20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Tip-top performance let down by recording quality,
This review is from: Chopin: Late Masterpieces (Audio CD)
Stephen Hough's taste and technique certainly aren't subject to meaningful criticism from the likes of me: this is a well-chosen program that bespeaks his intelligence and musicianship. The Polonaise-Fantasy in particular is full-bloodedly impressive, while the performances of the Berceuse and Barcarolle are endearing. I am still coming to grips with his interpretation of the Sonata--several auditions have left me preferring the new recording by Alberto Reyes on VAI. But, most unfairly as far as Mr. Hough is concerned, Mr. Reyes (as well as many others) has a distinct advantage: a decent recording. I don't know what happened but this one from Hyperion sounds to me as though someone threw a blanket over the piano, it's that murky. I had hoped that this would be a high point in the Chopin bicentennial but the recording quality is enough to preclude that.