Schubert: Piano Sonatas D664, 769a & 894

Hyperion
CDA68370

‘What a joy it is to bask in Stephen Hough’s musicianship. This magical disc pairs the late G major sonata and the A major from 1819, with the tantalising 'fragment' of the abandoned D 769a sonata, an intriguing interstitial morsel. The G major andante, with its strange echoes of the allegro from Beethoven’s 18th piano sonata, is pure Houghian delight: precision, phrasing, suspension, a delicacy of touch coexisting with an unfettered robustness. The carefree innocence of the A major’s opening movement is meat and drink to the pianist, and his playing of it demonstrates—again—why he is a supreme interpreter of Schubert: the nuance, shading and sonority seem both acutely focused and entirely innate.’ — The Sunday Times

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Chopin: Nocturnes

Hyperion
CDA68351/2

‘This complete set of Chopin Nocturnes … is a sure-fire winner, fit to be placed alongside recordings by giants of the past, such as my particular favourite, Arthur Rubinstein … even if you know the Nocturnes (or think you do), and are well stocked with recordings, make room for this one, augmented as it is by five other charming but spurious nocturnes, once thought to be by Chopin. Some pianists think a Chopin recital is all about them, and their excessive poetic feelings. Hough thinks these Nocturnes, to which Chopin was devoted, are all about the composer. His reticence does Chopin’s genius a huge service, especially when his playing is so refined, and his dynamics and tempi so perfectly judged’ — The Mail on Sunday, [5 Stars]

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Brahms: Three Sonatas

Stephen Hough (piano), Michael Collins (clarinet)
BIS
BIS-2557

‘With the eminent Brahms interpreter Stephen Hough, Collins brings special musical insights to these two late works. Notably, they triumphantly solve the interpretative conundrums posed by some of the composer’s equivocal performing directions...An added bonus is Collins’s transcription of the Amajor Violin Sonata which actually sounds just as idiomatic on the clarinet as in its original incarnation.’ — BBC Music Magazine [5 Stars]

Awards

  • Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice (February 2022)
  • Presto Editor's Choice (January 2022)
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Schumann: Arabeske, Kreisleriana & Fantasie

Hyperion
CDA68363

‘Such tenderness in the opening movement [of the Fantasie]—Schumann's deep lament for Clara—then more extrovert but never flamboyant; deeply thought and felt from beginning to end … I was captivated by it under the peculiar circumstances of our first 'live' broadcast from Wigmore Hall last year, but the magic is in this studio recording as well, and it's a well-balanced sound. The intimacy and every mercurial change of colour and mood in Schumann's Kreisleriana; less volcanic than some, perhaps, but Hough doesn't have to shout to make his musical points. The opening Arabeske is a deliciously understated way to start as well. It's Schumann from the top drawer … my Record of the Week’ — BBC Record Review

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Elgar: Violin Concerto & Violin Sonata

Renaud Capuçon (violin), Stephen Hough (piano) London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle
Erato
9029511282

‘[Rattle] takes the concerto firmly back into the 19th century, and when the soloist eventually enters, the generous space he allows himself for his initial phrases suggests that he shares that view of the work, too…Capuçon’s partnership with Stephen Hough is very much a true meeting of equals, with both contributing ideas to the interpretation; it’s a wonderfully flexible performance, with just the right sense of veiled nostalgia about it.’ — BBC Music Magazine

Awards

  • Gramophone Magazine Critics' Choice
  • Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice (April 2021)
  • Gramophone Awards, Shortlisted - Concerto (2021)
  • Record Review Record of the Week (March 6, 2021)
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The Erato Years 1987-1998

Erato
9029672918

Some of Stephen Hough’s most exquisite recordings come from his collaborations with EMI and Virgin Classics during this early period, offering a taste of the pianist’s impeccable touch, his musical and intellectual rigor, and his fondness for the short showpieces that filled late 19th-century salons and peppered the 78 rpm records of golden-age pianists. In the two all-Liszt recitals, Stephen Hough is also in his element, creating atmospheric colors, with notes flowing like streams of pearls, shaping and magnifying the dramatic depth of these works. From Mozart to Schumann, Brahms to Britten, looking back at the great virtuoso tradition while looking forward through his own arrangements, Stephen Hough presents, through these early recordings, a fascinating portrait of a young artist whose brilliant, artistic intellect and appetite for creativity remains unmatched today.

