Pre-order at a special price. Available for release 3rd September. French Album: Works by Bach, Faure, Ravel, Massenet, Chabrier, Poulenc etc.

HOUGH, STEPHEN French Album. Works by Bach, Faure, Ravel, Massenet, Chabrier, Poulenc etc. Stephen Hough. HyperionHOUGH, STEPHEN French Album. Works by Bach, Faure, Ravel, Massenet, Chabrier, Poulenc etc. Stephen Hough. HyperionView or buy
“A pianist so free from difficulty that he can soar, inflect and alter the course of a musical argument at the drop of a hat.” – Gramophone
“One of Britain’s best-kept cultural secrets… Hough is a connoisseur, not merely a virtuoso.” – Mail on sunday

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Exquis! Stephen Hough presents an enchanting programme of French music, played with the filigree perfection and total command of the music’s expressive world that make him one of the most admired pianists of today. In typical Houghian style this recital is full of surprises and lesser-known gems from the repertoire, as well as works by the masters Fauré, Ravel, Debussy and Poulenc. A particular delight is Hough’s own arrangement of the Massenet song Crépuscule, a ravishing exercise in creative yet faithful transcription. This release is both a tribute to the lyric genius which flowered in nineteenth- and twentieth-century France, and a glimpse into the musical mind of a great pianist.

Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation. From highly acclaimed performances of central repertoire in recital, in recording, and with the world’s greatest orchestras to an interest in contemporary and neglected nineteenth-century works, he integrates the imagination and pianistic colour of the past with the scholarship and intellectual rigour of the present, illuminating the very essence of the music he plays. He was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2001 in recognition of his achievements, joining prominent scientists, writers and others who have made unique contributions to contemporary life.

Since winning first prize in the Naumburg International Piano Competition in 1983, he has appeared regularly with most of the major American and European orchestras under a range of leading conductors.

His extensive list of recordings has won four Grammy nominations and eight Gramophone Awards—including two ‘Record of the Year’ awards, for concertos by Scharwenka and Sauer (CDA66790) and for the complete works for piano and orchestra by Saint-Saëns (CDA67331/2), the latter voted in 2008 by readers of The Times as the finest classical recording of the last thirty years. Recordings of Mendelssohn, Mompou, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Chopin and Hummel have further reinforced his status as an artist of the utmost distinction and individuality. His live recordings of the complete Rachmaninov piano concertos with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton (CDA67501/2) have been overwhelmingly acclaimed as one of the finest cycles of these popular works ever captured on disc.