Monday, April 25, 2011

A Stephen Hough Preview

Stephen Hough is coming to St. Louis to play the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.  Here is a three part interview done with him a couple of years ago in which he discusses playing Tchaikovsky. 

He points out that Tchaikovsky is physically tiring for the pianist – all of those big chords.  But he also sees an innocence in Tchaikovsky and thinks it is important to balance the two sides of Tchaikovsky.

In part 3 he discusses working with conductors, including prior performances with David Robertson.   He won’t be playing with Robertson in St. Louis.  Ward Stare, the SLSO’s Resident Conductor, will be on the podium.