"This Yamaha CFIIIS was a dream on which to record"
Stephen Hough’s latest CD 'Chopin - The Complete Waltzes', recorded using a Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand piano, has received widespread critical acclaim and spectacular reviews from the UK’s national press (Five-star reviews in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, and The Daily Telegraph below) as well as being featured by BBC Music Magazine and selected as 'Classic FM CD of the Week'. It is currently Amazon UK’s best selling classical music recording.
Stephen Hough is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive pianists of his generation and has a unique affinity for the music of Chopin, whose music has always been a central part of his repertoire. In recognition of his multitude of achievements, he was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2001, joining prominent scientists, writers and others who have made unique contributions to contemporary life. In 2009 Stephen Hough was nominated by The Economist and Intelligent Life magazines as one of 20 living polymaths, alongside Umberto Eco, Noam Chomsky and Michael Ignatieff. In the same year, he played all of the works for piano and orchestra of Tchaikovsky over four BBC Proms as well as becoming the first British instrumentalist to give a solo recital on the main stage of Carnegie Hall in nearly 20 years. In 2011/12, Stephen Hough is Wigmore Hall’s Artist in Residence and will release a recording of the Liszt and the Grieg Concertos.
Kumi Liley, Manager of Yamaha Artist Services Europe (London) stated, “Yamaha pianos are now becoming an increasingly popular feature on the world’s concert platforms and we are very proud and delighted that this magnificent CD captures the performance of one of the world's most significant pianists, using a Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand piano.”
Stephen Hough comments, "This Yamaha CFIIIS was a dream on which to record. These Waltzes are intimate salon pieces and I found that every nuance could be transferred directly from my imagination on to the keyboard. In particular there was a transparency to the sound which allowed Chopin’s textures clarity and colour.