In the Night
Robert Schumann / Ludwig van Beethoven / Frédéric Chopin

In the Night

Stephen Hough

CDA 67996 - 0034571179964

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Hough begins with Schumann’s troubled, reeling ‘In der Nacht’ from Fantasiestücke, and continues with Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata and Chopin’s two Op 27 Nocturnes.
With Schumann’s Carnaval we eavesdrop on one of the most vibrant parties in the nineteenth-century piano literature, with its panoply of brilliantly etched character sketches depicting both real people—such as Chopin and Paganini—and imaginary ones. Each movement is vividly contrasted; there are moments of unbridled ecstasy, elegant poise and elusive subtlety.
Also included is Stephen Hough’s own Piano Sonata No 2 ‘notturno luminoso’, which he describes as ‘about a different kind of night … the brightness of a brash city in the hours of darkness; the loneliness of pre-morning; sleeplessness and the dull glow of the alarm clock’s unmoving hours; the irrational fears which are only darkened by the harsh glare of a suspended, dusty light bulb'.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Fantasiestücke, Op. 12, Book 2: No. 1, In der Nacht
    04:09
  • 2
    Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2
    I. Adagio sostenuto
    05:08
  • 3
    Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2
    II. Allegretto
    01:53
  • 4
    Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2
    III. Presto agitato
    07:05
  • 5
    Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 1
    05:13
  • 6
    Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2
    05:30
  • 7
    Piano Sonata No. 2
    18:23
  • 8
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    I. Préambule. Quasi maestoso
    02:12
  • 9
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    II. Pierrot. Moderato
    01:31
  • 10
    Carnaval, Op. 9:
    III. Arlequin. Vivo
    01:02
  • 11
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    IV. Valse noble. Un poco maestoso
    02:10
  • 12
    Carnaval, Op. 9:
    V. Eusebius. Adagio
    01:37
  • 13
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    VI. Florestan. Passionato
    00:59
  • 14
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    VII. Coquette. Vivo
    01:37
  • 15
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    VIII. Réplique. L'istesso tempo
    00:48
  • 16
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    IX. Papillons. Prestissimo
    00:47
  • 17
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    X. ASCH–SCHA (Lettres dansantes). Presto
    00:51
  • 18
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    XI. Chiarina. Passionato
    01:29
  • 19
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    XII. Chopin. Agitato
    01:21
  • 20
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    XIII. Estrella. Con affetto
    00:29
  • 21
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    XIV. Reconnaissance. Animato
    01:55
  • 22
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    XV. Pantalon et Colombine. Presto
    01:01
  • 23
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    XVI. Valse allemande. Molto vivace
    00:51
  • 24
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    XVII. Paganini (Intermezzo). Presto
    01:21
  • 25
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    XVIII. Aveu. Passionato
    01:20
  • 26
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    XIX. Promenade. Comodo
    02:39
  • 27
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    XX. Pause. Vivo
    00:15
  • 28
    Carnaval, Op. 9
    XXI. Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins. Non allegro
    03:30