2010 Repertoire Report: Stephen Hough

Lindsay, a piano teacher from Portland, Oregon, says we’ve spent too much time on conductors in the Repertoire Reports, so she’s taken the initiative in putting together one for 2010 for Stephen Hough based on the listings on his website.

As with 2009, it’s not an epic list of works, but having just written about the dangers of burn out from conductors and soloists who try to do too much, I think we can all learn from Stephen’s exempt. Especially since he is an artist who composes and writes prolifically, perhaps he feels it is essential not to over do things:

Stephen Hough, 2010 Repertoire Report:

  1. Bach/Cortot/Hough: Toccata & Fugue in D minor
  2. Beethoven: Sonata op. 27 no. 2 (Moonlight)
  3. Brahms: Concerto no. 1
  4. Fauré: Nocturne No. 6, Op. 63
  5. Fauré: Impromptu No. 5, Op. 102
  6. Fauré: Barcarolle No. 5, Op. 66
  7. Chopin: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
  8. Chopin: Sonata in B minor, Op. 58
  9. Grieg: Concerto
  10. Janacek: Sonata 1. X. 1905
  11. Liszt: Sonata in B minor
  12. Liszt: Concerto no. 1
  13. Mendelssohn: Concerto no. 1
  14. Mozart: Concerto in C K. 467
  15. Saint-Saens: Concerto no. 5
  16. Rachmaninov: Paganini Rhapsody
  17. Scriabin: Sonata no. 4
  18. Scriabin Sonata no. 5
  19. Tchaikovsky: Concerto no. 1
  20. Tchaikovsky: Concerto no. 2
  21. Tchaikovsky: Concerto no. 3

Less you think Stephen is slacking, please note he’s done 10 concerti this year. Few pianists carry more than 20 concerti over their whole career, and very few offer more than four or five in a season, so this list is actually quite big by concerto-soloist standards.

The remaining non-concerto repertoire slots into two recital programs:

Recital Program 1

Bach/Cortot/Hough: Toccata & Fugue in D minor

Fauré: Nocturne No. 6, Op. 63

Fauré: Impromptu No. 5, Op. 102

Fauré: Barcarolle No. 5, Op. 66

Franck: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue

Chopin: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1

Chopin: Sonata in B minor, Op. 58

Recital Program 2-

Beethoven: Sonata op. 27 no. 2 (Moonlight)

Janacek: Sonata 1. X. 1905

Scriabin: Sonata no. 4

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Scriabin Sonata no. 5

Liszt: Sonata in B minor

The first program is basically the same as the one he was offering in 2009, while program 2 is new. Also carried over from 2009 are the three Tchaikovsky concerti, the Rachmaninov Rhapsody, the Mendelssohn Concerto and Mozart K467. That means the Brahms, Grieg and Saint-Saens are coming back into his rep after a break, or are new.

Other pianists- how does Stephen’s range of rep in 2010 compare to yours? Stephen, if you’re out there, your schedule seems so well structured and sane, like it has all been planned years in advance: one can only wonder how you manage it in such a chaotic business. How do you do it?

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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