Stephen Hough, piano

Submitted by sallydoyle on July 30, 2019 - 14:14

Venue, Timing and Cost

St John the Evangelist church
Saturday, 21 March 2020
£35, £28, £21, £17; under 25s £10 reduction
Stephen Hough

7th SJE Arts International Piano Series

Bach arr. Busoni: Chaconne from Partita no.2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque, Op. 42
Chopin: Sonata no. 2 in B-flat minor, Op.35
Hough: Sonata no. 4 (Vida Breve)
Liszt: Funerailles from S.173
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz (Bagatelle without tonality)
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no. 1

Composer, writer and peerless performer, Stephen Hough takes on the theme of death. People are reluctant, he notes, to confront the reality of death but ‘in painting, literature and music, death has always been a central subject resulting in the most exalted and inexhaustible expression’. Hough’s programme explores this further.

Bach supposedly wrote the Chaconnein memory of his first wife Maria, while Busoni’s Berceuse acquired, on orchestration, the subtitle ‘the man’s lullaby at his mother’s coffin’. Sonata no. 2 by Chopin has the famous Funeral March slow movement and Hough’s own Sonata no. 4 reflects on the transience of life. Of the three Liszt compositions, Funérailles, commemorates three of the composer’s friends who died in the crushed Hungarian uprising of 1849. The two Mephisto waltzes conjure the devil himself in an unholy brew of dissonance, tension and passion.

Stephen Hough’s previous SJE performances had a charged atmosphere. We anticipate a thrilling evening.


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