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Michael Houstoun


Sun 18 Sep 2016, 2:30pm

Where: Waikanae Memorial Hall, 7 Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Public: $33.00
  • WMS Members: $23.00
  • Students under 25: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Michael Houstoun returns to Waikanae.

- J. S. Bach: Six Preludes and Fugues (Book 2, Well-Tempered Klavier)
- Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op 117
- Poulenc: Three Novelettes
- Fauré: Barcarolle Op 26, Nocturne Op 33, No 1 and Valse-Caprice Op 30

The Waikanae Music Society is proud to once again be hosting a concert by New Zealand’s best-known and most admired pianist, Michael Houstoun. On Sunday 18 September he will be performing at the Waikanae Memorial Hall in a wide-ranging programme of Bach, Brahms, Poulenc, and Faure.

Michael Houstoun has always excelled at large scale projects, for instance, his massive undertaking in performing all 32 of Beethoven piano sonatas in 40 concerts around the country in 2013, a feat that he had already accomplished some 20 years earlier. The following year he recorded the complete Beethoven Sonatas, something he had also done 20 years before. In 2015 he toured the country with his “Inspired by Bach” programme, now he has undertaken to perform the complete

“Well-Tempered Klavier” by J S Bach – otherwise known as “The 48 Preludes and Fugues”.

The first half of his Waikanae recital will be devoted to some of those Preludes and Fugues. Selected from the second book of the “48”, they will include several that are well-known and well-loved by generations of pianists.

After the interval come the three romantic and often melancholy Intermezzi from Brahms’ Opus 117, and then, in contrast, three witty lively Novelettes by the early 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc. To end the concert, Michael Houstoun will introduce us to the exquisite world of another French composer, Gabriel Fauré. He will play the Opus 26 Barcarolle, the Nocturne Opus 33, and Valse-Caprice Opus 30, No 1. In the works of Houstoun himself, “these three pieces combine gorgeous melodies, delicacy, grace, and virtuosity”.

Door sales will be available or tickets can be purchased from Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach or at Lush Design Gallery in Raumati.

Enquiries are welcome on 04 905 6070 or 04 293 4025 or visit the website.