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Vida breve

Hyperion
CDA68260

‘To call this a concept album would be to diminish its power and timeliness. It is both a meditation on the fragility of life and a Bergmanesque game of chess with Death, for which Hough has laid out his pieces and pawns in a masterstroke of programming … there is a poised and noble feel to Hough’s Chopin, subtly embellished as it is with effortless rubatos. Listen to the Trio section of the Scherzo for a masterclass in unselfconscious artistry. Or marvel at the natural flowing tempo for the Funeral March, supporting a cinematographic contrast of ever more invasive death knells and subdued mourning … two of Hough’s own arrangements, of a Korean traditional song and of Gounod/Bach, are at once transcendental and defiant: checkmate Death’ — Gramophone

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Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces

Hyperion
CDA68116

‘One of the finest accounts of Brahms’s late piano works on record, one that stands head and shoulders above most contenders in an ever-growing catalogue … in his natural, unmannered freedom, Hough can be ranged alongside Radu Lupu … both join hands with the treasurable few Brahms recordings that have survived from Ilona Eibenschütz, friend of the composer who gave the private premieres of Op 118 and Op 119’ — Gramophone

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Beethoven: The Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough (piano), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu (conductor)
Hyperion
CDA68291/3

‘It is a tribute to the quality of Stephen Hough’s musicianship that the new cycle’s most memorable performance should be that of Beethoven’s Janus-like Third Piano Concerto, the one—on record at least—that has often proved the most elusive … a soloist whose fineness of touch and sharpness of delineation recall those of such predecessors as Solomon and Gilels’ — Gramophone

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Debussy: Piano Music

Hyperion
CDA68139

‘Hough begins his disc with the Estampes, a vivid reminder that Debussy loved art as much as music, and Hough similarly paints as well as plays. His 'Pagodes' sets the scene with just the right degree of blurring of the lines, motifs emerging and then receding once more, all combining to ethereal effect. In the closing 'Jardins' his pacing is spot-on’ — Gramophone

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Stephen Hough's Dream Album

Hyperion
CDA68176

‘A bran tub of bonbons, yes, but much more than that: it is also a portrait of an artist in love with music of all sorts … witty, wistful, extrovert, introspective and cheeky by turn, this is a masterclass in a certain style of piano-playing, and a dream of an album’ — Gramophone

‘It's hard not to be smitten by the first-class musicianship, delicacy and fancy twinkling and winking through the Minkus transcriptions, or the genuine feeling bubbling up in Dvorak's Humoresque, Elgar's Salut d'amour, or Richard Tauber's sentimental hit number Das alte Lied … a sweet album, this, superbly played and recorded’ — BBC Music Magazine

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Dvorak & Schumann: Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (conductor)
Hyperion
CDA68099

‘Some of Stephen Hough's greatest triumphs are to be found in Hyperion's wondrous Romantic Piano Concerto series. In a sense he has returned to that territory with the Dvorak Concerto, a work heinously neglected after it was condemned as being unpianistic … Andris Nelsons and the CBSO clearly relish the symphonic nature of the piece and their playing is one of the great pleasures here’ — Gramophone

Awards

  • Classic FM Album of the Week
  • Presto Classical Disc of the Year 2016 (Top 10)
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Scriabin & Janacek: Sonatas & Poems

Hyperion
CDA67895

‘To music that all too often leaves one rudderless and gasping for air in wave after wave of opulently ambivalent harmony, Hough brings orientation and direction without sacrificing sensuality or mystical aura. He accomplishes this through an almost uncanny variety of touch, tone production and judicious pedalling’ — Gramophone

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Mendelssohn, Grieg & Hough: Cello Sonatas

Steven Isserlis (cello), Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion
CDA68079

‘The performance couldn’t be more persuasive and the two players are beautifully recorded, with Isserlis providing typically engaging notes’ — Gramophone

Awards

  • Gramophone Editor's Choice recording (July 2015)
  • Recording of the Month, Limelight Magazine (October 2015)
  • Gramophone Magazine Top 10 Grieg Recordings
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Grieg: Lyric Pieces

