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In the Night - Beethoven: 'Moonlight' Sonata; Chopin: Nocturnes, Op. 27; Schumann: Fantasiestuck; Carnival; Hough: Sonata No. 2 / Stephen Hough, piano

Audio Samples

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestück ("In der Nacht"), for piano, Op. 12/5
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27
>Hough, Stephen [Piano] : Sonata for Piano no 2 ('Notturno Luminoso')
>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestück ("In der Nacht"), for piano, Op. 12/5
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27
>Hough, Stephen [Piano] : Sonata for Piano no 2 ('Notturno Luminoso')
>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The latest recital album by Stephen Hough, "the thinking person's virtuoso" (The New York Times), takes the listener on a journey through that most intense and absorbing of nineteenth-century obsessions, the night. The Romantic night was one without sleep; where experiences are mutated through darkness. Hough's thoughtful programming creates a new aural sphere for some of the most celebrated piano works in the repertoire. Hough explores Schumann's troubled, reeling In der Nacht, and continues with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and two Chopin Nocturnes. Also included is Stephen Hough's own Piano Sonata No.2, subtitled Notturno Luminoso, which he describes as, "about a different kind of night ... the brightness of a brash city in the hours of darkness; the loneliness of pre-morning; sleeplessness and the dull glow of the alarm clock's unmoving hours; the irrational fears which are only darkened by the harsh glare of a suspended, dusty light bulb."

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
Hough's album takes wing in an atmosphere of tension and sombreness...Hough's own Sonata prove the high point...rich in its textural variety and harmonic colours...Hearing a masterful pianist performing his own work is a special experience in itself.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2014
A new disc from Stephen Hough is always welcome. How will he surprise us this time and where will he take us? The answer is into the night - but not gentle or with a mug of cocoa.

International Record Review, May 2014
As one would expect from a pianist of Hough's gifts, textures are imaginative, with plenty of excitement and variety...Hough's musical thinking has the same warmth and communicativeness as his performing persona...His Carnaval has great warmth and gentleness, along with appropriate doses of high spirits...I don't think I've sat through another Carnaval that was quite this much fun.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (05/09/2013-05/10/2013).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestück ("In der Nacht"), for piano, Op. 12/5
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (05/09/2013-05/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (05/09/2013-05/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturnes (2) for Piano, Op. 27
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (05/09/2013-05/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Hough, Stephen [Piano] : Sonata for Piano no 2 ('Notturno Luminoso')
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (05/09/2013-05/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
  • Performer: Stephen Hough (Piano)
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Wyastone Estate, Monmouth (05/09/2013-05/10/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1835