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Liszt: Années de pèlerinage - Suisse / Stephen Hough

Album Summary

>Liszt, Franz : Album d'un voyageur, S 156
>Liszt, Franz : Les Adieux, Reverie sur un motif de l'opera Romeo et Juliette, transcription for piano (after Gounod
>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod's "Faust", S 407
>Liszt, Franz : Les Sabeennes, Berceuse de l'opera La Reine da Saba, transcription for piano (after Gounod), S. 408
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Notes & Reviews:

"Spaciously framed, sound is recessed only enough to allow Hough's colors to flare into radiance." -Adrian Corleonis, Fanfare

'Stephen Hough handles this more intimate side of Liszt admirably, with playing of great expressive warmth... As a bonus, Hough throws in Liszt's three operatic paraphrases from Gounod, playing the fine reverie after Romeo and Juliet quite beautifully, and tossing off the virtuoso transcription of the waltz from Faust with appropriate panache' (BBC Music Magazine)

'To play Liszt easily, you need at least three hands, but Hough, so brilliant in his recent Rachmaninov set, gets by magnificently with two... A valuable and highly enjoyable disc' (The Times)

'Pianist Stephen Hough beautifully captures the requisite sense of Liszt's absorption in his self-created Romantic universe, as well as the heart-tugging emotions of his music... It's an exceptionally fine disc' (The Guardian)

Gramophone Magazine
Stephen Hough has technically and spiritually digested the first book of Années de pèlerinage to the extent that he can risk personalising certain pieces without sounding the least bit mannered. ... he pushes the espressivo rhetoric of the brooding introduction to 'Vallée d'Obermann' and skill keeps the music's narrative trajectory alive through his exquisite tonal control and subtle pedal effects.



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>Liszt, Franz : Album d'un voyageur, S 156
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/18/2003/01/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1855

>Liszt, Franz : Les Adieux, Rêverie sur un motif de l'opéra Roméo et Juliette, transcription for piano (after Gounod
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/18/2003/01/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867-1868

>Liszt, Franz : Paraphrase on a Waltz from Gounod's "Faust", S 407
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/18/2003/01/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1861

>Liszt, Franz : Les Sabéennes, Berceuse de l'opéra La Reine da Saba, transcription for piano (after Gounod), S. 408
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/18/2003/01/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862