ARTISTS: Michael Houstoun (piano)
Beethoven’s cycle of 32 sonatas is the most remarkable series for piano ever composed. 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, famously, chose to return to New Zealand after his spectacular sweep of fi nal 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 fi nest 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.
|23 June 13||Appassionata||5pm, free pre-concert talk 4pm||Municipal Theatre||Napier|
|26 June 13||Appassionata||7.30pm, free pre-concert talk 6:45pm||Regent on Broadway||Palmerston North|
|30 June 13||Appassionata||5pm, free pre-concert talk 4pm||Wellington Town Hall||Wellington|
|16 August 13||Appassionata||7.30pm||Civic Theatre||Invercargill|
|18 August 13||Appassionata||5pm||Glenroy Auditorium||Dunedin|
|20 August 13||Appassionata||7.30pm||School of Music||Nelson|
|25 August 13||Appassionata||5pm||Theatre Royal||New Plymouth|
|26 August 13||Appassionata||8pm, free pre-concert talk 7pm||Auckland Town Hall||Auckland|
|28 August 13||Appassionata||7.30pm||Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts||Hamilton|
|1 September 13||Appassionata||4pm||TBC||Christchurch|