The ivory-tick­ler

Ac­claimed pi­anist Stephen Hough will showcase his skills with the MPO at the DFP, writes Den­nis Chua

New Straits Times - - Groove - Dchua@nst.com.my

RENOWNED pi­anist Stephen Hough re­turns to per­form with the Malaysian Phil­har­monic Orches­tra at 8.30pm to­mor­row and 3pm Sunday at De­wan Fil­har­monik Petronas, KLCC, Jalan Am­pang, Kuala Lumpur. These show­cases will be a warm wel­come for Hough, who is a fa­mil­iar face to the au­di­ence at DFP, hav­ing per­formed with the MPO in 1998, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2012.

He will be per­form­ing Beethoven’s Pi­ano Con­certo No. 4, a song of lyri­cal bent with great sub­tlety of ex­pres­sion. This bold and in­no­va­tive work was pre­miered in Vi­enna in 1808.

With an artis­tic vi­sion that tran­scends fash­ions and trends, Hough is widely recog- nised as one of the most dis­tinc­tive pi­anists of his gen­er­a­tion.

He is the first clas­si­cal mu­sic per­former to be awarded a MacArthur Fel­low­ship, join­ing prom­i­nent sci­en­tists, writ­ers and those who have made unique con­tri­bu­tions to con­tem­po­rary life.

Hav­ing ap­peared with ma­jor Euro­pean and Amer­i­can orches­tras, and played recitals at pres­ti­gious concert venues, he was named by The Econ­o­mist as one of Twenty Liv­ing Poly­maths, and was made a Com­man­der of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire (CBE) in 2014.

His cat­a­logue of over 50 CDs has gar­nered Grammy nom­i­na­tions and Gramo­phone Awards in­clud­ing Record of the Year and the Gold Disc.

He is also a pro­lific com­poser and an avid writer.

The MPO will close the concert with Brahms’ Sym­phony No. 2.

It was writ­ten within three months in the sum­mer of 1877. Its lyri­cal and re­laxed char­ac­ter, and the grace of its melodies, are all at­trib­ut­able in some mea­sure to the charms of the south Aus­trian coun­try­side.

It was first per­formed by the Vi­enna Phil­har­monic and Hans Richter that year.

The MPO will be led by Bri­tish con­duc­tor Mark Wigglesworth, who re­turns to the podium af­ter weav­ing his magic with the MPO in April last year.

Tickets are priced be­tween RM100 and RM200. Call 03-2331 7007.

Joanne Kam

Stephen Hough

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