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Chopin: The Complete Waltzes [CD]

Stephen Hough Audio CD
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Hough was born in Heswall (then in Cheshire) on the Wirral Peninsula, and grew up in Hoylake, where he began piano lessons at the age of five. In 1978, he was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and won the piano section. In 1982, he won the Terence Judd Award in England. In 1983, he took first prize at the Naumburg International Piano Competition in New ... Read more in Amazon's Stephen Hough Store

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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: Frédéric Chopin
  • Audio CD (1 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0053SQRHO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Waltz in E flat major OP 18 [5'10]
2. Waltz in A flat major OP 34 NO 1 [5'14]
3. Waltz in A minor OP 34 NO 2 [5'19]
4. Waltz in F major OP 34 NO 3 [2'13]
5. Waltz in A flat major OP 42 [3'49]
6. Waltz in D flat major Minute OP 64 NO 1 [1'37]
7. Waltz in C sharp minor OP 64 NO 2 [3'19]
8. Waltz in A flat major OP 64 NO 3 [3'07]
9. Waltz in D flat major OP 70 NO 3 [2'33]
10. Waltz in B minor OP 69 NO 2 [2'41]
11. Waltz in E major KKIVA/12 [2'03]
12. Waltz in A flat major KKIVA/13 [1'19]
13. Waltz in E minor KKIVA/15 [2'42]
14. Waltz in G flat major OP 70 NO 1 [2'06]
15. Waltz in A flat major OP 69 NO 1 [3'00]
16. Waltz in F minor OP 70 NO 2 [1'45]
17. Waltz in A minor KKIVB/11 [1'32]
18. Sostenuto in E flat major Waltz KKIVB/10 [1'22]
19. Waltz in E flat major KKIVA/14 [2'18]
20. Waltz in F sharp minor Valse mélancolique KKIB/7 [2'28]
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There's no prescribed order for playing the 20 Chopin waltzes that Stephen Hough includes in this delightful, effortlessly stylish collection, and Hough opts to present the eight pieces Chopin sanctioned for publication in his lifetime first, in chronological order, from the E flat major Op 18 to the Waltz in A flat Op 64 No 3, before moving on to the posthumously published ones. As a sequence it works well, allowing Hough to set off his marvellously coloured account of the introspective A minor Waltz Op 34 No 2 with the much more extrovert examples in A flat and F from the same set on either side, for instance. But in fact I suspect that whatever the order chosen, the result would have been equally convincing, for Hough's playing has such authority and panache, its balance between virtuosity and vividly communicated expression so finely judged, that every perfectly scaled moment is as intensely realised as every other. Few other pianists around today play Chopin with as much understanding and poised mastery as this. --Guardian,28/07/11

Chopin's waltzes are salon pieces, but always more than salon pieces, and Hough brings an astonishing range of touch to them. All those sophisticated inner parts and harmonic shifts are brought out with the greatest insouciance and style. Impishly, he ends this disc with a nocturne, Op 9 No 2, as if to show that it is actually a waltz in disguise.***** --Daily Telegraph,11/08/11

Hough shows all the required elegence,wit and virtuosity.First class recorded sound,too. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11

Stephen Hough brings out all the wit and wierdnes,elation and poignancy of all the works on this disc.This is an album to be savoured for years to come.The disc is produced by Andrew Keener,so it almost goes without saying that it is demonstration quality. ***** DISC OF THE MONTH --Classic fm Magazine,Oct'11

Hough shows all the required elegence,wit and virtuosity.First class recorded sound,too. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11

Hough charms and beguiles in this considered reading of Chopin's waltzes. --Gramophone,Oct'11

Hough shows all the required elegence,wit and virtuosity.First class recorded sound,too. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11

Hough charms and beguiles in this considered reading of Chopin's waltzes. --Gramophone,Oct'11

Hough shows all the required elegence,wit and virtuosity.First class recorded sound,too. Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Sept'11

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 11 Oct 2011
By Elpenor
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In this recording, Stephen Hough has really surpassed himself. He plays the Waltzes in such a deliciously elegant and playful way, it's a joy from start to finish. You can practically sense how much Hough is enjoying himself throughout these pieces. Another thing is that he brings out so many felicitous details and makes the pieces really sound fresh, yet this never sounds like self-conscious 'interpretation'. Until now I've been swearing by Rubinstein, Ashkenazy and Alexandre Tharaud in the Waltzes. Not any more - the top spot is occupied solely by Stephen Hough, and I say that as someone who is not always convinced by Hough's playing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer bliss 4 Jan 2014
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This CD had terrific reviews in the press when it was released, and it does not disappoint. Stephen Hough's playing is touch perfect and beautiful to listen to. You must have this in your collection!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Chopin interpretation 15 Sep 2011
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We expect excellent musicianship from Stephen hough, and here we are not disapointed. Extreme clarity and perfect articulation result in a wonderful performance of the waltzes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Oct 2011
By P. Potter VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's a shame that Chopin's waltzes are often overlooked by pianists seeking to record Chopin's music, so it's good to see the issue being addressed here. An excellent CD which I would highly recommend. A valuable addition to anyone's CD collection.
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