Chopin’s waltzes: some swirl and glitter, others glide pensively; still others do both. But every one (and Hough gives us the complete set) conveys the feeling of bodies in motion, skirts twirling, and hearts intertwined. Nor is Hough a pianist who makes stark geometric patterns, least of all in romantic repertoire. You don’t just hear Hough’s fingers; you hear his soul. – via The Times
Stephen Hough – Chopin: The Complete Waltzes, Hyperion
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.