Stephen Hough: the best recordings by the British pianist
We name the greatest albums by the piano polymath Stephen Hough
Hummel: Piano Concertos (1987)
English Chamber Orchestra/Bryden Thomson Chandos
Made early in Hough’s recording career, his Gramophone Award-winning accounts of Hummel’s concertos remain fresh and joyous.
Mompou: Piano Music (1997)
Hough’s identification with the Catalan’s meditative and haunting music was all the more striking after his vivid recordings of Beethoven and Britten, and won critical plaudits.
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos (2004)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton
Hough’s magisterial playing in these authoritative accounts of the concertos and the Rhapsody is matched by a superlative orchestra.
Including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Schumann’s Carnaval, and Hough’s own Piano Sonata No. 2, this is one of his most imaginative and evocative programmes.
Mendelssohn • Grieg • Hough (2015)
Steven Isserlis (cello)
Hough and cellist Steven Isserlis form a first-rate partnership in this attractive programme, including Hough’s own ingenious Sonata for Cello and Piano Left Hand.
Chopin’s Second Sonata is the centrepiece of another imaginatively planned recital which shows, said BBC Music Magazine, ‘Hough’s comprehensive mastery of his art’.
Read all our reviews of Stephen Hough's recordings here.
Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.