'Janáček the vertical; Scriabin the horizontal' is how Stephen Hough characterises the two composers he combines in this unusual programme. The former works in small melodic cells, the latter in long, sensual lines. And the contrast between them, says Hough, highlights the beauty of both. Scriabin’s Fifth and Fourth Sonatas, a Poème and Vers la flamme are interspersed with Janáček’s On the overgrown path and Piano Sonata. It is a surprisingly effective combination, with Janáček’s aphoristic style offering welcome levity between Scriabin’s heavier contributions. Hough gives excellent performances, serious and focussed but never too weighty. Some movements seem played to highlight the distinction he draws: flighty rubato in 'They chattered like swallows' exaggerates the impetuousness of Janáček, while Scriabin’s Fourth Sonata is exceptionally smooth and flowing. But in context all work well. The recorded sound is warm and immediate. A fascinating concept album that genuinely does shine new light on both composers.