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Jeroen Van Veen (b. 1969): Piano Music / Jeroen Van Veen, piano; Sandra Van Veen, piano

Album Summary

>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Minimal Preludes, for piano, Book 3
>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Minimal Preludes, for piano, Book 4
>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Ballade for Frank, for carillon & piano
>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Slash, for 2 pianos
>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Incanto no 3, for 2 pianos
>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Minimal Blurr, for piano & tape
>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Incanto no 4, for 2 pianos
>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : The Four Elements, for piano & tape
>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Repeating History, for 2 pianos
>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Molly, for 2 pianos
>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : NLXL, for 2 pianos, organ, synthesizer & tape
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Repetition of motifs within a composition is nothing new: Soler's Fandango, Bach's Chaconne and Pachelbel's Canon, to name just three examples, all make use of it. But for Dutch composer Jeroen van Veen it is the most important element - the essence, as it were - of music. Rooted in tonality, and subject to the interaction and choices of the performers, it can prove immensely powerful. Indeed, it was on this premise that van Veen launched his compositional career with two volumes of 24 Minimal Preludes; this exciting 5-CD release contains follow-up pieces to those works, ones that reflect the composer's approach to music as the structuring of LEGO® bricks - the individual components that create variation within a composition. As well as Incanto - a series of compositions for two or more keyboards in which the music develops slowly, utilising techniques such as fluctuation of speed - the release also includes NLXL, a musical illustration of Holland's landscape patterns as seen from the air, based on a book of the same name by Dutch photographer Karel Tomeï. The work is created by way of a multitrack recording with a variety of keyboard instruments, with large segments versus smaller segments of The Netherlands' landscape expressed through longer and shorter note values. The composer himself is the main performer here, assisted by Frank Steijens on the carillon and his wife for works requiring four hands or two pianos. Described as "the leading exponent of minimalism in Holland today", van Veen's hypnotic, trance-inducing music makes for an experience unlike any other, transporting the listener to "another place" through ever-changing soundscapes. Other information: Recorded on August 2011 (NLXL), December 2013 & January 2014, Van Veen Productions, Studio 1, Culemborg, The Netherlands. Booklet includes notes by the composer as well as artist biographies. An extensive discography of past Brilliant Classics releases of Van Veen's music is also included.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The Minimal Preludes, Books III and IV, are Glass-like. Ballade for Frank is for piano and carillon, with dedicatee Frank Steijns playing the latter instrument. Slash is for prepared piano and uses some sounds unusual even for the medium. Incantos Nos. 3 and 4 are for two pianos; they are more melodic than the Minimal Preludes. Minimal Blurrr (sic) is for piano and tape, and it introduces Van Veen's "other" style, still Minimalist but leaning toward New Age or Ambient; The Four Elements falls into that category, too. Repeating History, for two pianos, is a catchy and humorous minimalist reworking of Bach's C-Major Prelude from WTC I. NLXL, a movie soundtrack, is for two pianos, digital pianos, organ, synthesizers, toy pianos, and tape. It has a lot of nature sounds. I prefer the piano music over the other; the Van Veens play well, and the sound is elegant. Notes in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Van Veen Productions, Studio 1, Culemborg, The Netherla (2011-2014).



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>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Minimal Préludes, for piano, Book 3
  • Performer: Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 76 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Minimal Préludes, for piano, Book 4
  • Performer: Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 56 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Ballade for Frank, for carillon & piano
  • Performers: Frank Steijns (Carillon); Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Slash, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Jeroen van Veen (Piano); Sandra van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Incanto no 3, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Jeroen van Veen (Piano); Sandra van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Minimal Blurr, for piano & tape
  • Performer: Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Incanto no 4, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Jeroen van Veen (Piano); Sandra van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : The Four Elements, for piano & tape
  • Performer: Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Repeating History, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Jeroen van Veen (Piano); Sandra van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : Molly, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Jeroen van Veen (Piano); Sandra van Veen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>van Veen, Jeroen [Piano] : NLXL, for 2 pianos, organ, synthesizer & tape
  • Performers: Jeroen van Veen (Organ); Jeroen van Veen (Piano); Jeroen van Veen (Synthesizer); Jeroen van Veen (Toy Piano)
  • Running Time: 73 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011