Stephen Hough presents a solo recital that explores every side of his artistic personality: thinker, creator and consummate virtuoso.
Hough is a phenomenon amongst pianists: a performer of astonishing technical brilliance with the power to find profundity in even the splashiest piano showpiece. Tonight he traces the darkness-to-light journey of three great pianist-composers – and premieres his own Third Sonata.
But this being Hough, there’ll be more to it than just transcendent performances of great but under-rated music. To celebrate the 175th anniversary of The Tablet, Hough has devised a programme by composers – Schubert, Liszt and Franck - whose spiritual preoccupations match his own; a thought-provoking context for a major new work by one of the few living musicians to have been awarded a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.
Programme & Performers
Schubert Sonata No 14 in A minor, D784 Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue Hough Piano Sonata III (world premiere, commissioned to mark the 175th anniversary of The Tablet) LisztValses Oubliées Nos 1 & 2 Liszt Transcendental Études No 11 (Harmonies du soir) & No 10