Richard Bratby

Warmth, energy and gripping momentum: Stephen Hough’s Wigmore Hall residency reviewed

Hough was joined by the terrific young Castalian String Quartet

In the summer of 1878 Johannes Brahms finally succeeded in growing a beard. It was his third attempt. ‘Prepare your wife for the grisly spectacle, for something so long suppressed cannot be beautiful,’ he wrote to a friend, and by all accounts he wasn’t wrong. Clara Schumann pleaded with him to shave it off.

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