Time and again, Hough's traversals of familiar works are played with such insight, probity and sage musical understanding that we feel almost as if we are hearing them for the first time … Stephen Hough's steady ascent to the summit of his profession exhibits equally supreme mastery of his instrument and the deep humanity from which it has flowered' Antonín Dvořák never really suited the musical rat race in which he inevitably became embroiled. At the height of his career, symphonies were commissioned for London and New York. But there was no such commission for the Eighth. This was a symphony Dvořák wrote to satisfy nobody but himself, ‘a work singing of the joy of green pastures, of summer evenings, of the melancholy of blue forests, of the defiant merrymaking of the Czech peasants’. An eye-widening sense of fun characterises Czech music of a later age from Bohuslav Martinů, heard before both of Liszt’s rapturously virtuosic Piano Concertos.
International Record Review on Grieg/Liszt Piano Concertos, 2011 [Hyperion]
FREE Pre-concert event | 6.15pm-6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall
A discussion on the symphonies of Bohuslav Martinů with Marin Alsop.
Martinů Symphony No. 6 (Fantaisies symphoniques)
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2
Dvořák Symphony No. 8
Marin Alsop conductor
Stephen Hough piano
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This concert will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.