Thursday, December 4, 2008

Grammy nominee Stephen Hough to play with Oregon Symphony

Pianist Stephen Hough has been nominated for a Grammy award in the Best Chamber Music Performance (Category 104) for a recording of the Brahms Piano Quintet No. 34 that he did with Tak√°cs Quartet on the Hyperion label. Hough is in town for the rarely performed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Oregon Symphony. In the interview I did with music director Carlos Kalmar a couple months ago, Kalmar noted that Hough has been very eager to come to Portland to play with the orchestra and is keen on this Tchaikovsky piece as well.

Also, Jennifer Koh, who played a scintilating Brahms Violin Concerto last month with the Oregon Symphony, has been nominated for a Grammy in the same category as Hough. Koh recently released a recording called "String Poetic" with pianist Reiko Uchida under the Cedille Records label - the same recording outfit that has made several recordings of Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra.

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