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Stephen Hough - Beethoven, Liszt, Scriabin

Presented by Louise Fryer.

In a specially recorded concert at Newbury Spring Festival, pianist Stephen Hough performs a programme of music exploring the sonata form. His starting point is arguably the best known and loved of them all: Beethoven's Sonata in C sharp minor Op 27 No 2 "Moonlight". The piece didn't gain its famous moniker until five years after Beethoven's death, when a critic likened the effect of the first movement to that of moonlight shining upon Lake Lucerne. Hough is a renowned polymath, in addition to his skills at the piano he writes, paints and composes. Alongside sonatas by Scriabin and Liszt, he will perform his own composition: Sonata for Piano "Broken Branches", which premiered last year.

Beethoven Sonata in C sharp minor Op 27 No 2 "Moonlight"
Hough Sonata for Piano "Broken branches"
Scriabin Sonata No 5

Interval 14.45

Liszt Sonata in B minor.

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2 hours

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Sun 3 Jun 2012 14:00