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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • UPC: 842977085518
  • Catalog Number: 8551
  • Sales rank: 143,033

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble (or marching band): Opening - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (8:53)
  2. 2–6 Metamorphosis, for piano - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (30:20)
  3. 3 Mad Rush, for piano (or organ) - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (15:12)
  4. 4 Wichita Vortex Sutra, for piano - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (7:25)
  5. 5 Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble (or marching band): Opening - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (9:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1–11 The Hours, music from the film score for piano - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (47:22)
  2. 2 Truman Sleeps (for the film "The Truman Show") - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (2:10)
  3. 3 Glassworks, pieces (6) for chamber ensemble (or marching band): Opening - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (6:10)
  4. 4 The Olympian, for piano - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (3:58)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Modern Love Waltz, for piano (or chamber ensemble) - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (4:58)
  2. 2 How Now, for piano (or ensemble) - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (25:08)
  3. 3–5 Trilogy Sonata, for piano (trans. by Paul Barnes from opera selections) - Philip Glass & Jeroen van Veen (22:57)
Disc 4
  1. 1 China Gates, for piano - John Adams & Jeroen van Veen (5:43)
  2. 2 Für Alina, for piano - Arvo Pärt & Jeroen van Veen (2:50)
  3. 3 Variations for the Healing of Arinushka, for piano - Arvo Pärt & Jeroen van Veen (4:32)
  4. 4 In a Landscape, for piano or harp - John Cage & Jeroen van Veen (8:53)
  5. 5 Solodevilsdance IV, for piano - Simeon Ten Holt & Jeroen van Veen (34:58)
  6. 6 Das Fragment an sich, for piano - Friedrich Nietzsche & Jeroen van Veen (9:46)
  7. 7 Vexations, for piano - Erik Satie & Jeroen van Veen (7:42)
  8. 8 Avatâra, for piano - John Borstlap & Jeroen van Veen (5:18)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Amélie, film score: Comptine d'un autre été; l'après midi - Yann Tiersen & Jeroen van Veen (2:22)
  2. 2 Amélie, film score: Le moulin - Yann Tiersen & Jeroen van Veen (3:13)
  3. 3 Amélie, film score: La dispute - Yann Tiersen & Jeroen van Veen (2:11)
  4. 4 Amélie, film score: Sur le fil - Yann Tiersen & Jeroen van Veen (4:27)
  5. 5 Amélie, film score: La valse d'Amélie - Yann Tiersen & Jeroen van Veen (2:43)
  6. 6 Comptine d'été No. 1, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades") - Yann Tiersen & Jeroen van Veen (2:56)
  7. 7 Comptine d'été No. 2, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades") - Yann Tiersen & Jeroen van Veen (2:42)
  8. 8 Comptine d'été No. 3, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades") - Yann Tiersen & Jeroen van Veen (2:46)
  9. 9 Le vieux en veut encore, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades") - Yann Tiersen & Jeroen van Veen (1:40)
  10. 10 Toujours là, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades") - Yann Tiersen & Jeroen van Veen (1:14)
  11. 11 La pièce vide, for piano (from "Rue des Cascades") - Yann Tiersen & Jeroen van Veen (1:53)
  12. 12 The Piano, film score: Big my Secret - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (3:52)
  13. 13 The Piano, film score: Lost and Found - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (3:01)
  14. 14 The Piano, film score: The mood that passes through you - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (3:02)
  15. 15 The Piano, film score: Deep sleep playing - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (2:08)
  16. 16 The Piano, film score: Silver-Fingered fling - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (3:38)
  17. 17 The Piano, film score: The attraction of the pedalling ankle - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (6:45)
  18. 18 The Piano, film score: The heart asks pleasure first - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (3:13)
  19. 19 Zed & Two Noughts, film score: Time Lapse - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (3:16)
  20. 20 Carrington, film score: Fly Drive - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (1:04)
  21. 21 Anne no nikki (The Diary of Anne Frank), film score: If - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (4:23)
  22. 22 Enemy Zero, film score: Love - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (3:32)
  23. 23 Enemy Zero, film score: Digital Tragedy - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (2:59)
  24. 24 Drowning by Numbers, film score: Sheep 'n Tides - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (2:40)
  25. 25 The Piano, film score: Lost and Found - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (2:59)
  26. 26 The Piano, film score: The heart asks pleasure first - Michael Nyman & Jeroen van Veen (3:23)
Disc 6
  1. 1–12 Minimal Préludes for piano, Book 1 - Jeroen van Veen & Jeroen van Veen (52:51)
Disc 7
  1. 1–12 Minimal Préludes for piano, Book 2 - Jeroen van Veen & Jeroen van Veen (67:14)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Struggle for Pleasure, for piano - Wim Mertens & Jeroen van Veen (5:08)
  2. 2 An Hour for Piano - Tom Johnson & Jeroen van Veen (59:22)
  3. 3 Postnuclear Winterscenario No. 1, for piano - Jacob Ter Veldhuis & Jeroen van Veen (9:34)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Toccata Americana, for piano - Klaas de Vries & Jeroen van Veen (7:02)
  2. 2 Echo, for piano - Klaas de Vries & Jeroen van Veen (3:05)
  3. 3 Three Minimal Preludes for piano - Carlos Micháns & Jeroen van Veen (11:12)
  4. 4 In C, for unspecified performers - Terry Riley & Jeroen van Veen (57:56)
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