SJE Arts

Sir Stephen Hough

10th SJE Arts International Piano Series

Tickets £20 to £40

Performer looking at the sky beside grand piano

10th SJE Arts International Piano Series

Mompou Cants Màgics
Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
Debussy Estampes
Interval
Hough Sonatina Nostalgica
Liszt 3 Petrarch Sonnets from Années de pèlerinage II, S. 161
Liszt Dante Sonata from Annés de pèlerinage II, S. 161

A programme that celebrates the composer-pianist, and there is no better way to describe it than in Sir Stephen’s own words:

‘There are a couple of themes occurring throughout this programme, firstly the world of charms and spells: Mompou’s Magic Songs, then Scriabin’s audacious conjuring of ecstatic fire, then Debussy’s triptych with its dreams of Asia, Spain and France. We end the concert in hell with Liszt! But also, I wanted to celebrate composer-pianists, not so much as performers but as creators at the piano. It is impossible to imagine the music in the first half of this programme as having been written away from the keyboard, so direct is the connection from hands to strings to sound…’

One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Sir Stephen’s accolades range from the MacArthur Fellowship he received in 2001 to his knighthood for Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022. A sought-after presence on the international stage, he is also a composer of note, particularly of works for the piano.

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