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Hummel: Piano Sonatas Op 20, 81, 106 / Stephen Hough

Album Summary

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 81
>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, Op. 106
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Notes & Reviews:

"These three sonatas encapsulate Hummel's stylistic development from a disciple of Mozart to a pioneer of the new Romantic pianism. I doubt whether anyone today could play these sonatas better than Stephen Hough, who spins an exquisitely limpid cantabile, has an instinctive understanding of the rubato crucial to his style, and keeps the textures marvellously lucid." ***** - Richard Wigmore, BBC

'Stephen Hough turns his attention to the three most compelling of Hummel's five mature solo piano sonatas. The F sharp minor, Op 81, and D major, Op 106, from 1819 and 1824, are large-scale works, revelling in an early-Romantic virtuosity that was to attract both Chopin and Liszt. The four-movement Op 106 is a huge creation of dramatic rhetorical gestures, while the much earlier F minor sonata, Op 20 (1807)

, gives a taste of the youthful Hummel's exuberantly Haydnesque style. Hough proves a dazzling advocate for all three works.' (The Sunday Times)

'I doubt whether anyone today could play these sonatas better than Stephen Hough, who spins an exquisitely limpid cantabile, has an instinctive understanding of the rubato crucial to this style, and keeps the textures marvellously lucid ... If you want to explore these brilliant, intriguingly diverse sonatas, this fabulous disc is the one to go for' (BBC Music Magazine)

'I have no hesitation in according this CD the highest marks' (Fanfare, USA)

'...no composer could ask for a better champion. His playing is fierce, sharply etched and eloquent throughout, with an emphasis on the formal balances that set this music teetering on the edge betwen Mozartean symmetry and the fiery impulsiveness of the Romantics' (San Fransisco Chronicle)

'No matter how difficult the music, Stephen Hough's effortless technique and eloquent, characterful musicality make everything sound easy' (Classicstoday.com)



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>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 81
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2003-01/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, Op. 106 :: Allegro moderato, ma risoluto
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2003-01/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1824

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, Op. 106 :: Un scherzo all'antico
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2003-01/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1824

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, Op. 106 :: Larghetto a capriccio
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2003-01/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1824

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, Op. 106 :: Allegro vivace
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2003-01/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1824

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, Op. 106 :: Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 20
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2003-01/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1824

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, Op. 106 :: Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 20
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2003-01/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1824

>Hummel, Johann Nepomuk : Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, Op. 106 :: Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 20
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2003-01/17/2003)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1824