One of the world’s greatest pianists, Michael Houstoun has been a treasured figure in New Zealand music for nearly 50 years.
This concert is a beautifully balanced evening in two parts: On the one hand Bach at his most ambitious and on the other, of course, Beethoven. Houstoun is one of the foremost interpreters of Beethoven’s piano music and in this concert you will hear the bright and joyous “Waldstein” as well as the momentous slow movement from “Hammerklavier”.
Houstoun says: “It was Beethoven who woke me up to myself as a musician. The thing about Beethoven is that he somehow synthesises human psychological truths, with all of their subtlety and all of their range, into music.”
A national treasure in concert.
Partita No 4 in D major, BWV 828
BACH arr Busoni
Violin Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne
Adagio sostenuto from Piano Sonata No 29 in B flat major, Op 106 “Hammerklavier”
Piano Sonata No 21 in C major, Op 53 “Waldstein”
Michael Houstoun Piano
30 October – 16 December 2020
110 minutes including an interval
Yes, 45 minutes prior to performance
New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch & Auckland
Full Price $45 to $69
Concession Price $39 to $63
Limited $10 student rush tickets available**
*prices differ city to city and exclude ticketing and booking fees.
**from one hour prior to the concert.
The roaring ’20s were wild and carefree – a time of dramatic social change that also marked the beginning of the modern music era… filled with risk and adventure.
Jazz, aeroplanes, skyscrapers and the invention of the radio were exciting new developments from an extravagant decade and were certainly reflected in the innovative compositions of that time.
In the shadow of the first world war Vaughan Williams weaved folk songs that sang of a past time; Stalin was tightening his grip on Shostakovich’s Russia as the young composer penned his dramatic first piano trio; and in Paris, the mood was for dance – whether it was the Ballets Russes that so enchanted Stravinsky or the wild evenings that made their way into Martinů’s rollicking take on the tango and Charleston!
This month and next, the chamber music of a bygone era is brought to life by six outstanding performers from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Led by concertmaster Andrew Beer, and playing alongside powerhouse of the piano, Sarah Watkins; prepare for an evening of music bursting with novelty, modernity, and a break with tradition – full of the spirit from a decade rich with contrast.
Six Studies in English Folk Song
Piano Trio No. 1
– Interval –
The Soldier’s Tale (L’Histoire du soldat)
At the Auckland concert a trained audio describer will provide a live, objective description of the visual elements of the performance during pauses in the music. The narration is transmitted to audience members who are wearing an earpiece, with the earpiece attached to a pocket-sized radio receiver.
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A concert that combines some of the most loved and celebrated works in the repertoire with lesser-known compositions.