The Extravagant Waltz Johann Strauss (II)
An outstanding new release from our greatest living pianist. Album of the Week, 25 November 2013.
Stephen Hough is arguably Britain's greatest living pianist and this brand new recording is one of his best ever.
Here he takes on a couple of warhorses of the piano repertoire: the two concertos by Brahms, joined by the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. The First Piano Concerto was scorned by the critics; the Second, composed 22 years later, was a huge success – and today, they’re both among the most popular piano concertos in the world.
Requiring both virtuosic expertise and sensitivity from the soloist, these concertos have been performed by Stephen Hough for many years around the world to universal acclaim. Now his seminal interpretations are brilliantly captured on record.