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Minimal Piano Collection - Glass, etc / Jeroen van Veen

Album Summary

>Glass, Philip : Opening
>Glass, Philip : Metamorphoses (5)
>Glass, Philip : Mad Rush
>Glass, Philip : Wichita Vortex Sutra
>Glass, Philip : The Hours
>Glass, Philip : The Truman Show
>Glass, Philip : The Olympian
>Glass, Philip : Modern Love Waltz
>Glass, Philip : How Now
>Glass, Philip : Trilogy Sonata for Piano
>Adams, John : China Gates
>Pärt, Arvo : Für Alina
>Pärt, Arvo : Variations for Arinuschka's Recuperation
>Cage, John : In a Landscape
>Holt, Simeon ten : Solo Devil's Dance no 4
>Nietzsche, Friedrich : Das "Fragment an sich"
>Satie, Erik : Vexations
>Borstlap, John : Avatâra
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Notes & Reviews:

"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... 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." -All Music Guide

"This unusual collection is dedicated to a very popular style: minimal music. Over the years this has evolved from austere, almost strict repetition with tiny 'movements' to a more varied and free approach to material and technique.This set includes works for piano solo by most of the famous 'minimal' composers. Starting with the initiator, if you will, Cage, and followed by the first generation entirely devoting itself to this style: Riley and Glass (Steve Reich did not write anything for solo piano). The next generation is represented by John Adams and Michael Nyman (his music for the film The Piano). Dutch pianist Jeroen van Veen is fascinated by minimal music. He was one of the initiators and participants of the highly successful complete recordings on 11 CD's of Simeon ten Holt's - a Dutch 'minimalist' - complete works for multiple pianos. On this solo album once again he demonstrates with great flair his affinity with minimalism. The repertoire included here also comprises compositions by Satie, Friedrich Nietzsche and Arvo Pärt. There are two CD's with music by the pianist himself and several recordings of minimal pieces by other present-day French, Belgian and Dutch composers. This attractive set will appeal to a wide audience and may shed some light on the present state of minimalism.



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Works Details

>Glass, Philip : Opening
  • Performer: Jeroen Van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Glass, Philip : Metamorphoses (5)
  • Performer: Jeroen Van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Glass, Philip : Mad Rush
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Glass, Philip : Wichita Vortex Sutra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Glass, Philip : Opening
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Glass, Philip : The Hours
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2002

>Glass, Philip : The Truman Show
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1998

>Glass, Philip : Opening
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Glass, Philip : The Olympian
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Glass, Philip : Modern Love Waltz
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1977

>Glass, Philip : How Now
  • Running Time: 25 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Glass, Philip : Trilogy Sonata for Piano
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Adams, John : China Gates
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Pärt, Arvo : Für Alina
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Pärt, Arvo : Variations for Arinuschka's Recuperation
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Cage, John : In a Landscape
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Holt, Simeon ten : Solo Devil's Dance no 4
  • Running Time: 34 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1998

>Nietzsche, Friedrich : Das "Fragment an sich"
  • Running Time: 9 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Satie, Erik : Vexations
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Borstlap, John : Avatâra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980