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Stephen Hough: the best recordings by the British pianist

We name the greatest albums by the piano polymath Stephen Hough

Published: September 28, 2021 at 12:17 pm
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Hummel: Piano Concertos (1987)

English Chamber Orchestra/Bryden Thomson Chandos
CHAN 8507

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Made early in Hough’s recording career, his Gramophone Award-winning accounts of Hummel’s concertos remain fresh and joyous.

Mompou: Piano Music (1997)

Hyperion CDA66963

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
Hyperion CDA67501/2

Hough’s magisterial playing in these authoritative accounts of the concertos and the Rhapsody is matched by a superlative orchestra.

In the Night (2014)

Works by Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann and Hough
Hyperion CDA67996

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)

Cello Sonatas
Steven Isserlis (cello)
Hyperion CDA68079

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.

Vida Breve (2021)

Bach, Chopin, Liszt etc
Hyperion CDA68260

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’.

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Authors

Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

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.

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