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Track(s) taken from CDA67686

Matilda's Waltz

traditional Australian tune, Waltzing Matilda

Stephen Hough (piano)
Recording details: July 2008
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Rachel Smith
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: March 2009
Total duration: 2 minutes 52 seconds

Cover artwork: When all is said & done (2006) by Anthony Mastromatteo (b?)
Reproduced by kind permission of the artist / Private Collection


'Listening to this recital I felt as though I were a guest at a sumptuous banquet … it is the different wines accompanying each course that make this meal special, that is to say the discriminating premier cru tone, touch (what magically hushed pianissimos) and masterly pedalling to which the diners are treated, each element adjusted to each composer yet all unmistakably Stephen Hough—vintage Hough at that, for here is a pianist at the height of his powers … a great piano recording and front runner for instrumental disc of the year' (Gramophone)

'The glinting wit and thorough seriousness of pianist Stephen Hough's playing—attributes you desire from all virtuosi but do not always find—make this mixed repertoire disc a particular joy' (The Observer)

'Variations sérieuses is given a spontaneous and nimble account, fully relaying Mendelssohn's dazzling invention; and also his heart … [Beethoven Op 111] the second movement has rarely sounded more luminous … [Invitation to the Dance] Hough's performance is scintillating and affectionate, notably lucid in how the hands interact. The Chopin waltzes are pleasurable for Hough's unaffected and crisp (but never inflexible) playing … this thoughtfully conceived, superbly executed and produced release warrants a most enthusiastic recommendation' (International Record Review)

'Hough's clear-sighted path through both the Mendelssohn and Beethoven, every detail perfectly placed, belies the charm he brings to the bravura glitter of the Weber, the subtle ambiguities of Debussy's La Plus que Lente, and the more insidious allure of the Liszt. It's a beautifully accomplished sequence' (The Guardian)

'It's hard to think of another pianist who could encompass such high seriousness—his techincal brilliance is never an alibi for superficiality in Beethoven and Mendelssohn—and high jinks within the same programme … Hough wears his virtuosity so lightly that the fantastically difficult notes seem to pour off his fingers with effortless ease. His Weber and Liszt are played with staggering bravura, his Chopin is both brilliant and wistful, and his Waltzing Matilda makes you want to laugh out loud' (The Sunday Times)
Waltzing Matilda is the unofficial Australian national anthem—a bright, popular song with dim, obscure origins. It always puzzled me though that it was in 4/4 time, thus not a waltz in the traditionally understood way. For an Australian tour I decided to make this arrangement—as a tribute to a country I love and of which I have dual-citizenship, as well as to give Matilda the chance to fulfill her destiny … three-in-a-bar!

from notes by Stephen Hough © 2009

Waltzing-Matilda est l’hymne national officieux de l’Australie, un chant éclatant, populaire, aux origines floues, obscures, mais dont le 4/4 m’a toujours intrigué—ce n’est donc pas une valse au sens traditionnel du terme. J’ai décidé de réaliser cet arrangement pour une tournée australienne, en hommage à un pays que j’adore, et dont j’ai aussi la nationalité, mais encore pour donner à Matilda la chance d’accomplir son destin … à trois temps!

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Hough © 2009
Français: Hypérion

Waltzing Matilda ist die inoffizielle australische Nationalhymne—ein heiteres, beliebtes Lied mit dunklen, undurchsichtigen Wurzeln. Es hat mich schon immer gewundert, dass es in 4/4 steht und damit nicht der traditionellen Walzer-Norm entspricht. Die vorliegende Bearbeitung habe ich für eine Konzerttournee durch Australien angefertigt—ich zolle damit einerseits einem Land, das ich liebe und aus dem ich zur Hälfte stamme Tribut und gebe andererseits Matilda die Gelegenheit, ihrer Bestimmung gerecht zu werden, nämlich mit drei Schlägen pro Takt!

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Hough © 2009
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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