Hyperion
CDA68070

‘Stephen Hough is up there with the best; may we never take his excellence for granted … his virtuosity, polish, control of nuance and a huge range of dynamics are lovely to have’ — Gramophone

Awards

  • Norman Lebrecht Album of the Week (20 April 2015)
  • The Sunday Times Album of the Week (25 May 2015)
  • Pianist Magazine Editor's Choice (June/July 2015)
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Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem; Hough: Missa Mirabilis

Colorado Symphony Chorus, Colorado Symphony, Andrew Litton (conductor)
Hyperion
CDA68096

‘Not only does Andrew Litton draw a terrifically agile response from his combined Colorado Symphony forces, he masterminds a reading which in its expressive urgency, arresting conviction and dramatic bite grabs the listener from the word go’ — Gramophone

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In the Night

Hyperion
CDA67996

‘A new disc from Stephen Hough is always welcome. How will he surprise us this time and where will he take us? … there’s the dark and turbulent eponymous tone-poem and the far-from-restful presto finale of the 'Moonlight', given additional agitation by Hough’s spiky left-hand off-beats. The two adroitly chosen Nocturnes show that Chopin’s nocturnal reveries could be as dark and threatening in their own way as Hough’s, if his Sonata notturno luminoso is anything to go by. Angular, dissonant, fiery and often bleak, this work (18’23" in length) suggests, among its many images, ‘the irrational fears or the disturbing dreams which are only darkened by the harsh glare of a suspended, dusty light bulb’ (the composer’s useful route map in a note appended to Harriet Smith’s thoughtful booklet)’ — Gramophone

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Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough (piano), Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)
Hyperion
CDA67961

‘I ended up delighted by and in complete admiration of Hough's boldness. He has become a warmer player of increased range in Brahms, and unafraid to take risks … the concertos call for a brilliant, interesting and capricious personality who will make them compelling as discourse. I cannot believe Brahms would have expected anything else’ — Gramophone

Awards

  • International Record Review 'Outstanding' Award
  • The Sunday Times Album of the Week
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Stephen Hough's French Album

Hyperion
CDA67890

‘Stephen Hough calls his extremely generous, 79-minute, 17-item French Album ‘a sort of musical dessert trolley’, but that sells it short. It’s much more of a festive hamper, offering a full meal to lovers of French music, mixing up the familiar and the unknown with Stephen’s typical charm and panache’ — The Mail on Sunday

Awards

  • Gramophone Choice
  • International Record Review 'Outstanding' Award
  • The Sunday Times Classical CD of the Week
  • Mail on Sunday Classical CD of the Week
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Broken Branches

Stephen Hough (piano), Michael Hasel (piccolo), Marion Reinhard (bassoon & contrabassoon), Jacques Imbrailo (baritone) & Steven Isserlis (cello) Tapiola Sinfonietta, Gábor Takács-Nagy
BIS
BISCD1952

‘His eclectic tonal style embraces a wide array of influences yet maintains its own personality....In short, Hough's music speaks with susbtance, fluent ease, confidence and communicative immediacy. That makes him a real composer. It goes without saying that Hough and his colleagues serve up ideal, splendidly engineered performances. A cherishable release.’ — Gramophone

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Chopin: The Complete Waltzes

Hyperion
CDA67849

‘Launching his latest album with the earliest of waltzes to which Chopin gave an opus number, Stephen Hough sets a sparkling tone for what follows on this altogether brilliant disc … Hough is a pianist with all the elegance, wit and virtuosity required for these pieces, yet he also finds the deep vein of melancholy that runs through many of them’ — BBC Music Magazine

Awards

  • Diapason d'Or de l'Année 2011
  • Classic FM CD of the Week
  • The Sunday Times CD of the Week
  • Classic FM Magazine Best Recordings of 2011
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Liszt & Grieg: Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough (piano), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
Hyperion
CDA67824

‘Performances which ideally blend poetry and virtuosity … the Bergen Philharmonic, a fast-rising orchestra under their music director Andrew Litton, are excellent partners. This is a self-recommending issue’ — The Mail on Sunday

