A MOZART ALBUM

Stephen Hough (pi­ano) Hype­r­ion CDA 67598

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Stephen Hough sets the tone for his first solo Mozart CD in a sleeve-note that dis­misses images of porce­lain, mar­ble and sugar in favour of an ex­per­i­men­tal­ism he sees as be­ing “as wild as any­thing to be found in Beethoven”. He brings the so­phis­ti­cated range of his pi­anis­tic skill to bear on Mozart in a way that’s un­prissy and fully open to the for­ward-look­ing as­pects of two Fan­tasias in C mi­nor and the Sonata in B flat, K333. He then turns to later work, a Mozartian hom­mage (by JB Cramer), an ar­range­ment (Ig­naz Fried­man), “trans­for­ma­tions” (his own), and a fan­ta­sia (worked on by Liszt and Bu­soni), where his fer­tile, ro­man­tic tem­per­a­ment is even more fully at home. www.hype­r­ion-records.co.uk

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