Ten Holt: Canto Ostinato XL

Ten Holt: Canto Ostinato XL
Composer Simeon ten Holt
Artist Jeroen van Veen piano
Sandra van Veen piano
Irene Russo piano
Fred Oldenburg piano
Aart Bergwerff organ
Esther Doornink & Peter Elbertse marimba
Format 12 CD
Cat. number 9453
EAN code 5029365945325
Release February 2014

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About this release

Simeon ten Holt’s unmistakable minimalist style is the driving force behind Canto Ostinato, one of the composer’s most famous works. Canto Ostinato is the best-loved Dutch piano composition of the 20th century, with its mesmerising melodies never failing to soothe the mind.

The instruments and number of performers for the piece are unspecified; written ‘for keyboard instruments’, the work has been recorded many times with piano, but this unique set brings together 12 arrangements of the work – for piano, as well as for organ, marimba and synthesizer. With a variety of recording venues ranging from throughout The Netherlands to Canada, this compilation is a must-have addition to any classical music collection.

Jeroen van Veen is a leading light in modern piano performance, as well as a successful composer. Chairman of the Simeon ten Holt Foundation, he has won critical acclaim with ensembles such as The International Piano Quartet, DJ Piano and Jeroen van Veen & Friends.

Other information:
- Recorded in 1999 - 2013.
- Anyone having experienced the power of Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt will come under the spell of the hallucinatory effect of this iconic work, the most famous Dutch work for piano of the 20th century, one of the “classics” of minimal music.
- Jeroen van Veen and friends present the work in a variety of arrangements, ranging from piano solo through multiple pianos, organ, marimbas and synthesizers, each revealing other aspects of this deceptively simple work in which the harmonies shift imperceptibly in slowly changing waves.
- Liner notes on the composer by the artist, who worked in close collaboration till the composer’s death last year.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Canto Ostinato for Solo Piano: Section 1
  2. Canto Ostinato for Solo Piano: Section 20
  3. Canto Ostinato for Solo Piano: Section 74
  4. Canto Ostinato for Solo Piano: Section 88
  5. Canto Ostinato for Solo Piano: Section 91
  6. Canto Ostinato for Solo Piano: Section 95

Disk 2

  1. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 1
  2. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 5
  3. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 10
  4. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 15
  5. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 20
  6. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 25
  7. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 30
  8. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 35
  9. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 40
  10. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 45
  11. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 50
  12. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 55
  13. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 60
  14. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 69
  15. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 74. Theme I
  16. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 80
  17. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 83
  18. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 86
  19. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 88
  20. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 89
  21. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 92
  22. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 95. Theme II
  23. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 100
  24. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 105
  25. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos: Section 106

Disk 3

  1. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 1
  2. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 5
  3. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 10
  4. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 14
  5. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 20
  6. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 25
  7. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 35
  8. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 41
  9. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 56
  10. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 60
  11. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 69
  12. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 74. Theme I
  13. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 78
  14. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 83

Disk 4

  1. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 88a
  2. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 88b
  3. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 88e
  4. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 88f
  5. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 89
  6. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 91a
  7. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 91c
  8. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 91e
  9. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 92
  10. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 95. Theme II
  11. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 97
  12. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 105
  13. Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos: Section 106

Disk 5

  1. Canto Ostinato for Three Pianos and Organ: Applause
  2. Canto Ostinato for Three Pianos and Organ: Section 1
  3. Canto Ostinato for Three Pianos and Organ: Section 17
  4. Canto Ostinato for Three Pianos and Organ: Section 31
  5. Canto Ostinato for Three Pianos and Organ: Section 74. Theme I

Disk 6

  1. Canto Ostinato for Three Pianos and Organ: Section 84
  2. Canto Ostinato for Three Pianos and Organ: Section 88
  3. Canto Ostinato for Three Pianos and Organ: Section 91
  4. Canto Ostinato for Three Pianos and Organ: Section 95. Theme II
  5. Canto Ostinato for Three Pianos and Organ: Applause

Disk 7

  1. Canto Ostinato for Organ: Part I
  2. Canto Ostinato for Organ: Section 74. Theme
  3. Canto Ostinato for Organ: Section 86. Transition
  4. Canto Ostinato for Organ: Seciton 91. Part II
  5. Canto Ostinato for Organ: Section 95. Theme and Coda

Disk 8

  1. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos & Two Marimbas: Audience
  2. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos & Two Marimbas: Part I
  3. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos & Two Marimbas: Section 74. Theme
  4. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos & Two Marimbas: Section 89. Part II
  5. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos & Two Marimbas: Section 95. Theme
  6. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos & Two Marimbas: Section 100. Part III
  7. Canto Ostinato for Two Pianos & Two Marimbas: Applause

Disk 9

  1. Canto Ostinato for Multitrack Marimbas: Section 1
  2. Canto Ostinato for Multitrack Marimbas: Section 20
  3. Canto Ostinato for Multitrack Marimbas: Section 40
  4. Canto Ostinato for Multitrack Marimbas: Section 74. Theme I
  5. Canto Ostinato for Multitrack Marimbas: Section 88
  6. Canto Ostinato for Multitrack Marimbas: Section 91
  7. Canto Ostinato for Multitrack Marimbas: Section 95. Theme II

Disk 10

  1. Canto Ostinato for Two Prepared Pianos: Section 1
  2. Canto Ostinato for Two Prepared Pianos: Section 20
  3. Canto Ostinato for Two Prepared Pianos: Section 40
  4. Canto Ostinato for Two Prepared Pianos: Section 74. Theme I
  5. Canto Ostinato for Two Prepared Pianos: Section 88
  6. Canto Ostinato for Two Prepared Pianos: Section 92
  7. Canto Ostinato for Two Prepared Pianos: Section 95. Theme II

Disk 11

  1. Canto Ostinato for Synthesizers: Section 1
  2. Canto Ostinato for Synthesizers: Section 17
  3. Canto Ostinato for Synthesizers: Section 31
  4. Canto Ostinato for Synthesizers: Section 40
  5. Canto Ostinato for Synthesizers: Section 74. Theme I
  6. Canto Ostinato for Synthesizers: Section 84

Disk 12

  1. Canto Ostinato for Synthesizers: Section 84
  2. Canto Ostinato for Synthesizers: Section 88
  3. Canto Ostinato for Synthesizers: Section 91
  4. Canto Ostinato for Synthesizers: Section 95. Theme II
  5. Canto Ostinato for Synthesizers: Section 106