Stephen Hough: The Erato Years 1987-1998

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Stephen Hough: The Erato Years 1987-1998
Stephen Hough (piano)

[ Erato / 9 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 19 November 2021

Some of Stephen Hough's most exquisite recordings come from his collaborations with EMI and Virgin Classics during this early period, offering a taste of the pianist's impeccable touch, his musical and intellectual rigor, and his fondness for the short showpieces that filled late 19th-century salons and peppered the 78 rpm records of golden-age pianists. In the two all-Liszt recitals, Stephen Hough is also in his element, creating atmospheric colors, with notes flowing like streams of pearls, shaping and magnifying the dramatic depth of these works. From Mozart to Schumann, Brahms to Britten, looking back at the great virtuoso tradition while looking forward through his own arrangements, Stephen Hough presents, through these early recordings, a fascinating portrait of a young artist whose brilliant, artistic intellect and appetite for creativity remains unmatched today.


Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunehomme"

MacDowell: Hexentanz (Witches' Dance), Op. 17, No. 2

Liszt: Polish Songs S480 No. 1 "Maiden's Wish" (after Chopin)

Quilter: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal (arr. For keyboard by Hough)
Quilter: The Fuchsia Tree, Op. 25 No. 2

Dohnányi: Concert Etude, Op. 28 No. 6 in F minor (Capriccio)

Paderewski: Minuet in G major, Op. 14 No. 1
Paderewski: Nocturne in B flat Op. 16 No. 4

Schlözer: Etude in A flat major, Op. 1 No. 2

Gabrilovich: Mélodie in E
Gabrilovich: Caprice-Burlesque

Rodgers, R: My Favorite Things (from The Sound of Music)

Woodforde-Finden: Kashmiri Song

Friedman, I: Music Box, Op.33 No.3.

Saint-Saëns: Le Cygne (from Le carnaval des animaux)

Rosenthal, Moritz: Papillons

Godowsky: The Garden of Buitenzorg (from Java Suite)

Levitzki: Waltz in A major, Op. 2 'Valse amour'

Palmgren: En route

Moszkowski: Siciliano
Moszkowski: Caprice espagnole, Op. 37

Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Liszt: Tarantella, S. 162 No. 3 (from Venezia e Napoli)
Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole, S254
Liszt: Pensée des Morts (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 4)
Liszt: Legende S.175 No. 1, St Francis of Assisi preaching to the birds
Liszt: Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 3)

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
Schumann: Album for the Young, Op. 68 - excerpts
Schumann: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Britten: Holiday Diary Op. 5 for solo piano
Britten: Three Character Pieces
Britten: Night Pieces (Notturno) for piano
Britten: Sonatina romantica (1940)
Britten: Variations for piano solo
Britten: Five Waltzes for piano
Britten: Two Lullabies for Two Pianos
Britten: Mazurka Elegiaca op.23 no.2
Britten: Introduction and Rondo alla burlesca, op.23 No.1

Liszt: Ave Maria IV in G major, S545 / R194
Liszt: Aux cyprès de la Villa d'Este (Années de pèlerinage III, S. 163 No. 2)
Liszt: Aux cyprès de la Villa d'Este (Années de pèlerinage III, S. 163 No. 3)
Liszt: Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este (Années de pèlerinage III, S. 163 No. 4)
Liszt: Receuillement, S204
Liszt: La Lugubre Gondola I, S200 No. 1
Liszt: La Lugubre Gondola II, S200 No. 2
Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161 No. 7)
Liszt: Ave Maria für die grosse Klavierschule von Lebert und Stark, S182 / R67, "Die Glocken von Rom"

Czerny: Brilliant variations on a theme from Bellini's 'The Capulets and the Montagues'

Levitzki: The Enchanted Nymph

Schumann: Der Kontrabandiste, Op. 74 No. 10

Rubinstein, A: Melody in F major, Op. 3 No. 1

Liebermann, L: Gargoyles

and much more