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Puckish Effervesence

A piano recital
by Stephen Hough -
heard by the late
HOWARD SMITH

'... music from the sublime to the Antipodean.'

Stephen Hough in recital. © 2009 Hyperion Records Ltd

This fine selection of works, much of it enthrallingly performed, reflects a wide-ranging concert programme which Hough performed all round the world in the 2007/8 season.

But the fatuous Guardian quote (on Hyperion's website) singling Hough out 'as one of the six greatest pianists performing in the world today' is pure media nonsense.

Just one item herein (The Mephisto Waltz) can be heard in far more mesmerizing, albeit aging performances on any of the following recordingsEarl Wild (Ivory Classics CD-70901), Van Cliburn ('My Favorite Liszt', RCA Red Seal), William Kapell ('Great Pianists of the 20th Century', Philips 456 853-2CD), No 52; Sergio Fiorentino ('The Early Recordings' Volume 4, Appian Records 5584), Gyorg Cziffra (EMI 'Great Artists of the (20th) Century', 5 62801) or Julius Katchen ('The Art of Julius Katchen' Vol 4, Decca 460 831-2, 2 CDs).

Indeed Hyperion itself has a finer performance of TMW with Leslie Howard ('Liszt Waltzes', CDA 66201)...

Copyright © 8 August 2017 Estate of the late Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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STEPHEN HOUGH IN RECITAL

HYPERION RECORDS LTD

PIANO MUSIC

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

CARL MARIA VON WEBER

FRYDERYCK CHOPIN

CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS

EMMANUEL CHABRIER

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

FRANZ LISZT

2009

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