Beethoven & Liszt

The music of the late Danish composer Carl Nielsen is of special interest for conductor Thomas Dausgaard, a fellow Dane; the conductor's piano teacher was a student of Nielsen. Today Dausgaard leads the Houston Symphony in Beethoven and Liszt, a program that includes not only works by those two notables but also Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, The Inextinguishable, as well. Dausgaard is also well acquainted with Beethoven's music; among his 50-plus CDs, he has recorded the complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Guest pianist Stephen Hough joins Dausgaard and the orchestra onstage to perform Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1. Hough, a past winner of a Mac-Arthur Fellowship and currently Artist-in-Residence with the BBC Symphony in London, is a bit of a renaissance man. In addition to being a world-class pianist, Hough is a much-in-demand composer, writing commissions for Le Musée du Louvre and the Berlin Philharmonic. A prolific author, Hough has frequently written about theology and often writes for several London newspapers, including The Times, The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, where he pens an extremely popular cultural blog. On a different tack, he recently had an exhibit of his paintings in a London gallery.
Nov. 16-18, 2012

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Olivia Flores Alvarez