Awards

  • Gramophone Choice
  • The Sunday Times Classical CD of the Week
  • International Record Review 'Outstanding' Award
  • International Piano Choice
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The Prince Consort: Other Love Songs

The Prince Consort: Alisdair Hogarth (piano), Anna Leese (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), Tim Mead (countertenor), Jacques Imbrailo (baritone) & Guest artists: Stephen Hough (piano), Philip Fowke (piano)
Linn Records
CKD382

‘Finely judged, delightfully youthful performances...Hough finds a language, a style, a startling response for the unique and elusive scent of each poem. There are solos and various pairings of voices, interwoven with often surprising and always thrilling piano writing.’ — BBC Music Magazine

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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough (piano), Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä (conductor)
Hyperion
CDA67711/2

'Hough's ability to strip off the layers of varnish from a work so that it recaptures much of its startling freshness is remarkable, and his combination of bravura swagger and the most fastidious care with line and texture is utterly convincing' — The Guardian, 5 stars

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Chopin: Late Masterpieces

Hyperion
CDA67764

‘The greater the music here, the more revelatory the playing, especially in a magnificent account of the Polonaise-fantasie … a ticket to a pianistic paradise’ — The Mail on Sunday

‘Hough's fingers probe and caress; textures and colours dance and blend with cleansing clarity’ — The Times

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Stephen Hough in recital

Hyperion
CDA67686

‘Listening to this recital I felt as though I were a guest at a sumptuous banquet … it is the different wines accompanying each course that make this meal special, that is to say the discriminating premier cru tone, touch (what magically hushed pianissimos) and masterly pedalling to which the diners are treated, each element adjusted to each composer yet all unmistakably Stephen Hough—vintage Hough at that, for here is a pianist at the height of his powers … a great piano recording and front runner for instrumental disc of the year’ — Gramophone

Awards

  • Sunday Times Classical CD of the Week
  • Gramophone Disc of the Month
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Brahms: String Quartet & Piano Quintet

Takács Quartet, Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion
CDA67551

‘The Takács Quartet … reveal anew the extraordinarily imaginative way in which [String Quartet No 2 Op 51] begins, and breath air into the intricate textures which precede the vacillating second theme. There's an absolute unanimity to their playing … this latest reading [Piano Quintet] has fire and passion aplenty, and the recording places Hough pleasingly within the overall texture … there's a feeling of coming together of ideas, with these artists—masters of colour all of them—sparking off one another in a very unstudio-ish way. And throughout, Hough's virtuosity makes light of Brahms's unforgiving textures’ — Gramophone

Awards

Grammy Award Nomination

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Tsontakis: Man of Sorrows; Berg: Piano Sonata; Webern: Variations

Stephen Hough (piano), Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
Hyperion
CDA67564

'Bewitching, otherworldly and playful music … If ever a composer wanted to share a sheer joy in sound, it's Tsontakis … The Dallas Symphony Orchestra plays like a dream and Stephen Hough brings an Apollonian sense of beauty and control to the proceedings' — Metro

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Mozart & Beethoven: Quintets for Piano & Winds

Stephen Hough (piano), Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
BIS
BIS-1552

The combination of Stephen Hough and wind players from the BPO makes for sparkling performances of these two quintets… It is noticeable that the Berlin horn is less plummy than the Viennese, and in the slow movement of the Mozart Hough and his partners take a lighter view than their rivals, highlighting the tenderness. Hough and the Berliners also bring out the stylistic contrasts between Mozart and the youthful Beethoven, who expressly adopted the layout of the Mozart Quintet. — Gramophone

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Stephen Hough's Mozart Album

Hyperion
CDA67598

‘There are all too few pianists with the equivalent of Hough's three Michelin stars … opening with two of Mozart's solo masterpieces, the ear is welcomed into an intimate, pellucid sound world with a sophistcated grading of dynamics … [Liszt-Busoni Fantasy on Non piu andrai] provides a hair-raising bravura display that deserves to be heard more often. At least, when played like this’ — Gramophone

Awards

  • Sunday Times Classical CD of the Week
  • Bbc Music Magazine Instrumental Choice
  • Sunday Times Record of the Year
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Children's Cello

Stephen Hough (piano), Steven Isserlis (cello), Simon Callow (narrator)
BIS
BIS-1562

