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Adams - Complete Piano Music
Ralph van Raat (piano) with Maarten van Veen (piano)
“My aim will be forever to let the music of today sound to an audience in the best possible way, and to convince the people of the beauty and expressiveness of the music of their own living world.” Ralph van Raat
“…Phrygian Gates is a 25-minute movement of almost romantic scope and ambition, with genuinely expressive harmonies. Ralph Van Raat gives full weight to all that emotional potential, and he combines superbly with Maarten van Veen on Hallelujah Junction, the two-piano work from 1996 that shows how far Adams's music evolved in less than two decades.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2007 ****
“China Gates and Phrygian Gates from 1977-78 show Adams defining his own style as opposed to the classical minimalists such as Riley, Reich and Glass. China Gates is under six minutes and consistently delicate, while Phrygian Gates is a blockbuster of nearly 25. In Phrygian Gates the repetition is constant but there are also abrupt dislocations which function like film cuts – or the electronic gate which is meant by these titles. The technique is the same in the larger concert works as well as the operas that have made Adams famous. There seems to be no obvious reason why one texture ends and another begins, but that's the point of the discontinuity – and it goes back to Satie and Stravinsky.
American Berserk (2000) is the most recent piece and both words in the title are justified.
From an early age Adams was surrounded by popular music and jazz on equal terms with classical composers. That background figures here with the crazier improvisational Ives and – very obviously – the swinging mechanical complexities of Conlon Nancarrow's studies for player piano. As in Grand Pianola Music, it's extravagantly entertaining.
In the exhilarating two-piano Hallelujah Junction (1996) Nancarrow again stands as godfather and you can hear the rhythmic hallelujahs as it belts on to its hilarious climax.
The Dutch pianists, cleanly recorded, deliver everything with consistent aplomb.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
“The performances by Ralph van Raat…are a triumph of deceptiveness: that is, playing these pieces must require the utmost concentration as you count the bars past, avoid those little modifications to rhythm that a pianist will instinctively deploy to bring a performance alive, but van Raat obtains a near-hypnotic control in the two early pieces, almost mechanical in its reliability, and he bubbles with life in the later two” International Piano
“[Mr. Adams] would surely like Mr. van Raat’s hard work and enthusiasm” New York Times
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John Adams - Road Movies
“Russo’s approach was mesmeric” Gramophone
“You'd think such repetitive, obsessively patterned music wouldn’t allow much in the way of interpretative freedom, but in fact the two recordings are markedly different. On the whole the performances on the Black Box CD are more soft-edged and meditative. The most startling difference is in the sleepy pastoral that is the middle movement of Road Movies. Played by James Ehnes and Andrew Russo on Black Box, this emerges as a dark-toned, searching piece; played by Leila Josefovich and John Novacek on Nonesuch it has a playful, sexy edge.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2005 ****
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Ralph Van Raat
This special box contains all four of Ralph Van Raat’s Naxos recordings plus an exclusive interview CD which includes music selected by Ralph specifically for this boxed set.
Also on this bonus CD, Ralph speaks about his musical choices for the set, as well as his own playing in an exclusive interview with Naxos Classical Music Spotlight’s very own Raymond Bisha.
Featured composers include: Tavener, Adams, Rzewski, Lindberg, Takemitsu, Ives, Bolcom, Messiaen, and more.
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Minimal Piano Collection, Vol. XI-XX
Compositions for 2 to 6 pianos
Two Pianos on Strings
(Bergmann and Van Veen)
BACH in Strings for 4 pianos
(Bergmann and Van Veen)
Portrait of Hedwig
The Hague Hacking
Les Chants Estivaux (for four pianos)
Theme from Wiek
Piece for Four Pianos
White for two pianos
Old Songs New Songs
Between the Beats
In Again Out Again
Rhapsody in Red
Balinese Ceremonial Music
Fast, cheap and out of control
Floating into space
She disappears in my dreams
A place of coolness
Kissing her lips
Don't put me in your box
Why is the flag fluttering in the wind
Go where the angels are
I Found A New Baby
Riddle with 3 eyes
Don't ever leave me again
The roof of blue glass
Never Odd or Even
Ellis Island for two pianos
Rhythm Studies (2)
Hymn to a Great City for two pianos
Les Moutons de Panurge
Phasing on Arvo Pärt
Incanto No. 1
Views from a Dutch Train
CD X Simeon ten Holt
CD XI Duckworth, Eisenga, Jackson, Parsons
CD XII Gann, Glass, Monk
CD XIII Feldman, Bergmann / Van Veen
CD XIV Adams, Bergmann, Mcphee, Michans
CD XV Meijering, Pärt
CD XVI Reich, Volans, Metcalf, Seddon
CD XVII Andriessen, Mertens, Ter Veldhuis
CD XVIII Fitkin, Johnson, Rzewski, Eastman
CD XIX Glass, Eisenga, Lang, Van Veen
CD XX Franssens, Rabinovitch, Monk
Elizabeth Bergmann, Marcel Bergmann, Tamara Rumiantsev, Sandra & Jeroen van Veen
11 CD, CD-ROM
Fanfare Music: “Dutch pianist and composer, Jeroen van Veen, the leading exponent of minimalism in Holland today”, Alan Swanson, Jan 2010.
The Minimal Piano Collection for one piano (BC8551) ended with “In C” by Terry Riley. Many of the composers on this new 11 Cd box have stated that this particular piece was a starting point for them to compose in a new way, exploring the ways that were created, the spaces between the notes, the emptiness, the freedom.
Elizabeth Bergmann & Marcel Bergmann, Tamara Rumiantsev and Sandra van Veen & Jeroen van Veen recorded 83 compositions. From two pianos up to six pianos, from Steve Reich ‘standard’ Pianophase to Six Pianos.
The composers on this new box are John Adams, Jurriaan Andriessen, Louis Andriessen, Marcel Bergmann, William Duckworth, Julius Eastman, Douwe Eisenga, Morton Feldman, Graham Fitkin, Joep Franssens, Kyle Gann, Philip Glass, Gabriel Jackson, Tom Johnson, Simeon ten Holt, David Lang, Colin McPhee, Chiel Meijering, Wim Mertens, John Metcalf, Carlos Michans, Meredith Monk, Arvo Pärt, Michael Parsons, Alexander Rabinovitch, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Tim Seddon, Jeroen van Veen, Jacob ter Veldhuis and Kevin Volans. On the included Cd-ROM you can find all the biographies, background information and some sheet music. Van Veen recorded many pieces on his own using multi track technique.
This set will not only please the customers who bought the white box, but also anyone looking for interesting music from American, British, Canadian, Dutch and many more composers who wrote beautiful tonal repetitive music for two or more pianos. Many customers use the Minimal Collection to get inspired, or to work with or simply to enjoy. Get carried away by the new black box; 854 minutes of wonderful music, enjoy the Minimal Piano Collection, let the journey begin including a few recording premieres!
“Superbly performed and very well engineered, these are recordings which can stand alongside any in similar repertoire. As an introduction and deepening of one’s experiences with the world of ‘repetitive’ music this is likely to be an eye or ear-opener for many, including die-hard fans like myself...If your experiences of minimalism until now have been negative, this is a perfect place to commence rehabilitation.” MusicWeb International, January 2011
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