ARTISTS: Michael Houstoun (piano)
Beethoven’s cycle of 32 piano sonatas is remarkable. Written the whole length of his creative life, from the early Op 2 dedicated to Haydn to the mighty Op 111 which takes the piano into the realms of pure imagination, this is the “New Testament of the piano repertoire” and one of the supreme treasures of human artistic endeavour.
Their famous names – Moonlight, Tempest, Appassionata, Waldstein – have entered the pantheon of cultural history, and Houstoun presents them here after being “totally immersed” for 20 years with this most extraordinary, human, and powerful of composers.
Michael Houstoun chose to return to New Zealand after his spectacular sweep of final prizes in the world’s three most prestigious piano competitions – the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (1973), Leeds Competition (1975) and Tchaikovsky Competition (1982).
Hugely in demand for concertos with our finest orchestras and chamber concerts the length of the country – his regular CMNZ tours with the winner of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition included – he has been based here ever since, and is adding increasing solo recitals to his repertoire with his recent Goldberg and Beethoven Diabelli Variations.
In 2012 he was appointed CNZM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services as a pianist, and returns to Beethoven at the very height of his powers.
The Auckland concerts are part of The New Zealand International Piano Festival. Find out what else is on in the festival by visiting www.lect.co.nz/new-zealand-international-piano-festival/
|10 March 13||Waldstein||5pm, free pre-concert talk 4pm||Municipal Theatre||Napier|
|24 March 13||Tempest||5pm, NO free pre-concert talk||Municipal Theatre||Napier|
|4 April 13||Waldstein||7.30pm, free pre-concert talk 6:30pm||Middleton Grange Performing Arts Centre||Christchurch|
|5 April 13||Tempest||7.30pm, NO free pre-concert talk||Middleton Grange Performing Arts Centre||Christchurch|
|6 April 13||Hammerklavier||4pm, NO free pre-concert talk||Middleton Grange Performing Arts Centre||Christchurch|
|7 April 13||Hammerklavier||5pm, NO free pre-concert talk||Municipal Theatre||Napier|
|12 April 13||Waldstein||7.30pm, free pre-concert talk 6:30pm||Ilott Theatre||Wellington|
|14 April 13||Tempest||5pm, NO free pre-concert talk||Ilott Theatre||Wellington|
|15 April 13||Hammerklavier||7.30pm, NO free pre-concert talk||Ilott Theatre||Wellington|
|19 April 13||Waldstein||8pm, free pre-concert talk 7pm||Auckland Concert Chamber||Auckland|
|20 April 13||Tempest||4.30, free pre-concert talk 3.30pm||Auckland Concert Chamber||Auckland|
|22 April 13||Hammerklavier||8pm, free pre-concert talk 7pm||Auckland Concert Chamber||Auckland|
Glittering PerformanceRead full reviewPeter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today - 13 Mar 2013
Stellar Performance where intricate detail shone throughRead full reviewPeter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today - 24 Mar 2013
The standing ovation at the end was richly deservedRead full reviewPeter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today - 09 Apr 2013
Beethoven was at the centreRead full reviewDavid Sell, The Press - 12 Apr 2013
It was at this point I realised I was sitting metres from a truly talented and special New Zealander. You don't need to be a classical music expert to understand that.Read full reviewAndrew Stantiall, Positively Wellington Venues - Reporting LIVE - 15 Apr 2013
It was the long Adagio - the heart of the sonata - that saw the Houstoun of today reveal, as never before, its timeless, almost mystical poetryRead full reviewJohn Button, Dominion Post - 16 Apr 2013
AUDIO: I came away feeling completely satisfied..Read full reviewDianne James, Radio New Zealand Concert - 23 Apr 2013
a musician who, like Beethoven, is in love with the sheer primacy of soundRead full reviewWilliam Dart, New Zealand Herald - 23 Apr 2013