Stephen Hough’s Australian tour nears its end
After a week’s sojourn with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva is excited to welcome Stephen Hough back to conclude his recital tour. In addition to the fine reviews Stephen has been receiving for his recitals, Peter McCallum of the Sydney Morning Herald wrote the following about Stephen’s concerto performance.
“[A] brilliantly lucid performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C, K.467 by Stephen Hough.
“His playing glowed with clarity, lyrical precision and discreet virtuosity in the first movement, overflowing in the cadenza with a joyous flowering of textural complexity. The famous slow movement was poised and not unduly drawn out, and the finale was brisk, cheeky and impetuous.
“For an encore, Hough played a gem of his own devising – a transcription of a song, Crepuscule, by Massenet, which was a delicate study in the colours of quietness.”
Tonight Stephen performs in Sydney at the City Recital Hall Angel Place. He then heads to Brisbane before returning to Sydney to conclude his tour. But before his final recital on Saturday 22 October, he will be making a very special appearance at Musica Viva’s Sydney Gala as both pianist and speaker. The theme of the gala is “Fleeting Pleasures” and takes its inspiration in part from Stephen’s blog posts about perfume. The Gala takes place at Ottoman Cuisine Restaurant and promises to be an exotic evening of sensory delights.