BUSONI Berceuse Élégiaque
CHOPIN Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op.35 Funeral March
HOUGH Sonata No.4 Vida Breve
LISZT Mephisto Waltz (bagatelle without tonality)
LISZT 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
Stephen Hough’s beautifully crafted programme offers a personal consideration of the subject of death. But rather than being an evening of introspection, the starting point is Stephen’s observation that “in the word of the arts – painting, literature and music – death has always been a central subject resulting in the most exalted and inexhaustible expression”.
Different perspectives are provided by Bach, Busoni and Chopin, while in Liszt’s two Mephisto Waltzes the Devil is confronted face to face. The Vida Breve subtitle of Stephen’s own Fourth Sonata is intended “to evoke the melancholy of life’s short duration…as well as to prepare the listener for a sonata lasting only 10 minutes.”
Stephen’s spring 2017 Crucible Studio concert sold out in record time, so early booking is highly recommended.
A Music in the Round performance. Part of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival.