays compellingly interesting ... [the Leighton Studies] have a clear awareness of other 20th -century musical styles, including jazz, and there is an element of virtuosity that Hough, of course, delivers brilliantly' (The Guardian)

'(Hough) plays with an astonishing command, great insight and some terrific finesse, in a performance that ranges from the elegant and sensitive to the vigorous and exhilarating' (Hi-Fi News and Record Review)

'Hough plays [Leighton] superbly, with marvellous tonal control in the rugged and spiky passages and also in the quiet harmonic episodes that glow with fierce intensity... enjoyable, excellently performed and beautifully engineered CD' (International Piano)

'I've long admired the unfailingly beautiful, carefully honed, paradoxically rich but lean textures and sonorities Stephen Hough cultivates... a style in which patient, sustained utterance came to seem immediate, fervent and idealistic ... Crystal-sharp sound and superb performances; transcendental technique in the service of music that at least sets itself transcendental goals' (Pianist)

'Hough is one of world's grandest piano performers, imaginative, graceful, powerful, able to dazzle with both his technique and his mind... a haunting and complex collection' (Philadelphia Post)

'This is a treat for lovers of the piano... Fascinating stuff' (Manchester Evening News)



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Works Details

>Rawsthorne, Alan : Bagatelles (4) for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/13/2001-01/14/2001)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Reynolds, Stephen : Poems (2) in Homage to Delius
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (09/29/1997-09/30/1997)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hough, Stephen [Piano] : Valse Enigmatique no 1, for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/13/2001-01/14/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hough, Stephen [Piano] : Valse Enigmatique no 2, for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/13/2001-01/14/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Elgar, Edward : In Smyrna, for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/13/2001-01/14/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Reynolds, Stephen : Poems (2) in Homage to Fauré
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/13/2001-01/14/2001)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bantock, Granville : Song to the Seals, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/13/2001-01/14/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bowen, York : Reverie d'Amour, Op. 20/2
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/13/2001-01/14/2001)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bowen, York : Melody for the C String, Op. 51
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (09/29/1997-09/30/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Bowen, York : The Way to Polden (an ambling tune), Op. 76
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/13/2001-01/14/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : The Dew Fairy, miniature for piano, H. 148/2
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/13/2001-01/14/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919-1920

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Heart's Ease, for piano, H. 161/1
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/13/2001-01/14/2001)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Leighton, Kenneth : Studies (Study-Variations) (6) for piano, Op. 56
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/13/2001-01/14/2001)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969