'Steven Isserlis and Stephen Hough open with a beginners' open-string solo (Ludwig Lebell's Berceuse orientale) and continue with increasingly challenging material that culminates in Gaspar Cassadó's bravura Requiebros. The contemporary selections are especially satisfying. Gavin Bryars's With Miriam by the River pays homage to the composer's cello-playing mother in music of quiet, lyrical intensity. Howard Blake's Archangel's Lullaby, written to celebrate the birth of Isserlis's son Gabriel, has a Fauré-like sensibility... Hough's Angelic Song (yet another gift to Gabriel Isserlis) is a ravishingly simple meditation. Isserlis père's own The Haunted House may not merit repeated hearings but its silliness is sure to provide a chuckle or two, aided by Simon Callow's sly narration, and the cello's role a sound-effects machine could motivate many youngsters to pick up instrument. Delightful.' — Gramophone

Awards

  • Double 5 Star Review, BBC Music Magazine
  • Instrumental Disc of the Month, Classic FM Magazine
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Brahms: Cello Sonatas

Steven Isserlis (cello), Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion
CDA67529

‘Deeply considered, immensely satisfying accounts. Isserlis and Hough make a formidable team and I look forward to more duo sonatas’ — Gramophone

‘[Isserlis's] current recording with Hough displaces all others: at last two musicians have taken this work and delivered a spontaneous stream of musical dialectic that makes perfect sense’ — BBC Music Magazine

Awards

  • Top Ten Records of the Year - The Sunday Times
  • Disc of the Month - BBC Music Magazine
  • Disc of the Week (BBC Radio 3 Record Review)
  • Listeners' Disc of the Year - (BBC Radio 3 Record Review)
  • Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine
  • Recital Selection of the Month - The Strad
  • Excellentia Award - Pizzicato Magazine
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Stephen Hough's Spanish Album

Hyperion
CDA67565

'Hough again has a more intimate stance than many pianists, quietly brilliant in the cross-cutting between musical ideas. Everything is wonderfully fresh and nothing is laboured - it's a superb and surprising recital' — BBC Music Magazine

Awards

  • BBC Music Magazine Disc of the Month
  • Classic FM Best Instrumental CD of 2006
  • Mail On Sunday Best Instrumental CD of 2006
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Liszt: Années de pèlerinage – Suisse

Hyperion
CDA67424

‘It's clear that Stephen Hough has technically and spiritually digested the first book of Années de pèlerinage to the extent that he can risk personalising certain pieces without sounding the least bit mannered’ — Gramophone

Awards

Classical CD of the Week (The Sunday Times)

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The Stephen Hough Piano Collection

Hyperion
HOUGH1

'As a retrospective of a fine pianist, this bargain issue has many virtues … If you have not already added these Hough performances in your collection, here is a painless way of doing so' — American Record Guide

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Rachmaninov: The Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough (piano), Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
Hyperion
CDA67501/2

‘Hough. Litton. Rachmaninov concertos. Hyperion. Already a mouth-watering prospect, is it not? So, like the old Fry's Five Boys chocolate advert, does Anticipation match Realisation in these five much recorded confections? The answer is 'yes' on almost every level’ — Gramophone

‘Overall, these live concert recordings stand out in a field jam-packed with first-rate Rachmaninov concerto cycles’ — BBC Music Magazine

Awards

  • Gramophone Awards 2005, Editor's Choice
  • CD of the Week (The Sunday Times)
  • Record(S) of the Year 2004 (The Sunday Times)
  • Classical Brit Award 2005 - Critics' Choice Classic FM Hall of Fame No. 1
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Hummel: Piano Sonatas

Hyperion
CDA67390

‘I doubt whether anyone today could play these sonatas better than Stephen Hough, who spins an exquisitely limpid cantabile, has an instinctive understanding of the rubato crucial to this style, and keeps the textures marvellously lucid … If you want to explore these brilliant, intriguingly diverse sonatas, this fabulous disc is the one to go for’ — BBC Music Magazine

Awards

Classical CD of the Week (the Sunday Times)

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Chopin: Four Ballades & Four Scherzos

