Minimal Piano Collection [Box Set]

Minimal Piano Collection [Box Set]

by Jeroen van Veen
     
 
There's perhaps a touch of irony in the title of Dutch pianist and composer Jeroen van Veen's box set Minimal Piano Collection because at nine discs, it's a pretty massive collection. The program booklet notes that he recorded the entire set, which includes more than ten hours of music, in only six days, an astounding feat. In the program notes, van Veen offers

Overview

There's perhaps a touch of irony in the title of Dutch pianist and composer Jeroen van Veen's box set Minimal Piano Collection because at nine discs, it's a pretty massive collection. The program booklet notes that he recorded the entire set, which includes more than ten hours of music, in only six days, an astounding feat. In the program notes, van Veen offers a remarkably clear and concise history of minimalism in music. He defines it broadly enough (following the lead of composer and critic Tom Johnson) to include works by Friedrich Nietzsche and Satie. Philip Glass is the composer most widely represented, with three of the set's nine CDs devoted to his music originally for piano, as well as transcriptions from his film scores and operas. Two discs are given to van Veen's mammoth "24 Préludes," organized according to the framework of Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier." Other composers range from the very well known, such as Michael Nyman, John Adams, Terry Riley, Arvo Pärt, and John Cage, to the familiar-to-specialists, like Tom Johnson, Wim Mertens, and Jacob ter Veldhuis, to those little-known to American audiences, like Klaas de Vries, Simeon ten Holt, John Borstlap, Yann Tiersen, and Carlos Micháns. Van Veen's passionate feeling for this repertoire is evident in the care he devotes to discovering and bringing out the distinctiveness of each piece. His style may not please some purists who demand a more reserved and less individualistic approach to this music -- he plays with great attention to the expressive possibilities of shapely phrasing, making some pieces sound downright Romantic. He is also a master of contrapuntal clarity and of bringing out inner voices. He makes "Opening" from "Glassworks," which, when played less than brilliantly, can seem like a dusty exercise in arpeggios, into a masterpiece of contrapuntal writing. (He takes the liberty of inserting a chordal section into the middle of the piece, which works, but it's not in the score.) Van Veen proves himself a genuine virtuoso of the old-fashioned variety, with the dazzling technique and endurance to tear through Simeon ten Holt's knuckle-busting 35-minute perpetuum mobile, "Solodevilsdance IV," and make it thrillingly expressive. A number of the movements of van Veen's own two-hour set of "24 Minimal Préludes" reveal his predilection for Glass' aesthetic, but some are farther ranging, even requiring preparing the piano, and they make an appealing set, if a daunting challenge for a performer. The set closes, appropriately, with an hour-long, multitrack version of the granddaddy of minimalist music, Riley's "In C," which is surprisingly effective and richly textured with keyboards playing all the parts. Brilliant's sound is clean and clear, but a little closely miked, which can be remedied by adjusting the volume down a few notches. Any enthusiast of minimalism, as well as fans of plain old pianistic virtuosity, owe it to themselves to hear van Veen's remarkable performances in this budget-priced collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2007
Label:
Brilliant Classics
UPC:
0842977085518
catalogNumber:
8551
Rank:
256540

Tracks

  1. Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble (or marching band): Opening  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  2. Metamorphosis, for piano  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  3. Mad Rush, for piano (or organ)  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  4. Wichita Vortex Sutra, for piano  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  5. Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble (or marching band): Opening  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  6. The Hours, music from the film score for piano  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  7. Truman Sleeps (for the film "The Truman Show")  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  8. Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble (or marching band): Opening  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  9. The Olympian, for piano  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  10. Modern Love Waltz, for piano (or chamber ensemble)  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  11. How Now, for piano (or ensemble)  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  12. Trilogy Sonata, for piano (trans. by Paul Barnes from opera selections)  - Philip Glass  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  13. China Gates, for piano  - John Adams  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  14. Für Alina, for piano  - Arvo Pärt  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  15. Variations for the Healing of Arinushka, for piano  - Arvo Pärt  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  16. In a Landscape, for piano or harp  - John Cage  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  17. Solodevilsdance IV, for piano  - Simeon Ten Holt  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  18. Das Fragment an sich, for piano  - Friedrich Nietzsche  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  19. Vexations, for piano  - Erik Satie  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  20. Avatâra, for piano  - John Borstlap  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  21. Amélie, film score: Comptine d'un autre été; l'après midi  - Yann Tiersen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  22. Amélie, film score: Le moulin  - Yann Tiersen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  23. Amélie, film score: La dispute  - Yann Tiersen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  24. Amélie, film score: Sur le fil  - Yann Tiersen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  25. Amélie, film score: La valse d'Amélie  - Yann Tiersen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  26. Comptine d'été No. 1, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades")  - Yann Tiersen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  27. Comptine d'été No. 2, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades")  - Yann Tiersen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  28. Comptine d'été No. 3, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades")  - Yann Tiersen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  29. Le vieux en veut encore, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades")  - Yann Tiersen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  30. Toujours là, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades")  - Yann Tiersen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  31. La pièce vide, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades")  - Yann Tiersen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  32. The Piano, film score: Big my Secret  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  33. The Piano, film score: Lost and Found  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  34. The Piano, film score: The mood that passes through you  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  35. The Piano, film score: Deep sleep playing  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  36. The Piano, film score: Silver-Fingered fling  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  37. The Piano, film score: The attraction of the pedalling ankle  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  38. The Piano, film score: The heart asks pleasure first  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  39. Zed & Two Noughts, film score: Time Lapse  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  40. Carrington, film score: Fly Drive  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  41. Anne no nikki (The Diary of Anne Frank), film score: If  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  42. Enemy Zero, film score: Love  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  43. Enemy Zero, film score: Digital Tragedy  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  44. Drowning by Numbers, film score: Sheep 'n Tides  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  45. The Piano, film score: Lost and Found  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  46. The Piano, film score: The heart asks pleasure first  - Michael Nyman  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  47. Minimal Préludes for piano, Book 1  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  48. Minimal Préludes for piano, Book 2  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  49. Struggle for Pleasure, for piano  - Wim Mertens  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  50. An Hour for Piano  - Tom Johnson  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  51. Postnuclear Winterscenario No. 1, for piano  - Jacob Ter Veldhuis  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  52. Toccata Americana, for piano  - Klaas de Vries  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  53. Echo, for piano  - Klaas de Vries  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  54. Three Minimal Preludes for piano  - Carlos Micháns  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen
  55. In C, for unspecified performers  - Terry Riley  - Jeroen van Veen  - Jeroen van Veen

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