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Le pianiste britannique vient de nous offrir un disque exceptionnel sous le titre Vida breve. C'est une méditation sur la mort. En fin de disque, il a composé une méditation sur le Premier Prélude de Bach, où s'imprime la ligne de chant de l'Ave Maria de Gounod. Admirable ! PM
Vida Breve - Stephen Hough, pianist - HYPERION - TT - 78:09 - (2021) - Johann Sebastian Bach - (1685-1750) - arr. Ferruccio Busoni - (1866-1924) - I - Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004; Frederic Chopin - (1810-1849) - Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 35 - II - (1) - Grave - Doppio movimento; III - (2) - Scherzo; IV - (3) - Marche funebre; V - (5) - Presto; Franz Liszt - (1811-1886) - VI - Funerailles from Harmonies poetiques et reliigieuses; VII - Bagatelle sans tonalite - Mephisto Waltz, S 216a; Ferruccio Busoni - (1866-1924) - VIII - Kammer Fantaisie uber Carmen - Sonatina No. 6 - BV 284; Stephen Hough - (b. 1961) - IX - Piano Sonata No. 4 - 'Vida Breve'; Traditional Korean, arr. Stephen Hough - (b. 1961) - X - Arirang; Charles Gounod - (1818-1893), arr. Stephen Hough - (b. 1961) - XI - Meditation sur le premier prelude de piano de J. S. Bach, 'Ave Maria.' Mark Twain once said, "Three things are inevitable: birth, death and taxes.' Here in this new very interesting recital by this sterling pianist, the one topic mentioned above is Death! Mr. Hough has created an entire recital dealing with elements found in death: i.e. funerals, dying, operatic death, death and the devil, and music usually associated with death; needless to say, as always found in a Stephen Hough recital, all the performances are full of energy, clarity, beautiful piano nuance, color tone, expression and a fine flair for the dramatic and the bravura especially in the Bach/Busoni, Liszt pieces and his own colorful and creative Piano Sonata No. 4, with the sub-title, 'Vida Breve,' which is an excellent title for the title of this unique recital. There is an excellent set of program notes found in its 15 pages as written as a preface by Mr. Hough as well as program notes in French by the artist and notes in English and German as written by Claire Jackson.