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In the Night
Ludwig van Beethoven / Frederic Chopin / Robert Schumann / Stephen Hough
Stephen Hough

In the Night

CD | Hyperion | 0034571179964 | CDA 67996 | 06-14

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Hough begins with Schumann’s troubled, reeling ‘In der Nacht’ from Fantasiestücke, and continues with Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata and Chopin’s two Op 27 Nocturnes.
With Schumann’s Carnaval we eavesdrop on one of the most vibrant parties in the nineteenth-century piano literature, with its panoply of brilliantly etched character sketches depicting both real people—such as Chopin and Paganini—and imaginary ones. Each movement is vividly contrasted; there are moments of unbridled ecstasy, elegant poise and elusive subtlety.
Also included is Stephen Hough’s own Piano Sonata No 2 ‘notturno luminoso’, which he describes as ‘about a different kind of night … the brightness of a brash city in the hours of darkness; the loneliness of pre-morning; sleeplessness and the dull glow of the alarm clock’s unmoving hours; the irrational fears which are only darkened by the harsh glare of a suspended, dusty light bulb'.

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This latest recital album by ‘the thinking person’s virtuoso: an extraordinary pianist’ (The New York Times) takes the listener on a journey through that most intense and absorbing of nineteenth-century obsessions, the night. The Romantic night was one without sleep; where experiences are mutated through darkness. Stephen Hough’s thoughtful programming creates a new aural sphere for some of the most celebrated piano works in the repertoire.

Hough begins with Schumann’s troubled, reeling ‘In der Nacht’ from Fantasiestücke, and continues with Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata and Chopin’s two Op 27 Nocturnes.
With Schumann’s Carnaval we eavesdrop on one of the most vibrant parties in the nineteenth-century piano literature, with its panoply of brilliantly etched character sketches depicting both real people—such as Chopin and Paganini—and imaginary ones. Each movement is vividly contrasted; there are moments of unbridled ecstasy, elegant poise and elusive subtlety.
Also included is Stephen Hough’s own Piano Sonata No 2 ‘notturno luminoso’, which he describes as ‘about a different kind of night … the brightness of a brash city in the hours of darkness; the loneliness of pre-morning; sleeplessness and the dull glow of the alarm clock’s unmoving hours; the irrational fears which are only darkened by the harsh glare of a suspended, dusty light bulb'.

This nocturnal program shows various sights of the night, and Hough’s inspiration here is absolutely great, be it in a delicately played Beethoven Sonata, in his own Piano Sonata No. 2 ‘Notturno luminoso’ – a portrait of a sleepless city – or a magically imaginative and really brilliant ‘Carnaval’.
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Tracklisting
    • 1
      Fantasiestücke, Op. 12, Book 2: No. 1, In der Nacht
       
      04:09
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 2
      Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2
      I. Adagio sostenuto
       
      05:08
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 3
      Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2
      II. Allegretto
       
      01:53
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 4
      Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2
      III. Presto agitato
       
      07:05
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 5
      Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 1
       
      05:13
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 6
      Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2
       
      05:30
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 7
      Piano Sonata No. 2,
       
      18:23
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 8
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      I. Préambule. Quasi maestoso
       
      02:12
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 9
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      II. Pierrot. Moderato
       
      01:31
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 10
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      III. Arlequin. Vivo
       
      01:02
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 11
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      IV. Valse noble. Un poco maestoso
       
      02:10
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 12
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      V. Eusebius. Adagio
       
      01:37
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 13
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      VI. Florestan. Passionato
       
      00:59
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 14
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      VII. Coquette. Vivo
       
      01:37
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 15
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      VIII. Réplique. L'istesso tempo
       
      00:48
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 16
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      IX. Papillons. Prestissimo
       
      00:47
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 17
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      X. ASCH–SCHA (Lettres dansantes). Presto
       
      00:51
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 18
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      XI. Chiarina. Passionato
       
      01:29
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 19
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      XII. Chopin. Agitato
       
      01:21
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 20
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      XIII. Estrella. Con affetto
       
      00:29
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 21
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      XIV. Reconnaissance. Animato
       
      01:55
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 22
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      XV. Pantalon et Colombine. Presto
       
      01:01
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 23
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      XVI. Valse allemande. Molto vivace
       
      00:51
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 24
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      XVII. Paganini (Intermezzo). Presto
       
      01:21
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 25
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      XVIII. Aveu. Passionato
       
      01:20
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 26
      Carnaval, Op. 9
      : XIX. Promenade. Comodo
       
      02:39
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 27
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      XX. Pause. Vivo
       
      00:15
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
    • 28
      Carnaval, Op. 9:
      XXI. Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins. Non allegro
       
      03:30
      Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van , Chopin, Frederic, Robert Schumann, Stephen Hough
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