Minimal Piano Collection, Volumes I-IX

Minimal Piano Collection, Volumes I-IX
Composer Various Composers
Artist Jeroen van Veen piano
Format 9 CD
Cat. number 8551
EAN code 5029365855129
Release May 2007

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About this release

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 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 piano’s. On this solo album van Veen demonstrates his affinity with minimalism with great flair.

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 sheds light on the present state of minimalism

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Opening from ‘‘Glassworks’’ (Arr. van Veen)
  2. Metamorphosis One
  3. Metamorphosis Two
  4. Metamorphosis Three
  5. Metamorphosis Four
  6. Metamorphosis Five
  7. Mad Rush
  8. Wichita Vortex Sutra
  9. Opening from ‘‘Glassworks’’

Disk 2

  1. The Poet Acts
  2. Morning Passages
  3. Something She Has To Do
  4. I’m Going To Make A Cake
  5. An Unwelcome Friend
  6. Dead Things
  7. Why Does Someone Have To Die?
  8. Tearing Herself Away
  9. Escape!
  10. Choosing Life
  11. The Hours
  12. Truman Sleeps, from ‘‘The Truman Show’’
  13. Opening from ‘‘Glassworks’’
  14. Olympian

Disk 3

  1. Modern Love Waltz
  2. How Now
  3. ‘‘Trilogy’’ Sonata; I Knee Play No. 4 From Einstein On The Beach
  4. ‘‘Trilogy’’ Sonata; II Satyagraha, Conclusion, Act III
  5. ‘‘Trilogy’’ Sonata; III Dance, from Aknaten (Scene 3)

Disk 4

  1. China Gates
  2. Für Alina
  3. Variationen Zur Gesundung Von Arinuschka
  4. In A Landscape
  5. Solodevilsdance IV
  6. Das ‘‘Fragment an Sich’’
  7. Vexations
  8. Avatâra

Disk 5

  1. Comptine d’Un Autre Été; L’après-midi
  2. Le Moulin
  3. La Dispute
  4. Sur Le Fil
  5. La Valse D’amélie
  6. Comptine d’Été No. 1
  7. Comptine d’Été No. 2
  8. Comptine d’Été No. 3
  9. Le Vieux En Veut Encore
  10. Toujours Là
  11. La Pièce Vide
  12. Big My Secret
  13. Lost And Found
  14. The Mood That Passes Through You
  15. Deep Sleep Playing
  16. Silver-Fingered Fling
  17. The Attraction Of The Pedalling Ankle
  18. The Heart Asks Pleasure First
  19. Time Lapse
  20. Fly Drive
  21. If
  22. Love
  23. Digital Tragedy
  24. Sheep ‘‘n Tides
  25. Lost And Found
  26. The Heart Asks Pleasure First

Disk 6

  1. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 1 In C
  2. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 2 In A Minor
  3. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 3 In G
  4. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 4 In E Minor
  5. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 5 In D
  6. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 6 In B Minor
  7. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 7 In A
  8. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 8 In F# Minor
  9. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 9 In E
  10. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 10 In C# Minor
  11. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 11 In B
  12. Minimal Préludes, Book I : Prélude Nr. 12 In G# Minor

Disk 7

  1. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 13 In F Sharp
  2. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 14 In E Flat Minor
  3. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 15 In D Flat
  4. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 16 In B Flat Minor
  5. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 17 In A Flat
  6. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 18 In F Minor
  7. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 19 In E Flat
  8. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 20 In C Minor
  9. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 21 In B Flat
  10. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 22 In G Minor
  11. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 23 In F
  12. Minimal Préludes, Book II : Prélude Nr. 24 In D Minor

Disk 8

  1. Struggle for Pleasure
  2. An Hour for Piano
  3. Postnuclear Winterscenario Nr. 1

Disk 9

  1. Toccata Americana
  2. Echo
  3. Three Minimal Preludes
  4. In C