Label: ORCHID CLASSICS
Format: COMPACT DISC
Orford, James; London Choral Sinfonia, choir; Waldron, Michael
Named by The Economist as one of Twenty Living Polymaths; Sir Stephen Hough combines a worldwide career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. "My father said that I had memorised seventy nursery rhymes by the age of two. This sounds suspiciously like parental exaggeration to me; but I do know that such singing was my first form of musical expression; especially as we had no classical music in my childhood home. Then; by the age of six; the piano took over ... but song remained in the background. "My first twenty years were filled with composing. Then followed almost twenty years of blank paper; writing virtually nothing except concert transcriptions for me to use as encores. Until; in my early 40s; I returned to composition with a passion..." This release celebrates Hough’s compositional output in works for choir and organ performed by the London Choral Sinfonia; with organist James Orford and conductor Michael Waldron.