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Track(s) taken from CDA67267

Bagatelles

composer
1938

Stephen Hough (piano)
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Recording details: January 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Mike Hatch
Release date: March 2002
Total duration: 5 minutes 42 seconds

Cover artwork: Days Gone By (2001) by Anthony Mastromatteo (b?)
Private Collection
 

Reviews

'Another winner from the ever-imaginative Stephen Hough. In all these pieces Hough's magic is presented in full, clear Hyperion sound' (Gramophone)

'Powerful, sympathetic and beautifully recorded, and his fans everywhere will be thrilled' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Exquisite presentation … [Hough] is a pianist of such refinement and impeccable technique that he makes everything he plays compellingly interesting … [the Leighton Studies] have a clear awareness of other 20th -century musical styles, including jazz, and there is an element of virtuosity that Hough, of course, delivers brilliantly' (The Guardian)

'Hough's performances are magical – scintillating, refined, sensuous in the smaller works, commanding and powerful in Rawsthorne and Leighton. I hope this superb pianist records many more recitals of British music' (American Record Guide)

'Hough’s pianism is a constant source of wonder – every chord and phrase perfectly judged' (Classic FM Magazine)

'these performances can be regarded as definitive … A CD of revealing personal choices of a master pianist, and one that reveals yet more very worthy British music … Strongly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'(Hough) plays with an astonishing command, great insight and some terrific finesse, in a performance that ranges from the elegant and sensitive to the vigorous and exhilarating' (Hi-Fi News)

'I’ve long admired the unfailingly beautiful, carefully honed, paradoxically rich but lean textures and sonorities Stephen Hough cultivates … a style in which patient, sustained utterance came to seem immediate, fervent and idealistic  … Crystal-sharp sound and superb performances; transcendental technique in the service of music that at least sets itself transcendental goals' (Pianist)

'Hough plays [Leighton] superbly, with marvellous tonal control in the rugged and spiky passages and also in the quiet harmonic episodes that glow with fierce intensity … enjoyable, excellently performed and beautifully engineered CD' (International Piano)

'Hough is one of world’s grandest piano performers, imaginative, graceful, powerful, able to dazzle with both his technique and his mind … a haunting and complex collection' (Philadelphia Post)

'This is a treat for lovers of the piano … Fascinating stuff' (Manchester Evening News)

'scrupulous, full … bodied, and technically impeccable performances … He revels in the sensuous harmonic felicities that color Stephen Reynolds' pastiches and makes an easy task of York Bowen’s fustian textures (ClassicsToday.com)
Alan Rawsthorne was an original and powerful voice in British music in the mid-twentieth century. The Bagatelles, four short pieces ingeniously based on a ten-note theme, were written in 1938 for my teacher Gordon Green. I studied them with him as a teenager and I remember his eyes filling with tears on one occasion after hearing the last piece, its restrained emotion reminding him of his affectionate friendship with the composer and the latter’s recent death.

from notes by Stephen Hough © 2002

Alan Rawsthorne fut une voix originale et puissante de la musique britannique au milieu du XXe siècle. Les Bagatelles, quatre courtes pièces ingénieusement élaborée sur un thème de dix notes, furent écrites en 1938 pour mon professeur, Gordon Green. C’est auprès de lui que je me formais lors de mon adolescence et je me souviens de ses yeux remplis de larmes après qu’il eut entendu la dernière pièce, d’une émotion toute retenue, qui lui rappelait l’amitié pleine d’affection qu’il entretenait avec le compositeur, et la disparition récente de ce dernier.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Hough © 2002
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Alan Rawsthorne stellte um die Mitte des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts eine originelle und kraftvolle Stimme in der britischen Musik dar. Die Bagatelles, vier kurze Stücke, die raffiniert auf einem zehn Noten umfassenden Thema aufgebaut sind, wurden 1938 für meinen Lehrer Gordon Green geschrieben. Ich hatte als Jugendlicher bei ihm Unterricht und erinnere mich, wie ihm bei einer Gelegenheit nach dem Anhören des letzten Stücks Tränen in die Augen traten, als dessen zurückgenommene Emotion ihn an seine liebevolle Freundschaft zu dem Komponisten und dessen kurz zuvor erfolgten Tod erinnerte.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Hough © 2002
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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