Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos II
Stephen Hough, Piano
DEBUSSY "Clair de lune" from Suite bergamasque
DEBUSSY Images, Book II
SCHUMANN Fantasy in C Major
DEBUSSY "La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune" from Preludes, Book II
DEBUSSY Images, Book I
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata"
SCHUMANN Posthumous Variation V (Moderato) from Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 (1873 version)
CHOPIN Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2
Stephen Hough is regarded as a Renaissance man of his time. Throughout the course of his career, he has distinguished himself as a true polymath, securing a reputation not only as an insightful pianist, but also as a writer and composer. In 2001, he became the first classical performing artist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship; in 2013, he was named a Commander of the British Empire. He has appeared with most major American and European orchestras, and regularly plays recitals in prominent halls and concert series around the world.
This season, in recital and recording, Mr. Hough celebrates the centennial of Claude Debussy, who died in 1918. In addition to his Carnegie Hall performance, he tours the evening’s program around the world, including to London, Milan, Mumbai, and Paris; and throughout North America, with recitals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Miami, Durham (Duke University), and four stops in Hawaii. Mr. Hough’s first all-Debussy recording—comprising Children’s Corner; Estampes; Images, Books I and II; La plus que lente; and L’isle joyeuse—was released this winter by Hyperion Records, for which he has recorded more than 50 albums.
Additional season highlights include performances with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, New Jersey, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, Utah, and Vancouver; a four-city West Coast tour with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet; and appearances at the BBC Proms and with the Kammerorchester Basel, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, where he is currently artist-in-residence.
Mr. Hough is a respected writer and contributes to BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, The Guardian, and The Times, among other publications. For years, his blog for The Telegraph was one of the most popular and influential forums for cultural discussion. His first novel, The Final Retreat, will be published by Sylph Editions this March. His musical compositions are published by Josef Weinberger Ltd., and he is also an avid and exhibited painter.
To learn more, visit stephenhough.com.