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Stephen Hough essays ‘Rough Ideas’
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Has anyone read Stephen Hough’s essays? Linked is a review

Review of Rough Ideas

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It is not out until the August 1, but this will be a day 1 buy for me. Stephen Hough is not only a remarkable pianist, but a kind and generous person. It was his playing that inspired me to return seriously to the instrument after a several year hiatus, and I have twice emailed him and received immediate responses - far more time than I expected from someone so busy.

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I too love Stepen Hough and want the book. Amazon is telling me it is not available until Feb. 2020?

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Originally Posted by nancyde
I too love Stepen Hough and want the book. Amazon is telling me it is not available until Feb. 2020?

Quite strange. I found it with a couple of U.K. sellers, available for pre-order. The publication date is 01 Aug
Maybe Amazon will update their listing soon


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I know, weird, I pre-ordered from a UK seller right after I read the review. Thank you so much--also looks like a very interesting site.

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Originally Posted by computerpro3
It is not out until the August 1, but this will be a day 1 buy for me. Stephen Hough is not only a remarkable pianist, but a kind and generous person. It was his playing that inspired me to return seriously to the instrument after a several year hiatus, and I have twice emailed him and received immediate responses - far more time than I expected from someone so busy.


I see your location says Cincinnati. Did you happen to catch his performance of the four Chopin ballades at the University of Cincinnati 2-3 years ago? He played in a very small auditorium as part of a charity event for something for like $10 a ticket just to cover the overhead. I was amazed at how few people went to this event. I've been a huge fan of Stephen ever since.

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I was at the concert, and my close friend was responsible for booking him (it was put on in collaboration with the Xavier University Music Series, which she runs). I think she is working on getting him back at Xavier next year, and I will of course be in attendance at that as well.

As for the audience, Cincinnati is a joke when it comes to classical music except for the Xavier Music Series (which Xavier doesn't even support, don't get me started). Very surprising considering the conservatory and symphony we have here, and a decent population size. Unfortunately the institutions here are very fragmented - coming back form Piano Texas seeing TCU work in collaboration with Piano Texas, the Cliburn people, the Fort Worth Symphony, etc, made me realize just how bad the leadership is at musical institutions in Cincinnati. Piano Texas had more paying attendees for the amateur concerto competition than saw Stephen Hough play in Cincinnati - a travesty. I NEVER see CCM students or professors at anything off-campus, regardless of how big the name is.

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Originally Posted by nancyde
I know, weird, I pre-ordered from a UK seller right after I read the review. Thank you so much--also looks like a very interesting site.


The Cross-Eyed Pianist is a good blog to sign-up for. Often new composers or performers are featured


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Originally Posted by computerpro3
I was at the concert, and my close friend was responsible for booking him (it was put on in collaboration with the Xavier University Music Series, which she runs). I think she is working on getting him back at Xavier next year, and I will of course be in attendance at that as well.

As for the audience, Cincinnati is a joke when it comes to classical music except for the Xavier Music Series (which Xavier doesn't even support, don't get me started). Very surprising considering the conservatory and symphony we have here, and a decent population size. Unfortunately the institutions here are very fragmented - coming back form Piano Texas seeing TCU work in collaboration with Piano Texas, the Cliburn people, the Fort Worth Symphony, etc, made me realize just how bad the leadership is at musical institutions in Cincinnati. Piano Texas had more paying attendees for the amateur concerto competition than saw Stephen Hough play in Cincinnati - a travesty. I NEVER see CCM students or professors at anything off-campus, regardless of how big the name is.


I agree with you 100% about the attendees. Given the conservatory there I would expect more from the music fans in the area. I'm originally from the Chicago area and have been used to the music culture here before moving to Cincinnati several years ago (I'm back in Chicago now).

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For those in Chicago or able to travel here:

Stephen Hough, piano
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 19, 2019, 6:30pm–8:30pm (Live broadcast on WFMT, 98.7 FM radio)
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Grant Park Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, Conductor
Stephen Hough, Piano

Program:
James MacMillan: Stomp
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, A London Symphony
https://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/the-music/2019-season

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Originally Posted by ElaineAllegro
For those in Chicago or able to travel here:

Stephen Hough, piano
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Friday, July 19, 2019, 6:30pm–8:30pm (Live broadcast on WFMT, 98.7 FM radio)
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Grant Park Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, Conductor
Stephen Hough, Piano

Program:
James MacMillan: Stomp
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, A London Symphony
https://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/the-music/2019-season


thank you

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He played here in Madison, WI a couple of years back -- the Saint Saens Concerto #5, a piece I had never previously heard -- and a revelation, particularly the last movement. As an encore, he played "Clair de Lune", impeccably. I didn't meet him, but at intermission, after playing, he made himself available to anybody to wanted to talk with him. I probably passed him in the hallway; I noted a very cultured British accent amidst the conversational fray.

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For anyone who may be interested, I just ordered from UK Amazon to ship here to the US for a cost of less than 30 dollars.

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Ordered from Amazon UK, thanks for the tip, got a 441 page hardback, for under $30, took 5 days to reach me in the U.S.. I'm loving the insights and perspectives. If you love piano you'll love this book.

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Originally Posted by nancyde
I too love Stepen Hough and want the book. Amazon is telling me it is not available until Feb. 2020?


It is still showing on Amazon for Feb 2020. Wants us to pre-order it.



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