Stephen Hough Releases Chopin’s Nocturnes

As winter approaches why do classical music lovers tend to whip out the nocturnes to play or to listen to? Nocturnes conjure up winter evenings, after dinner digestifs by the fire, and Chopin being played by a family member or friend. When I was a child, record covers of Chopin, certainly propagated this image. This…

Vida Breve: Stephen Hough, piano

‘Vida Breve’ (Short Life) – Stephen Hough, piano (Hyperion CDA68260) It seems fitting that Stephen Hough’s new album ‘Vida Breve’, featuring music on the theme of death, should be released while we are still in the thrall of the coronavirus. But this album is not a response to the pandemic and was in fact conceived…