Hough’s impeccable ear for the inner voice, his way with line, the sheer musicality of his approach came through with crystal clarity. He’s truly an exquisite player. Musical America, August 2016
- Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1
- Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
- Mussorgsky Prelude to Khovanshchina
Thrill to the music of the last great romantic composer, in this evening dedicated to the works of Sergei Rachmaninoff. A son of imperial Russia, Rachmaninoff sought to express his country’s innermost soul, “with its overtones of suffering and unrest, its pastoral but tragic beauty, its ancient and enduring glory.” No pianist captures the music’s essence better than Stephen Hough, named International Artist of the Year in 2016 by Limelight Magazine and one of the 25 “Best Piano Players of All Time” by Classic FM. Hear why Hough’s 2005 live recording of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos became the fastest selling album in the history of Hyperion Records.
Young finnish conducting sensation Klaus Mäkelä makes his Canadian debut. Still in his early twenties, Mäkelä has already made a significant impact on the Finnish musical landscape and the 2017/18 season will see him make important debuts across the globe.
“Hough is simply one of the most interesting musicians around.” — Boston Globe