Hyperion
CDA67456

‘This is astonishing piano playing and Chopin interpretation, at its very best, fully measuresup to the greatness of these pieces. And to their freshness, not least; the Ballades and Scherzos, along with just about all Chopin's work, have been constsntly before the public, and Stephen Hough's accounts of them offer plenty of refinement to spirit and senses. It's not given to many to play them as well as he. Hough is unfailingly thoughtful; there's not a note that hasn't been cared for … he combines a staggering technique with a genuinely engaging musical imagination. Handsomely recorded and produced’ — Gramophone

Awards

  • CD of the Month (Gramophone)
  • Record(S) of the Year 2004 (The Sunday Times)
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Franck & Rachmaninov: Cello Sonatas

Steven Isserlis (cello), Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion
CDA67376

‘An unalloyed joy … the joy they take in each other’s playing is infectious, and if this doesn’t win a few more awards I’ll eat my CD player’ — The Mail on Sunday

Awards

Pick of the Month, Recital Disc (The Strad)

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Stephen Hough's English Piano Album

Hyperion
CDA67267

‘Another winner from the ever-imaginative Stephen Hough. In all these pieces Hough's magic is presented in full, clear Hyperion sound’ — Gramophone

‘Powerful, sympathetic and beautifully recorded, and his fans everywhere will be thrilled’ — BBC Music Magazine

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Saint-Saëns: The complete works for piano and orchestra

Hyperion
CDA67331/2

‘Marvellous performances, full of joy, vigour and sparkle. The recording is in the demonstration bracket and this Hyperion set includes no fewer than four encores. An easy first choice’ — The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

‘Superlative’ — The Independent

‘Superb … Hough’s new set in Hyperion’s outstanding Romantic Piano Concerto series sweeps the board’ — The Guardian

Awards

  • Gramophone Gold Disc Award
  • Gramophone Recording of the Year 2002
  • Penguin Guide Rosette
  • Diapason d'Or
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Strauss: Don Quixote, Romance for Cello and Orchestra, Sonata for Cello and Piano

Steven Isserlis (cello), Stephen Hough (piano), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Lorin Maazel
RCA
74321753982

‘A remarkably astute survey of Strauss's works for cello in demonstration quality sound.’ — BBC Music Magazine

Awards

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice (2001)

Brahms: Piano Sonata No 3 & Four Ballades

Hyperion
CDA67237

‘Thoughtful, poetic and rich-toned readings of youthful Brahms. These pieces [Four Ballades] emerge as little gems, the songful Second as ear-catching as the haunted woodland sprites of the Third’ — Gramophone

‘[Hough’s] new disc must be one of the current prime choices in these pieces’ — International Record Review

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The Complete Musical Heritage Society Recordings 1982-1996

Stephen Hough (piano), Robert Mann (violin), Lucy Rowan (narrator)
MHS
MHSHOUGH

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Stephen Hough's New Piano Album

Hyperion
CDA67043

'The highlight is Janacek’s On an Overgrown Path book one, played with such inward feeling that one hardly dares to breathe — simple, tender, pure magic.' — Financial Times

'Hough brings orientation and direction without sacrificing sensuality or mystical aura. He accomplishes this through an almost uncanny variety of touch, tone production and judicious pedalling […] Shape and direction are the operatives in Vers la flamme, creating an impact unlike any other recording I know.

Listening to dozens of new piano recordings each year, a sort of private rating system inevitably develops. For me, discs warranting the highest praise are those that persuasively introduce new music, that chart new interpretative territory for a work or that demonstrate something fresh and heretofore unrecognised in music long familiar […] Hough’s contribution in this release could scarcely be more generous.' — Gramophone

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Chamber Music Trios by Brahms, Schumann & Fruhling

Steven Isserlis (cello), Michael Collins (clarinet) and Stephen Hough (piano)
RCA
09026635042

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Schubert: Piano Sonatas D613, 784 & 960

Hyperion
CDA67027

‘His moving performance of the B flat Sonata, marked throughout by refined, discerning pianism and an uncommonly subtle ear for texture … Hough seeks out the music’s inwardness and fragility, its ethereal, self … communing remoteness … [D784] magnificently done … the lyrical music is limpidly coloured and poignantly inflected… Hough’s individual and searching reading of the two great sonatas … take their place alongside the most recommendable in the catalogue’ — Gramophone

