classical music

Stephen Hough: Bach, Chopin & Liszt

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Stephen Hough’s recital explores the theme of death, an inexhaustible subject explored with exalted feeling by composers over the centuries.

Bach’s Chaconne was supposedly written in memory of his first wife, while Busoni’s Berceuse acquired the subtitle 'the man’s lullaby at his mother’s coffin’ when he orchestrated it.

Chopin’s Funeral March sonata and Liszt’s Funérailles speak for themselves, and the fact that Liszt wrote Funérailles in the same month as his friend Chopin's death may or may not have been a coincidence.

Hough’s Sonata No.4 (Vida Breve) is an abstract and melancholic interpretation of life's transience – here represented as a 'sonata' that ends sooner than expected.

In Liszt’s two Mephisto Waltzes we face the Devil himself, leering out of the virtuosic passages.

Hailed as one of the world's 20 'living polymaths' (The Economist) and 'one of the greatest living pianists' (The Sunday Times), Stephen Hough brings his unique brand of refinement and eclecticism to his annual London recital.

Performers

Stephen Hough piano

Repertoire

JS Bach: Chaconne from Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV.1004 arr. Busoni for piano
Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque (Elegy No.7), Op.42
Chopin: Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 (Marche funèbre)
Interval
Stephen Hough: Sonata No.4 (Vida breve)
Liszt: Funérailles from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173; Mephisto Waltz No.4 (unfinished); Mephisto Waltz No.1

Dates & times

24 Mar 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£10 - £55
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. Stephen Hough discusses the programme. Admission free.

Ticketing
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Piano Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

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