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Stephen Hough: In The Night [Stephen Hough ] [Hyperion: CDA67996]

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Stephen Hough, Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin
  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00ITYHCAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. ROBERT SCHUMANN | In der Nacht Book 2 No 1 of Fantasiestücke, Op 12 [4'10]
  2. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN | Piano Sonata in C sharp minor Moonlight Op 27 No 2 | Adagio sostenuto [5'08]
  3. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN | Piano Sonata in C sharp minor Moonlight Op 27 No 2 | Allegretto [1'53]
  4. LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN | Piano Sonata in C sharp minor Moonlight Op 27 No 2 | Presto agitato [7'05]
  5. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN | Nocturne in C sharp minor Op 27 No 1 [5'13]
  6. FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN | Nocturne in D flat major Op 27 No 2 [5'30]
  7. STEPHEN HOUGH | Piano Sonata No 2 notturno luminoso [18'23]
  8. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Préambule | Quasi maestoso [2'12]
  9. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Pierrot | Moderato [1'31]
  10. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Arlequin | Vivo [1'02]
  11. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Valse noble | Un poco maestoso [2'10]
  12. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Eusebius | Adagio [1'37]
  13. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Florestan | Passionato [0'59]
  14. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Coquette | Vivo [1'37]
  15. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Réplique | Listesso tempo [0'48]
  16. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Papillons | Prestissimo [0'47]
  17. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | ASCHSCHA (Lettres dansantes) | Presto [0'51]
  18. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Chiarina | Passionato [1'29]
  19. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Chopin | Agitato [1'21]
  20. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Estrella | Con affetto [0'29]
  21. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Reconnaissance | Animato [1'55]
  22. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Pantalon et Colombine | Presto [1'01]
  23. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Valse allemande | Molto vivace [0'51]
  24. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Paganini (Intermezzo) | Presto [1'21]
  25. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Aveu | Passionato [1'20]
  26. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Promenade | Comodo [2'39]
  27. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Pause | Vivo [0'15]
  28. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Carnaval Op 9 | Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins | Non allegro [3'32]

Product Description

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Performance ***** Recordings *****
BBC MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CHOICE

This latest recital album by 'the thinking person's virtuoso: an extraordinary pianist' (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. Stephen Hough's thoughtful programming creates a new aural sphere for some of the most celebrated piano works in the repertoire. Hough begins with Schumann's troubled, reeling 'In der Nacht' from Fantasiestücke, and continues with Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata and Chopin's two Op 27 Nocturnes.

With Schumann's Carnaval we eavesdrop on one of the most vibrant parties in the nineteenth-century piano literature, with its panoply of brilliantly etched character sketches depicting both real peoplesuch as Chopin and Paganiniand imaginary ones. Each movement is vividly contrasted; there are moments of unbridled ecstasy, elegant poise and elusive subtlety. Also included is Stephen Hough's own Piano Sonata No 2 '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. But also suggested are night-time's heightened emotions: its mysticism, its magic, its imaginative possibilities.'

Review

"Stephen Hough's album takes wing in an atmosphere of tension and sombreness. Built around his own Second Piano Sonata, subtitled notturno luminoso its programme extends on either side through the landscapes of night by Beethoven, Chopin and Schumann. In this world with its permutations of turbulence, hauntings, nightmare and a more sinister than usual masked ball, anything seems possible except tranquil sleep." --BBC Music Magazine, June'14

"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." --Gramophone, June'14

"If long hot days, relentless televised sport and hayfever are grinding you down, retreat into a cool dark room with this crepuscular anthology from the ever-resourceful Stephen Hough. He's among the most erudite and intelligent of contemporary pianists, and this recital is the sort of thing you'll happily consume in a single sitting. The frenzied whirrings of Schumann's In der Nacht have demonic intensity, and Hough follows the piece with a cobweb-free trot through Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. The Adagio sostenuto's infamous triplets move the music on here, instead of dragging it into the mire. Hough's Presto will terrify newcomers who've not yet progressed beyond the opening. This Beethoven alone would justify the price of the disc. Hough's unsentimental approach also enlivens the two Chopin nocturnes which follow, moving us from an edgy C sharp minor to velvety D flat. Hough's Piano Sonata No. 2 is concerned with a different kind of night... the brightness of a brash city in the hours of darkness... the loneliness of pre-morning sleeplessness... . Unashamedly tonal, it's a cleverly constructed and entertaining work. Different keys are associated with different states, and Hough's penchant for juicy harmonies never palls over 18 rhapsodic minutes. There's a dazzling flash of bright light seconds before the sonata's quiet close. The CD closes in brighter mood with the masked partygoers of Schumann's Carnaval. Here, Hough is impetuous, extrovert and witty. "Papillons" and "Paganini" are especially brilliant, as is the flamboyant "Pause" before the closing March. A desirable disc is rendered even more attractive by the Paul Klee sleeve art." --Sinfini music, July'14

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Stephen Hough has always been one of my favourite pianists. I saw him playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (which is included on this disc) and the Liszt B minor (which isn't) a couple of years ago. They were spellbinding performances and he's managed to work the same magic here.

The theme of 'In the Night' is an interesting one and lets him explore all things nocturnal. The Moonlight Sonata is at the centre of the recital and Hough plays it brilliantly, as he does the Schumann and Chopin pieces. The real discovery, though, is Stephen Hough's own composition, the 'Notturno Luminoso'. A Moonlight Sonata for our time and not to be missed.
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Having been privileged enough to hear Mr Hough play this in a small intimate venue where his sheer brilliance had the room mesmerised, we purchased it. We love his composition, the man is more than a genius.
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Just brilliant playing all through - the Schumann especially a revelation. And SH's own 'notturno luminoso' magnificent. SH always makes you hear the pieces you know (like the Moonlight) again for the first time - always good plus something special.
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Beautiful playing beautifully recorded - a gem of a record.
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One of our greatest living pianists - greatly admire
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