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27 June 2018
Few current classical pianists have as high a reputation as Stephen Hough, a reputation founded on solid achievements in the core repertoire. But he is also a composer and an arranger with a catholic taste - several of his arrangements of songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals are to be found on Jenny Lin’s disc ‘Get Happy’, reviewed elsewhere. This disc comprises 27 mostly short pieces, 14 of which are transcriptions. If the musical substance of a number of them are perhaps rather slight the collection as a whole makes for fascinating and, indeed, enjoyable listening. Familiar pieces like Elgar’s ‘Salut d’amour’, Eric Coates’ ‘By the sleepy lagoon’ and the folk song ‘Blow the wind southerly’, not normally heard on the piano, are given the same stylish treatment as more weighty items such as Liszt’s ‘Harmonies du soir’ and Etude in F Minor. The artist clearly has a puckish sense of humour, typified by his transcription of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ as a rhumba and his prefacing of an arrangement of the Russian pop tune ‘Moscow Nights’ with a quotation from Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2. This is altogether a treasurable recital that gives great musical
pleasure.
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