Stephen Hough: Vida breve | Hyperion CDA68260

Stephen Hough: Vida breve


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68260

Barcode: 0034571282602

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 29th January 2021

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Piano Sonatas by Chopin (no.2) and Hough (no.4) are the twin peaks of a typically stimulating recital which – as always from Stephen Hough – spans centuries and styles with assurance. How often do Liszt’s Funérailles and Gounod’s Ave Maria share the same programme? Life is nothing if not unpredictable.


To call this a concept album would be to diminish its power and timeliness. It is both a meditation on the fragility of life and a Bergmanesque game of chess with Death, for which Hough has laid out his pieces and pawns in a masterstroke of programming. ... In the Chaconne, Hough realises Busoni’s gothically enhanced architecture with a palette of orchestral timbres from clangorous bells – making full use of the brightness of his chosen Yamaha – to the tenderest silken threads. ... Two of Hough’s own arrangements, of a Korean traditional song and of Gounod/Bach, are at once transcendental and defiant: checkmate Death.  Michelle Assay
Gramophone February 2021

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