Stephen Hough

Wednesday 12 Jun 2019 8pm

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

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Bach-Busoni Chaconne 15’
Knussen Prayer Bell Sketch 5’
Chopin Sonata No.2 23’

Stephen Hough Sonata No.4 8’
Liszt Funerailles 12’
Mephisto Waltz (bagatelle without tonality) 3’
Mephisto Waltz No.1 12’

Bach’s titanic chaconne and Chopin’s sonata with its famous funeral march exert a weighty gravitational pull. But the emotional core of Stephen Hough’s typically taut programme could well be a tiny tribute from Oliver Knussen in memory of Toru Takemitsu – ‘recollections of a few simple bell sounds which, to me, resonate with memories of a dear friend and wonderful composer.’

Hough plays it tonight in tribute to Knussen himself. There are other tributes here too – Liszt’s memorial to Chopin, Busoni’s mighty Bach transcription – and exuberant fantasies from both Liszt and Busoni, as well as Hough’s own original music.

Photo credit: Sim Canetty-Clarke