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Stephen Hough's French Album ()

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One of the most imaginative pianists of his generation, Stephen Hough has recorded music across the spectrum, from the great concertos to character sketches, and he has often presented them on albums with appealing themes. In the case of Stephen Hough's French Album, he plays a selection of short pieces by Romantic and modern composers, including Gabriel FaurT, Maurice Ravel, Emmanuel Chabrier, Jules Massenet, Francis Poulenc, CTcile Chaminade, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Claude Debussy, and LTo Delibes. The roster requires little explanation, for these are among the best-loved French composers for the piano, and Hough's affection for their music is readily apparent in his flashy and witty renditions. What's odd about this album, though, is the lead-off with J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor and the Arioso from the Harpsichord Concerto No. 5, as arranged by Swiss-born Alfred Cortot, and the closing track of Franz Liszt's RTminiscences de La Juive: Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l'opTra de... Hide synopsis

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