With only o.o5% of Michael Houstoun’s BEETHOVEN reCYCLE project done – Matthew Wood (Head of Music at Lindisfarne College, Napier) shared his excitement for the performances so far and how much he is looking forward to the final concert in Part One…

Matthew Wood with Michael Houstoun after the first Beethoven reCYCLE concert in Napier.

Matthew Wood with Michael Houstoun after the first Beethoven reCYCLE concert in Napier.

To everyone out there! Come and listen to Beethoven played at its absolute best. I’ve recently seen the second programme of Michael Houstoun’s Beethoven piano recycles, and once again I stood there standing in ovation commending the amazing talent and sensational performance, so come on down to the next concert and witness it for yourself. Michael Houstoun is playing 40 concerts, 32 piano Sonatas, and 7 programmes. In anyone’s mind this is a huge work load, and something I have been fortunate enough to attend. If you get the opportunity, don’t let it just pass by.
It’s the chance of a lifetime.

In comparison of the previous two programmes of Part One I would have to say that one of my huge favourites is the Sonata in C, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’. On the 25th March 2013 I was lucky enough to attend a master class with Michael, with students from around the district. Each Pianist got 30 valuable minutes to play their piece through for him. Michael Houstoun shows great character through interpretation skills whilst working with the students, and he also gave us some insight into his life.

I really enjoyed these past two concerts, I would seriously recommend that you sneak a seat for the next one.

– Matthew Wood, 03.04.2013


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