Stephen Hough - In the NightSTEPHEN HOUGH (b.1961): Piano Sonata No. 2 "notturno luminoso", LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Piano Sonata in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight", FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849): 2 Nocturnes, Op. 27, ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856): In der Nacht from Fantasiestücke, Op. 12.
Catalogue Number: 05P096
Reference: CDA 67996
Description: Hough's sonata is an impressive piece, a product of the mind of a true pianist-composer, somewhat reminiscent of Ronald Stevenson's all-encompassing pianistic expressivity. The idiom is more angular and dissonant than one might perhaps anticipate from a superficial examination of Hough's core repertory, or from the title, which might suggest some sort of impressionistic nocturne. The composer suggests that various aspects of the night, and not the tranquil ones, are depicted - insomnia, disturbed, irrational dreams, and so on. The music remains very approachable, though, with a blazing, somewhat Messiaenic introduction and epilogue and sudden diversions into warm Rachmaninovian gestures interrupting a tumult of sinister mutterings, or a wave of romantic ardor overcoming an unrecognizably fractured presentation of one of the work's main themes. Stephen Hough (piano).