Our foremost Beethoven pianist, Michael Houstoun, presents what Alfred Brendel terms “the greatest of all piano works” – Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Inspired by a waltz composed by his friend, Anton Diabelli, the variations were composed over four years in Beethoven’s last decade and represent the last and most adventurous work that he wrote for piano – breathtaking in virtuosity and unprecedented in musical and emotional scope. Come and help Michael Houstoun celebrate his 60th birthday with this giant of the piano repertoire.
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Keith Clancy reviews the Auckland performance of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations by pianist Michael Houstoun on Radio New Zealand Concert.
|15 October 12||Beethoven's Diabelli Variations||6.30pm (SOLD OUT)||Concert Chamber
Auckland Town Hall
|16 October 12||Beethoven's Diabelli Variations||6.30pm||Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts||Hamilton|
|18 October 12||Beethoven's Diabelli Variations||6.30pm (SOLD OUT)||Napier
|20 October 12||Beethoven's Diabelli Variations||5pm (SOLD OUT)||Ilott Theatre
Wellington Town Hall
Houstoun's birthday celebrations go nationwide this Saturday evening, when Radio New Zealand Concert broadcasts this Auckland performance. Not to be missed.Read full reviewWilliam Dart, The New Zealand Herald - 16 Oct 2012
Similar to many of the later works of Beethoven, Houstoun’s ethereal close to a musical masterpiece uplifted.Read full reviewAndrew Buchanan-Smart , Waikato Times - 17 Oct 2012
He’s a magnificent Beethoven pianist I would put him right him up there with other great living pianists and the pianists from the past that I’ve heardRead full reviewKeith Clancy, Radio NZ Concert - 16 Oct 2012
with music making of this quality it’s hard to complainRead full reviewSimon Holden, http://www.bachtrack.com - 17 Oct 2012