Vida breve

Piano Sonatas by Chopin (No 2) and Hough (No 4) are the twin peaks of a typically stimulating recital which—as always from Stephen Hough—spans centuries and styles with assurance. How often do Liszt’s Funérailles and Gounod’s Ave Maria share the same programme? Life is nothing if not unpredictable.

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‘To call this a concept album would be to diminish its power and timeliness. It is both a meditation on the fragility of life and a Bergmanesque game of chess with Death, for which Hough has laid out ...
BBC Music Magazine
‘Fabulous playing’ (BBC Record Review)