Stephen Hough in Recital

27 October 2015 / 19:30

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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)
Liszt Valses Oubliées Nos 1 & 2
Liszt Transcendental Études No 11 (Harmonies du soir) & No 10

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More piano recitals at the Barbican:
Tue 24 Nov - Simon Trpčeski plays Chopin
Mon 14 Dec - Volodos plays Brahms and Schubert
Thu 10 Mar - Evgeni Kissin in recital


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