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  • Audio CD (Jan. 9 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000JCDS08
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Soler: Sonata in F sharp major
2. Granados: Valse poeticos
3. Albeniz: Evocacion
4. Albeniz: Triana
5. Mompou: Pajaro triste
6. Mompou: La barca
7. Mompou: Secreto
8. Mompou: Gitano
9. Longas: Aragon
10. Debussy: La soiree dans Grenade
11. Debussy La serenad interrompue
12. Debussy La Puerta del Vino
13. Ravel/Dumesnil: Piece en forme de Habanera
14. Albeniz/Godowsky: Tango
15. Scharwenka: Spanishches Standchen
16. Niemann: Evening in Seville
17. Hough: On Falla

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xaa86d060) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa80ab10) out of 5 stars Gazpacho Jan. 22 2007
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Stephen Hough's new "Spanish Album' is delightful! The contents are grouped by composers with one group being the "real" Spaniards such as Antonio Soler, Enrique Granados (I just love his "Valses poeticos"--Stephen really plays it wonderfully!), Issac Albeniz and Federico Mompou. The next group is "The French" with selections in the so-called "Spanish Style" and the last group is called "The Other" which are Spanish styled works by composers such as Franz Xaver Schwarwenka (I adore his work), Walter Niemann and one by Stephen Hough himself!

Of the first group, I loved Soler's Sonata in F sharp minor--it's a work that is filled with so-much 18th century grace and charm--Stephen certainly plays it that way' his trills and ornamentations are wonderful! The four Mompou works, "impresiones intimas" are wonderfully intimate and beautiful. Of the second group, Debussy's preludes from his 1st and 2nd book are great and I particularly loved the Ravel piece "Piece en forme de Habanera"--it is so great and rhythmic that I felt the urge to get up and dance! Of the last group, Stephen Hough's "On Falla" is a stunner. It is filled with loads of Spanish rhythms and fire--it is splendid!

In conclusion, I loved this album! Through out all of it, Hough plays with GORGEOUS tone and with a keen sense of rhythm. The combination of this album's contents along with Stephen Hough's exquisite playing evoke, for me, fantasies of Spain with its star lit nights along with its sun drenched hot afternoons. In fact viewing the cover illustration which is called "Gazpacho" and listening to the album, I had the strong urge to make some Gazpacho; however, in my part of the country we are experiencing some very cold weather--I think , I'll save that urge until Spring!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa80ad5c) out of 5 stars The Hough effect April 8 2007
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This is music making utterly without pretension. Hough's cosmic simplicity lets him present with jewelsmith precision a delectable art, something consistently true with this artist. It's always rewarding, and Spanish Album is heaped with it. Moreover, his connoisseur taste runs naturally to musical jewels - pieces neglected or not thought of, and possessing a striking and shimmering newness. The Soler sonata is elegant, spirited, the Mompou sleek and heartbreaking. There's a real wealth of fine music in this collection. Niemann's silken 'Evening in Seville' astonishes anew with each hearing. The fortuitous aspects of Stephen Hough's musical art are the cleanheartedness of his playing, which is to say his spirit, and an uncorrupted intelligence to warm it - rivals together indeed for preeminence in this superb CD. I never tire listening to it, it always welcomes me to refresh. Hough engages the mysteries of music with dire success and rampant beauty. Lucky we are!
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa80ad20) out of 5 stars Sparkling sensuality Jan. 20 2007
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Stephen Hough's Spanish Album is a confection for the ears and mind, a window into heaven, his interpretations fresh, masterful, spicy and soulful. Listening to his performances makes life in the 21st Century worth living. P.S. We love you, Stephen.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa6fd318) out of 5 stars Great music! Aug. 19 2009
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Stephen Hough's playing is beyond compare. Much of this music is lesser known. Outstanding.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaa6fd0cc) out of 5 stars Exquisite! July 16 2008
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Tell me. Is there a greater young pianist than Stephen Hough today? - I doubt it.

Yes, Hamelin is a great virtuoso, as is Volodos (although frequently ill at ease with some of the music he's recorded).

But as a complete, soulful artist, perhaps only Simon Trpceski is in Hough's league. And yet it seems Hough always comes up aces.

Listen to this Spanish Album. IT IS MAGICAL. You will not hear better piano playing on this planet.