Hough’s French morsels

Stephen Hough’s French Album

This recital is full of surprises: we hear lesser-known gems from the piano repertoire, as well as works by well-known composers such as Fauré, Ravel, Debussy and Poulenc. A particular delight is Hough’s own arrangement of the Massenet song ‘Crépuscule’, an amazing and very creative transcription.

This release is both a tribute to the lyric genius which flowered in nineteenth- and twentieth-century France, and also a portrait of the musical creativity and excellence of a great pianist.

The selections are:


  • La chanson de la folle au bord de la mer, Op.31 no.8

Bach, J S:

  • Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

arr. Alfred Cortot & Stephen Hough

  • Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV1056: arioso

arr. Alfred Cortot


  • Pièces pittoresques (10): No. 2, Mélancolie


  • Automne, Op. 35 No. 2


  • Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)


  • Sylvia – Pizzicato

arr. Stephen Hough


  • Nocturne No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 63
  • Improvisation in C sharp minor, Op. 84 No. 5
  • Impromptu No. 5 in F sharp minor Op. 102
  • Barcarolle No. 5 in F sharp minor Op. 66


  • Réminiscences de La juive – Fantaisie brillante S409a


  • Crépuscule

arr. Stephen Hough


  • Mélancolie
  • Nocturne No. 4 in C minor ‘Bal fantôme’
  • 15 Improvisations, No. 8 in A minor


  • Alborada del gracioso (Miroirs No. 4)

Performed by Stephen Hough, piano

Stephen Hough presents a delightful program of French music, played with the technical perfection and total command of the music’s lyrical and expressive world.

Here is Stephen Hough performing the Bach/Cortot/Hough Toccata and Fugue in D minor



And next, here is Stephen Hough playing the Prélude, Choral and Fugue by César Franck




And finally, one of my great favorites: Stephen Hough playing Rameau as an encore in New York City:


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