CURRENT SEASON

STEPHEN HOUGH piano

Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 8pm


Bach/Busoni – Chaconne in D minor

Hough – Sonata no. 4

Chopin – Sonata no. 2 in B flat minor, op 35

Busoni – Sonatina no. 6 [Carmen Fantasy]

Busoni – Berceuse élégiaque

Liszt – Funérailles

Liszt – Mephisto Waltz (Bagatelle without tonality)

Liszt – Mephisto Waltz no. 1

Stephen Hough is one of the most distinctive and sought-after pianists in the world. He combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. The first classical performer to win a MacArthur Fellowship, an award for extraordinary originality in creative pursuits, Stephen was made CBE in the New Year’s Honours list of 2014.

In a typically challenging programme Stephen Hough celebrates the pianist-composer, highlighting Chopin and Liszt and the less well-known Busoni but also playing his own most recent piano sonata. This is preceded by Busoni’s great elaboration of Bach’s Chaconne for solo violin and followed by Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’ sonata. Liszt is represented by Funérailles, written following Chopin’s death, and the concert concludes with his truly demonic Mephisto Waltz no. 1.

“It’s hard not to be a little awestruck by the breadth of Stephen Hough’s passions, to say nothing of his talents. [He] is simply one of the most interesting musicians around.” BOSTON GLOBE