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Music in the Round May Festival - Stephen Hough (piano)

Thursday May 16, 2019 at 19:15
Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield
£20, £14 disabled and unemployed, £5 students and under 35s
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  1. Chaconne from Partita No 2 in D minor, for solo violin BWV 1004 - Johann Sebastian Bach, transcribed for piano by Ferruccio Busoni
  2. Piano Sonata No 4 - Stephen Hough
  3. Sonata for Piano No 2 in B flat minor Op 35 - Fryderyk Chopin
  4. Berceuse élégaique Op 42 - Ferruccio Busoni
  5. Funérailles (October 1849), from Harmonies poétiques et réligieuses S 173 - Franz Liszt
  6. Mephisto Waltz (bagatelle without tonality) - Franz Liszt
  7. Mephisto Waltz No 1, 'Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke' S 514 - Franz Liszt

“It’s hard not to be a little awestruck by the breadth of Stephen Hough’s passions, to say nothing of his talents. He is simply one of the most interesting musicians around.” Boston Globe

Stephen Hough’s beautifully crafted programme offers a personal consideration of the subject of death. But rather than being an evening of introspection, the starting point is Stephen’s observation that “in the word of the arts – painting, literature and music – death has always been a central subject resulting in the most exalted and inexhaustible expression”.

Different perspectives are provided by Bach, Busoni and Chopin, while in Liszt’s two Mephisto Waltzes the Devil is confronted face to face. The Vida Breve subtitle of Stephen’s own Fourth Sonata is intended “to evoke the melancholy of life’s short duration…as well as to prepare the listener for a sonata lasting only 10 minutes.”

Stephen’s spring 2017 Crucible Studio concert sold out in record time, so early booking is highly recommended.

Crucible Studio Theatre
55 Norfolk Street
South Yorkshire
S1 1DA
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