On Air Now
Classic FM Drive with John Brunning 4pm - 7pm
Pianist Stephen Hough is determined to excel in the calm and stormy extremes of Chopins' Ballades and Scherzos
Repertoire: Ballades 1-4; Scherzos Nos.1-4
Artists: Stephen Hough (piano)
Label: Hyperion CDA 67456
The ballades and scherzos are among Chopin’s most volatile creations, demanding high-reflex sensibilities capable of encompassing whirlwind passages of unstoppable momentum and moments of exquisite calm. Stephen Hough’s quicksilver mastery of the idiom proves an unfailing guide throughout, ensuring that even the emotional changeability of the fourth Ballade sounds convincing. But Hough is a little reluctant to truly storm the heavens.