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”