Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough


7th SJE Arts International Piano Series:Stephen Hough

Saturday 21 March 2020, 7.30pm​

Composer, writer and peerless performer, Stephen Hough takes on the theme of death. People are reluctant, he notes, to confront the reality of death but ‘in painting, literature and music, death has always been a central subject resulting in the most exalted and inexhaustible expression’. Hough’s programme explores this further.

Bach supposedly wrote the Chaconne in memory of his first wife Maria, while Busoni’s Berceuse acquired, on orchestration, the subtitle 'the man’s lullaby at his mother’s coffin’. Sonata no. 2 by Chopin has the famous Funeral March slow movement and Hough’s own Sonata no. 4 reflects on the transience of life. Of the three Liszt pieces, Funérailles commemorates three of the composer’s friends who died in the crushed Hungarian uprising of 1849, while the two Mephisto waltzes conjure the devil himself in an unholy brew of dissonance, tension and passion.

Stephen Hough’s previous SJE performances have had a charged atmosphere. We anticipate a thrilling evening.

Ends: 9.15pm

Tickets: £35, £28, £21, £17; under 25s £10 reduction

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Duration: 1 hour 45mins with interval

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