Ukaria Cultural Centre, Mt Barker
Debussy “Clair de lune” from Suite Bergamasque
Debussy Images, Book II
Schumann Fantasie, op. 17
Debussy “La Terrasse des audiences du clair de lune” from Préludes, Book II
Debussy Images, Book I
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, op. 57 (“Appassionata”)
Please note program is yet to be fully finalised, there may be adjustments to the pieces or length, which will be clearly announced ahead of the concert. Approximate duration 120 minutes (including interval)
In Stephen’s words
“I devised a programme about contrast: the French aesthetic of Debussy as against the German of Schumann and Beethoven, but with a challenge to received ideas about the two.
A standard perception of French piano music is that it’s spontaneous and perfumed, while German music is more planned and structured. But the programme I’ve chosen here turns that on its head.”
— Stephen Hough
About Stephen Hough, piano
“THE MOST PERFECT PIANO PLAYING CONCEIVABLE”
– The Guardian
“A VIRTUOSO WHO BEGINS WHERE OTHERS LEAVE OFF”
– Washington Post
Stephen Hough is regarded as a renaissance man of his time. Over the course of his career he has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, but also as a writer and composer. Mr. Hough is commended for his mastery of the instrument along with an individual and inquisitive mind which has earned him a multitude of prestigious awards and a long-standing international following.
Many of Mr. Hough’s catalogue of over 50 albums have garnered international prizes including the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d’Or, Monde de la Musique, several Grammy nominations, eight Gramophone Magazine Awards including ‘Record of the Year’ in 1996 and 2003, and the Gramophone ‘Gold Disc’ Award in 2008, which named his complete Saint-Saens Piano Concertos as the best recording of the past 30 years. His 2012 recording of the complete Chopin Waltzes received the Diapason d’Or de l’Annee, France’s most prestigious recording award. His 2005 live recording of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos was the fastest selling recording in Hyperion’s history, while his 1987 recording of the Hummel concertos remains Chandos’ best-selling disc to date. His most recent releases, all for Hyperion, include Grieg Lyric Pieces; a recording of his mass, “Missa Mirabilis,” with the Colorado Symphony and Andrew Litton; a recital disc with Steven Isserlis including Mr. Hough’s Sonata for cello and piano (Les Adieux); a solo recital of Scriabin and Janacek; and the Dvorak and Schumann concertos with the CBSO and Andris Nelsons.
A noted writer, Mr. Hough regularly contributes articles for The Guardian, The Times, The Tablet, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and wrote a blog for The Telegraph for seven years which became one of the most popular and influential forums for cultural discussion and for which he wrote over six hundred articles. His book, The Bible as Prayer, was published by Continuum and Paulist Press in 2007. Mr. Hough resides in London where he is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester. He is also a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School.