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New York Variations

Hyperion
CDA67005

‘Hough's playing is glorious’ — BBC Music Magazine

‘Scintillating performances and vivid sonics from Hyperion. Even the notes, by Hough himself, are superlative’ — American Record Guide

‘Impressive virtuosity, as musically purposeful as it’s exciting … Hough’s brilliantly exact judgement of sonority in Copland’s Piano Variations – chiselled, rather than flinty  … makes this the best performance I’ve heard’ — Classic FM Magazine

Awards

  • Gramophone Critics' Choice
  • Pick of the Month (Classic CD)
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Mompou: Piano Music

Hyperion
CDA66963

‘Altogether outstanding in every way … a real treat … utterly compelling playing with a recording to match … in the hands of an imaginative pianist like Stephen Hough this other-worldly, almost eremitic [music] becomes revelatory. He catches Mompou's wistful moods to perfection’ — Gramophone

Awards

  • Gramophone Editor's Choice
  • Gramophone Award Winner
  • Penguin Guide Rosette
  • Diapason 'dOr
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Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Foster (conductor)
Hyperion
CDA66969

‘[Hough] can scamper with the best and is able to incorporate delightful capriciousness without derailing the flow of thought … These performances…boast of nearly ideal lightness, vivacity and impetus’ — BBC Music Magazine

Awards

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Lowell Liebermann: Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Lowell Liebermann (conductor)
Hyperion
CDA66966

‘There is much to enjoy in these two brash and captivating works … [First Concerto] is exciting music, and Hough plays it head down, full throttle and with glassy clarity … [Second Concerto] Hough performs it lovingly, as one would expect’ — Gramophone

Awards

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Franck: Piano Music

Hyperion
CDA66918

‘It is hard to imagine better performances’ — BBC Music Magazine

‘Must take pride of place among recordings of this repertoire. A most distinguished record in every way’ — The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

‘Hough at his magical best’ — Classic FM Magazine

Awards

  • Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik
  • Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Bowen: Piano Music

Hyperion
CDA66838

‘Few new discs of piano music match this for sheer magic: magnetic performances that come as a revelation. Vivid piano sound’ — The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

‘Buried English gold unearthed by a brilliant treasure hunter … I can think of few other living pianists who … can play them with such persuasive advocacy and winning yet unforced charm’ — Classic CD

Awards

  • Pianoforte Recording of the Year
  • Penguin Guide Rosette
  • Gramophone Editor's Choice / Critics' Choice
  • Record of the Month (Hi-fi News & Record Review)
  • Diapason d'Or
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Forgotten Romance

Steven Isserlis (cello), Stephen Hough (piano)
RCA
090266829026

Awards

Sauer & Scharwenka: Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough (piano), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Foster (conductor)
Hyperion
CDA66790

'Virtuosity as impish as it is magisterial … [he] wings his way through every good-humoured page with a poetic and technical zest that takes us back to the great pianists of the past; to a golden age of piano playing' — BBC Music Magazine

‘A first class Hyperion recording’ — The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

Awards

  • Gramophone Recording of the Year 1996
  • Classic CD Award Winner
  • Classic CD 100 Greatest Discs of the Decade
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Bird Songs at Eventide

Robert White (tenor), Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion
CDH55156

‘If these ardent renderings … do not find a place in your heart then you should wonder what your heart's made of’ — Classic FM Magazine

‘Hyperion are to be congratulated on their courage in issuing this charming collection of songs which might be classified as an endangered species. Warmly recommended’ — British Music Society Journal

Awards

Classic FM Magazine 'Record of the Month'

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Hummel: Piano Concertos

Stephen Hough (piano), English Chamber Orchestra, Bryden Thomson (conductor)
Chandos
CHAN8507

‘The finest of Hummel's Piano Concertos, dynamically projected by the young Stephen Hough.’ — BBC Music Magazine

‘The A minor is Hummel's most often-heard concerto, never better played, however, than by Stephen Hough on this prize-winning Chandos disc. The coda is quite stunning; it is not only his dazzling virtuosity that carries all before it but also the delicacy and refinement of colour he produces.’ — The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music

Awards

Gramophone Award Winner - Concerto (1987)