Good news! The Hyperion artist Steven Hough, who we at Top Ear otherwise don’t pay much attention to (except for his Brahms Sonata No. 3 which Leonard has heard), has a new album of French miniatures in the Hyperion pipeline.
The pieces in this album range from wildly overplayed to unheard of by most: on one end of the scale we have the all too common Clair de Lune by Debussy and the familiar Alborada del gracioso by Ravel; on the other end, a haunting prelude by Charles-Valentin Alkan (the most common of the 25, though–it has been recorded by many pianists as fillers for their Alkan albums) and an étude by Cecil Chaminade. A selection of Fauré and Poulenc grace the rest of the album, as well as some arrangements by Hough himself.
We’ll have to wait until September for this one, but we at Top Ear look forward to hearing it accordingly, and hope that it will be a well thought-out selection comparable to those of Marc-André Hamelin on the same label (Kaleidoscope, The Composer-Pianists, In a State of Jazz, etc).