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The Minimalists / Jussi Jaatinen

Album Summary

>Reich, Steve : City Life
>Gann, Kyle : Sunken City
>Andriessen, Louis : Worker's Union
>Riley, Terry [Composer] : In C, for unspecified performers
>Lang, David : Street
>Adams, John : Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In the spring of 1972, composer Louis Andriessen and saxophonist Willem Breuker brought together musicians from improvised and from traditional music, at a historical and tumultuous concert in the Amsterdam Carre theatre. They became the Orkest de Volharding ("obstinacy", an ensemble of flute, 3 saxophones, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, horn, piano and bass), which has distinguished itself internationally in the field of new music, with over 300 works written for them.

"This is a fantastic collection, though it is a poignant one. Orkest de Volharding (Perseverance Orchestra) was a "street" orchestra founded in Holland in 1972 in the spirit of youthful rebellion, idealism, and communitarianism sweeping the world at the time. It’s remained a bastion of both experimental and socially engaged music-making for decades, in particular blurring the lines between what’s called jazz and classical. But since this release, word has come that the Dutch government has "defunded" them and they’ve folded. Perhaps a sign of our current economic mess, or greater conservatism in Europe, or both. So, no matter what the reason, this recording seems to be their swan songIn short, a wonderful collection that stimulates our creative juices while occasioning mourning for an ensemble that appears to be no longer with us."-Fanfare



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Works Details

>Reich, Steve : City Life
  • Conductor: Jussi Jaatinen
  • Ensemble: Volharding Orchestra
  • Notes: MCO Studios in Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/28/2009-04/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Gann, Kyle : Sunken City
  • Performer: Geoffrey Madge (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jussi Jaatinen
  • Ensemble: Volharding Orchestra
  • Notes: MCO Studios in Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/28/2009-04/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Andriessen, Louis : Worker's Union
  • Conductor: Jussi Jaatinen
  • Ensemble: Volharding Orchestra
  • Notes: MCO Studios in Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/28/2009-04/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1975

>Riley, Terry [Composer] : In C, for unspecified performers
  • Conductor: Jussi Jaatinen
  • Ensemble: Volharding Orchestra
  • Notes: MCO Studios in Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/28/2009-04/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 51 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Lang, David : Street
  • Conductor: Jussi Jaatinen
  • Ensemble: Volharding Orchestra
  • Notes: MCO Studios in Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/28/2009-04/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Adams, John : Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jussi Jaatinen
  • Ensemble: Volharding Orchestra
  • Notes: MCO Studios in Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/28/2009-04/30/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986