Album review: Inland - Michael Houstoun

MIKE ALEXANDER
Last updated 12:00 12/02/2013
Inland - Michael Houstoun
Inland - Michael Houstoun

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INLAND
Michael Houstoun
(Rattle/Rhythmethod)

Although Michael Houstoun is primarily known as one of New Zealand's most celebrated concert pianists, there is a much broader appeal within the exquisite solo piano works of this 2008 re-release of Inland, boosted by an accompanying DVD directed by Keith Hill.

An added bonus is Houstoun's dedication to performing the works of New Zealand composers - Douglas Lilburn, Kenneth Young, Victoria Kelly, John Psathas, Gao Ping and Mike Nock - and while these compositions are mostly classical works, there is an almost meditative quality in Houstonun's playing that should appeal to fans of Keith Jarrett. 

Lilburn's Chaconne is a wonderful example of spaciousness, where the intervals between the notes are as significant as the notes themselves, while Nock's Twelve Pieces For Solo Piano shows a diverse range of notebook studies, some playful, some wistful.

If ever there was a time for non-purists too get to know Michael Houstoun, Inland is it.

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