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Chopin: Ballades, Scherzos / Stephen Hough

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
>Chopin, Frédéric : Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54
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Notes & Reviews:

Here is some of the finest piano music to have come out of the nineteenth century. Chopin's 'Ballades and Scherzos' are individual creations of extraordinary expressive range and daring originality; they are among the most taxing works of the piano repertoire, as much for their interpretative challenges as their formidable technical ones. This recording finds Stephen Hough on top form.

'This is astonishing piano playing and Chopin interpretation, at its very best, fully measuresup to the greatness of these pieces. And to their freshness, not least; the Ballades and Scherzos, along with just about all Chopin's work, have been constsntly before the public, and Stephen Hough's accounts of them offer plenty of refinement to spirit and senses. It's not given to many to play them as well as he. Hough is unfailingly thoughtful; there's not a note that hasn't been cared for. ...he combines a staggering technique with a genuinely engaging musical imagination. Handsomely recorded and produced.' (Gramophone)

'Hough has something unique and individual to say, with capricious daring and memorable directness. The beautifully balanced sound quality self-effacingly enhances what seemingly passes for a live experience uninhibited by microphones. Listen well and often for maximum reward and exhilaration.' (International Record Review)

'Stephen Hough's quicksilver mastery of the idiom proves an unfailing guide throughout' (Classic FM Magazine)

'...to play Chopin with the rhythmic subtlety he requires without it seeming contrived is a rare gift. Stephen Hough has it in abundance' (Sunday Times)

'Hough has an awe-inspiring technique and the ability to play even the most rushed passages of Chopin with extraordinary clarity' (Fanfare, USA)

'In the use of words like sensational, extraordinary, phenomenal, etc., critics have to be sparing, at risk of their credibility. But these adjectives are all appropriate to this new Chopin recital by Stephen Hough, which vaults him to the top rung in this repertoire, right next to Rubinstein' (American Record Guide)



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>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/22/2003-05/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 1 in B minor, B 65/Op. 20
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/22/2003-05/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/22/2003-05/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 2 in B flat minor/D flat major, B 111/Op. 31
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/22/2003-05/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/22/2003-05/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 3 in C sharp minor, B 125/Op. 39
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/22/2003-05/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/22/2003-05/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (05/22/2003-05/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843