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When:

Fri 3 Sep 2010, 7:30pm

Where: Auckland Town Hall - Concert Chamber, 303 Queen Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $45.00
  • IRMT members with membership # (until 29 July): $35.00
  • Children, students with ID: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: diannejames26

Lovers of the piano are in for a treat in September when Michael Houstoun, New Zealand’s leading piano virtuoso, returns to Auckland’s THE EDGE for a one-off solo recital in the intimate surroundings of the Concert Chamber. The programme honours the Chopin and Schumann bicentenary year, and features some of the greatest works ever written for the piano.

Schumann’s Kreisleriana was inspired by the writings of E.T.A. Hoffmann, and in this magnificent cycle of eight fantasy pieces, the eccentric, changeable character of Hoffmann’s fictional Kapellmeister, Johannes Kreisler, is evoked in music which swings from moments of rapturous contemplation to passages of a wild, almost demonic fury. “Sometimes your music actually frightens me”, wrote Clara Wieck to Schumann after playing through this sequence of pieces, and it is precisely Schumann’s mercurial mood changes together with the pervasive, contrapuntal texture, inspired by his recent study of Bach, which challenge even the most intrepid of performers.

At the heart of this recital is Chopin’s dramatic B flat minor Sonata, sometimes referred to as “The Funeral March Sonata” on account of its famous penultimate movement. Houstoun’s programme also features a number of smaller works, including Schumann’s Arabeske, the Op.37 Nocturnes by Chopin, as well as four of the Op.25 Studies.

Michael Houstoun’s September recital promises to be one of the highlights of the Auckland musical calendar during 2010, and will provide a rare opportunity for music-lovers to pay tribute to the genius of Chopin and Schumann during this bi-centenary year.

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