First up; Steven Stucky: Son et Lumière; a glistening journey in one movement with rapid change-ups and lots of percussion — something I always enjoy. Mr Stucky gave a very nice introduction: “entertaining, super entertaining, does handstands, constantly in motion…” Did I mention that he said it would be entertaining? Indeed it was.
Next up; Stephen Hough performing the solo on Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Egyptian’. Not sure why it is called Egyptian, it doesn’t really sound Egyptian, but perhaps that was what was intended. However it did sound simply fabulous – and since this is the first time I’ve ever listened to this concerto, I was completely mesmerized by the creative ideas, as if the composer’s attempts to journey to the ‘East’ gave him an outlet for fascinating new aspects of music which stretched the limits. Mr Hough plays a beautiful encore after much applause.
Finally, the glowing Cinderella Suite by Sergei Prokofiev. This one you must experience in person, preferably with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Leonard Slatkin conducted a wonderful performance this evening, one I’ll never forget.
Stephen Hough stands to sign autographs at Heinz Hall following his performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Egyptian’