National Symphony Orchestra: Sir Mark Elder, conductor / Stephen Hough, piano, plays Liszt
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Saturday, January 18, 2014

Elder conducts Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Stephen Hough--known for "playing of utmost intimacy and lyricism" (San Francisco Chronicle)--plus R. Strauss's Don Quixote showcasing NSO principals David Hardy and Daniel Foster.

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Stephen Hough--an "extraordinary pianist" of "dashing vitality and color" (The New York Times)--returns to the NSO to perform Franz Liszt's First Piano Concerto on a program conducted by Sir Mark Elder, praised for his "richly detailed" performances (The Guardian). 

A spectacle of virtuosity that surges with thunderous octave passages, vibrant duets, and quicksilver arpeggios, the concerto was once called by composer Béla Bartók "the first perfect realization of cyclical sonata form." Hough's skill, artistry, and affinity for Liszt's works led Touch Press to select him as the first instrumentalist to participate in a new interactive app for another piece by the composer. Watch the video.

The program also includes Sir Edward Elgar's In the South, "Alassio," as well as Richard Strauss's captivating tone poem Don Quixote showcasing two NSO principals: David Hardy, cello, and Daniel Foster, viola. The two recently sat down to offer their engaging insights into this adventurous work and discuss their respective roles in the piece:

Watch an interview with David Hardy, principal cello. 

Watch an interview with Daniel Foster, principal viola.

Performance Timing:  Part One - 41 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.

AfterWords: Thu., Jan. 16 performance followed by a free discussion with the artists and NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon.


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